Important Things to Know Before Building a Commercial Building

Construction Marketing

Whether it is a small storefront or a large warehouse, there are certain things that every commercial building will need to have. The first thing before building a commercial building is to take a look at building construction types. Construction Commercial Building

Realistic Solutions for Breaking the Commercial Construction Backlog

Commercial Construction

Addressing Commercial Construction Supply Chain and Labor Issues. It’s summertime, and the commercial construction season is “heating up.” This process helps mitigate expectations by developing realistic schedules for the scopes and materials that we are responsible for as a commercial general contractor and owner-furnished items and vendors. The post Realistic Solutions for Breaking the Commercial Construction Backlog first appeared on Hard Hat Chat.

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Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2016

Commercial Construction

As we close in on the finish line for 2015, we’re happy to report it’s been a terrific year at Englewood Construction and for many others in the commercial construction industry. With economic conditions continuing to improve, the past year brought a significant uptick in large-scale and ground-up commercial construction projects, which put Englewood on track to more than double our volume from 2014 to 2015.

Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Rounding the corner into the final weeks of 2016, it’s time for our annual post predicting the commercial construction trends that will influence the industry in the coming year. Here’s how that overall trend will drive commercial construction opportunities across different sectors in the coming year: Eat. But before 2016 is officially a wrap, we’ll share some of our key takeaways – including commercial construction challenges and opportunities – from the past year.

3 Reasons to Reach Out to Your General Contractor During the Commercial Construction Process

Commercial Construction

For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward. Here are three examples of when you should reach out to your commercial construction general contractor. Often a commercial general contractor isn’t tapped for a project until the specific site is already locked in. Many clients assume their relationship with their commercial constructor will end at the completion of the project.

4 Commercial Construction Trends for Restaurant and Food Service Projects

Commercial Construction

It’s already been a busy year for Englewood’s Restaurant Construction division, with a wide variety of projects ranging from ground-up new construction and interior renovations to commercial kitchen work. As such, here are four commercial construction trends our team has observed and anticipates we’ll see shaping more restaurant and food service construction projects in the near future: Tapping Into The Craft Beer Boom.

4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019

Commercial Construction

Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and the construction landscape overall – in the year ahead: Senior Housing Communities Woo Workers with Facility Updates. Be sure to check in with Hard Hat Chat later in December for our post on the highs and lows of commercial construction in 2018.

Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Commercial Construction

Something we’re hearing a lot about in our industry right now is the growing trend and popularity of prefab and modular commercial construction solutions. This shift has taken place just over the course of my 27-year career as a commercial general contractor, and I expect prefabrication and modularization will become increasingly important – and used in new and innovative ways.

Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

Commercial Construction

Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process. That’s because in a competitive bid the commercial contractor is only responsible for bidding exactly what is in the plans, not the overall design intent. Commercial Construction Best Practices Commercial Construction Costs Commercial construction budget

4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

Commercial Construction

As we flip the calendar over to 2018 this month, it’s a great time to share some of the commercial construction trends we predict will shape our work in the year ahead. #1: In fact, our blog post last year on 2017 commercial construction trends highlighted how mall developers and operators are focusing on creating engaging experiences by adding restaurant-entertainment concepts. Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers!

Commercial Construction Predictions and Trends for 2013

Commercial Construction

It seems like we made commercial construction predictions for 2012 just yesterday, but once again, it’s time to put on the fortune teller hat and look into our crystal ball for 2013 commercial construction trends. In a very real sense, the Magnificent Mile is a microcosm of the domestic economy and buying trends throughout the nation, making it a great barometer for the commercial construction industry.

Facility Management & Maintenance: 5 Reasons to Partner with your Commercial General Contractor

Commercial Construction

This division started as a way for us to extend our relationship with clients to include planned, preventative and emergency commercial facility maintenance; while it certainly wasn’t typical, then or now, for a national construction firm to also be a facility maintenance provider, we saw a lot of benefits to a general contractor offering these services. Here are 5 reasons why you should partner with your Commercial General Contractor for facility management and maintenance: 1.

Trends in Construction: 3 Ways Technology is Changing Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

The use of technology and apps for daily construction reporting, sharing photos and scheduling look-aheads has become common practice on today’s commercial construction job sites. The impact of technology is particularly interesting in commercial construction – a field where many of the same tried-and-true construction techniques have been used for decades. Commercial Construction Construction News and Trends Construction Trends technology and construction

Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

Commercial Construction

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10 th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. Here they are: the commercial construction headlines that just won’t die – and why: Labor Shortage Lingers On. Let’s Talk About Commercial Construction Tech.

