Robotics in Construction

With a continued labor shortage across the country and no signs of change in the near future, some firms are looking to/have implemented robots into their workforce to help combat this issue. Robots in their present capacity are being used to perform repetitive tasks like laying brick, tying rebar, hanging drywall, etc. They are also performing demolition, 3-D printing, and assisting with lifting activities. In 2018 the construction robotics industry was roughly a $23 million market, however, this market is being forecasted to grow to nearly $226 million by 2025 according to the article by Tractica. Some of the benefits being reported by those utilizing robots are increased speed and efficiency, higher levels of safety, and the ability to integrate with design software such as BIM. As one who has never had robotics performing labor on a construction project, I am looking forward to experiencing it and to what impact...

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Construction has begun on HarborChase of Stuart

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in senior living, multi-family and mixed-use construction projects, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on HarborChase of Stuart, a 127,798 square-foot assisted living and memory care community in Stuart, Florida.

Co-developed and owned by Denver-based Confluent Senior Living, co-developed and operated by Florida-based Harbor Retirement Associates and designed by Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.; HarborChase of Stuart will provide a mix of 134 assisted living and memory care apartments in the two-story facility.  The luxury senior living community will feature amenities including a full-service commercial kitchen, multiple dining areas, a salon, massage room, wellness room, three interior courtyards complete with multiple fountains, a shade sail, a putting green, resident planting beds, a fire pit, and high-end interior finishes.  Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.

“Our project team is excited to be building this phenomenal development. ...

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The Productivity Problem

Construction is an industry obsessed with productivity - And for good reasons. The more productive our field operations, design teams, and management work is, the faster and less expensive the projects are. Unfortunately, construction has suffered from losses in productivity over the last decade, particularly at the field level. Major trades like framing, drywall, and concrete are slipping several percentage points.

This phenomenon is attributable to many factors, but several key ones include:

  • Changes in Scope and/or Project Expansion - No matter how well you plan a project, changes happen - And they slow things down. The Independent Project Analysis Group has estimated by a study that more than 35 percent of all construction projects will incur a major change. They've also concluded that any change puts the project at a 1 in 4 risk of schedule slippage by 20% and a 1 in 4 risk...

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The Douglas Company Celebrates Groundbreaking of the New Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation Community in Wesley Chapel, Florida

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in senior living, multi-family and mixed-use construction projects, celebrated with the owner, TLC Management, Inc., a recent groundbreaking of their new $33.2 million Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation Community in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation Community will feature a total of 201 residences inclusive of 106 skilled nursing, 22 memory care, and 73 assisted living suites. Meticulously designed by Cuhaci & Peterson, the community will encompass approximately 158,971 square feet of living and communal space with amenities including a health spa, theater, game room, wellness gym, activity center, resident art gallery, library, putting green, and bistro shop – all conveniently located on-site. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.

“It's gratifying to bring TLC Management’s vision to life.  Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation will be a beautiful space with first-rate services that meets the...

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John Burlazzi joins The Douglas Company Team as a new Senior Project Manager, Southeast Division

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, announces that John Burlazzi has joined the company as a new Senior Project Manager, Southeast Division, and will be working directly out of the Orlando, Florida office.

Mr. Burlazzi began his career and education in the architectural field and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from The New Jersey Institute of Technology. John is a 30-year construction industry veteran of both the public and private sectors with a strong background in varying types of development and construction projects, including multiple senior living, healthcare, governmental, educational, commercial, hospitality, multi-family communities, retail, and residential communities. 

In Mr. Burlazzi's new role he will be responsible for working with owners, architects and subcontractors during the construction process, which includes overseeing all construction activities, controlling building costs, maintaining the project schedule and ensuring that the highest quality product is delivered to our clients.

"John's level...

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Announcing Our New Website – Designed with You in Mind

After several months of hard work and dedication, The Douglas Company is thrilled to officially announce the launch of our new website! We invite you to visit us at douglascompany.com to learn more about our processes, services, culture, and to explore our project portfolio

Our new website coincides with our expanding role as an industry leading General Contractor specializing in the construction and renovation of senior living and multi-family projects. The primary objectives of the redesign of our site were focused on providing the opportunity to rediscover who we are as a company, our services and solutions, aesthetics, simplifying our content, and increasing the visibility of our brand. 

We built our new website with you in mind; you'll find our new site is divided into three main sections: Read More >

5 Trends to Look for in Commercial Construction in 2019

In what has been a historically slow adapting industry, we are beginning to see some evolving trends to traditional construction. Below is a list of trends to keep an eye out for in 2019 and beyond:

  1. Modular Construction: The modular construction market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.9% from $112.4 Billion today to $157 Billion in 2023. This large growth is being driven by the reduced skilled labor force.
  2. Technology assisting human workers: There are subcontractor’s that are beginning to utilize robotics in assisting and working alongside their human workforce, whether it be tying lifting items, increasing productivity, etc. Those utilizing robotics believe they are reducing the physical strain on workers allowing them to prolong their working careers, as well as, reducing the repetitiveness/redundancy allowing workers to do more meaningful work.
  3. Design-Build’s Growing Popularity: FMI is predicting spending on design-build to increase around 18% in the...

