Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Prefabricated elements such as pre-cast concrete walls, which Englewood installed for a Blain’s Farm & Fleet store in Romeoville, Ill., can have a positive impact on a construction project’s schedule and budget.
Something we’re hearing a lot about in our industry right now is the growing trend and popularity of prefab and modular commercial construction solutions. Much of this conversation is driven by the fact that in a business where actual building techniques haven’t changed much in decades, there’s a real hunger for new strategies to improve construction operations and control budgets – particularly in a commercial construction landscape where costs are rising and labor comes at a premium due to workforce shortages.

Using prefabricated construction components (elements that are manufactured off-site and then delivered to the construction site for installation) or a modular construction model (where entire building sections are constructed in a plant facility and delivered for on-s..

4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers! As we flip the calendar over to 2018 this month, it’s a great time to share some of the commercial construction trends we predict will shape our work in the year ahead.

#1: Grocery Sector Ripe for Change

The grocery sector has been keeping a steady pace in recent years, but it is definitely an area to watch in 2018. With major players like Amazon entering the arena, and new technology and services for shoppers potentially impacting operations, many of our clients are taking a “wait and see” approach as they evaluate how these new factors play out in the market. Some new grocery trends, such as the popularity of curbside pickup and delivery services being introduced by many store chains, have real potential to change facility and infrastructure needs, which could result in an uptick in grocery construction and renovation projects.

Today’s grocery shoppers are also becoming accustomed to having a variety of store options available to..

Commercial Construction Trends: Highs and Lows of 2017

As we close in on the final days of 2017, it’s time once again for our annual commercial construction blog post reflecting back on the positives – and the negatives – that have impacted our business and the industry as a whole over the last 12 months. Here’s a rundown of our top commercial construction trends – both the “highs” and “lows” – from 2017:

High – Guys and Dolls: Englewood Completes New American Girl Manhattan Flagship Store

A true highlight of 2017 for the entire Englewood team was the opportunity build out a new flagship store at 75 Rockefeller Plaza in New York for our long-time client American Girl. We are so proud to be working with American Girl nearly a decade after completing the first of our many projects for the brand over the years. This longevity showcases the client-contractor relationship at its best, when the construction firm becomes a trusted partner and true collaboration is possible.

The Englewood Construction team at the grand opening benefit party for..

CRE Construction Project Site Selection: 3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

When it comes to choosing a site for a commercial construction or CRE project, finding the perfect match between a brand or concept and an available space is one of the most important steps in the planning process. And for business owners and developers looking for guidance as they vet different options, there’s no better “matchmaker” to consult than an experienced commercial contractor who can point out the pros and cons of a location and the construction considerations that can make or break a project. Here are three key points we advise clients think about as they search for a site:

1. Does the site match up with infrastructure needs?
One important step to finding “happily ever after” with a new location is evaluating if it has the necessary infrastructure to function for its new purpose. Case in point, a developer once asked us to price out a retail-to-restaurant conversion on the first floor of a Chicago high rise. Because the space was originally built for retail, it wasn’t outf..

Emergency Commercial Facility Disaster Planning: 3 Takeaways from Recent Hurricanes

Earlier this fall, the entire country watched as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction across Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. As I followed the media coverage leading up to and following these storms, my thoughts of course turned to the rebuilding process and post-hurricane construction work ahead for these communities. As a national commercial construction firm offering emergency commercial facility maintenance and repair services, we know it’s never easy to deal with damage to any property, much less on the scale of what a major natural disaster can cause. We also understand how important it is to have a commercial facility disaster plan in place ahead of time.

While hopefully most of us will never experience firsthand the result of a category 4 or 5 hurricane, these recent storms offer some good reminders to all commercial property owners and tenants about preparing for serious weather-related events that could potentially strike in their ar..

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