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December 8, 2018

Six ways winter weather may affect your commercial construction project

A season for hunkering and hibernating, winter can also be a season where the construction phase of your commercial project can slow dramatically or halt altogether.


November 13, 2018

Collaborative teams critical to delivering commercial construction projects on time and on budget

When it comes down to choosing a design-build contractor, the key is finding one that is truly a team.


September 26, 2018

Quiz indicates whether you might qualify for an SBA construction or renovation loan

Take this 15-question quiz to see if you might qualify for an SBA loan.


September 26, 2018

Commercial construction quiz: Should you build or renovate?

When you’re ready to take your business to the next level with a renovation or new commercial construction,  you'll need to weigh several factors.


September 24, 2018

Value engineering can save time and money in commercial construction

Value engineering aims to reduce cost without compromising overall project goals and quality.


September 24, 2018

A 1031 exchange could help you build business while reducing taxes

1031 exchanges allow investors to swap one investment property for another with limited or no capital gains tax.


September 24, 2018

This vs that: precast vs. site-cast concrete

Both precast and site-cast concrete have their benefits.


September 18, 2018

Building new revenue streams into your senior housing budget

Building new revenue streams into your senior housing budget can play a key role in getting the best ROI for your project.


August 24, 2018

Making senior housing affordable

On senior housing construction projects, how do you keep it appealing to prospective residents while containing costs?


August 24, 2018

Eight tips for landlords to avoid common mistakes

Investing in real estate can be a solid way to build wealth, but only if you do it correctly.


August 16, 2018

Infographic shows commercial real estate loan rates

In this tight lending environment, it helps to understand your loan financing options. 


August 2, 2018

SBA loans can help with commercial construction financing challenges

Increasing construction commodity prices, a tight labor market and rising interest rates mean you must get creative to source financing.


August 2, 2018

The drones are coming: How drones are being used in construction

The construction industry—and builders and owners who are taking on new projects—is already feeling the effects of drone use.


July 25, 2018

If we owned a shopping mall

Walk into a shopping mall today, and one quickly sees how times have changed: anchor store spaces sitting empty, smaller stores gated with the lights off.


July 16, 2018

Building resiliency: What it is and what it means for your building project

Building resilience can ensure more rapid recovery from adverse events


July 13, 2018

Tracking construction project costs in a volatile market

Tips for tracking construction project costs in a volatile market


July 13, 2018

This vs that: spray foam or rigid foam insulation

When choosing insulation to use in your commercial construction project, it’s good to know you have a number of options


July 5, 2018

What's Trending: Construction industry labor shortage requires extra planning

The regional market is seeing a shortage of laborers to complete the work—potentially delaying both the start and completion of projects.


June 22, 2018

Quiz: Are You Ready to Build?

Think you're ready to build a new commercial structure? Take this quiz and find out!


June 22, 2018

Commercial construction site trip-ups: resolving hidden problems

Any sort of surprise on a commercial construction site can slow, stall or even stymie progress entirely.


June 18, 2018

Renovating senior community housing? 3 invaluable construction strategies

To stay competitive and relevant in the rapidly-evolving senior community housing industry, many are turning to major renovation projects.


June 9, 2018

Why more clients are choosing design-build

In recent years, the design-build trend has really taken off, which may have you wondering, why are more clients choosing design-build?


June 1, 2018

Senior housing facilities turn up the heat on dining choices

The days of cafeteria-style, scheduled dining are leaving residents hungry for more


May 14, 2018

Moonlighting as a real estate developer

Some experts say being a developer commands your full attention, but for many, that just isn’t realistic


May 14, 2018

Senior living design trends that are so over

Design trends are changing to provide this population with what they want and need most


May 10, 2018

What you need to know about insurance before your next commercial construction project

Insurance requirements differ depending on the scope and location of your project.


April 27, 2018

5 most commonly asked questions about real estate development

You’ve decided to develop real estate, but before you do, chances are you have questions.


April 21, 2018

Senior Housing: Should we renovate or rebuild?

Factors to consider before deciding whether to renovate your senior housing property or restart with new construction


April 12, 2018

How long does it take to put together a construction budget?

Much of a project’s success hinges upon a comprehensive budget


March 31, 2018

DBS Group's newest project plans to stick around

Sustainability is reaching new heights with our latest contract.


March 29, 2018

This vs. That: wood versus steel framing

Both wood framing and steel framing have their benefits and drawbacks.


March 29, 2018

Four places you can cut costs on your next commercial building project

Effective ways to control your commercial project expenses and come within budget


March 23, 2018

Eight tips to ensure safety at your commercial construction site

To protect your investment and your people, here are some tips to ensure your construction zone is a safety zone, from groundbreaking through ribbon-cutting.