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The Douglas Company is pleased to announce that Chris Vasel, PE has been Promoted to Project Manager

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Vasel to the position of Project Manager. In Mr. Vasel's new position, he will directly manage commercial construction projects from early development through project completion and will be responsible for overall cost, schedule and budget evaluation, as well as, all construction coordination. Chris Vasel is an alumnus of The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Technology, Civil Engineering, and holds a Professional Engineer Certification. Chris started his career with The Douglas Company in 2015 and has taken on various roles as an Estimator, Field Engineer, Project Coordinator, progressing to Assistant Project Manager and currently accepting his new position of Project Manager. "We are consistently evaluating how to best contribute to the success of our employees, clients, and partners; Chris will be an integral part of our growth and success moving forward. He has worked...

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Punch Lists and Technology

A lot has changed with the rise of Construction Technology (“Con-Tech”), but one thing is still the same: The end of any job is the hardest part. There’s a lot of details to manage and stakeholders to keep communication with, all while working towards a smooth transition from our construction phase to our client’s activation and lease-up phase. A huge component of this that will forever remain a part of our industry is the punch list process. Thanks to Con-Tech, we have experienced a significant increase in efficiencies in this area. Some of these include:
  • Use of cloud-based platforms that allow continual sharing and updating of information between team and contractors.
  • With the use of new features, punch items can be added on-the-fly from any smartphone or tablet, making punch lists a continuous process throughout the job, instead of one big list at the end.
  • Bar codes and phone scanners...

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Economic Cycles in the Development Business

We have been a developer’s contractor since we opened over 40 years ago.  As everyone knows, our economy goes through cycles, positive and negative.  And the development economy has significantly greater swings than the general business economy.   2008-2010 had dramatic negative swings, but we have been on an upswing now for almost 10 years.  When the economy trends down, construction costs decrease, as do interest rates.  But more importantly, the rank of developers thins.  Those with limited experience and capital can’t get deals done so exit the market, while the strong take advantage of lower prices and interest rates, but also a distressed inventory, and get stronger. The uptick in the economy creates the opportunity to be active for these people, but also the perception of opportunity for new entrants to the market.  Some are well capitalized, but with limited experience and expertise, and they can get deals done with the...

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The Douglas Company Celebrates the Completion of Construction with Owners Confluent Development and Harbor Retirement Associates

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in senior living, multi-family and mixed-use construction projects celebrates the completion of construction with owners Confluent Development and Harbor Retirement Associates at the grand opening of HarborChase of Beavercreek Senior Living Community in Beavercreek, Ohio. This $21.5 million community, designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects, brings a new modern standard in senior housing to the Dayton area residents. The 123,000 square-foot luxury retirement community consists of 64 assisted living and 46 memory care apartments in a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom options. The two-story contemporary community features first-class amenities including a bistro, bar, large dining rooms, multiple serving kitchens, multiple activity areas, salon and pedicure, wellness center, two enclosed courtyards, putting green, outdoor fireplace and seating area, exterior fountains, and several private balconies. "We are enthusiastic in announcing the completion of construction on this beautiful luxury senior living community that provides...

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Bidding Budgets

In the spirit of being a consultant I wanted to discuss a topic that we have seen create frustration and cost money for some developers.  Bidding Budgets; or “bidgeting” as we have heard it called.  It is when early drawings are put out to multiple General Contractors for the purpose of obtaining their budget estimate which will be utilized to select the contractor for the job.  In the beginning, the intent may have been to go with the best OVERALL choice, but in the end, the contractor with the lowest budget estimate is selected to work with going forward.  This is not working on a negotiated basis, this is bidding budgets. There are inherent risks to this process and at the end of the day, it doesn’t necessarily provide you with the best price solution (one of our brand promises by the way) that you were looking to move forward within...

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The Douglas Company Begins Construction on The Pearl

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in multi-family, senior living, and mixed-use construction projects has begun construction on The Pearl, a new $14 million luxury apartment community in Birmingham, Michigan.

Developer, FLS #5 Properties LLC, selected Marusich Architecture of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to design the 92,378 square foot, four-story mixed-use development with an underground parking garage that will offer an attractive exterior design, and high-quality interior finishes. The Pearl will include 4,500 square feet of ground-level retail space, as well as, 26 luxury apartments with one and two-bedroom floor plans, and a full suite of amenities including private underground parking, private balconies, hardwood flooring, large kitchens, modern fireplaces, high ceilings, and walk-in closets.

"The Douglas Company is very excited to take on this project," said Tyler Brumbaugh, Project Manager of The Douglas Company. "Our team is looking forward to playing a role in the continual transformation of...

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