What Are the Pros & Cons of 3D Printed Construction?

Disclaimer: Though Cowen Construction is not a provider of 3D printing construction, we like to keep our eye out for exciting new evolutions in construction techniques and materials. 
What is 3D printing construction? 
Construction 3D printing, also known as additive construction, is the practice of constructing and/or fabricating residential or commercial buildings using primary automated machines from […]

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Cowen Construction & Tulsa Property Group Break Ground on Tulsa “Village Flats II”

Just a month after the contract was awarded, Cowen Construction and real estate investment firm Tulsa Property Group broke ground on April 8, 2021, on their latest project — The Village Flats II. The structure will be a 4-floor luxury residential dwelling along with shops along its bottom floors. As a mixture of commercial space and […]

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What is the Best Season to Begin a Commercial Construction Project?

Typically, the best time to start a commercial construction project is a year ago. However, the next best time may be right now. Still, some companies have the benefit of choosing the ideal season or time of year to begin their commercial construction project. 

So, when is the best time for a commercial construction project? 

Let’s take […]

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What Makes a Structure a Commercial Building?

As we’ve covered in the past, zoning laws are very important — not only to understand before planning new construction but also to understand the intended use in an area. With this being said, you may have found a structure or an area that you’d like to use for commercial purposes, but the zoning regulations […]

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Can You Rezone a Property?

Whether you want to rezone a commercial property to a residential one or residential property to a commercial structure, rezoning is done all the time for various reasons. Whether you found an old church that you feel would make an incredible home or a home that you’d like to make a business, it can be […]

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Why Your Church Should Thoroughly Understand Zoning Laws

Understand the Zoning Laws Governing Your Worship Space
As we’ve discussed before, zoning laws can substantially reshape the distribution of homes, businesses, and the activities of various towns and cities. As towns and cities change demographically, local officials may choose to augment zoning regulations to either encourage development or protect certain populations from traffic and noise. […]

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What are the Different Types of Construction? (Type 1-5)

Commercial construction terminology can be slightly confusing for the unacquainted. Let’s look at a brief breakdown of the definitions of type 1, type 2, type 3, type 4, and type 5 construction styles. 
What is Type 1 Construction? 
In terms of resisting fire, type 1 construction is the most resistant of the five types. Type 1 construction […]

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Off-site vs. On-site Commercial Construction

For most commercial construction jobs, a majority of the building process occurs on-site. Sometimes, however, components for a commercial construction project are built offsite—either in a removed location or factory. In this piece, we’ll look at the definitions of off-site construction, on-site construction, and the pros and cons of each. 
What is On-Site Construction? 
As its name […]

By |February 5th, 2021|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

How Do Fire Doors Work?

If you’ve ever walked through a multiple-building structure such as a hospital, religious center, school, or other interconnected facilities, you’ve probably noticed large doors where various hallways connect. While they may help reduce noise and maybe even cut down on the energy bill, these are fire doors. 
What are fire doors? 
Fire doors are doors with high […]

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How Do Fire Sprinklers Work?

Potentially millions of people owe their lives to the technology found within a fire sprinkler. While this is the case, few of us understand the elegant mechanics of a fire sprinkler system. Most of us assume that the activation of a fire sprinkler in a building depends upon very complex technology—perhaps some kind of a […]

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