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Is It Time to Remodel Your Commercial Property?

  • The commercial real estate industry is facing sweeping changes as it continues to deal with the impact of shifting trends in workplace design and pivoting demands of current and potential tenants. Many commercial property owners are looking for ways to repurpose and transform their buildings to better meet these changes by investing in building remodels and renovation.  In addition, properties that have been vacant for some time may need to be updated before occupants and visitors return to work in…

    Budgeting for Warehouse Construction Costs

  • Warehouse construction projects are big-ticket items, and because there are so many factors that go into estimating the costs -- there’s not a universal approach to coming up with a “magic number” for the budget planning. Working with an experienced team of commercial construction pros will ensure that you’re getting return on your investment without cost overruns. In fact, any contractor that gives you an instant quote based solely on size and location is probably a contractor you should stay…

    How to Add Value to Commercial Property

  • Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your commercial property to boost occupancy, prepare to sell, or just upgrade to fit the changing needs of your current tenants, there are plenty of options available. Working with the right construction professionals can help guide you in the right direction, but these are some top tips owners should consider when they're thinking of adding value to their property.   Upfit for Energy-Efficiency  While new commercial construction is generally more energy-efficient, these…

    Design Considerations for Healthcare Facilities

  • Although the coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of commercial building design, healthcare facilities stand to change and evolve the most in the coming months and even the next few years. Whether it’s a renovation of an existing facility or the design of a new construction project, it’s important for stakeholders to help maximize the safety, health, and well-being of both patients and healthcare workers. Because nobody is certain how COVID-19 will continue to change the approach we take…

    Commercial Construction Design-Build Projects

  • When it comes to finding value and return on investment for your next construction project, it’s hard to top the benefits offered by design-build. Design-build is a construction strategy that provides property owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. From start to finish, one team of commercial construction professionals will tackle the job, minimize hassles, and expedite timelines. To truly understand the value of design-build, it’s important to fully understand…

    Common Types of Commercial Construction Projects

  • There’s a misconception that all commercial buildings are created equal. In fact, every construction project is unique. Each project has its own nuances and is designed to meet the client’s needs and personalized based on the building’s use. Regardless of what you’re looking to build, the first step is choosing a top-notch commercial construction company that understands these nuances. It’s also a good idea to know more about the different types of commercial construction projects.   Office Commerical Construction Projects Similar…

    Terms of the Trade: A Commercial Construction Glossary

  • Commercial construction projects are daunting and complex, and unless you’re an industry expert contractor with years of experience, it’s not easy to know the ins and outs of what your construction team is talking about. However, before you even decide on a commercial construction team for your next project it’s important to really understand the terminology that the professionals use. Make sure you bookmark this list -- while it doesn’t include everything, it’s a comprehensive resource.  If there’s something on…

    Choosing a Commercial Construction Company

  • Choosing a Commercial Construction Company. If you search online for commercial construction companies, you’ll likely get plenty of options -- but choosing one means more than just clicking a website and calling a phone number. Like with any big investment, you need to do some research in order to find the fit for your next project. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it covers a few important decisions you need to make before signing a contract with a…

    Education Facility Design Trends

  • Education Facility Design Trends. As trends in building design and education both evolve at the speed of light, it’s important to show where the two overlaps to impact how students learn. Long gone are the days of one-room schools and oversized chalkboards; we’re now sending students to school in tech-equipped facilities that address a variety of different learners. In order to build a school fit for the modern student, there are some trends that decision-makers need to keep an eye…

    Considerations for a Commercial Renovation

  • Considerations for a Commercial Renovation. Renovating your commercial building is a big investment. Whether you’re starting a business, expanding your workspace, or upfitting for existing tenants, renovation projects can present some serious challenges if you don’t prepare and plan. While each project will be customized to meet your business needs and the project scope, some universal guidelines should be followed regardless of industry or building use. Why a Commercial Renovation? Several reasons make commercial renovations a valuable investment. Investors often…

    Biophilic Design in Healthcare Facilities

  • Biophilic Design in Healthcare Facilities. What comes to mind when you think about incorporating nature in your healthcare facility design? Is it a simple houseplant on the counter or a picture of the sunset on the wall in the waiting room? When it comes to improving patient outcomes and enhancing staff wellbeing, that’s not enough. Enter biophilic design and construction; decision-makers are increasingly choosing building materials, lighting systems, and HVAC products that support this initiative. Although the concept is nothing…

