Archives for January 2015

Honolulu's construction costs among tops in the U.S.

Honolulu's construction costs among tops in the U.S.
… construction during the first nine months of 2014 was $ 710.1 billion, 6.1 percent above the same period in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Duane Shimogawa covers energy, real estate and economic development for Pacific Business …
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Carolinas HealthCare asks court to block Fort Mill hospital construction
Carolinas HealthCare System has asked an S.C. court to prevent Piedmont Medical Center from starting construction of its planned $ 147 million hospital in Fort Mill. The S.C. Administrative Law Court ruled in December that Piedmont be awarded the rights …
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New Orleans schools present construction projects for small, minority-owned
More than 100 small and minority-owned businesses are expected to atttend an Orleans Parish School Board/Recovery School District construction industry event Saturday (Jan. 31) to learn about contracting opportunities this year, according to a news …
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Business owners receive US 40 construction update

Business owners receive US 40 construction update
Drivers and business owners continue to deal with what can sometimes be a construction headache. “It is a very difficult thing to go through,” said Wyndham. He assures the project is an investment that will move the city forward. “And then maybe we can …
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Sustainable construction practices provide opportunity for St. Louis manufacturers
Joe and Sharon Intagliata launched the company in 1985 to make heating and cooling systems for houses built before the advent of central air conditioning. With a small heating and cooling unit that could operate in a horizontal or vertical …
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Stamford lawmaker takes up cause of small businesses buried in someone
The terminus of Golden Hill Street at Main Street in Bridgeport, in the north district that's to be redeveloped. Under a Connecticut General Assembly proposal, business owners would have recourse to tap funds in the event of prolonged construction near …
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Career Center hosts Construction Management Fair

Career Center hosts Construction Management Fair
Alumni employers in the construction management, safety, or renewable energy fields seeking to hire a Redbird are invited to register to meet candidates, and to also attend a pre-fair lunch with faculty and student leaders from respective academic …
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Honolulu CC's construction management student chapter receives top honor
“The construction management students deserve this award,” shares Norman Takeya, assistant professor of the construction management program at Honolulu CC . “They have worked hard in a number of community service projects along with their volunteer …
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608th Construction Management Team retrograde Afghanistan
31, 2014) — Soldiers from the 608th Engineer Detachment, Construction Management Team, or CMT, 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade have been spearheading retrograde missions all over Afghanistan. Their primary mission was to assist with the …
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Building construction contract values decline in December, rise overall for 2014

Building construction contract values decline in December, rise overall for 2014
But on the whole, early 2014 gains over the prior year were large enough to make 2014 a better year for building construction locally. The data, reported in the latest monthly construction report from Dodge Data & Analytics, came with a split story …
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Sustainable Construction: Building A Greener 2015
Since the first skyscraper (a building at least 500ft/152m tall) pierced the clouds in Chicago in 1884, these towering, defining aspects of the modern cityscape have erupted in astonishing number. In China, there has been the construction of a new …
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Construction management students serve at 'Build It Lab'

Construction management students serve at 'Build It Lab'
On Saturday, Jan. 24, several UALR students hammered and sawed on a playhouse at the Museum of Discovery, providing a glimpse into the world of construction. The five-week project, called “Build It Lab,” is intended to offer young visitors an …
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Construction management software company to open Start-Up NY operations at
CANTON – SUNY Canton has received approval to begin its first Start-Up NY partnership providing space on campus and tax-free operation for a company developing construction management software. Adirondack Operations LLC has been approved to …
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Learning by Serving: Construction Management
MARQUETTE — A group of construction management students at Northern Michigan University have started working on a volunteer project for the community. Joshua Maier is a senior Construction Management major. He's also president of Northern Michigan …
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Career Center hosts Construction Management Career Fair
The Career Center, in conjunction with the Department of Technology, is hosting the Construction Management Fair on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Employers from the fields of construction management, safety, and renewable energy …
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Dayton-area firm wins work in Cleveland Clinic construction