February 27, 2018

Working with OFIs and/or owner vendors:

When it makes sense, and how to divide and conquer


February 16, 2018

2018 Trend Report

Download your free copy of our 2018 Commercial Construction Trend Report to see what's happening in your sector.


February 3, 2018

The perfect property: CRE construction project site selection

How will you know when you find the perfect property?


January 2, 2018

Senior housing trends to watch

More senior housing will be needed in coming years, but that doesn’t mean boomers will be beating down the door to get in.


December 27, 2017

How to calculate ROI for real estate investments

When you’ve capitalized on a real estate investment opportunity, you and your investors want to know your return on investment (ROI). After all, it’s pretty safe to say every investor in...


December 27, 2017

The essential commercial property owner checklist to prep for a new building project

When you’re considering a new building project, it’s natural to look forward to the construction phase with excitement and anticipation. To make sure your new building project is...


December 27, 2017

Qualifying subcontractors in today's tight labor market

It’s no secret that today’s commercial construction labor market is tight, and there’s no end in sight. The issue is having an impact on the ability of firms to find qualified...


December 14, 2017

How to keep residents happy during senior housing renovation

When planning a renovation to a senior housing property, minimizing the inconvenience to your valuable tenants is in your best interest.


Major changes coming to the construction industry

While the construction industry may seem to be a slow-moving vehicle, the truth is there are a number of subterranean industry developments, figuratively speaking, that stand to change the industry on a fundamental level, and swiftly.


November 28, 2017

Creating experiential retail to drive foot traffic to bricks and mortar stores

Believe it or not, 82 percent of millennials actually enjoy shopping more in physical stores than online stores.


November 28, 2017

What is lean construction, and what does it mean for you?

When it comes to the construction industry, lean principles are creating meaningful change that stand to significantly improve the customer experience.


October 2, 2017

Manufacturing construction looks promising for 2018

Growth in manufacturing construction has been stagnant in 2017, but that’s expected to change in 2018. Watch for robotics, 3D printing, nearsharing and sustainability to trend. For currents trends in other market sectors, download our2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report.


October 2, 2017

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. The main reason builders are turning to green initiatives? To reduce carbon emissions, say experts. But […]


October 2, 2017

Building security: head it off when designing, building your new commercial construction project

When you’re imagining the next chapter in the legacy of your business, chances are you aren’t giving much thought to the dangers that could emerge over time. Yet now, more than ever, security is a concern for businesses and one that should be considered during the early stages of the commercial construction process. And it […]


September 26, 2017

Three Things You Need to Know About Offsite Construction

As the construction industry rises to meet changing trends and ever-present challenges, a movement toward offsite construction is gaining steam. With offsite construction methods, components of a project are prefabricated elsewhere and shipped to the building site, then assembled. The innovation is a win for building contractors trying to overcome common commercial construction challenges such […]


September 11, 2017

Most Common Obstacles in Commercial Construction Projects

As with any large-scale commercial construction project, you may encounter obstacles along the way toward achieving your final vision. Luckily, you and your builder or design-build team can take steps to prevent or eliminate these issues. Before you can bypass these hurdles, the first step, of course, is identifying what those trouble spots are. To […]


August 30, 2017

How to Design Your Workspace Construction for Maximum Productivity (Hint: Design-Build can help!)

When designing your workspace construction, one of the most important considerations—if not THE most important consideration—is making sure it allows your staff to maximize their productivity. Of course you want your customer-facing spaces to be inviting and professional, and you want your employee spaces to be functional as well as comfortable for those long days,[…]


August 5, 2017

What’s trending in warehousing?

Online shopping is booming, which means more retailers need a lot more space to house their goods. That just about says it all when looking at warehouse design-build contractor trends. Here are the details.[…]


July 3, 2017

Life After Dark: Tips for Commercial Property Owners to Repurpose Dark Retail

For commercial property developers, dark retail can be a source of frustration, blight and erosion of property value. And it can drive down sales for other tenants, when, for example, an anchor store calls it quits—which, as consumers embrace e-commerce, is becoming commonplace. If you’re facing this dilemma as a commercial property owner, take some […]


July 3, 2017

Experts Warn Canadian Lumber Tariffs Could Affect Residential, Commercial Construction

Just a few months ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce put into place a duty rate of approximately 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S., a tariff that was retroactive for 90 days. And while the move by the administration is meant to be a boon to U.S. industry, some experts warn […]


July 3, 2017

Insider tips when soliciting proposals for your commercial construction project

When you solicit proposals for your commercial construction project, you want to make sure you find the best team for the right price to deliver your project on time and on budget. It can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Here are some tips—some basic, and some insider tips—that you can use when […]


June 23, 2017

What's trending in senior housing?

