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Composite building materials and construction materials shortages

What they’re made of, how they’re being used and what to consider Materials shortages in the construction industry come and go, but when it’s time to build, owners need answers. Paying inflated pricing for hard-to-get items, putting construction on hold or altering architectural design midway through a project can cause major headaches and drive up…

Apartment technology: once optional, now essential

To be competitive in multifamily housing, it’s high time for tech The multifamily housing market is going full speed ahead when it comes to apartment technology, and owners/builders who want to remain competitive or rise above the competition are finding it’s time to get on board. The digital revolution in multifamily housing hit 6G speeds…

Small but important design considerations for senior living

Senior housing design: Here’s how to transform senior housing into senior homes When it’s time to think about transitioning into a senior living community, new residents typically want their new space to feel like home. The concept of senior housing for some can conjure up images of a stale, stark environment that may be utilitarian…

DBS Group to design-build new retail center

DBS Group has entered a contract to design and build the Shoppes at Bell Avenue in Hartford, WI. The new 11,300-square-foot, ground-up, multi-tenant retail building will be in the same development as the new Hartford Festival Foods that DBS Group already has underway. Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of August for completion…

Resale is the new retail opportunity

Design-build can boost your likelihood of success Retail has faced its share of challenges in recent years: online commerce, a pandemic, supply chain delays, the challenge of drawing shoppers to malls, to name a few. But there’s at least one sector of the shopping industry showing extreme promise and opportunity for those ready to leap.…

This versus that: vertical construction versus a larger building footprint

Here are the pros and cons of building up vs building out When your next commercial construction project is in the planning stages, you could be in the position of considering whether to build up vertically or building out horizontally with a larger footprint. What costs might be associated with each that might not be…

Torrance taps DBS Group for expansion project

Torrance Casting has contracted with DBS Group to design and expand its north building facility in La Crosse, WI. The project includes building a 3,400-square-foot loading dock and receiving area, a 4,500-square-foot office, an interior quality assurance space and site improvements to accommodate the expansion areas. The additional space will support new equipment Torrance is…

6 fundamentals of senior living that show no signs of changing

COVID-19 has shifted many things, but these remain the same Most industries, including senior housing, have experienced disruption and change during the COVID-19 global pandemic. From hospitality and leisure travel to production and distribution to health care, we’ve seen massive shifts in the global landscape. Consequently, for some industries, things may never be what they…

DBS Group opens Rochester office

Design-build construction company DBS Group cut the ribbon on its new Rochester office on Thursday, July 29. Headquartered in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area, the commercial construction manager and general contractor finished renovating its new office space in the Valley High Business Center earlier this month. The office currently houses several full-time team members, including…

Communication: the key to commercial construction success

Here’s how design-build project delivery improves communication The design-build project delivery method is forging inroads to improved communication throughout the commercial construction process, from concept through ribbon cutting. And the effects are a breath of fresh air over the antiquated design-bid-build model of project delivery. That’s because at the heart of the design-build model of…