Dayton-area firm wins work in Cleveland Clinic construction
"The sustainable construction business has been growing significantly over the past 10 years for us," Berning said. Cleveland became one of its major growth markets when it opened a satellite office there last year. It's also part of the work on a $ 30 …
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Sustainable construction practices provide opportunity for local manufacturers
Joe and Sharon Intagliata launched the company in 1985 to make heating and cooling systems for houses built before the advent of central air conditioning. With a small heating and cooling unit that could operate in a horizontal or vertical …
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Texas builders go big with tiny house construction business
SAN ANTONIO — Tiny houses are becoming a popular commodity across the country, and one Texas company is getting a good chunk of the business by building those homes. Brad Kittel founded Tiny Texas Houses in 2006 and started constructing these …
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Cultural institutions spent .3B on new construction
An expansion of the Queens Museum and growth spurts at other major institutions across the city accounted for $ 1.3 billion in new construction spending for the five years ended in 2014, according to a new study. Construction starts totaled $ 208 million …
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How Upselling In Construction Marketing Can Boost Your Construction Business

Have you noticed whenever you buy a burger, the sales people always try to persuade you to ‘Go Large’, or have ‘extra fries’ etc. Have you also noticed at the checkout of every superstore are racks of things you would not have thought of buying, but as you stand there waiting at the checkout, you suddenly realise all the things you ‘need’! Scary stuff! Real profits come when you get the client to buy a larger, more expensive, or more comprehensive product or service.

This is how it works in the construction industry:

EXAMPLE A: The Remodeler, Home Refurbishment: in the business of building extensions, bathrooms, sun rooms, loft conversions etc. How about suggesting certain enhancements at the point of survey. Or ask them if they had considered extending the work to include a the latest whiz bang disposal unit, designed to be 150% more efficient and thus delivering significant cost savings to your client.

EXAMPLE B: The Commercial Contractor: how about offering a Repairs and Maintenance service after the initial defects period following contract completion. This can deliver great benefits for your client because you already know the premises and can operate much more efficiently with the prior knowledge base you already have.

EXAMPLE C: The House Builder: If you are building housing schemes where a number of homes will be rented/leased you could offer and Liaison Officer based on site for the first 6 months after completion, to make sure people are secure in their homes, know where to find everything and are happy. You could offer this service as a free added benefit – this may be the deciding factor that will win you the contract over your competition! Alternatively, if the client/housing association/ local housing authority are intending to employ someone for this job, you could easily extend your business reach by supplying the right person for the job – someone who already knows the property and has proven qualifications to do the job.

EXAMPLE D: The Sub-Contractor: if you work for a number of larger contractors, the way you source the products you use is crucial. It may be that the main contractor already has an approved list of suppliers, but often good relationships can be established with individual Buyers to enable the Subbie to recommend where to source materials at competitive prices. A whole range of complex partnerships can be made to enable commissions to be paid and everyone benefits! Of course, it goes without saying that any deal agreed should be completely transparent and should ultimately benefit the client in terms of cost savings and quality products and services. One wrong move or ‘under the table’ deal can result in lost credibility and trust. So keep everything above board.

EXAMPLE E: The Architect: Design & Build contracts are one obvious root to establish good working relationships with construction professionals on a project team and can be one way architects can ‘up-sell’ their professional skills by working on a partnering basis. Partnered Contracts can be lucrative for all involved, including the client, but they have to be set up correctly to work efficiently. Architects who are willing to get involved at the Pre-Construction phase of a project on a ‘No Pass No Fee’ basis are more likely to keep busy down the line. (‘No Pass’ meaning not getting Planning Approval for a project).

EXAMPLE F: Whatever area of construction you are in, you will have a network of approved professionals you work with. So you will have a lot of bargaining power when soliciting goods and services for your project. Sub-contractors, agents, architects, quantity surveyors, building consultants and merchants will all be part of the mix. This can be an area of healthy growth for your business when approved list suppliers, partners and subsidiaries reciprocate with their own recommendations for your company.

Steve Flashman is a Marketing & Business Development Consultant in the Construction Industry. He is a writer and broadcaster and has produced a groundbreaking Masterclass Video Course for personal and staff training
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