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Rethinking tenant needs in a post-pandemic world
The new normal and its effects on commercial space needs
3 ways COVID-19 will change senior housing forever
Senior living experiences a reset in the midst of pandemic shifts
What's ahead for industrial/fulfillment centers?
In the COVID-19 world, an e-commerce boom drives demand
Senior housing trend report indicates positive performance ahead
Even amid coronavirus, investors see favorable indicators
COVID-19 and rethinking health care space
A rapidly-changing public health issue demonstrates the essential nature of having space that can serve a variety of needs.
The prevalence of wood construction
Four reasons wood construction is so popular right now.
The pros and cons of TIFs
Developers who are exploring the option of tax increment financing would be wise to weigh all the pros and cons.
4 ways to bring post-pandemic customers back to the grocery store
Agility is key in the changing economic landscape
Ghost kitchens get cooking in vacant mall space
At the intersection of food delivery and vacant mall space, a new commercial real estate trend has emerged: the ghost kitchen.
When are fire sprinklers required in commercial buildings
Understanding Minnesota and Wisconsin fire sprinkler commercial building codes
Coworking may be multifamily buildings' newest amenity, post-pandemic
Here's why coworking could help attract and retain tenants
Senior suites pose another way to capture the middle market
When it comes to senior housing, senior suites build a bridge to the baby boomer market
This vs. that: brick vs. architectural metal panels
Comparing the pros and cons of brick vs architectural metal panels
Three steps to manage scope creep on senior housing projects
Tips to save you time, money and headaches
How to make a commercial building more energy efficient
Energy efficiency tips for commercial buildings
How much does it cost to build a commercial building?
Knowing what construction of a commercial building will cost can seem like an impossible, even overwhelming calculation.
How COVID-19 is already affecting commercial construction projects
We still face many unknowns about COVID-19 and what its full economic impact will be, but we are seeing some changes already.
How to manage a commercial building
Maximize return with excellent property management
Value engineering can save time and money in commercial construction
Value engineering aims to reduce cost without compromising overall project goals and quality.
Build zero-energy buildings with no extra upfront expenses
Upfront costs are #1 perceived barrier to zero-energy buildings
Insider tips when soliciting proposals for your commercial construction project
Tips — some basic, and some insider — that you can use when going to bid
Getting the construction and design team on the same page from the get-go
Construction and design on the same page? It's possible.
This vs. that: exposed ceiling or acoustical ceiling
Examining the finer points of differing ceiling styles
2020 Commercial Construction Trend Report shows pockets of opportunity
As we look ahead to 2020, experts are calling for slower economic growth, meaning development and investment decisions must focus where opportunity is greatest.
Senior housing trends to expect in 2020
Successful senior housing providers should keep these trends in mind
How co-care can help attract the middle-income market
New senior living design concept could be a game-changer
4 reasons to focus your next senior housing project on active seniors
Active senior living communities may keep you competitive
What's a typical payment schedule?
Knowing what to expect for your commercial construction project is essential
Making senior housing affordable
On senior housing construction projects, how do you keep it appealing to prospective residents while containing costs?
9 tips for communicating with your contractor
For commercial construction success, communication is key
New tech tools coming soon to a project near you
Here's what's on the horizon in construction technology
Renovating senior community housing? 3 invaluable construction strategies
To stay competitive and relevant in the rapidly-evolving senior community housing industry, many are turning to major renovation projects.
How much space do I need for my business?
There's much to consider: your unique business needs, staff space needs, common areas and customer service areas.
Steps to building commissioning
Building commissioning for your new construction can be a complicated process, but it also is one that pays back in terms of improved project outcomes. Building commissioning ensures project requirements are met.
Senior Living: where hospital and hospitality design intersect
Enter the age where hospital and hospitality design intersect. Senior living communities embrace a bold design aesthetic for the modern age
This vs. that: white TPO versus black roofing
Selecting roofing for your next commercial project is about much more than aesthetics: white TPO roofing and black roofing have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Holistic design for senior living centers
The latest trend in senior living centers is a migration toward building an environment that supports whole-person wellness, including mind, body and spirit.
