The Chicago blizzard of 2011 is a story we’ll be talking about for generations. While most businesses, including commercial construction projects, were closed on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2011, that didn’t mean the best Chicago contractors weren’t working. After all, shopping center landlords, restaurants and retailers couldn’t afford to be closed two days in a row.
Strategies and Operations
I heard a Home Depot ad on the radio recently targeted to commercial general contractors that made me pause. The spot is about the costs of commercial construction and how buying building materials in bulk can help GCs save money and bring down a construction project bid so they win the contract. On the surface, the […]
Lately, we seem to be working on more and more new retail construction projects from international retailers. And with each one, we’ve learned some valuable commercial construction tips.
Whether it’s a chain of jewelry stores from Michael Hill (New Zealand), yoga apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica (Canada), fashion forward Zara (Spain) or restaurants like Marcello’s Market and Deli (Canada), they all want the same thing: a successful retail construction project that’s built on time and for a fair price. Not surprisingly, that’s the same thing U.S. retailers want. But getting from point A to point B with foreign retailers takes a certain savoir faire.
As I recently watched my kids head back in school, it got me thinking that if I could do it all over again, I would have applied myself a little bit more in school—as I think most of would. Luckily, there are all kinds of opportunities for us in the industry to go back to “school” and beef up our commercial construction education, enhance our construction services and learn about the latest commercial construction trends and design build best practices.
Commercial real estate developers, shopping center landlords and restaurant owners should also take advantage of this slow time in the market to attend the various commercial real estate networking events and shopping center conferences to gain insights on the industry or better yet, to sit on a panel to showcase their expertise and highlight their projects.
It amazes me in today’s commercial real estate market when I hear commercial construction news about companies or people who just phone it in with their commercial construction services.
I understand the word “commitment” can be scary to some people, especially guys. But I was always drawn to the idea of commitment. In fact, I started dating my wife my sophomore year in high school.