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2023 trend report reveals most promising building opportunities

2023 trend report shows where and how to stay ahead of competitors While economic forecasters predict little overall growth in commercial construction in the year ahead, opportunities are still there for the investors, developers and property owners who want to continue building the future and position themselves to maximize ROI as remaining COVID clouds dissipate.…

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Why you shouldn’t delay commercial construction projects

Delays in commercial construction can be multifactorial, but the price to pause is too high Every developer understands — all too well perhaps — the reasons commercial construction projects get delayed. First, there are financial challenges, which can bring a project to a standstill in the face of interest rate increases and material and equipment…

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Construction inflation

Where it’s been, where it’s headed and how it will affect your build Inflation is affecting every one of us, and that includes those of us in the construction industry. From baby formula to buttresses, pizzas to electrical panels, refrigerators to rebar and everything in between, prices are undeniably up. For developers, this poses a…

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The latest on material lead times and labor shortages

Here’s how developers can adjust to these market shifts During the past 12 to 24 months, we have written about equipment and material lead times, subcontractor and labor shortages, cost increases and their compounded effect on commercial construction. For the entire industry, these market influences have placed additional pressure on projects and processes. The good…

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From Babylon to Barre Mills, Wisconsin, biophilia is more important than ever

The trend toward biophilia continues to grow When Queen Amytis of Babylon longed for the verdant hills of her childhood, she turned to biophilic design to fulfill the deep need to connect to nature, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were born. Fast forward to modern times, and many of us are feeling a similar…

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DBS Group to design-build renovations at Resilience Center

DBS Group has been retained as the design-builder for a 7,500-square-foot office renovation project for Resilience Center in Rochester, MN, which provides mental health services for children, adolescents and adults. The project includes repurposing existing space for new private offices, expanding waiting area space, upgrading the breakroom area, and updating finishes throughout. Construction is scheduled…

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Before and After: New Minnetonka MN Facility Is Unrecognizable

The Goddard School contracted with DBS Group to gut and remodel a building to create a new school in Minnetonka. The transformation is astounding.

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Why design-build contractors are growing in popularity

And how to identify an authentic design-build contractor The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently released a study providing an overview of the design-build industry, including trends, growth and the market forecast. The study includes modeling and research based on industry expertise, data mining and interviews with 46 design-build contractors and industry stakeholders and electronic…

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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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Understanding grants and incentives for sustainable construction

Sustainable construction gaining traction with commercial projects Increasingly, Earth Day is every day as developers seek opportunities to design and build commercial construction projects in a more earth-friendly manner. Eco-friendly practices used to be a consideration only for those on the fringes of commercial construction even a couple of decades ago, and these days it’s…

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