4 considerations every owner needs to know about lien waivers
Signed by general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, lien waivers serve as a protection for project owners as well as general contractors.
10 Things owners need to know about punch lists
Understanding punch lists and how you can best leverage them is key to ensuring your long-term happiness with the construction project.
4 seasonal project considerations for your 2020 commercial construction project
4 timing aspects impacting commercial construction project budget and schedule
Prepare your commercial building for winter
Now is the time to think about winterization for long-term cost controls
How to calculate ROI for real estate investments
When you’ve capitalized on a real estate investment opportunity, you and your investors want to know your return on investment (ROI).
Nine in ten millennial renters will pay more for a smart apartment
Eighty-six percent of millennial renters who live in multi-family housing would be willing to pay more for a “smart” apartment.
Build savings and your project with a design-build construction firm
Choosing a design-build company can be good in several ways, all which can contribute to your bottom line.
In student housing, live/learn mindset and resort-type amenities are trending
A look at five of today's top student housing trends.
Top 5 trip-ups when restoring old buildings
Here are the top five trip-ups you're likely to encounter when restoring old or historic buildings.
This vs that: tinted windows vs window treatments
When making those finishing choices for your new construction or remodel, windows must be given more than a glance.
How lenders value your commercial property
The five key formulas lenders use to value your commercial property
4 construction strategies for senior living renovation projects
As baby boomers retire, senior living facilities are renovating to meet the needs of this distinct market.
Your first commercial construction project: how to choose the best contractor
Is searching online the best option for finding a general contractor for your first commercial construction project?
Wellness amenities to attract tenants to your commercial building
More than ever before, tenants are interested in wellness amenities in their commercial building spaces.
Moving toward net zero
The concept of net zero energy buildings is at last within reach for builders.
2019 Trend Alert: Office Space
The number of private office buildings is expected to hold steady in 2019, a by-product of today’s labor shortage and the number of millennial workers.
This vs. that: concrete vs. asphalt paving
Concrete and asphalt are the two most common choices for parking lots, access drives and other, similar surfacing needs. But how do the two measure up?
Commercial construction trends and opportunities today
Commercial construction continues to ride a wave of success and high demand in 2019. Opportunities abound for those who are savvy and eager to ride the wave.
Must-have smart tech for your next commercial construction project
Smart buildings can include a wide variety of tech solutions. Which should you consider first, and what’s on the leading edge of smart building tech?
Improving energy performance in existing buildings
Energy Star reports office buildings can waste a third of the energy they use ... and pay for.
Trend Alert: Senior Housing
As more active lifestyles and improved health care have people living longer these days, demand for senior housing will increase in coming years.
Trend Alert: Multi-Tenant Housing
Time and again, multi-tenant housing has proven to be a safer investment during market corrections.
Using amenities to differentiate your office from the rest
Office amenities to help landlords attract and keep business tenants.
Commercial construction and real estate development: getting started
When your business goals call for a new space in which to grow, here's how to get the commercial construction process moving.
Trend Alert: Hospitality
Here's what to expect in the hospitality industry for 2019.
Mixed-use senior housing
Senior housing developers are moving in new, different and creative directions are getting attention, and results.
Mixed-use senior housing
Mixed-use senior housing is changing and responding to seniors’ needs and wants.
2019 Trend Alert: Industrial Construction
Here's where you'll likely find the best ROI in industrial construction projects this year.
How the location quotient works
A location quotient gives you a picture of the concentration of an industry or demographic in a specified area when compared with national trends.
2019 Trend Alert: Retail & Grocery
Here's how grocery and retail stores can adapt to today's consumers
Analyzing industrial real estate supply and demand
Understanding supply and demand is key to identifying the best times to buy, sell and develop properties.
Real estate investing through REITs
REITs can provide a viable alternative for investing in real estate.
In the world of design-build, women are helping build the future
Design-build leaders are working to attract more female workers, in part because of the unique and valuable skills women bring to the environment.
