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The 3 most common obstacles in senior living and multifamily development

(And how to overcome them.) Every experienced developer knows and anticipates obstacles on the way toward building senior living facilities and multifamily developments. The wisest also develop a plan of attack for overcoming those challenges. Whether you are new to commercial construction or a seasoned expert, we all encounter trials on our way to building…

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What’s a typical payment schedule?

Knowing what to expect for your commercial construction project is essential.

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This vs. that: Natural gas or electric HVAC systems

For commercial construction, here’s what you need to know When planning your next design-build project or seeking remodeling contractors in La Crosse, WI or Rochester, MN, to upgrade your commercial building’s heating system, you may wonder whether you should choose natural gas-fired or an electric-fired HVAC system. Knowing and understanding the benefits and drawbacks of…

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Is it time to renovate your commercial building?

Here are the signs to watch for and why they’re important If you’re waiting for a sign on whether it’s time to renovate your commercial building, chances are your building will tell you. Dilapidated buildings can come at a high cost — far higher than if an owner stays on top of maintenance, repair, replacement…

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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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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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