How to Drive a Bobcat: Skid-Steer Loaders Explained

(4-min read)

Disclaimer: This piece is not meant as an exhaustive operating tutorial of any item of construction equipment. It is only a brief overview of the operating controls.

You’ve likely stopped for a few moments to take a look at a construction site. On that construction site, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed a skid-steer loader […]

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

How Construction Dump Truck Drivers Practice Safety

(3-min read)

Whether demolishing an existing structure or building a new one, dump trucks are an essential part of almost every construction project. You’ve probably seen these mega-vehicles cruising down highways and back roads. It may seem like one false move can spell disaster. To keep themselves, fellow construction crew members, and the public safe, there […]

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Don’t Overlook the Soft Costs of Construction

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” – Matthew 14:28
If you’re getting ready to undergo an extensive real estate or commercial construction project, it is essential to consider all of the costs of […]

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The Emergence of IoT Technology for Smart Buildings

(3.5-min read)

With the proliferation of wireless internet capabilities into every facet of our daily lives, the idea of something not having “wireless capability” may seem silly to many of us — especially those of younger generations. IoT has inundated the home like never before. What started as the marvel of the cordless phone has grown […]

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The Pros of Using Experienced Construction PMs

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Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new construction project or you’ve realized that you need additional help on an existing one, receiving support from an experienced construction manager can be an immense relief. Let’s take a look at why you should be using a professional construction project manager for all of your […]

By |December 18th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

5 Interesting Historical Construction Facts

1. The World’s Tallest Building For 3,800 Years Was a Pyramid

 

For 3,800 years, the Great Pyramid of Giza was the world’s tallest building. Built between 2580-2560 AD at a height of 455 feet, the Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in existence. Its record was broken in 1311 by the Lincoln Cathedral in […]

By |December 18th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

6 Construction Site Safety Tips for Visitors

(4-min read)

Ever feel out of your element? Whether you’re at an awkward party or a fancy art gallery, we’re all felt a bit off in our environment. Such may also be the case for visiting a construction site as a non-construction professional. Whether you’re getting a firsthand look at the construction of a new home […]

By |December 17th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Commercial vs. Industrial Construction

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One of the popular misconceptions about construction is that its all building houses and businesses. In fact, the construction industry differs even with regard to the commercial construction industry versus the industrial construction industry. Because we are a provider of both of these services, we at Cowen Construction thought we’d break down the difference […]

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Popular Commercial Roofing Materials + Pros & Cons

(5-min read)

Whether you’re looking to build a new commercial building or you’ve just purchased one that realtors would say is “ready for new imaginations” — either way, you have some major decisions to make. In our last article, we gave a brief overview of the most popular commercial roofing styles. In this article, we’re going […]

By |November 14th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Commercial Building Roofing Styles

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Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the styles of roofs we can get for our homes. When it comes time to decide which roof will best suit out commercial building, it’s not unusual to draw a blank. Though a place of business has some of the same needs as a residence, […]

By |November 13th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off