Wellness technology to include in your next senior housing project
Wellness technology in senior housing developments can both retain current and attract new residents.
This vs that: Hard-tiled flooring vs concrete
How do hard-tiled flooring and concrete compare? Let’s break it down.
Agile construction management: A consideration for your next project
Agile construction management provides a unique, iterative approach and has been a successful model for many developers.
FOMO? Here’s your chance to catch what others read most on our blog in 2018
Can you guess which of our blogs were most-read in 2018?
12 reasons to choose design-build (infographic)
This infographic features results from a new Design-Build Institute of America study showing why more people are choosing design-build.
New research shows design-build still best-performing project delivery method
New research shows design-build continues to lead the way in commercial construction, both with cost savings and speed.
Six ways winter weather may affect your commercial construction project
A season for hunkering and hibernating, winter can also be a season where the construction phase of your commercial project can slow dramatically or halt altogether.
Collaborative teams critical to delivering commercial construction projects on time and on budget
When it comes down to choosing a design-build contractor, the key is finding one that is truly a team.
Quiz indicates whether you might qualify for an SBA construction or renovation loan
Take this 15-question quiz to see if you might qualify for an SBA loan.
Commercial construction quiz: Should you build or renovate?
When you’re ready to take your business to the next level with a renovation or new commercial construction, you'll need to weigh several factors.
A 1031 exchange could help you build business while reducing taxes
1031 exchanges allow investors to swap one investment property for another with limited or no capital gains tax.
This vs that: precast vs. site-cast concrete
Both precast and site-cast concrete have their benefits.
Building new revenue streams into your senior housing budget
Building new revenue streams into your senior housing budget can play a key role in getting the best ROI for your project.
Eight tips for landlords to avoid common mistakes
Investing in real estate can be a solid way to build wealth, but only if you do it correctly.
Infographic shows commercial real estate loan rates
In this tight lending environment, it helps to understand your loan financing options.
The drones are coming: How drones are being used in construction
The construction industry—and builders and owners who are taking on new projects—is already feeling the effects of drone use.
If we owned a shopping mall
Walk into a shopping mall today, and one quickly sees how times have changed: anchor store spaces sitting empty, smaller stores gated with the lights off.
Building resiliency: What it is and what it means for your building project
Building resilience can ensure more rapid recovery from adverse events
Tracking construction project costs in a volatile market
Tips for tracking construction project costs in a volatile market
This vs that: spray foam or rigid foam insulation
When choosing insulation to use in your commercial construction project, it’s good to know you have a number of options
What's Trending: Construction industry labor shortage requires extra planning
The regional market is seeing a shortage of laborers to complete the work—potentially delaying both the start and completion of projects.
Quiz: Are You Ready to Build?
Think you're ready to build a new commercial structure? Take this quiz and find out!
Commercial construction site trip-ups: resolving hidden problems
Any sort of surprise on a commercial construction site can slow, stall or even stymie progress entirely.
Why more clients are choosing design-build
In recent years, the design-build trend has really taken off, which may have you wondering, why are more clients choosing design-build?
Senior housing facilities turn up the heat on dining choices
The days of cafeteria-style, scheduled dining are leaving residents hungry for more
Moonlighting as a real estate developer
Some experts say being a developer commands your full attention, but for many, that just isn’t realistic
Senior living design trends that are so over
Design trends are changing to provide this population with what they want and need most
What you need to know about insurance before your next commercial construction project
Insurance requirements differ depending on the scope and location of your project.
5 most commonly asked questions about real estate development
You’ve decided to develop real estate, but before you do, chances are you have questions.
Infographic shows 6 phases of the site-selection process
Senior Housing: Should we renovate or rebuild?
Factors to consider before deciding whether to renovate your senior housing property or restart with new construction
How long does it take to put together a construction budget?
Much of a project’s success hinges upon a comprehensive budget
DBS Group's newest project plans to stick around
Sustainability is reaching new heights with our latest contract.
This vs. That: wood versus steel framing
Both wood framing and steel framing have their benefits and drawbacks.
