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:
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The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in multi-family, senior living, and mixed-use construction projects, has broken ground on Sand Hill Memory Care, a new $10.8 million memory care community in Gainesville, Virginia.
The Developer, Dillin LLC, selected M&A Architects of Columbus, Ohio to design the 40,944 square foot single-story community, featuring 64 suites, multiple activity areas, commercial kitchen, spa, physical therapy, sunrooms, as well as, a salon and two interior courtyards.
"We are excited to be building our third senior living community for Dillin LLC," said Hunter Kick, Project Coordinator of The Douglas Company. "Our partnership is truly about utilizing our strengths to create a senior living community that offers an unsurpassed standard of living to its residents. Our team is proud to be part of the development that brings this new option for residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other types of memory challenges to the Gainesville... Read More >
The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in multi-family, senior living, and mixed-use construction projects, announces the completion of a new senior living community in Sylvania, Ohio.
Charter Senior Living at Oak Openings is a 48,882 square-foot community, developed by EBS Sylvania, LLC, delivers a combination of 52 assisted living and memory care suites for residents. The $8.6 million project was designed by M+A Architects and brings a new and modern standard in senior living to Sylvania and Toledo area residents. The one-story, contemporary community features first-class amenities, including full-service kitchen, billiards room, bistro, fitness room, salon, spa room, living rooms, activity areas, as well as, exterior courtyards and patios.
"Our team is excited to be part of the project team of this new senior living community that will provide a new option in assisted living and memory care to the residents in our hometown," stated Alex Koch,... Read More >
As the baby boomer generation begins turning 70, senior living providers will have tremendous opportunities. At the same time, they will face the challenge of reinventing their business and providing innovative solutions to meet the needs and demands of this new generation.
Today’s seniors are looking for options that deliver the comforts and amenities of home. This trend is changing the design and construction of senior living communities. Designers are incorporating more residential design elements and finishes into new buildings, resulting in vibrant and comfortable spaces that are very inviting for residents. The buildings being designed and constructed today are not your father’s senior living facility.
By involving a general contractor very early in the planning process, working collaboratively with the design team, an owner can understand costs, lead times and constructability of various design components, and have the ability to make timely decisions. The general contractor can also provide potential alternative options... Read More >
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... Read More >
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... Read More >
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... Read More >