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5 reasons senior housing is still a good investment

Senior housing remains an attractive option in 2020 and beyond For investors in our region and beyond, senior housing remains an attractive investment option. And while many things may feel up in the air these days, there’s one thing that’s for sure: there will be a continued need for senior housing in the Upper Midwest,…

This vs. that: Rooftop HVAC systems vs. furnace/condenser systems

Comparing HVAC options? Here’s what you need to know HVAC systems can account for more than a third of the energy used by commercial buildings, making the selection of your HVAC unit essential to the bottom line for your business. Selecting between two common types of HVAC systems, rooftop units or an internal furnace/condenser system,…

How design-build boosts speed while keeping costs down

No matter what commercial construction project you are planning, design-build has benefits Whatever type of commercial construction project you have in mind, there is a single choice that can change everything about your construction experience — for the better. For many people, it’s an option that only recently appeared on their radar. But it’s fast…

Lumber Prices are Skyrocketing

Factors converge to drive up the price of wood for construction This summer, we told you about the increased popularity of wood construction, and why it’s more popular than ever. Turns out, wood is once again having a moment, but this time, the news may not be so welcome to those hoping to build with…

This vs. that: Comparing biofilters, porous pavement and underground retention

With all you have to think about during site evaluation for your commercial construction project, there’s one item that can be overlooked: stormwater management.

Mixed-use senior housing in a post-COVID-19 world

Market forces pushed mixed-use to the forefront; now it’s different Just six months ago, we saw a continued meteoric rise — going on a decade — in interest in mixed-use development among those in the senior housing development industry. But today, with COVID-19 at the forefront of our minds, that interest has changed dramatically. Mixed-use…

Construction project financing 101

As a developer, here’s how to get started When it’s time to build or remodel, understanding commercial construction financing is essential to the success of your project. Yes, it can be tedious, and the process can be complex. Of course, you’re not alone: most of us are not savvy to the ways of financing construction…

Pros and cons of “Opportunity Zones”

Two years in, here’s what you should know, including how to best use them After two years on the books, we’ve started seeing the pros and cons of “Opportunity Zones” emerge. The program was introduced as part of 2018 tax reform legislation, providing potential tax benefits for those investing in designated distressed communities in the…

Rethinking tenant needs in a post-pandemic world

Though we’re still amid COVID-19, it’s already clear that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on tenant needs both short- and long-term.

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.