    Commercial Office Design Trends for 2020

  • Commercial Office Design Trends. The year is fast coming to a close, and if you’re planning an office construction project for the new year, it’s important to pay close attention to trends that will be big over the next several months. Remember that your building should be designed to help improve the work environment for employees and create a culture that attracts and retains top talent. From wall gardens to phone pods, read on for several trends that industry experts…

    Tips For Your Next Commercial Construction Project

  • Commercial Construction Project. Whether you’re building from the ground up or renovating existing space, there’s no question that commercial construction projects can be huge undertakings for business owners. We could offer our advice, but who better than other business owners to offer feedback on how to sail through commercial construction projects? We have years of commercial construction experience, but that’s what we do -- day in and day out. After surveying several owners who have weathered the daunting task of…

    Warehouse Construction Trends to Watch

  • Warehouse Construction Trends. It almost goes without saying: Warehouses today are much different than they were ten and even five years ago, partly due to the exponential growth of both the e-commerce and tech industries. Warehouses are now considered finely tuned logistics hubs that are designed and constructed to maximize every branch of your supply chain. Take a look at the trends that are shaping warehouses of the future. Size of the warehouse footprint While warehouses once used to be…

    Cutting costs during commercial construction

  • Cutting costs during commercial construction. There’s a reason that commercial construction projects are notorious for going over schedule and budget -- in fact, it’s reported that nearly 98% of commercial construction projects end up costing more than their original budget. As a facility manager or project manager, how do you explain that overage to those who invested in the financing of the construction? While some extrinsic budgetary factors are unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to avoid costly…

    How A Tenant, A Landlord, and A Construction Company Can Work Together

  • Work Together. Oerlikon Balzers is a metal surface treatment company based in Liechtenstein. Oerlikon Balzers Americas’ Headquarters are located just outside of Chicago, IL. They are one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface technologies that significantly improve the performance and durability of precision components as well as tools for the metal and plastics processing industries. (more…)

    Commercial Construction Project Management Tips

  • Construction Project Management Tips. When it comes to commercial construction project management, finding out that you’re off-schedule and off-budget can be some of the most frustrating setbacks along the way. Although problems arise from time to time that is out of your control, with the right approach project managers can mitigate those risks and maybe even keep them at bay. We’ve rounded up some of the top tips from industry experts to help keep your projects running smoothly -- and…
    Be Considerate of Your Tenants

    How to Be Considerate of Your Tenants During a Renovation

  • Be Considerate of Your Tenants. When determining if a commercial property should be remodeled, there are a few different factors that should be taken into consideration. Of course, a cost analysis should be done beforehand in order to determine if a renovation is feasible, and if the go-ahead is given on the renovation, it is vital to determine if the tenant will remain in the property while the renovation is being done. If so, it can be a tricky process…
    Your Manufacturing Construction Project

    5 Things to Think About for Your Manufacturing Construction Project

  • Your Manufacturing Construction Project. Building a new manufacturing facility is not a task that should be taken lightly. An undertaking this large can take months of planning and careful consideration of all the variables that go into a manufacturing project. On top of planning the actual design, a renovation company needs to think about project cost, the personnel that works on the project, and a daily timetable of what needs to get done at what time. (more…)
    2019 Office Design Trends

    2019 Office Design Trends to Keep an Eye On

  • 2019 Office Design Trends. The modern workplace is practically unrecognizable from where it was a decade ago. Office design trends are constantly changing, and if your company wishes to foster an environment where employees can be creative, productive, and happy, it’s important to modernize. Many studies have shown that employees are more productive in environments that they find to be conducive to work, and 2019 office design trends are focused around creating a positive experience for both clients and staff.…
    Tips for Redesigning an Office

    7 Tips for Redesigning an Office

  • Tips for Redesigning an Office. A company’s employees will likely spend at least 40 hours per week in the office. In order to maximum employee efficiency and happiness, it is recommended that you make the best possible use of that office space. Whether you’re looking to move your office to a new space or improve your existing space, there are several simple things that you can do to make your office more appealing and worker-friendly. (more…)
    Leasehold vs. Tenant Improvements

