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What is the Lifespan of a Commercial Building? — Ask the Expert

With modern cities turning into concrete jungles, it is inevitable to lose sight of the overpowering structures with glass facades spearing into the blue skies. Most of the time, onlookers tend to believe that buildings are permanent fixtures in the settings of a vicinity. However, like everything else, they too come with an expiry date and go through various stages of a lifecycle. 

Convenience Store Construction: Project Highlights

Shingobee has built and remodeled literally dozens of convenience stores in its 40+ years in business. Here are some highlights from all those projects!

Ask the Expert: Alternative Energy Sources – What's new?

There are many new alternative energy technologies available today that can impact construction costs, both at time of construction and over the course of the life of the building. Many of these technologies are already available today, and others are still being developed and tested. The two that are currently most widely used are geothermal and solar.

Winter 2021 Project Update

You 'd think winter would be a slow time for commercial construction, but it really isn't as slow as you might imagine! While certain aspects of construction can't be accomplished in winter (like laying asphalt), much of what we do can absolutely be done in cold weather.

We have a great list of projects that are currently under construction. Read on for updates and photos!

Ask the Expert: OSHA Partnership - What is it and why should employers embrace it?

Since its creation, OSHA has focused its resources where they can have the greatest impact in reducing injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace. And to do that, one of their most recent initiatives is the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program.

Ask the Expert: The Insulated Concrete Form - Is it right for everyone?

The insulated concrete form (ICF) is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and even roofs. Find pros and drawbacks of using ICF here.

Ask the Expert: Drone Technology & Its Future in Construction

Drones currently have many uses on construction sites, but this technology is in the early stages of development within the industry. They currently provide development and construction teams with overhead views of job sites, creating images and videos to help optimize everything from grading plans to identifying differences between the as-designed and as-built plans. Current users of drones are primarily hobbyists, but as the technology and regulations evolve, they could play a major factor within the construction industry.

Fall Project Update

We're speeding through the fall season with a large variety of projects, from retail to financial and beyond.

 

Here are a few highlights from our project list!

Ask the Expert: Smart Buildings - What are they and what do they cost?

Driven by a new generation of affordable and powerful Internet of Things (IoT) devices, commercial building and industrial sites can now generate large amounts of valuable data for analytics and automation. Building owners and managers recoup the benefits and cost savings of these systems.

Ask the Expert: Reducing Energy Consumption in Commercial Construction

We see it every day – from the electric car charging stations in public places to the “HE” tags on appliances in our homes. We have all witnessed the headlines regarding the detrimental impacts of emissions on the ozone layer and the protests calling for action to protect the world as we know it, but this might leave you wondering – what constitutes “clean energy” and what can we do to help save the planet without breaking the bank?

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