Four places you can cut costs on your next commercial building project
Effective ways to control your commercial project expenses and come within budget
Eight tips to ensure safety at your commercial construction site
To protect your investment and your people, here are some tips to ensure your construction zone is a safety zone, from groundbreaking through ribbon-cutting.
Working with OFIs and/or owner vendors:
When it makes sense, and how to divide and conquer
2018 Trend Report
Download your free copy of our 2018 Commercial Construction Trend Report to see what's happening in your sector.
The perfect property: CRE construction project site selection
How will you know when you find the perfect property?
Senior housing trends to watch
More senior housing will be needed in coming years, but that doesn’t mean boomers will be beating down the door to get in.
The essential commercial property owner checklist to prep for a new building project
When you’re considering a new building project, it’s natural to look forward to the construction phase with excitement and anticipation. To make sure your new building project is completed to your...
Qualifying subcontractors in today's tight labor market
It’s no secret that today’s commercial construction labor market is tight, and there’s no end in sight. The issue is having an impact on the ability of firms to find qualified workers. According to a...
How to keep residents happy during senior housing renovation
When planning a renovation to a senior housing property, minimizing the inconvenience to your valuable tenants is in your best interest.
Major changes coming to the construction industry
While the construction industry may seem to be a slow-moving vehicle, the truth is there are a number of subterranean industry developments, figuratively speaking, that stand to change the industry on a fundamental level, and swiftly.
Creating experiential retail to drive foot traffic to bricks and mortar stores
Believe it or not, 82 percent of millennials actually enjoy shopping more in physical stores than online stores.
What is lean construction, and what does it mean for you?
When it comes to the construction industry, lean principles are creating meaningful change that stand to significantly improve the customer experience.
Manufacturing construction looks promising for 2018
Growth in manufacturing construction has been stagnant in 2017, but that’s expected to change in 2018. Watch for robotics, 3D printing, nearsharing and sustainability to trend. For currents trends in other market sectors, download our2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report.
Sustainable building design: top trends
Sustainable building design trends continue to emerge, and it’s no wonder. According to interestingengineering.com, experts project that between 2015 and 2018, the number of builders worldwide who have more than half their projects certified green will increase 100 percent. The main reason builders are turning to green initiatives? To reduce carbon emissions, say experts. But […]
Building security: head it off when designing, building your new commercial construction project
When you’re imagining the next chapter in the legacy of your business, chances are you aren’t giving much thought to the dangers that could emerge over time. Yet now, more than ever, security is a concern for businesses and one that should be considered during the early stages of the commercial construction process. And it […]
Three Things You Need to Know About Offsite Construction
As the construction industry rises to meet changing trends and ever-present challenges, a movement toward offsite construction is gaining steam. With offsite construction methods, components of a project are prefabricated elsewhere and shipped to the building site, then assembled. The innovation is a win for building contractors trying to overcome common commercial construction challenges such […]
Most Common Obstacles in Commercial Construction Projects
As with any large-scale commercial construction project, you may encounter obstacles along the way toward achieving your final vision. Luckily, you and your builder or design-build team can take steps to prevent or eliminate these issues. Before you can bypass these hurdles, the first step, of course, is identifying what those trouble spots are. To […]
How to Design Your Workspace Construction for Maximum Productivity (Hint: Design-Build can help!)
When designing your workspace construction, one of the most important considerations—if not THE most important consideration—is making sure it allows your staff to maximize their productivity. Of course you want your customer-facing spaces to be inviting and professional, and you want your employee spaces to be functional as well as comfortable for those long days,[…]
What’s trending in warehousing?
Online shopping is booming, which means more retailers need a lot more space to house their goods. That just about says it all when looking at warehouse design-build contractor trends. Here are the details.[…]
Life After Dark: Tips for Commercial Property Owners to Repurpose Dark Retail
For commercial property developers, dark retail can be a source of frustration, blight & erosion of property value. Tips for Commercial property owners
Experts Warn Canadian Lumber Tariffs Could Affect Residential, Commercial Construction
Just a few months ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce put into place a duty rate of approximately 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S., a tariff that was retroactive for 90 days. And while the move by the administration is meant to be a boon to U.S. industry, some experts warn […]
What's trending in senior housing?
