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Category: Trends - Building Dimensions Blog

Category: Trends - Building Dimensions Blog

Senior suites pose another way to capture the middle market

When it comes to senior housing, senior suites build a bridge to the baby boomer market


April 20, 2020

How to make a commercial building more energy efficient

Energy efficiency tips for commercial buildings


April 8, 2020

How COVID-19 is already affecting commercial construction projects

We still face many unknowns about COVID-19 and what its full economic impact will be, but we are seeing some changes already.


April 8, 2020

The prevalence of wood construction

Four reasons wood construction is so popular right now.


February 21, 2020

Build zero-energy buildings with no extra upfront expenses

Upfront costs are #1 perceived barrier to zero-energy buildings


2020 Commercial Construction Trend Report shows pockets of opportunity

As we look ahead to 2020, experts are calling for slower economic growth, meaning development and investment decisions must focus where opportunity is greatest.


December 29, 2019

Senior housing trends to expect in 2020

Successful senior housing providers should keep these trends in mind


December 29, 2019

4 reasons to focus your next senior housing project on active seniors

Active senior living communities may keep you competitive


December 9, 2019

New tech tools coming soon to a project near you

Here's what's on the horizon in construction technology


November 11, 2019

Senior Living: where hospital and hospitality design intersect

Enter the age where hospital and hospitality design intersect. Senior living communities embrace a bold design aesthetic for the modern age


October 28, 2019

Holistic design for senior living centers

The latest trend in senior living centers is a migration toward building an environment that supports whole-person wellness, including mind, body and spirit.


Nine in ten millennial renters will pay more for a smart apartment

Eighty-six percent of millennial renters who live in multi-family housing would be willing to pay more for a “smart” apartment.


August 26, 2019

In student housing, live/learn mindset and resort-type amenities are trending

A look at five of today's top student housing trends.


4 construction strategies for senior living renovation projects

As baby boomers retire, senior living facilities are renovating to meet the needs of this distinct market.


Wellness amenities to attract tenants to your commercial building

More than ever before, tenants are interested in wellness amenities in their commercial building spaces.


May 6, 2019

Moving toward net zero

The concept of net zero energy buildings is at last within reach for builders.


April 11, 2019

2019 Trend Alert: Office Space

The number of private office buildings is expected to hold steady in 2019, a by-product of today’s labor shortage and the number of millennial workers.


Commercial construction trends and opportunities today

Commercial construction continues to ride a wave of success and high demand in 2019. Opportunities abound for those who are savvy and eager to ride the wave.


April 6, 2019

Must-have smart tech for your next commercial construction project

Smart buildings can include a wide variety of tech solutions. Which should you consider first, and what’s on the leading edge of smart building tech?


March 28, 2019

Improving energy performance in existing buildings

Energy Star reports office buildings can waste a third of the energy they use ... and pay for.


Trend Alert: Senior Housing

As more active lifestyles and improved health care have people living longer these days, demand for senior housing will increase in coming years.


Trend Alert: Multi-Tenant Housing

Time and again, multi-tenant housing has proven to be a safer investment during market corrections.


March 16, 2019

Using amenities to differentiate your office from the rest

Office amenities to help landlords attract and keep business tenants.


March 6, 2019

Trend Alert: Hospitality

Here's what to expect in the hospitality industry for 2019.


Mixed-use senior housing

Senior housing developers are moving in new, different and creative directions are getting attention, and results.


Mixed-use senior housing

Mixed-use senior housing is changing and responding to seniors’ needs and wants.


February 28, 2019

2019 Trend Alert: Industrial Construction

Here's where you'll likely find the best ROI in industrial construction projects this year.


February 14, 2019

2019 Trend Alert: Retail & Grocery

Here's how grocery and retail stores can adapt to today's consumers


January 3, 2019

In the world of design-build, women are helping build the future

Design-build leaders are working to attract more female workers, in part because of the unique and valuable skills women bring to the environment.


December 17, 2018

12 reasons to choose design-build (infographic)

This infographic features results from a new Design-Build Institute of America study showing why more people are choosing design-build.


December 17, 2018

New research shows design-build still best-performing project delivery method

New research shows design-build continues to lead the way in commercial construction, both with cost savings and speed.


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.


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 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?


Senior housing facilities turn up the heat on dining choices

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


Senior living design trends that are so over

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


2018 Trend Report

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


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

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 workers. According to a...


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.


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 […]


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.[…]


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 & erosion of property value. Tips for Commercial property owners


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.


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 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


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 17, 2017
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2017 Commercial Construction Trends Report

Looking ahead to 2017, this is one year where there’s cause for celebration in all commercial market sectors. According to Forbes, wage deceleration has bottomed out and is expected to begin growing...


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 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...


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...