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7 Factors driving 2023 design-build trends

Design-build and commercial development opportunities reflect pandemic effects Looking ahead to 2023, we continue to see pandemic reverberations in commercial construction. Clearly, pandemic-era decisions take much of the blame for today’s economic uncertainty, inflationary pressures and supply chain issues. But they also take credit for movements toward well-being and restoration — themes that carry through…

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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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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.

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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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What’s trending: garden style apartments

La Crosse general contractors predict uptick in this design-build movement Increased interest in garden-style apartments is keeping builders in La Crosse, WI, Rochester, MN and the Upper Midwest beyond busy these days. And what’s old is new again as far as this trend is concerned. Garden apartments gained popularity in the U.S. in the wake…

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Design-build office trends in 2022

Office trends in 2022 reflect pandemic influence As more businesses developed return-to-work strategies, office space use trended up in 2021. And economists expect occupancy to continue improving in 2022, mainly in the latter half of the year and particularly in medical offices and suburban areas. In its 2022 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook, CBRE says…

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Construction technology: shaping the future of building

The future of construction may be built by these innovations Innovation has always played an essential role in construction. These days, innovative construction technology is shaping the future of the building industry, improving everything from efficiencies and productivity to safety and more. Even amid the pandemic when much of the world came to a pause,…

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