Senior housing is expected to boom in coming years. If you’re a developer, baby boomer or are in the senior housing industry, this is for you. For currents trends in other market sectors, download our 2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report.
Five essential questions to ask in a commercial contractor RFP
When developing a commercial contractor RFP for your organization's needs, it's essential to gather comprehensive information from each potential contractor so you can make the most informed decision...
Top 5 challenges facing commercial property owners
Commercial property owners face a variety of issues from economic changes, finding & retaining tenants, to monitoring demographic changes. Here are the top 5 issues
Negotiation tips for construction loan financing
Negotiating a construction loan with a bank or lender isn’t something most of us do every day, but these five tips can help
What Factors Determine the Price of a Warehouse?
Maybe your company’s storage needs are growing and changing, or perhaps you’re looking at building a warehouse for the first time to support anticipated needs for a new venture. Whatever the case, cost is among your first considerations, and rightfully so. You want a space that performs at the level your business needs it to, […]
Five Things You Should Do Before Visiting a Lender for Your Commercial Project
When you’re ready to move forward on a commercial project, whether it’s apartments, retail property, office space or another commercial building, finding a lender who is willing to help you make that...
Construction Material Costs Are Up: Here’s How to Keep Expenses Down
The cost of building materials continues to rise, and developers and builders are looking for ways to manage those increasing costs. At issue are increased demand for new housing construction,...
Construction underway on new Festival Foods in Holmen
With the ribbon cutting now complete, ground preparation is underway for the new Festival Foods in Holmen. One might say we're moving mountains (of dirt, anyway) to get the job done.
La Crosse on-trend when it comes to multi-use property development
If you think Western Wisconsin is slow to pick up on national trends, you may want to rethink that stance. In our 2017 Trend Report , we noted that the retail wave of the future is incorporating more...
Coming to a Hotel Near You: Design and Construction Changes
As generational influence shifts and millennials become a primary target market for the hotel industry, hotel contractors like DBS Group and others in the construction sector are rising to meet the...
Construction Site Visits: Dos and Don’ts
A walk through a construction work-in-progress can be inspiring and motivating, or it can be disastrous.
Bronson's Marketplace: A Great Example of Value Engineering
Here’s Why Retailers Need to Pay Attention to Generation Z
Thinking of starting a new commercial construction project for retail, and want that business to flourish? Look five, 10 or even 20 years into the future, say experts. Of course, in your mind’s eye...
How Virtual Reality Will Change the Construction Industry
To some, virtual reality is just a game; but to the construction industry, virtual reality is a game-changer. What started as an immersive gaming experience primarily for teens is now proving to be...
2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report
Download the 2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report
To renovate or to build—and where to begin
All signals point toward a healthy economy and increased GDP in 2017 and following years, and the 7 Rivers Region is poised to follow suit. As local business owners and entrepreneurs look ahead to...
2017 Could Be a Break-Out Year for Design-Builders
The design-build project delivery method has been on the rise for the past several years, now surpassing design-bid-build delivery system use by 10 percent. (Fifty percent of all projects use...
Going Green on Your Next Project While Staying in the Black
If being eco-friendly is important to you when planning your next construction project, there’s good news: being green doesn’t have to put you in the red. Although it has been a long-held assumption...
What’s Trending: Smart Building Tech
Smart building tech is having a moment, and if analyst projections are on target, these technologies aren’t going anywhere soon. In fact, a report on constructiondive.com says the market is on pace...
When it Comes to Commercial Construction, To Everything There is a Season
When you’re planning to launch a commercial construction project, you may wonder when it’s the best time of year to begin. Is it better to break ground in the spring, when the weather improves? Or...
2017 Commercial Construction Trends Report
Looking ahead to 2017, this is one year where there’s cause for celebration in all commercial market sectors. According to Forbes, wage deceleration has bottomed out and is expected to begin growing...