Customer Relationship Management: Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, “bricks and sticks” industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client and the commercial contractor. At first glance, Casey’s resume is a bit unorthodox for a commercial construction company.

The New Normal: Commercial Construction Continues in Unprecedented COVID-19 Times

Commercial Construction

As a national commercial construction firm with active projects across the country, we are monitoring this situation on many fronts and in many markets. Commercial Construction Construction News and Trends Construction SafetyBill Di Santo, president, Englewood Construction”.

Commercial Construction Project Management: Managing What You Don’t Control

Commercial Construction

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a control freak, but as a national general contractor, it’s part of the job description to be the one calling the shots and telling everyone what to do on a complex commercial construction project. It could be installing specialty equipment in a commercial kitchen, utilizing pre-ordered materials such as flooring and millwork, or providing electrical hookup for a sign or security system.

Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018

Commercial Construction

After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business – including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole – as we prepare for the opportunities and challenges the New Year is likely to bring. A strong pipeline of senior living construction was a “high” of 2018.

The Most Successful 2013 Commercial Construction Trends

Commercial Construction

With 2013 behind us, we wanted to look back at the year that was in the commercial construction industry. Some of the 2013 commercial construction trends we predicted came to pass, some were more significant than we originally thought they would be and others emerged that caught our attention. Overall, it was a great year for the commercial construction industry. Here are some of the interesting 2013 commercial construction trends we found noteworthy in 2013.

5 Reasons To Hire Commercial Builders

Construction Marketing

The process of building a commercial property is very different to the construction of a residential home; sourcing a specialized commercial building firm is likely to make the process go much more smoothly than hiring the first builder to return your call.

Commercial Construction Industry Trends: The “Highs” and “Lows” that Shaped 2019

Commercial Construction

With the countdown on to 2020 – and the start of a brand-new decade right around the corner – it’s time for our annual look back at the commercial construction industry “highs” and “lows” from 2019. Commercial Construction Construction News and Trends construction labor

COVID 19 Commercial Building Liability

Green Building Law Update

With all 50 states now in some stage of reopening from coronavirus pandemic closures, many commercial real estate owners are questioning if they can be liable for damages when someone, whether an employee of the business tenant or someone else, claims to have contracted COVID-19 at their building.

Prepping For Reentry: 8 Facility Maintenance Steps For Reopening Commercial Properties

Commercial Construction

According to Englewood Construction, prepping commercial facilities to reopen should include reviewing mechanical systems and rescheduling missed preventative maintenance appointments (*photo taken pre-pandemic).

LEED Commercial Interiors can Save the Planet

Green Building Law Update

LEED Commercial Interiors projects present the best single opportunity for greening buildings. million existing commercial buildings in the United States today. Green Building Council’s LEED (the ubiquitous acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world, less than 1% of commercial buildings in the U.S. million existing commercial buildings. By Katie Stanford and Stuart Kaplow.

3 Tips On How To Find The Perfect Commercial Construction Contractor… And Be A Great Construction Client

Commercial Construction

The final piece is a great resource that’s relevant to pretty much every commercial real estate sector – not just restaurant development – and covers important points that should be on anyone’s checklist when vetting and choosing a construction partner for a commercial real estate project.

2014 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

We are coming into the final stretch of 2013, a year that has been rather good for the commercial construction industry. Activity was up for retail and restaurant construction and once-stalled commercial construction projects are finding themselves back on 2014 bid sheets for the best commercial general contractors. This year, I thought I’d take a look at our lengthy, active bid sheet in making 2014 commercial construction industry trends and predictions in the coming year.

How to Avoid 3 Common Commercial Construction Scheduling Delays

Commercial Construction

Compared with a few short years ago, commercial construction moves at an incredibly fast pace today. Due to a variety of factors – from smaller profit margins following the economic downturn, to the sense of immediacy that’s so pervasive in the modern business world – everyone from our clients on down to our subcontractors are being squeezed for time and asked to deliver commercial construction projects on tighter schedules than ever before.

Snapshots from the Construction Site

Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction is beginning to take off. Commercial Construction is beginning to take off. Commercial Construction Commercial Construction TrendsTake a look at some projects we are kicking off or just finished. Olive Garden, Delafield, WI.

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2015 Commercial Construction Industry Highs and Lows

Commercial Construction

Writing our annual “Highs and Lows” commercial construction blog post was a bit more difficult this year because, on the whole, 2015 was pretty great for Englewood Construction and many others in the construction industry. Yet despite all its positives, 2015 wasn’t without its commercial construction challenges. In both cases, these retail brands are turning to trusted commercial construction partners to create the next iteration of their bricks-and-mortar presence.

