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Three Common Misconceptions about Design-Build Construction

Companies that regularly open new locations probably have a lot of experience with construction.  They benefit from having established drawings to help design the next store and a familiarity with contractors, and, therefore, are a good fit for General Construction services to complete their buildings.  On the other hand, business owners who are unfamiliar with construction and don’t have relationships with professional contractors would benefit more from having a Design-Builder on their team.  This is because Design-Build perks include faster completion, a single-source to contact for all project needs, and the ability to judge which subcontractors offer the best value for their project.

Get Ready to Talk to Your Lender about a Construction Loan

Commercial Property Financing

As I found out recently by talking to Steve Canole, Vice President and Business Loan Officer  at 1st State Bank, there aren’t as explicit criteria for securing a commercial construction loan as there are  for residential mortgage financing.  According to Steve, there are many more variables that lenders need to consider when reviewing a commercial property mortgage compared to a residential loan which is more stream lined.  Primarily, these variables include whether it’s an investment property versus owner-occupied, the size of the project, the varied ways commercial real estate can be purchased and held, the various types of operating entities and how the owner chooses to operate and file taxes, and finally the loan/cost ratio of the project.

Ample Estimating Time Can Lower Price of Construction


Another Money Saving Tip for Construction Clients

Obviously, planning a construction project doesn’t happen overnight.  In most cases, the client has a set occupancy date when construction has to be completed either to satisfy a contract they have acquired or to meet their seasonal market (to name two).  During that construction project time frame, planning through completed project, there are five main activities that need to take place, which include design, cost estimating, obtaining regulatory approval, acquiring materials and construction. 

Construction Scheduling for Dental Offices

Continually meet with patients throughout construction

Dentists sometimes put off improvements to their building space due to the anticipated disruption of their business.  Determining how to remodel their office or relocate to a new space when a practice can’t survive without an active patient load can feel like a big risk.  However, I’m here to tell you that it's possible to remodel, renovate or relocate with minimal impact to your practice when you use a professional contractor.

The Good and the Bad of How Contractors Lower Their Bids


In a competitive bid situation, contractors can go to the extremes to lower their bids, especially when work opportunities are scarce.  In the end, a business owner may like the price, but may not like the final results.

Warning: Adding on to Your Building May Not Be Possible


What you should know before expanding your business

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.

What Makes a Contractor an Expert in Medical Construction?

In light of our staff architect, Rick Keith, LEED AP, attending the Health Facilities Planning Seminar this month, I thought it was timely to discuss what makes a contractor specialized in medical office construction.  To some people, all buildings with walls, floors and a ceiling are the same and the contractor shouldn’t make a difference when constructing it.  While I believe that it always matters who the contractor is and how professional and customer service oriented they are, obviously, most any contractor can build simple buildings (how much hassle you want to deal with is up to you).  However, a medical building is not a simple building.  The healthcare industry is highly regulated and uses a plethora of specialty equipment or med gases each with its own requirements.  Plus whether you’re dealing with a Patient Centered Medical Home or a surgery or endoscopy center, it’ll be easier to successfully achieve your goal

Succession Planning & Your Building for Medical or Dental Professions

Remember the good old days—a few decades or so ago—when a doctor could practice for 30 – 40 years and then sell his or her practice to another doctor when they were ready to retire, or better yet, have a son or daughter to take over the practice.  Jump forward to present time and it’s not as easy to find someone to take over a medical or dental practice.  The reality is there are far fewer doctors graduating than there are practices out there and doctors should start succession planning well before they’re ready to retire.

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