    Leasehold Improvements vs. Tenant Improvements vs. Build-Outs

  • Leasehold vs. Tenant Improvements. As a St. Louis commercial construction company, one of the most common questions that we receive from potential and existing customers is about the difference between leasehold improvements, tenant improvements, and build-outs. When people ask us about this, there is often some confusion, but the answer is quite simple. There is really no difference between tenant improvements, leasehold improvements, and build-outs. It just depends on what industry you work in and who is looking at the…

    G. S. & S. Again Nominated for ASA Midwest General Contractor Of The Year

  • General Contractor Of The Year. We are honored to again be nominated by the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council as Contractor of The Year. The ASA Midwest Council is a construction trade association of specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community.  Their purpose is to improve the construction process through education, advocacy, and collaboration.Our team is looking forward to the "Mad Hatter Awards Gala" on Saturday Night, April 6th at the Four Seasons St. Louis. We would also like to congratulate all…
    Controlling and Tracking the Cost

    Controlling and Tracking the Cost of Your Tenant Improvement Project

  • Controlling and Tracking the Cost. When it comes to tenant improvement projects, you may think that real estate owners have an easy job managing them because they are so common. However, there are many steps and small details in every improvement project, and as such, tracking costs is one of the biggest challenges that a landlord faces during the tenant improvement project. Due to the importance of tracking costs, it’s important to pay attention to and reflect on how to…
    Need a Commercial Remodel

    5 Signs You Need a Commercial Remodel

  • Need a Commercial Remodel. For St. Louis commercial building owners, it can be difficult to know when your commercial space is in need of a remodel. Like any other space, commercial spaces require updates to remain current with the times. Your business likely wants to maintain a space that is modern, attractive, and pristine, and one way to do that is by hiring a professional commercial remodeling contractor to perform a complete overhaul. Here at G.S.& S Construction, we’ve been…
    Structured Cabling in Commercial Construction

    The Role of Structured Cabling in Commercial Construction

  • Structured Cabling in Commercial Construction. In the process of constructing a commercial building, most general contractors hire dozens of subcontractors and sometimes sub-subcontractors to get through the job. At G. S. & S. Construction, we “self-perform” a lot of the work and use only trusted subcontractors for the most specialized aspects of the project. One of the most overlooked and least understood of these specialized contractors is the structured cabling contractor. (more…)
    Common Commercial Remodeling Mistakes

    The Most Common Commercial Remodeling Mistakes

  • Common Commercial Remodeling Mistakes. Working on commercial remodeling projects in the St. Louis area for over four generations has taught the contractors at G. S. & S Construction how to plan and implement a successful project. One thing that goes along with working in the industry for so long is hearing stories from our clients about previous commercial remodeling projects that have gone wrong. When you’re planning your commercial renovation project, you’ll want to work with a trustworthy and experienced…
    Preparing for Tenant Improvements

    Preparing for Tenant Improvements

  • Preparing for Tenant Improvements. If your company owns commercial space, it’s important that you remain on top of renovations. In a quickly growing commercial real estate market like the one we have here in St. Louis, if a tenant is unsatisfied with their commercial space, they will leave and search for a better, more modern space. Leasehold improvements are some of the most important things that you can do as a commercial property owner, and working with a construction company…
    Hiring a Commercial Remodeling Contractor

    5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Commercial Remodeling Contractor

  • Hiring a Commercial Remodeling Contractor.When the time comes for a commercial remodeling job, whether it’s a complete new build or just a partial repair, there are some questions that you’re going to want to ask before undertaking the project. With a job as big as a commercial remodel, it is vital that you choose the right contractor, a company that you can trust to do a thorough job. St. Louis, MO has a lot of commercial remodeling contractors , and…
    What Are Tenant/Leasehold Improvements?

    What Are Tenant/Leasehold Improvements?

  • What Are Tenant/Leasehold Improvements? While commercial rents in the St. Louis area are nowhere near the stratospheric prices common on the coasts, prices here have been climbing in recent years. That trend should be accelerating in the years ahead. RE Journals cited a study in Colliers International that called the Gateway to the West one of its top ten emerging industrial markets to watch. Industry won’t be the only driver of the economy in years ahead; it’s safe to say…