3 Solutions to Help Solve the Commercial Construction Labor Shortage

Commercial Construction

Activity is setting up nicely for commercial construction in 2015, but just as the industry seems to be back on its footing, the dreary recession of years past is giving us one last gasp of annoyance and pain. Believe me, no one will be happier than me when we can stop referencing the Great Recession that rocked the general commercial construction industry and the overall economy. In the past five years, commercial construction has lost skilled labors to a wide variety of places.

Client Relationships: 3 Reasons You Should Listen If Your Commercial Contractor Tells You No

Commercial Construction

Working with a commercial contractor on a negotiated-bid basis, as Englewood Construction does with long-term client American Girl, can minimize the likelihood you’ll hear “no” from your GC during the bidding process. As a national commercial contractor , we are first and foremost in the business of customer service. Reason 2 – “No” can also come up during the bidding process, particularly when there are unknown commercial construction costs that simply can’t be estimated.

Commercial Construction Labor Trends & Hiring Strategies: Why Young Hires are Good Business for General Contractors

Commercial Construction

Hopefully, we’ll see some of those fresh young graduates heading toward a career in commercial construction. As media outlets continue to report, there’s an ongoing commercial construction labor shortage that is impacting everything from availability of skilled subcontractors to the increasingly competitive hiring market for construction management professionals. I’ll be watching to see how you find your path and leave your own mark on the commercial construction industry.

Looking Back at Commercial Construction 2014 – The Year that Was

Commercial Construction

While it was a good year for commercial general construction, it was by no means a record setting year. What does set 2014 apart is the excitement it generated for the commercial construction industry, the optimism it set for the near future, and, perhaps mostly for sentimental reasons, the opportunity it provided to rekindle professional relationships. These are the three most important commercial construction trends I will take from the commercial construction industry in 2014.

Commercial General Construction 2014 Highs and Lows

Commercial Construction

As we close out another year, we wanted to take a look back at the commercial construction trends that defined 2014 and highlight some of the highs and lows. Overall, this was a great year for the commercial construction industry as commercial construction activity and revenue were up considerably. Nothing gets a national commercial contractor more excited than moving dirt.

Commercial Construction Trends: Why More Clients Are Choosing the Design-Assist Model

Commercial Construction

Working with a client on a design-assist or design-build basis, as Englewood Construction is with the reimagining of Stratford Square Mall, allows the commercial contractor to provide valuable input during the initial planning stages. Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably already knows I’m a huge proponent of client partnerships that bring the general contractor into the commercial construction planning process as early as possible.

Englewood Construction: Ten Years of Providing Leading Commercial Construction Services

Commercial Construction

We don’t like to get hung up on milestones too much at Englewood Construction, but I think we would be remiss if we did not take a little time to reflect on the firm’s 10-year anniversary and the current state of our national commercial construction company, as well as acknowledge all of the people and hard work that got us to where we are today. But it was real estate and commercial construction that bore the brunt of this recession.

5 Green Construction Practices that are becoming Standard Commercial Construction Procedures

Commercial Construction

Anyone in the commercial construction industry knows there are a variety of certifications and designations that individuals, companies and projects can achieve to show they follow a high level of green commercial construction practices. In fact, as green construction techniques become more mainstream and cost-efficient, many have been adopted as standard construction practices followed by experienced commercial contractors as a matter of course.

Legalized Marijuana: Opportunities and Impact for Commercial Real Estate and Construction

Commercial Construction

Given that our firm already has experience working with clients on medicinal and recreational marijuana dispensary construction projects in other states, we know firsthand that this legislation will quickly lead to new activity in the local commercial real estate and construction landscape. Commercial Construction Best Practices Construction News and Trends General Construction National General Contractors

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Emergency Commercial Facility Disaster Planning: 3 Takeaways from Recent Hurricanes

Commercial Construction

As a national commercial construction firm offering emergency commercial facility maintenance and repair services, we know it’s never easy to deal with damage to any property, much less on the scale of what a major natural disaster can cause. We also understand how important it is to have a commercial facility disaster plan in place ahead of time. Commercial Construction Commercial Property Maintenance Best Practices General Construction

Commercial Facility Management: 4 Steps to Prep your Facility for Winter

Commercial Construction

While I’m far from eager to start thinking about when snow-mageddon will hit, the change of seasons is a great time to talk about how your national commercial contractor can help make sure your facility is ready for winter. At Englewood Construction, one of the services we offer as a national commercial construction firm is a full Facilities Management Group. Best Practices Commercial Construction Commercial Property Maintenance facility maintenance