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Construction Marvels: Building The Brooklyn Bridge

Fixing A Problem With An Icon
It’s the middle of the 19th century and the population of New York City is exploding. While the borough of Manhattan is a hotbed of industry and jobs, space is limited on the island, making the price of housing tremendously expensive. Ferries do their best to take passengers across the […]

By |December 5th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

The Ultimate Construction Con: The World’s Littlest Skyscraper

The confidence man has to be one of the oldest “professions” in existence as there are many ways to trick gullible and even not-so-gullible people out of their hard-earned money. One con job that elicits feelings of anger, as well as laughter, has to that of the new perpetrated on the investors in the Newby-McMahon […]

By |November 19th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

The Story Behind the “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” Photo

Is the “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” photo a fake?

Whether in a motivational poster or in a book of historical photography, there’s a good chance you’ve caught a glance of the photo titled, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” that depicts construction workers precariously yet casually perched on a steel beam while haphazardly enjoying a break from work. […]

By |November 12th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Tornado-Proof: The ALICO Building of Waco, Texas

Waco, TX —The Oddity Between Dallas & Austin

If you’ve ever driven from Dallas, Texas to Austin, there is a pretty good chance you’ve stumbled upon the sleepy town of Waco, Texas. While most famously known for being in close proximity to the ATF siege on the Mount Carmel Branch Davidians as well as the location […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Constructing a Rivalry: The Chrysler Building vs 40 Wall Street

One of the largest structural and cultural icons of the New York City skyline, The Chrysler Building broke records soon after the builders broke ground on its construction on September 19, 1928. Completed in 1930, the skyscraper has a fascinating and eclectic history fueled by…rivalry? In this piece, we’ll look at how two estranged business […]

By |November 2nd, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

3 Site Selection Factors

Finding the site for a commercial construction project isn’t always easy. There are a lot of factors to consider and knowing which factors are more important than others takes some experience. For developers and business owners who find themselves in this situation, the best move is to partner with a commercial construction company that can […]

By |September 10th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Commercial Contractor

Hiring a commercial contractor is a big, sometimes intimidating, decision. If this is your first commercial construction rodeo, the potential for error is certainly there. The best way to avoid mistakes is to know some basic do’s and don’ts of hiring a commercial contractor. Below are a few of those do’s and don’ts you should […]

By |August 31st, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

4 Green Construction Methods Becoming Standard

The idea of green construction is nothing new. What used to be new and innovative, is now becoming increasingly standard. This is largely thanks to increasing demand from consumers and recent breakthroughs that make green construction much more economically feasible. The rise of green construction methods not only offers a lower environmental impact, it is […]

By |August 28th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Curb Appeal for Commercial Buildings

Anyone who has watched more than 9 minutes of HGTV will be able to tell you about the importance of curb appeal. While their Property Brothers-inspired rant will likely just pertain to selling a recently flipped house, curb appeal is a big deal for commercial buildings too. Good curb appeal can increase foot traffic and […]

By |August 24th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Senior Community Renovation Construction Tactics

At Cowen Construction, we have a vast amount of experience in working with senior living community owners. When it comes time to renovate these communities, the goal should always be to minimize inconvenience to existing tenants and account for future needs. There are a few considerations that need to be accounted for to ensure a […]

By |August 24th, 2018|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off