Why Trade Partner Recruitment is More Important Than You Think

By John Goodner, Vice President of Operations

In the past year, I’ve had three trade contractors call and ask me who would be on the team for a project they were bidding on. They wanted the names of the individual team members to help them make the decision if they should work on our job, or someone else’s. Think about that. Trade partners are able to cherry pick their projects based on whatever is most important to them. To put it simply, there is an abundance of construction projects and a shortage of skilled labor.

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5 Things Everyone Will Be Talking About at RECon 2019

By Clayton McKinnon, Director of Business Development

This past weekend was my youngest daughter’s birthday, and we celebrated in Atlanta. We went to Avalon to get dinner. Dinner turned into window shopping, which turned into real shopping, and by the end of the night my family had spent a full night out within the Avalon mixed-use property. Just five years ago, I was the project manager helping to build Avalon and at that time, it was one of the first projects of its kind — a vibrant community where you can shop, work, stay, live, play, and eat. Avalon was just the beginning of a new trend in retail development, a trend towards building experiential destinations which has continued to evolve and completely transform the retail industry and the shopping experience.

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Beyond the EMR: 3 Questions You Need to Ask to Hire a Safe Builder

By Amye Carle, Director of Risk Management

Imagine getting behind the wheel to take a driving test before getting your license. Your instructor is watching closely to make sure you do everything on their checklist. Turn signal before turning? Check. Come to a complete stop at a stop sign? Check. The instructor is going to assess your safe driving skills based on your ability to take every precaution to eliminate hazards while driving. Now imagine if instead, they graded you based solely on the number of accidents you got in while driving. That doesn’t really seem like an effective way to determine how safe a driver is, does it?

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Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build: What is Right for You?

By Mark Winters

You’ve selected the site, secured funding, and are ready to choose your project team. Now, which project delivery method should you use? We break down two different types of delivery methods and discuss which one will add more value to your project in the long run.

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Three Ways Mock-ups Add Value to a Project

By Brandon Dexter and Jake Snyder

Would you buy a car without a test drive? Or a house without a walk through? When it comes to expensive investments, we want to be able to see, touch, and verify before making a decision. We feel our clients should have the same opportunity on their projects. There are so many decisions that our owners are often asked to make based on drawings. What happens if they change their minds after the work is done? Or if there’s a compatibility issue with two finishes? We have to make changes, reorder materials, and redo the work – all of which add expenses to the budget.

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Three Ways to Optimize Your Next Healthcare Project with Design Flexibility

By Owen Moore

Updating technology has always been one of the main factors that drives new healthcare construction. The speed at which new technology is developed and old technology becomes obsolete is incredible but can be very expensive for our healthcare partners looking to keep their facilities and equipment up to date. Not to mention, hospitals take years to build. That’s a challenge we, our healthcare clients, and our design partners face on every new hospital project — how do you plan, design, and ultimately build a hospital over the span of a few years when technology changes so fast.

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Write Your RFP to Hire the Right Team

By Ford Hazelip and Mark Winters

After 78 years in the construction industry, we’ve responded to our fair share of requests for proposals (RFPs). Because every project and owner are different, we meticulously craft our RFP responses to meet our clients’ needs and we’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. Some proposals we get are easier to respond to than others, and as a result we are better able to send clear, complete responses — and by that we mean a proposed project budget and work plan that you can count on to remain consistent throughout construction. Learn More Write Your RFP to Hire the Right Team

Three Ways Your Contractor Can Help You Take Full Advantage of Opportunity Zones

By Clayton McKinnon and Jeff Davenport

During the summer of 2018, whispers started to emerge from distant corners of the real estate market about a new program called Opportunity Zones – the “best-kept secret” of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. But now, the secret is out. Everyone in commercial real estate is abuzz about the new tax incentive that could sweep more than $100 billion into the marketplace. And with one key incentive being reduced for investors who capitalize funds after 2019, the countdown is on to buy Opportunity Zone-based sites before the end of this year. Learn More Three Ways Your Contractor Can Help You Take Full Advantage of Opportunity Zones

Using Lean in Preconstruction

By Justin Brodnax and Jake Snyder, Preconstruction Managers

While we’ve been implementing a lean construction mentality in the field for a while, our preconstruction team in Austin wanted to adopt lean practices to make our processes run more smoothly. We started work in January 2016 and by early 2017 our team was using a version of collaborative planning to improve our weekly preparation. Learn More Using Lean in Preconstruction