Best and Worst of Commercial Construction Practices in 2009

Commercial Construction

At the beginning of 2009, I don’t think anyone, including a national commercial general contractor like Englewood Construction, was prepared for the twists and turns that would face the commercial construction industry. See the December 2009 issue of Shopping Center Business.

James L. Salmon's Updated CV (January 2009)

Collaborative Construction

Achieving IPD in 3D ™" Collaborative Construction Blog, January 2009. "A James L. Salmon is the President of Collaborative Construction Resources , LLC. Collaborative Construction's innovative IPD in 3D™ program empowers stakeholders in the U.S Construction Industry to utilize collaborative agreements, BIM and lean construction methods to deliver integrated construction services more efficiently and more productively.

James L. Salmon's CV (April 2009)

Collaborative Construction

Creative Lawyer – Collaborative Consultant – Strategic Change Manager. Charismatic and experienced trial attorney, mediator, collaborator and strategic consultant seeking opportunities with innovative organizations interested in achieving integrated project delivery. Increase the efficiency with which your organization delivers or purchases services related to planning, designing, constructing and maintaining facilities and infrastructure of all kinds.

USGBC Making Significant Change to LEED 2009

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Council has just announced that all new projects registering for LEED 2009 beginning on April 8, 2016 will need to satisfy increased minimum energy performance thresholds. The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change; buildings falling under the proposed change can use the same methodologies and referenced standards, but will need to earn additional points in order to achieve certification. green building law LEED 2009 USGBC

Electrical Families 2009 vs. 2010 Comparison

Do

Because of this I was called upon to create a ton of electrical content for us poor architects and interior designers to use in 2009 mind you. Family Creation Revit 2010 Revit 2009 FamiliesRecently I've been working on a project that required a ton of electrical families.

Sustainable Commercial Construction: Embracing Energy Retrofits

Commercial Construction

Have you seen the 2009 Green Building Survey? If not, take a look at the recent issue of National Real Estate Investor or Retail Traffic as each includes a special supplement called “Why sustainability endures in the face of recession.”.

CAD Shack: AU 2009

CAD Shack

Monday, November 23, 2009. AU 2009. The posting has been pretty thin lately, but its because I have been focusing on my class for this year Implementing Revit MEP A to Z. I hope to meet people in Las Vegas that read my blog and also meet people that write the blogs I love. Happy Thanksgiving to all. See you in Vegas! Posted by. Todd M. Shackelford. at 7:39 PM. Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. Usefullness: No comments: Post a Comment. Newer Post. Older Post.

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Is the Baby Being Thrown Out with the Bathwater in Big Box Retail Construction Projects?

Commercial Construction

With the shuttering of stores like Circuit City and Linens N’ Things, big box retailers looking to gain market share certainly have their choice of vacant store locations in prime markets and shopping centers.

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Five Retail Construction Tips from Zara’s New Magnificent Mile Store

Commercial Construction

As many of you may know, Englewood Construction recently completed Zara’s largest store in the United States at 700 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. For those familiar with Chicago, you may also know this store offers a prime corner location on the city’s famed Magnificent Mile.

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Avoiding Commercial Construction Remodeling Pitfalls.

Commercial Construction

For a number of reasons – usually cost, location or a lease agreement – commercial real estate owners are opting to refresh or remodel their retail stores , restaurants and hotels instead of building new commercial construction projects.

How to Stop Further Deterioration of Distressed Commercial Assets

Commercial Construction

According to the fall 2009 issue of Development magazine, while hotels and retail properties are the most problematic in terms of default, foreclosure or bankruptcy, office distress is up 118 percent year-to-date in 2009 versus 2008. I’m not going to sugar coat it.

2009 Lakeside Living Expo, Gilford NH

Green Home Design Architect

The 2nd Annual Lakeside Living Expo will be held July 17 – 19, 2009 at the Gunstock Mountain Resort , Gilford, New Hampshire, located on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, less than 90 minutes from Boston and the NH seacoast.

Are You Lining Your Commercial General Contractor’s Pockets?

Commercial Construction

I’ve got to ask, are you still competitively bidding the bulk of your commercial construction projects? Really, you are? Interesting….

