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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Managing Chaos

The management of construction projects has become more difficult in the last several years due to the following key factors:

  • Not having adequate, properly trained, manpower available
  • Subcontractors not managing their own work
  • Higher project finish levels
  • Quality and coordination of the design documents
  • Increased levels of local and state inspections
  • Construction material lead times
All of these factors can contribute to project delays if not addressed by the project team through proactive leadership. The only way proactive leadership can have a positive impact on a project is by the project team following processes on a daily basis to help prevent daily emergencies from impacting and delaying projects. The second most important aspect of proactive leadership is increased communication by the project leaders to help create accountability throughout the project team. Without a clear path to follow when it comes to managing projects, the task of achieving the desired objectives would prove...

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Green Building Trends

Recently I read an article by Dodge Data & Analytics regarding the expected rise in green construction globally. According to the article, over half of the 2,000 respondents in The World Green Building Trends 2018 report expect to see 60% of the projects across the globe to be green by 2021. In the US, it is expected to increase from 32% to 45% by 2021. Some of the reasons for the increase include increased client demands, improving environmental regulations, and healthier buildings for residents. With the expected increase in green construction, interestingly the percentages of projects that get certified are not expected to increase. Within The Douglas Company’s portfolio, we have built one LEED Silver Certified project, the Department of Veteran Affairs in Fayetteville, NC, and two other Department of Veteran Affairs in Toledo, OH, and Rochester, NY are LEED Silver Equivalent. Our experience with LEED projects allows The Douglas Company to implement the...

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Construction Nears Completion on the Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee, Florida

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, is pleased to provide an update on the construction progress of the expansion of the Centre Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Lantz Boggio Architects collaborated with the owner, Clear Choice Health Care, to design the 40,860 square-foot addition which includes: 33 new suites, a state-of-the-art therapy gym and spa, salon, and theater. The expansion of the existing facility will provide more space and amenities for patients who are undergoing rehabilitation prior to returning back home. The Centre Pointe expansion is expected to be complete in February of 2019. "Our team is excited to be so close to completion of this project, knowing this expansion will offer an even stronger future to this community and its residents; it's gratifying to know we have a hand in making that happen," said Josh Conradi, Project Coordinator with The Douglas Company. The Douglas Company  The Douglas Company is an industry-leading...

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The Douglas Company. We are a Developer’s Contractor.

But what does that mean?  It means quite simply that we exclusively work with developers.  We do not bid government projects or work with large corporations, retailers, etc.  We work with developers to assist them in making their vision become a reality. Being a developer’s contractor means we have the experience, knowledge, and personnel to get involved early in projects and work on a collaborative basis with the design team and owners.  Not everyone plays well with others but when you do it on a regular basis in the conceptual stages like we do, you get good at it and see the positive results it brings to a project and all involved. If you want a general contractor to sit on the sidelines while drawings are completed and then bid on that final set of drawings you are missing out on a very beneficial strategy to save time (which is, of course,...

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