Senior housing is expected to boom in coming years. If you’re a developer, baby boomer or are in the senior housing industry, this is for you. For currents trends in other market sectors, download our 2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report.


June 19, 2017

Five essential questions to ask in a commercial contractor RFP

When developing a commercial contractor RFP for your organization's needs, it's essential to gather comprehensive information from each potential contractor so you can make the most informed...


May 28, 2017

Top 5 challenges facing commercial property owners

As a commercial property owner, you face a number of unique challenges. Good news is you’re not alone; commercial property owners must navigate a wide variety of issues from changes to the economy, to finding and retaining tenants, to monitoring demographic changes. What are the most common issues CRE owners face?


May 22, 2017

Negotiation tips for construction loan financing

Negotiating a construction loan with a bank or lender isn’t something most of us do every day, but these five tips can help


May 12, 2017

What Factors Determine the Price of a Warehouse?

Maybe your company’s storage needs are growing and changing, or perhaps you’re looking at building a warehouse for the first time to support anticipated needs for a new venture. Whatever the case, cost is among your first considerations, and rightfully so. You want a space that performs at the level your business needs it to, […]


April 28, 2017

Five Things You Should Do Before Visiting a Lender for Your Commercial Project

When you’re ready to move forward on a commercial project, whether it’s apartments, retail property, office space or another commercial building, finding a lender who is willing to help you make that...


April 26, 2017

Construction Material Costs Are Up: Here’s How to Keep Expenses Down

The cost of building materials continues to rise, and developers and builders are looking for ways to manage those increasing costs. At issue are increased demand for new housing construction,...


April 26, 2017

Construction underway on new Festival Foods in Holmen

With the ribbon cutting now complete, ground preparation is underway for the new Festival Foods in Holmen. One might say we're moving mountains (of dirt, anyway) to get the job done.


April 1, 2017

La Crosse on-trend when it comes to multi-use property development

If you think Western Wisconsin is slow to pick up on national trends, you may want to rethink that stance. In our 2017 Trend Report, we noted that the retail wave of the future is incorporating more...


March 25, 2017

Coming to a Hotel Near You: Design and Construction Changes

As generational influence shifts and millennials become a primary target market for the hotel industry, hotel contractors like DBS Group and others in the construction sector are rising to meet the...


March 20, 2017

Construction Site Visits: Dos and Don’ts

Seeing your dream take shape in the form of a brand new office or retail structure is exciting. While you may be invited to view the progress of your company’s future site, keep in mind that...


March 6, 2017

Here’s Why Retailers Need to Pay Attention to Generation Z

Thinking of starting a new commercial construction project for retail, and want that business to flourish? Look five, 10 or even 20 years into the future, say experts. Of course, in your mind’s eye...


March 2, 2017

How Virtual Reality Will Change the Construction Industry

To some, virtual reality is just a game; but to the construction industry, virtual reality is a game-changer. What started as an immersive gaming experience primarily for teens is now proving to be...


February 27, 2017

2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report

Download the 2017 Commercial Construction Trend Report


February 27, 2017

To renovate or to build—and where to begin

All signals point toward a healthy economy and increased GDP in 2017 and following years, and the 7 Rivers Region is poised to follow suit. As local business owners and entrepreneurs look ahead to...


February 13, 2017

2017 Could Be a Break-Out Year for Design-Builders

The design-build project delivery method has been on the rise for the past several years, now surpassing design-bid-build delivery system use by 10 percent. (Fifty percent of all projects use...


January 28, 2017

Going Green on Your Next Project While Staying in the Black

If being eco-friendly is important to you when planning your next construction project, there’s good news: being green doesn’t have to put you in the red. Although it has been a long-held assumption...


January 28, 2017

What’s Trending: Smart Building Tech

Smart building tech is having a moment, and if analyst projections are on target, these technologies aren’t going anywhere soon. In fact, a report on constructiondive.com says the market is on pace...


January 22, 2017

When it Comes to Commercial Construction, To Everything There is a Season

When you’re planning to launch a commercial construction project, you may wonder when it’s the best time of year to begin. Is it better to break ground in the spring, when the weather improves? Or...


January 12, 2017

3 Signs You’re Hiring the Right Construction Firm for the Job

Hiring a construction firm can be an intimidating experience. After all, we’ve all heard how construction projects can go wrong. That’s why it’s essential to select the right construction firm before...


January 4, 2017

New study reveals 9 in 10 millennial renters will pay more for a smart apartment

Coldwell Banker and CNET last year released a joint study wherein 81 percent of those surveyed said they would be more likely to buy a smart home if smart technology was installed. The same holds...