Autodesk University 2009

CAD Shack

I received confirmation today that I will be teaching Implementing Revit MEP 2010 A to Z at Autodesk University in December. I hope any readers I have can attend. I aways enjoy teaching at AU, and this one should be good. I am still fleshing things out, but I will be sure to cover everything from setting up line weights and plotting to simple, effective Revit families. The last class I taught for implementing AutoCAD MEP came with an 80 page handout.

What a Chicago 2016 Summer Olympics Means for Chicago’s Retail and Restaurant Construction Industry

Commercial Construction

There’s no doubt that local businesses will have much to celebrate if on October 2, 2009, Chicago wins the 2016 Summer Olympics bid. But just how would Chicago hosting the Olympics affect the city’s restaurant and retail construction activity ? Here are a couple of my predictions….

Sato Residence in At Home, West Hawaii Today June 2009 - fins.

Fins Architecture

Sato Residence in At Home, West Hawaii Today June 2009. about. contact. projects. in print. green.

don't think: Do Revit: AU 2009! Project Templates

Do

Sunday, November 15, 2009. AU 2009! ▼ 2009. (38). AU 2009! skip to main | skip to sidebar. dont think: Do Revit. My journal of work in Revit as part of a 600+ member architecture firm. Project Templates. Its the final run-up to AU2009.

Designing & Building a Custom Home: Free Seminar November 21, 2009

Green Home Design Architect

Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:00 AM - Noon Bonin Architects & Associates Office 209 Main Street New London, NH 03257 This informative event is perfect for anyone looking for land or has recently purchased land and is interested in building an energy efficient custom home.

Retail Development and Construction: Going Vertical

Commercial Construction

Is Your Vertical Retail Construction Project a Mess or a Success? Some may disagree, but we at Englewood Construction think the challenges commercial developers face in opening a store in a vertical mall are more complex than any other type of retail store construction.

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Retail Development and Construction: Getting Started

Commercial Construction

What Every Developer Should Ask General Contractors During the Retail Construction Bid Process. For my first blog post, a lot of people at Englewood Construction suggested I write about how to choose a retail construction company. But one person said that would be “boiling the ocean.”

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AU 2009 Vote For Sessions

CAD Shack

Autodesk needs your help to pick which sessions will be presented at Autodesk University 2009. Proposals for classes have been made and now it is time for the people to decide what makes the final cut. To make your voice heard, go here. I might also mention that I did submit a proposal this year for implementing Revit MEP. If you attended one of my classes in the past, and enjoyed it, I would love to have your support this year.

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Commercial Construction Development: Red flags retail developers should look for in vetting a general contractor

Commercial Construction

There’s an old adage, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. That may be true in some life situations, but not when it comes to hiring a firm to complete your next retail construction project.

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Successful Commercial Construction Strategies and Operations: Tip #2

Commercial Construction

Key Steps Commercial Developers Can Take to Ensure Their Contractors are Financially Stable. In today’s market there’s no such thing as too much due diligence – especially when it comes to checking the financial stability of your contractors.

Successful Commercial Construction Strategies and Operations: Tip #1

Commercial Construction

How Developers Can Decrease Operating Costs by Thousands of Dollars. How would you like to “find” thousands of dollars in your operating budget? All you need to do is answer a couple questions. How did you file the documents for your last commercial construction project?

Social Media Use in Real Estate and Construction Industry

Carol Hagen

In the 2009 B2B Social Media Benchmarking study published in November discussed such things as ” What do people consider to be the most useful social media resources for business information?” Source: Business.com’s 2009 B2B Social Media Benchmarking Study ( [link] ) . . . . . I finally found a definitive study from Business.com that devotes a portion of their research to my niche…the construction industry.

Share Tweets with LinkedIn Connections (even if they don’t have Twitter)

Carol Hagen

There’s a new application available in LinkedIn called Tweets. This does more than just the plain add your Twitter account and tweet at the same time you update your LinkedIn status. It give you access to your Twitter followers and their tweets from within LinkedIn.

EARTH DAY: Green Generation Campaign, Tuesday, April 22, 2009

Green Home Design Architect

Certainly April 22, 2009 will be a memorable Earth Day, as people around the globe make a concerted effort to become a "Green Generation".

