What’s the Difference Between Remodeling and Renovating?

Tomato/”tomahto” or apples and oranges? 

To those outside of the real estate or construction industry, the expressions “remodel” and “renovation” may seem like synonyms. Within these industries, these two similar words mean very different things. 
What is a renovation? 
If you’re looking to breathe new life into the existing layout of a business location or a residential home, […]

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The Role of Project Schedules in Commercial Construction

It’ll get done when it gets done…right?

For the unacquainted, construction schedules can be confusing. Shouldn’t a commercial construction project just take as long as it takes? In this piece, we’re going to strive to answer the question: What roles does a project schedule play in commercial construction?
Schedules Help Determine Project Feasibility
When determining the feasibility of […]

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Scouting Commercial Construction Location Sites

Location, location, location!

So, you’re ready to embark on a new commercial construction project. Congratulations! Literally building a business from the ground up is one of the most rewarding efforts someone can pursue. However, if you build your new headquarters, store, or other location in the wrong place, the consequences can be dire. In this piece, […]

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What is a Feasibility Study for Commercial Construction?

How feasible is your commercial construction project? 

So, your team has begun the commercial construction planning process—including taking a look at your building design and budget. The gist of the project is well underway. Exciting, right? Well, to make sure everything will fall into place rather than to pieces, it’s important to conduct a feasibility study […]

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Iconic Buildings of Tulsa: CityPlex Towers

Stunning structures with quite the story. 

Many believe that there are no more skyscrapers in Tulsa, OK, south of about 71st Street. Those people would be wrong. Emerging from seemingly out of nowhere are three monumental buildings whose gold-like-brass reflects sunlight for miles in every direction. And the story behind these mysterious towers is as fascinating […]

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Iconic Buildings of Tulsa: BOK Tower/One Williams Center

A taste of the Big Apple in T-Town

Dominating the Tulsa, OK skyline is its tallest structure, the BOK Tower. The building was originally called One Williams Center, as it was built for the Williams Companies. Fans of large buildings will immediately see the tower’s resemblance to the former World Trade Towers in New York City—a […]

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Iconic Buildings of Tulsa: University Club Tower

A first not only for Tulsa, OK, but for the world. 

Even if you’re not a Tulsa native, if you’ve ever seen any depiction of the Tulsa, Oklahoma skyline, there is one building that is typically included, though it is not located Downtown. Positioned just outside of Downtown, a few blocks from the Arkansas River, is […]

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What Do Commercial Construction Lenders Want to Know?

What they want to know before you’re given the dough to grow.

If you’re like most commercial industries looking to renovate your existing structures or build a new location, you’ll likely need a commercial construction loan. These loans are typically offered by established banks or specialized lenders. Before they shell out the funds needed to break […]

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How Could Covid-19 Impact New Hotel Construction?

Covid-19 has completely changed many of our lives. Could it also impact the design of hotels going forward? 

One industry hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic has been that of hotels and accommodations. As traveling safely has become trickier, the influx of visitors to new cities has trickled down to a near stand-still. To foster confidence […]

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The Role of Drones in Commercial Construction

“It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s drone inspecting the roof on your building.” 

Whereas they were once a novelty, aerial drones have become as commonplace as remote control cars. Still, aside from giving weekend warriors the semblance of flight without hours of private instruction, their ability to provide new perspectives only once achieved via human-crewed aircraft […]

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