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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 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.


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.


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.


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 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 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


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...


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 […]


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 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


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...