Top 5 Tweets of Free Construction Education Opps @carolhagen

Carol Hagen

Everyone wants to improve themselves. Why not consider these educational freebies for the CFO, controller, project manager, BIM expert, etc. . Webinar 1/26/2010 Lean Accounting: Aligning Financial Business Controls With Lean: [link] #kaizen #SAP.

LinkedIn and TweetDeck Together at Last

Carol Hagen

My workshops have been attended by construction firm execs, IT and marketing personnel, and we have spent plenty of time discussing Tweetdeck and Twitter. LinkedIn was already being used by every student in the class. Now we all need to take advantage of the recent upgrade to TweetDeck (v0.32.1).

More Tips on Blog Subscriptions

Carol Hagen

As promised this is a continuance of ” Attracting Blog Subscriptions “ highlighting other functions and features of Feedburner. Today we’re spreading the news of your blog (and if you attended my recent seminar Web 2.0

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I’ve been Beta’d by Twitter

Carol Hagen

I was pleased to see a notification this morning on my Twitter account that I believe will be valuable to all the listeners in the Twitterverse. Here’s a screen shot of the Retweet To Share Tweets (Beta): I think Twitter got this one right.

CAD Shack: Going Live at AU 2009

CAD Shack

Thursday, December 03, 2009. Going Live at AU 2009. Im getting ready to go live with my last presentation here at AU which will happen in 6 hours. I have got to reconnect with some good friends David Butts , Beau Turner , Joe Eichenseer, and Abbie Meador among others. It seems we have had a smaller turn out due to economics but the level of intensity remains the same. There is no better place to be to take your skills to the next level than Autodesk University.

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Be Ready to Lien in 2009 (But be Careful)

Help Everybody Everyday

2009 is likely to be a year in which many construction liens are filed. As all of us in construction know, and as reported in the AGC Smart Brief , the beginning of 2009 and through 2010 will likely show an even greater downturn in the commercial and residential markets. The post Be Ready to Lien in 2009 (But be Careful) appeared first on Help Everybody Everyday.

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But What If Global Warming is All a Hoax?

Constructonomics

This was probably the best global warming cartoon I’ve seen. I caught it in yesterday’s USA today which I only read while I’m in the airport for some reason. There should be another guy asking, “But what if it’s true and we don’t do anything.”

2009 A/E Industry Forecast Webcast Recap

PSMJ Resources

PSMJ consultants David Burstein and Bill Fanning presented Part 1 of their 2009 A/E Industry Forecast webcast earlier today with a focus on the private sector markets. We won't go through the entire webcast here (you can order it by visiting www.psmj.com ) but I did want to take a quick look at some of their market sector forecasts for 2009. Burstein sees excess inventory causing the housing market to continue declining through the first half of 2009.

Social Media Challenges in Business Similar to Early Internet Adoption

Carol Hagen

Here we are 40 years after the Internet was first used to send a message and business is repeating history with their adoption rates to new technologies. . From a Robert Half Technology Survey and mentioned in Stowe Boyd’s blog post Enterprises Block Social Networks , 54% of US companies with over 100 employees have completely blocked sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. At the same time, analysts at Gartner are telling IT managers, Loosen up on social networks, security.

Attracting Blog Subscriptions

Carol Hagen

It’s a funny thing how everyone has a blog but most have a dozen subscribers if that. In business you need to publicize your blog everywhere. I tried promoting it via a plain hyperlink in my email signature but no one clicked on it…that is until I made it an animated subscription.

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Email Records Retention can be Tricky

Carol Hagen

Last week I spoke on ”Records Retention” and “The Paperless Office” at the 54th Annual Convention of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

SEA of Texas Legal Framework Presentation

Collaborative Construction

At the Annual Meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas in Austin James L. Salmon will discuss the legal framework required to deliver an integrated project.

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Where Does Your IT Budget Go?

Carol Hagen

According to an MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research Study, the average firm spends 71% of their IT budget on running current systems and some blow as much as 80% of their budget keeping the status quo. What if you could reduce this to 50-60% of the IT budget? . That’s what can be achieved over time according to “ IT Savvy ” by Peter Weill & Jeanne W.

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