10 Multi-Family Pre-Construction Tips to Keep Costs Down

Picture this. You’re a multi-family property owner and your latest apartment complex is just days from completion. Your contractor’s project manager comes into your office and cautiously takes a seat. He sighs and sheepishly slides a change order across your desk. That’ll be another $40,000 and several additional weeks on the schedule. And here’s the kicker—this costly and time-consuming mistake could have been avoided from the very beginning, in the pre-construction phase. Most multi-family construction processes follow the same blueprint, so to speak. The owner works with the architect, architect hands the plans to the general contractor, contractor works with supply chains and subcontractors, and they build. It’s a very linear process. And while it’s common, it can lead to confusion, miscommunication, and ultimately, unforeseen… Read More

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Construction in Lincoln?

It’s fair to say that the construction industry—from owners to developers to contractors, subcontractors, and the entire supply chain of vendors—have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the severity of the effects has varied from community to community, city to city, state to state. In fact, the vast majority of construction firms in Nebraska have handled all the uncertainty quite well. According to a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Autodesk, most construction companies in Nebraska have managed to come out relatively unscathed. In Lincoln in particular, the majority of big construction projects have continued through 2020, with the exception of the University of Nebraska’s $155 million football training complex, which was put on hold for now. While… Read More

Keep Costs Down with a Good Construction Project Schedule

Scope, schedule, and cost. This is the trifecta of every construction project. Every developer wants to work with a construction company that they can trust to complete their project quickly, efficiently, and for the lowest possible cost. All while maintaining the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. In order to achieve your construction project goals, the field crews and team leader you’re working with must know what you want them to accomplish and when it needs to be complete. With these details provided in your scope of work, your construction contractor can get to work on developing a winning strategy—starting with a construction project schedule that shows how they plan to hit your building targets. Elements of a Construction Project Schedule Without a well-planned project… Read More