Winkelman Blog

5 Tips for Selecting the Best General Contractor

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Mar 22, 2017 3:33:00 PM

Just about every quality construction project requires a reliable general contractor. You may have a vision for your remodeling or expansion project, but it takes a great general contractor to help bring that vision to life. Construction experts in this field help get projects off the ground. A general contractor helps you negotiate with the trade contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, and cement layers, to get you the best possible prices and the best possible products.

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Topics: Project Management, Construction Planning, General Contracting

Commercial Building Construction: Better to Build, Remodel, or Expand?

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Mar 13, 2017 3:15:00 PM

In the world of business, time changes everything. Over time your business will experience staff turnover, product/service changes, and the adoption of new technologies that change the way you do business. What about the facilities you use every day? The buildings, office complexes, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities that house your business are going to change over time as well. What's different, though, is how you respond to those changes. 

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Topics: Project Management, Renovation, Construction Planning

Benefits of Solar Power Construction with Metal Roofs

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Feb 27, 2017 10:53:00 AM

Solar power construction is becoming more popular in the United States, but the idea of maximizing the efficiency of a solar system by pairing it up with a metal roof is not as popular as it should be. Solar and metal roofing make an ideal combination for cost savings, ease of installation and energy efficiency.

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Topics: Construction Planning, Solar Power

Don’t Let Poor Planning Ruin Your Commercial Construction Project

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 15, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Taking on that commercial construction project can be a stressful and daunting task. That being said, don't jump into uncharted waters without making sure that you are using cost-effective construction techniques designed to limit your risk and exposure while maximizing your potential rewards.

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Topics: Cost-Effective, Construction Planning

What to Know When Choosing a Building Site or Location

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If your business is growing beyond the needs of your current facility you may find that the time has come for a new building to accommodate growth. How much thought have you given to choosing a building site or location? The building that houses your company and its location in your region are just as important as the product or service that makes your company so successful in the first place.

When it’s time to relocate or open a second location, choosing a building site should not be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider in the selection of a construction site. Take the time to ensure your company is familiar with these factors so that an informed decision is made, setting your business up for further success in the future.

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Topics: Cost-Effective, Construction Planning, commercial construction

5 Tips for Creating a Realistic Construction Timeline

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Dec 27, 2016 5:22:00 PM

A construction project for a business can be very exciting. Unfortunately, without proper and thorough planning, it can also be a nightmare. The key to avoiding that nightmare is to create a realistic construction timeline.

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Topics: Project Management, Construction Management, Estimates, Construction Planning, General Contracting

3 Tips for Finalizing Your Building Budget

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Nov 23, 2016 11:45:00 AM

The most important part of any construction project is not the materials you use or even the location you choose. Instead, your budget is the single factor that should be held up above all else in terms of importance. No matter how energy efficient the facility is or what benefits it provides to your operations in the future, it all comes down to the budget. 

As you prepare your construction budget for an upcoming project, you can increase the accuracy of your budget by considering a few helpful tips. These tips will help you finalize your budget accurately and set your company up for success.

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Topics: Estimates, Cost-Effective, Construction Planning

Building Sustainability: Solar Power in Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 26, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Solar power provides energy to offices, schools, and municipal buildings. New advances in solar technology, along with reduced costs for solar materials and federal and state tax credits and rebates are making solar a popular choice for alternative and sustainable energy. It has become a desirable option for meeting energy needs in both the private and commercial sectors. Solar power is quickly making its way onto traditional power grids. And, with the growth of sustainable construction on the horizon, more people are looking to source their energy from solar power.

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Construction Planning, Solar Power

Infographic: GMP vs Cost Plus

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Apr 20, 2016 7:37:00 AM

The beginning stages of any construction project can seem like an endless stream of decisions. Sure, you have your end result in mind, but what about all those steps in-between? Remember to think about all the obstacles that can affect your project’s timeline.

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Topics: Estimates, Construction Planning

Three Commercial Construction Trends to Watch in 2016

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Feb 2, 2016 8:49:00 AM

A trend is indicated when something is developing or changing towards a general direction. What trend or trends are affecting 2016 in terms of commercial construction? There are a few emerging topics affecting this industry, including remodeling, senior living, healthcare and a continuation of green and sustainable across the board.
 

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Topics: Construction Planning, commercial construction