Facility Management & Maintenance: 5 Reasons to Partner with your Commercial General Contractor

One of the things we’ve been most proud of at Englewood Construction over the last several years is the growth of our Facilities Management Group. This division started as a way for us to extend our relationship with clients to include planned, preventative and emergency commercial facility maintenance; while it certainly wasn’t typical, then or now, for a national construction firm to also be a facility maintenance provider, we saw a lot of benefits to a general contractor offering these services.

It turns out we were right – and a lot of clients agree – because today our facilities management team is busier than ever. Much of their business comes from clients who’ve worked with Englewood on a construction project and then decided to tap us for their facility maintenance needs, too. On the flip side, we’ve also had clients who initially hired us for facility management services, and ultimately ended up bringing us on board for a construction or remodel project. The common theme is th..

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..

3 Construction Strategies for Senior Community Housing Renovation Projects

As noted in January’s Hard Hat Chat post about commercial real estate trends shaping Englewood’s work in the year ahead, we expect 2018 will maintain the same strong momentum we’ve recently experienced working with owners and operators to update existing senior communities. What’s driving the uptick in renovation and remodeling activity in this sector? For one, with aging Baby Boomers spurring more demand than ever for quality senior living options, property owners and managers are undertaking construction projects to improve senior communities to match the bar set by new players entering the market. Additionally, many national senior housing operators are in “acquisition” mode and are boosting their portfolio by snapping up value-add properties they can remodel and put under their brand umbrella.

Updates to common areas and amenities are a smart investment for senior community improvement and facility budgets, since these spaces have such high impact with residents and their families..

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..

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