3 Signs You’re Hiring the Right Construction Firm for the Job
Hiring a construction firm can be an intimidating experience. After all, we’ve all heard how construction projects can go wrong. That’s why it’s essential to select the right construction firm before...
Don't Forget Buildings When Discussing Infrastructure
Our aging infrastructure, both here in the Upper Midwest and throughout the U.S., is a topic that’s finally getting attention in political circles. While that conversation is widely addressing roads,...
Millennials drive changes to commercial office space and design
Generation Y, or millennial workers, are being recruited by companies that are pulling out all the stops by offering a number of office features.
Timelapse shows Coulee Region development
Our local landscape has changed a lot in the past 32 years, especially with communities north of La Crosse. But now, with Google's new Timelapse tool, you can actually see it changing. Check it out!
5 Reasons to Love the Coulee Region During the Holidays
Sure, Rockefeller Center in New York has a big tree. And yes, there are some spectacular Christmas markets in Germany. But for our money, there’s no place like home for the holidays, and the Coulee...
Five Building Design Considerations to Keep Your Customers Safer
We’ve all heard the stories about hordes of Black Friday shoppers descending upon a store with horrific consequences. And while every retailer wants a robust shopping season, no business owner wants...
The Rise of the Rental Property
As the number of homeowners is slowly declining, the number of renters is slowly increasing. And it isn’t just millennials doing all that renting, the trend holds among all age brackets. According to...
Bone-chilling haunting tales...they're not just for residences
As the air chills our bones and trees begin to look like stark skeletons, we are constantly reminded of the spooky delights of Halloween in the ghostly tales the season seems to whisper to us. Have...
New ideas transforming construction around the world
In the last few weeks on our social media channels, we’ve shared news about everything from bendable concrete to 3d printed bathrooms. We even saw updates about the development of invisibility...
BIM: The 5D Approach to Your Next Commercial Building Project
Imagine technology that can help you see your commercial building project plans beyond 3D, technology that would help your project stay on time and within budget, then allow you to optimize your...
Construction Industry Grapples with Construction Materials Shortage: Tips to Cope
The construction industry has taken more than its fair share of sucker punches lately. Labor shortages have long posed a challenge, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the number of...
Building Something? Be Sure to Bring in the Experts
When you're focused on getting your building project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such an...
Prefab Construction: When it Makes Sense, and When it Doesn't
The popularity of pre-fabrication construction is growing, in large part due to a shortage of construction laborers. Experts project that construction will grow six percent this year, yet the labor...
Five Hidden, Cost-Saving Measures for Commercial Construction
No matter how deep your project pockets, no one has an unlimited construction budget. The good news is there are many ways you can save on your commercial construction costs, some of them obvious and...
Building construction: 5 benefits to bringing in the specialists
When you're focused on getting your building construction project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such...
Commercial Building: When to remodel vs. when to build
6 factors to consider when deciding whether to build new or stay put and renovate.
Coworking Spaces: What are they, and are they right for you?
For the rapidly-changing face of the modern workplace, building owners are increasingly looking at coworking spaces when it's time for office construction. Coworking spaces offer an opportunity for...
Four key areas to scrutinize in your commercial building process
When you're ready to take the next step in making your industrial or commercial building dreams a reality, it's important to step carefully to avoid common building plan pitfalls. In particular,...
Four insider tips to manage your commercial construction budget
You're ready to build, and it's taken a substantial amount of time, planning and capital to get here. You have your vision for the project, and you've established a budget. You might feel like you've...
Three tips for managing your commercial construction schedule
When you're ready to build, you want the project done right and completed on time. In truth, time is money when it comes to commercial construction. The sooner you can open our doors for business,...
What is design build?
As you consider how to make your building project dreams a reality, you may want to consider the design build model, one of the most significant design and construction trends today. It's a project...
Tips for choosing a commercial contractor
When you're ready to build, you want to partner with the right contractor for your business construction needs. Yet choosing a commercial contractor for your project can be an overwhelming first...
Is intergenerational student-senior housing the next big thing?
Mount Mary University Project in Milwaukee shows promise
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Here are the benefits of differing stormwater management options
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