The Benefits of Hiring a General Contractor/Construction Manager During the Design Phase

There are various contractual arrangements that can be utilized to hire a general contractor (GC) or construction manager (CM) for your commercial construction project. Regardless of the type of contract, it is wise to bring the GC or CM on board your team during the pre-construction phase to collaborate with your architecture and engineering professionals as they complete the design.

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Understanding Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is now possible through the use of highly advanced software technology. BIM is utilized to provide a digital representation of what your building will look like and how it will function inside and out. Through BIM we can work with subcontractors and other entities (including the client) to develop a building from the ground up. You can see both the physical and functional characteristics of the structure as the project moves from one stage to the next during the preconstruction phase. For project management professionals such as Shingobee, it gives an open hands-on tool to properly execute building construction and help mitigate sub-trade clash issues before they become a problem in the field.

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Alamo Drafthouse Construction Progress | Time Lapse

Shingobee Builders, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are working with Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust for construction of the first Minnesota location of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, at the Woodbury Lakes retail center in Woodbury, MN.

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Leech Lake Band Celebrates Grand Opening of Onigum Community Center

Tribal members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Onigum Community Center on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Shingobee provided construction of the new community center, located in the Onigum community near Walker, MN, in the southern section of the Leech Lake Reservation.

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Senior Housing Development Trends

Senior communities have begun to respond to consumers’ higher expectations with more services, greater amenities, healthier lifestyle programs, and “resident-centered” care. One area that has lagged in this process is the modernization of facility environments to support the emerging hospitality model and the application of new concepts that can actually enhance the residents’ experience, support health and healing, and increase a community’s appeal and competitiveness.

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Creating Community-Based Senior Living Facilities

Municipalities and private developers in many locations are considering creation of community-based senior living facilities, comprised of independent living, assisted living, memory care, and/or skilled nursing care. With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the demographics are smiling on the senior housing market segment.

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You CAN Keep Building in Minnesota’s Winter Conditions

Minnesota’s harsh winters cause slow-downs in its construction industry – for everything from roads to commercial buildings. Many owners choose to delay a construction start until spring to save costs of dealing with temporary heat and other challenges related to winter construction.

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Growing Your Business? Build, Remodel, or Expand?

If your business is successful, it will grow. Growth leads to corporate expansion, and expansion could mean future construction of your business property. The question is what action you should take in each phase of your growth. Should you build new and relocate, should you remodel the current property you have, or should you expand your current property? Below we explore the benefits of each option and when the appropriate time is to consider each.

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ABC / MNOSHA Cooperative Compliance Partnership Agreement: How it Helps You

Created in 1998, OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program is an extensive, voluntary cooperative business partnership between OSHA and contractors. The partnership is designed to help companies recognize hazards on the construction site and implement strategies to reduce the dangers of these risks. Together, both MNOSHA and the contractors can help business owners create safety and health management systems for their employees, customers/clients, and the public at large. The goal of these programs is to maintain OSHA compliance for all participants. Shingobee Builders proudly participate in the program for your benefit as a building owner.

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How to Use Cost Comparisons for Construction Projects

Before undergoing a construction project, it is important to estimate how much the materials and labor are going to cost during construction. During this process, we can utilize different models to come up with possible scenarios depending on how you approach the job. The estimation will include the total cost of the project based on various activities within each phase. While some expenses are fixed, others are contingent on different factors. We use four types of tools to estimate costs when budgeting a project:

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