December 12, 2016

Don't Forget Buildings When Discussing Infrastructure

Our aging infrastructure, both here in the Upper Midwest and throughout the U.S., is a topic that’s finally getting attention in political circles. While that conversation is widely addressing roads,...


December 12, 2016

Millennials drive changes to commercial office space and design

Generation Y, or millennial workers, are being recruited by companies that are pulling out all the stops by offering a number of office features.


December 1, 2016

Timelapse shows Coulee Region development

Our local landscape has changed a lot in the past 32 years, especially with communities north of La Crosse. But now, with Google's new Timelapse tool, you can actually see it changing. Check it out!


November 30, 2016

5 Reasons to Love the Coulee Region During the Holidays

Sure, Rockefeller Center in New York has a big tree. And yes, there are some spectacular Christmas markets in Germany. But for our money, there’s no place like home for the holidays, and the Coulee...


November 19, 2016

Five Building Design Considerations to Keep Your Customers Safer

We’ve all heard the stories about hordes of Black Friday shoppers descending upon a store with horrific consequences. And while every retailer wants a robust shopping season, no business owner wants...


October 24, 2016

Bone-chilling haunting tales...they're not just for residences

As the air chills our bones and trees begin to look like stark skeletons, we are constantly reminded of the spooky delights of Halloween in the ghostly tales the season seems to whisper to...


October 19, 2016

In Student Housing, Live/Learn Mindset and Resort-Type Amenities are Trending

As colleges and universities compete for students, student housing is evolving to offer widespread appeal and attract and retain the masses. Industry leaders say the latest construction and design...


October 7, 2016

New ideas transforming construction around the world

In the last few weeks on our social media channels, we’ve shared news about everything from bendable concrete to 3d printed bathrooms. We even saw updates about the development of invisibility...


September 29, 2016

A Boom With a View

https://youtu.be/wRh8vAul3j8 DBS Group installs prefabricated walls on a new commercial construction project. Use of prefabricated materials is increasing -- not just to save time but also as a...


September 27, 2016

Construction Industry Grapples with Construction Materials Shortage: Tips to Cope

The construction industry has taken more than its fair share of sucker punches lately. Labor shortages have long posed a challenge, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the number of...


September 26, 2016

Top Five Trip-Ups When Restoring Old Buildings

Nothing quite matches the thrill of restoring an old building to its former glory. To undo the damage that has been done by the hands of time, and the unwitting errors of past property owners, can...


September 17, 2016

Building Something? Be Sure to Bring in the Experts

When you're focused on getting your building project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such an...


September 13, 2016

Prefab Construction: When it Makes Sense, and When it Doesn't

The popularity of pre-fabrication construction is growing, in large part due to a shortage of construction laborers. Experts project that construction will grow six percent this year, yet the labor...


September 6, 2016

Five Hidden, Cost-Saving Measures for Commercial Construction

No matter how deep your project pockets, no one has an unlimited construction budget. The good news is there are many ways you can save on your commercial construction costs, some of them obvious and...


August 10, 2016

Building construction: 5 benefits to bringing in the specialists

When you're focused on getting your building construction project done on schedule and within your budget, it may seem easier to just have one individual or trade company do it all. At a glance, such...


August 2, 2016

Commercial Building: When to remodel vs. when to build

As your business grows and changes, its space needs are likely to change as well. Eventually, owners of an expanding and evolving business must ask themselves whether to remodel or remodel or build a...


July 28, 2016

Coworking Spaces: What are they, and are they right for you?

For the rapidly-changing face of the modern workplace, building owners are increasingly looking at coworking spaces when it's time for office construction. Coworking spaces offer an opportunity for...


July 23, 2016

Four key areas to scrutinize in your commercial building process

When you're ready to take the next step in making your industrial or commercial building dreams a reality, it's important to step carefully to avoid common building plan pitfalls. In particular,...


May 31, 2016

Four insider tips to manage your commercial construction budget

You're ready to build, and it's taken a substantial amount of time, planning and capital to get here. You have your vision for the project, and you've established a budget. You might feel like you've...


May 30, 2016

Three tips for managing your commercial construction schedule

When you're ready to build, you want the project done right and completed on time. In truth, time is money when it comes to commercial construction. The sooner you can open our doors for business,...


May 30, 2016

Tips for choosing a commercial contractor

When you're ready to build, you want to partner with the right contractor for your business construction needs. Yet choosing a commercial contractor for your project can be an overwhelming first...


May 30, 2016

What is design build?

As you consider how to make your building project dreams a reality, you may want to consider the design build model, one of the most significant design and construction trends today. It's a...


May 30, 2016

Commercial construction and real estate development: getting started

When your business goals call for a new space in which to grow, it can be hard to know how to get the commercial construction process moving. In fact, the development of new commercial real estate...