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This vs. that: leasing vs. owning commercial space

Here are the pros and cons of leasing vs. owning When considering commercial space for your business, you may wonder which is better: leasing vs. owning. Whether you are considering office space, a retail storefront, distribution facility, a factory or other commercial endeavors, it’s often not an easy decision. There are pros and cons to…

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LCO hires DBS Group for Country Store renovation

Lac Courte Oreilles has contracted with DBS Group to renovate its County Store in Hayward, Wisconsin. Under the contract, DBS Group will design and completely renovate several areas in the facility, including the gaming area, a new fast-casual restaurant and grocery store. The project also includes renovating the exterior façade as well as site improvement…

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Senior housing adaptive reuse options

Repurposing buildings provides another option for senior living facilities For many seniors, their golden years are a chapter of personal reinvention, and it turns out the same is true of buildings entering their golden years. Adaptive reuse gives buildings second chances, offering a new lease on life as a senior living facility. As owners and…

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What’s trending: garden style apartments

La Crosse general contractors predict uptick in this design-build movement Increased interest in garden-style apartments is keeping builders in La Crosse, WI, Rochester, MN and the Upper Midwest beyond busy these days. And what’s old is new again as far as this trend is concerned. Garden apartments gained popularity in the U.S. in the wake…

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DBS to design-build new drive-thru coffee concept

Niemann Foods has contracted with DBS Group to design and build Perk Coffee Co. in Jacksonville, IL. Perk Coffee is a new double drive-thru coffee concept recently developed by NFI. Located on W. Morton Ave., the new facility will include coffee serving areas and site improvements to accommodate the double drive-thru. Construction is scheduled to…

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Designing for senior housing staff retention

To solve senior housing’s biggest challenge, go back to the drawing board The headlines in senior housing news say it all: recruiting and retaining staff in senior housing is a huge challenge these days. Competition for the limited pool of applicants can be fierce. Competitive salaries can tilt the scales, but sometimes there simply isn’t…

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Design-build office trends in 2022

Office trends in 2022 reflect pandemic influence As more businesses developed return-to-work strategies, office space use trended up in 2021. And economists expect occupancy to continue improving in 2022, mainly in the latter half of the year and particularly in medical offices and suburban areas. In its 2022 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook, CBRE says…

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DBS Group expands team again

DBS Group has expanded its team again, bringing in Bryan Lee as a project supervisor and Jonathan Herman as a Revit modeler. Lee has worked in the construction industry for more than 25 years. He has grown into an experienced project superintendent, overseeing developments ranging from capital expense projects to $40-million-plus projects in various markets…

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Material lead times and cost increases impact commercial construction

Owner/builders should plan projects earlier than ever Equipment and material lead times and cost increases continue to impact the commercial construction industry. The good news is you can mitigate some of these increases by thoughtful planning in the very early project stages. How early? Earlier than ever, say our design-build experts. That means if you’re…

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DBS Group to design and build Camping World in Onalaska

Camping World has selected DBS Group to help convert the former Gander Mountain store in Onalaska, WI, into a Camping World Sales & Service location. DBS Group will design and construct the project. For sales areas, improvements will include interior RV display areas, sales and finance support areas, a retail area for RV and camping…

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