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Building Bigger to Benefit from Economies of Scale

A larger building can typically be constructed at a lesser square footage price than a smaller building. The overall price tag may be more, but a bigger building will get better value per square foot than a littler building, based on similar material selection. This information can help an owner plan for their business’ future.

How to Complete Construction Months Faster

As I’ve gone through the benefits of Design-Build in a recent campaign to inform more business owners about their options, it’s important to discuss the time savings that result from this construction delivery process. We stress the importance of time because we know that the faster construction is completed, the faster you can start generating income in your new space. And Wolgast is your biggest advocate when it comes to speed.

A Guide to Keeping Your Healthcare Practice Open during a Remodel

Healthcare practitioners can have a difficult time deciding when to start an occupied office remodel due to the speculation of shutdown inconvenience, operations minimization, or the lessening of their income. These are all legitimate concerns during healthcare construction, but Wolgast can offer several scenarios and strategies to keep your practice going while remodeling your office.

Warning: Adding on to Your Building May Not Be Possible

 

What you should know before expanding your commercial business space

Many of our clients begin their business expansion quest by attempting to add on to their existing building rather than moving their operation, and most of the time they’re able to move ahead without any problems.  Expanding their existing space to make more room for additional manpower or machinery could be more affordable than building new or renovating another building.  However, there are times when it’s just not possible to expand where they want or at all.  Below we discuss the possible caveats to consider when expanding and to consider for the future when selecting a site.

Wolgast Corporation Marks 75th Anniversary

Wolgast Corporation Marks 75th Anniversary!

Saginaw, MI - For the first 52 years, the Wolgast family owned and operated Wolgast Corporation. Started by Gerald Wolgast as G.H. Wolgast Masonry in 1948, his motto of “Do it right the first time, every time” has been his legacy that still steers the company today. Gerald’s sons, Lynn and the late Patrick and Mark Wolgast left their own legacy on the general contracting company by diversifying to include Design-Build and Construction Management services, helping start the local Associated Builders and Contractors Association Chapter, and forging a relationship with McDonald’s Corporation in the 1980s. Since then, we have built close to 300 new or rebuilt McDonald’s restaurants and remodeled nearly twice that many. The Wolgast brothers also chose to succeed their business to the employees and started the process of becoming an Employee-Owned Company in 2000. Soon after, they named Brian Stadler as President, marking the first time that a non-family member held such a key position.

Why is Wolgast Thankful?

 

Counting our blessings this Thanksgiving Holiday Season

First and foremost, our faithful customers—new and those who have repeatedly come back to us for each of their building projects.  We appreciate each and every one of you!!

We are thankful for our community within Saginaw, the Great Lakes Bay Region and Michigan as a whole.  We have been in Saginaw County for over 70 years and have built many of the area businesses that surround us as well as many throughout Michigan.  We couldn’t be more proud to drive around our community and be able to say “built it!”.

Five of the Best Reasons for a Commercial Building Renovation

Commercial Renovation to Stay Put


Whether you really like your building the way that it is, your location is part of your long-term plan, or financially speaking a new building is out of the question, these are all good reasons to stay where you are.  However, I’d like to share with you a few of the best reasons to consider renovating your current facility.

1)  Improve traffic to your business – we have seen it time and again that renovating a commercial space peaks the interest of people in your community.  It also provides additional promotional opportunities because having a renovated space to talk about creates a steady and interesting social media topic.  Whether you’re a doctor, restaurant, or a school, you consistently want to attract new people to your space, right?  Sharing your remodel should help gain and/or keep followers to communicate the benefits of your services.

Leaseback: Get a New Building While Keeping Capital in Your Business

 

Build to Suit

How to Expedite the Construction Process

We hear it quite often from business owners, once they decide to build a building, they needed it yesterday.  We understand that once the need for the new building is decided how important it is to get the owner moved in quickly.

Safety On Site - What It Can Mean For Your Construction Project

Safety is an important aspect of any business but especially in construction, where a little accident can have serious impacts to those involved; the trades people on site, the owner, and the contractor.  First and foremost, it is our concern to keep all of our workers healthy, so they can go home to their family each night and be a consistent provider both physically and financially, as well as a reliable contributor to our team.  That’s why it’s important to have a General Contractor who is not only following the codes and regulations, but has incorporated a culture of safety into their operations.

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