What’s the Difference Between Commercial & Residential Plumbing?

“It’s all pipes and water, right? How much different can it be?”
If you’ve never taken part in the process of commercial construction, you may be a bit surprised by how much commercial plumbing setups differ from residential plumbing. Though many of the same functions exist (toilets, sinks, washing machines, etc.), that may be where the […]

By |June 8th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

What Does a Soil Engineer Do?

You’ve found the spot where you want to build your commercial building or factory. Congrats! It’s a beautiful piece of open land, far from any competitors or other harmful interference. It’s so beautiful and quiet….almost too quiet. You may wonder why the price of the land is so good, and yet no one else has […]

By |June 8th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Elevator Construction Basics Explained (+ Safety Facts)

To the onlooker, a modern elevator seems like some kind of magic. You step inside a metal box, select a number on the inside, and away you go to your floor destination. While these methods of vertical transportation seem technologically advanced, very little about the design of elevators has changed in the last 50 years. […]

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The Suprisingly Interesting Impact of Zoning Laws

If you’re like most people, the idea of learning about city laws and regulations makes your eyelids heavy. Though it may seem to be rather dry reading material, there are several surprisingly interesting benefits and consequences of zoning law that directly impact your life in several ways. 
What is zoning law? 
In summary, zoning regulations allow or […]

By |June 5th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

How Could COVID-19 Change Commercial Building Design?

Many different factors contribute to the design of a commercial building and its construction. Though some are purely architectural, some design choices are based on the environment—including learning from past disasters. The first sprinkler systems started showing up in buildings following major fires in the 1800s. The events of 9-11 had an impact on the […]

By |May 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

The Main Differences Between Residential & Commercial Construction

“Isn’t construction just construction, regardless of residential or commercial construction? What’s the big difference?”

As you investigate the construction industry in search of either a quality residential or commercial construction company, there are a few items you should probably understand about each side before getting started.
Residential Construction
The Informal, Yet Emotional Side of Construction
There’s a reason why […]

By |May 19th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Construction Industry

There’s likely not an industry left untouched by the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. From the restaurant industry to retail shops, transportation, and tourism to supply chains and beyond, few industries have come out unscathed. The construction industry is certainly no exception. Let’s take a look at the ways the construction industry has been […]

By |May 19th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Recommendations for Construction Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The recent COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly impacted the construction industry, though many projects have been able to progress fairly smoothly. The only way this is possible, however, is with heightened precautions recommended by OSHA and other regulatory bodies. Here are some suggested ways construction worker personnel can best prevent the spread of COVID-19 while […]

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A Basic Introduction to Construction Blueprints

(4-min read)

For the unfamiliar, a commercial construction blueprint may feel quite alien and even disorienting. Fairly basic knowledge of the various aspects of a blueprint can help a business owner or investor understand precisely what they’re seeing. In this piece, we’re going to provide a quick overview of the main components of a commercial construction […]

By |April 16th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

The Role of Telehandlers on a Commercial Construction Site

(3-min read)

Have you ever driven by a commercial construction site, only to spot a piece of equipment you can’t quite put your finger on? Is it a forklift? Is it a crane? Is it a loader? Is it a vehicle from the movie Mad Max? Yes, it’s all of those things—OK, maybe not the last […]

By |April 16th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off