Winkelman Blog

Growing in Popularity: Green Building

Posted by Jay Vogel, LEED AP, CHC on Apr 17, 2017 8:29:00 AM

While the idea of "going green" has been around for many years, the concept has picked up momentum in recent years. In nearly every area of industry, you'll find opportunities for green initiatives. Why? Because there are real, tangible benefits associated with going green

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Topics: Green Building, Cost-Effective, Solar Power

3 Financial Questions to Answer before Building

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Apr 5, 2017 2:28:00 PM

Your company is growing, and that’s a great thing. Revenues are up, your client base is expanding, and you are hiring new employees to meet rising demand. And as your business grows, you are experiening growing pains with your current facilities. The time has come to expand your office or building to accommodate the growth of your company and better situate the business to handle future growth.

It is important that you stop and take a moment to answer a few financial questions before making an addition to your current space. Before you begin this exciting project, take some time to consider a few finance tips before construction.

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Topics: Project Management, Estimates, Cost-Effective

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

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

Panelized Construction Techniques: What, Why and How Much?

Posted by Andy Auger, CPA on Oct 26, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Panelized construction - or panelization - is the process of building a modular wall, roof and floor sections in an environmentally controlled manufacturing facility and delivering them to the construction site for installation.

Originally popular in the single-family home market, the use of panelized construction techniques is rapidly increasing for multi-family apartment buildings and motel/hotel facilities. These are not just low-budget, small apartment buildings in rural communities, but also large, 100 unit-plus, upscale senior housing complexes in urban settings.

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Topics: Project Management, Modular Construction, Cost-Effective

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

6 Reasons to Include Geothermal Technology in Commercial Construction

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Aug 11, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Chances are you’ve heard about the “go green” movement. What you may or may not know is that “going green” and being sustainable is an opportunity within your construction projects too. Over the years green-designed construction projects have included churches, office buildings, schools and universities, maintenance buildings and production facilities.

The majority of these projects implement geothermal technology as a way to promote sustainability and green building. Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons geothermal technology is valuable in green building, but first, let’s answer the big question: What is geothermal technology?

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Topics: LEED, Green Building, Cost-Effective, commercial construction

Fresh Construction Perspective Benefits and Advantages

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Jul 25, 2016 1:27:00 PM

When you get to the point where you and your business feel ready for a change, it can be both exciting and overwhelming – we understand that. More often than you might expect, project heads or committees slip into a routine where they continue to build, remodel or add on in the same way they have in the past. While tradition and consistency can be good things, they are not necessarily best for your construction project and may even hinder your work flow.

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Topics: Project Management, Construction Management, Cost-Effective, commercial construction

Commercial Construction: Want vs. Need

Posted by Michael Schoenecker on Sep 22, 2015 6:12:00 PM

When you’re beginning to lay out the design details for your project, how can you not get excited? We understand that how your building looks is one of the most important aspects of your venture; it helps you put your best foot forward and allows your employees, customers, and clients to feel at home. That being said, we find that sometimes it is hard for individuals to keep their limits (and budget) in mind when planning for their commercial building construction project. In our experience, building practically instead of glamorously (AKA construction "want" vs. "need") will not only keep your bottom line in-check, but will ensure you are pleased with the end-results. Here are just a few strategies and tips we’ve found to be essential during this process...

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Topics: Design/Build, Cost-Effective, commercial construction