When it comes to school construction, there are a few key drivers. Projects are often influenced by community needs, changes in curriculum, advancements in learning practices and financial circumstances. And when you work on these projects first-hand, there are many lessons learned. Over the years, we've partnered with both public and private school districts to design, construct, expand and renovate nearly 100 educational facilities.
Behind every project, there's a Project Manger making sure everything that needs to be done gets done, while taking any and all variables into consideration. In construction, project management includes coordinating personnel, managing risk, balancing budgets and scheduling, along with ensuring all the T's are crossed and all the I's are dotted. Here at Winkelman Building Corporation, we have a fantastic group of Project Managers who contribute to the overall success of each project.
We're not strangers to green building and sustainability here at Winkelman Building Corporation. From our earliest beginings to where we are now, appreciation and respect for the environment has always informed our actions. One of the avenues that's helped us get to where we are today is LEED.
Commercial construction over the past few years took a hit due to the recent recession. As a result, the industry faces a new climate in 2017 that will encourage companies to find new approaches to old techniques. From labor issues to new onsite methods, 2017 looks to be a time for renewal among industry veterans such as Winkelman Building Corp.
In the spring of 2017, Winkelman Building Corp will break ground on the Sartell-St. Stephen School District construction project. And honestly, we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Not only is this an opportunity to contribute to the community of Sartell and the education of future generations, it’s also an opportunity for us to provide service to one of the communities we work and live in.
Look at any construction industry news and you'll quickly learn a few things, like how building in general is booming, or how solar energy continues to evolve. Perhaps the most striking is that there is a skilled worker shortage spanning across the industry. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the majority of construction firms are having difficulty filling key spots even as the market is on an uptick in terms of demand. The survey included 1,358 construction firms.
Solar power has taken a quicker hold in residential markets than in commercial building, but as solar power technology grows, the tide is turning. Not to say there’s a decrease in residential solar. Just the opposite is true. What I am saying is that commercial construction is going solar, and we have technology to thank.
When considering energy efficient solutions, solar power and wind power inevitably come up. As two of the most common sources of renewable energy, they are often lumped together. Although both solutions have overlapping qualities, their differences definitely outweigh their similarities. If you’re interested in alternative, eco-friendly solutions but are unsure which one best suits your needs, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll detail the similarities and differences of these two energy solutions and clarify which one works best in various situations.
Energy efficiency and green building practices remain popular construction topics. Not only does building green add monetary value to your project, it also supports a healthy local environment. As more and more individuals and businesses learn the value of energy efficient building techniques, they begin to wonder what popular energy solutions look like. In this blog I’ll cover five popular construction energy efficient solutions.