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The Benefits of Tilt-up Construction

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Tilt-up construction involves creating large slabs of concrete panels that make a building’s walls. The panels are then lifted or tilted up into place in the foundation. This innovative building method works well for offices, retail centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. Generally, tilt-up construction offers more advantages than traditional construction methods, such as: […]

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Which Construction Delivery Method is Best?

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The key to a construction project that meets all the requirements depends on the coordination between the owner, designer, and the builder and choosing the construction delivery method is critical to that success. A construction delivery method is the process the owner, contractor, and the designer use to work throughout the project process. Construction delivery […]

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The Benefits of Building Information Modeling

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Architects and engineers use Building Information Modeling, or BIM, to show how building materials will hold up over time in a construction project. However, BIM is more than just models of a project. It is a process that brings all the stakeholders together for a more collaborative building process. Preconstruction in Building Information Modeling During […]

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The Importance of Construction Pre-Planning

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The first step in a successful construction project is thorough pre-planning. Generally, during the construction pre-planning the project team establishes the project scope and the budget, as well as selecting the materials. The following are the essential steps in the pre-planning phase needed to streamline the process. Scope This phase starts with the first meeting […]

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Conducting a Commercial Contractor Review

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Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a longstanding relationship with a contractor, you will need to vet a contractor when you have a construction project. The following are three areas that you should gather information to review to make an educated decision. General Company Information It’s essential to learn about the construction company and its […]

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Construction Hiring Tips

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The construction industry has always had a need for a wide range of workers. Today, the demand remains high as contractors face employee shortages. The following are several tips to help when recruiting workers: The Work Environment With other contractors competing with you for employees, you want to ensure that you can offer more than […]

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Bill Verrette Earns a Well-Deserved lifetime Achievement Award

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WLUC-TV6 & FOX UP is pleased to announce William C. Verrette, the owner of Champion, Inc., Gundlach Champion, Inc. and Verrette Materials, Inc., as the recipient of the 2021 Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award because of his lifelong dedication to education and to communities throughout Upper Michigan. To learn more about Bill, visit the […]

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Challenges Continue for the Construction Industry in 2022

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2022 will continue the string of years that present challenges the construction industry faces. The following are the top issues: Supply Chain Delays & Costs Supply chain issues continue to be a major issue because of production plant shutdowns and transportation delays caused by the pandemic. Contractors have had to deal with increases in transportation, materials, […]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Winter Construction

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There are several factors that make a winter build challenging. The following are several of the issues you will need to consider. The Structure of the Building Pre-engineered or steel with stud infill buildings present no problem for winter weather construction. However, with a load-bearing masonry building it is best to build from the bottom […]