WATER PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

This was a fun one!!! A local restaurant was getting water intrusion under their back door in a heavy rains.  I went to see the problem during a downpour and quickly realized that the building’s slab was about even with the ...

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HOW NOT TO SAVE MONEY!!!

An incomplete plan for your commercial construction project can cost you big! We were recently asked us to bid on building out a space on the ground floor of a new high rise that’s still under construction. In this case, the biz ...

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WHAT IS AN INTERIOR BUILDOUT – AND WHAT ISN’T IT?

Commercial interior buildout can be a bit of a confusing term at times. For example, I once prepared an estimate for a gentleman who was opening a new pizza place. The space he was renting had to be carved out of a larger space. It ...

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ANOTHER ONE FINISHED!!

Another white box is in the books!! White boxes aren’t very exciting from a construction perspective, but can be HUGE from a leasing perspective. Often times, an outgoing tenant will leave a space in such poor condition that few ...

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IS AN OPEN CEILING A GOOD IDEA?

What’s Hiding Above the Ceiling? You may wonder if an exposed ceiling makes sense as a cost savings measure in your interior commercial buildout.  While there are cases that an exposed ceiling is less expensive than an ...

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Perspective is Reality

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I HATE HAVING TO SAY NO

I hate telling a potential client “No”. I can only think of a few times it has happened.   In one case, the guy told me straight up that he had saved money on projects in the past by getting to the end of a project and only ...

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WHAT IS A TENANT IMPROVEMENT ALLOWANCE?

A tenant improvement allowance, or TI for short, is money that landlords agree to pay to offset the cost of construction of your space. The TI money is usually calculated into the landlords financial model as a lump sum disbursement ...

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WHAT IS A WHITE BOX??

Have you seen this term, but not sure exactly what it means?

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WHAT DOES “LICENSED AND INSURED” REALLY MEAN?

I see contractors throw around the phrase “LICENSED AND INSURED”.   But does it mean anything? Maybe, maybe not.  At a glance, it sounds reassuring and validating, but it really doesn’t say much. Most people hear ...

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