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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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Senior housing conversions: financing for adaptive reuse

A closer look at financing for adaptive reuse Vacant commercial buildings are like an aging pop star icon: you never know what they’ll look like in their next incarnation. But, unlike some performers who never seem to age, commercial spaces are increasingly being remade in their golden years into something that appeals to older generations:…

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Senior housing solutions for smaller communities

Pro tip: design-build offers myriad options Senior housing for smaller communities can present unique challenges and opportunities for owners, and the design-build model of construction can help harness a profit. If you’re an owner/builder of a senior living facility for a smaller community in our region, the experts at DBS Group can help. Read on…

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This vs. that: ballasted versus mechanically-fastened roof systems

Comparing and contrasting ballasted vs. mechanically-fastened roofs As you consider your options for your next design-build project, you’ll want to decide on the right roofing system/assembly to fit your commercial construction project. Roofing systems vary, and each has its strong points and drawbacks. Here’s a comparison of two common commercial roofing systems: ballasted vs. mechanically-fastened…

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Mixed-income housing: a tool for a more inclusive community

Business model showing promise for developers and neighborhoods Developers and community officials are embracing a new tool to address the affordable housing squeeze: mixed-income housing. As supply continues to fall short of demand for affordable housing space, officials are hoping this innovative approach can offer a promising investment for developers while providing housing that mixes…

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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.

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This versus that: stick frame vs panelized construction

Comparing and contrasting these building options When planning your next commercial construction project in the Upper Midwest, you may wonder which is best: stick frame or panelized construction. Both of these options have their benefits and drawbacks, so let’s compare them side by side to get a clear picture of which might be the right…

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Construction project hack: plan spring projects now

Start now for best results and a project that stays within budget Even before the autumn colors start taking hold in our region, the smartest among us are thinking of spring. That’s because these days when it comes to commercial construction, preplanning is more important than ever due to the trickle-down effects of the pandemic…

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Construction Site Visits: Do’s and Don’ts

A walk through a construction work-in-progress can be inspiring and motivating, or it can be disastrous.

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