Facility Assessments Guide Administrators Before Starting Building Projects.

Blog-Assessment-HealthcareWith health care systems across the country beginning to feel the full impact of the Affordable Care Act, the need to plan capital expenditures accurately is imperative. Prioritizing bottom-line efficiency to capture market share while still delivering world-class, yet affordable care, is top of mind. With a bombardment of investment requests, administrators need a way to choose where money can be best spent.

 

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A Look At Green Building In Healthcare.

Blog-Green-HealthcareAccording to the 2014 Hospital Construction Survey, 65% of hospitals are using green or environmentally friendly materials in their construction or renovation projects. However, for the 34% who reported not utilizing or weren’t aware of any environmentally sustainable building practices, one could suggest that some hospitals aren’t able to see the value of going green. This is unfortunate, because the cost savings over time when using green design is significant.

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Repurposing Space To Meet The Growing Demand For Urban Housing

Blog-RepurposingThe demand for senior housing in urban areas is growing, creating intense competition among providers striving to make their options attractive to seniors. Unique living spaces that offer easy access to downtowns are gaining in popularity and being developed by repurposing old retail or warehouse space into housing that suits active seniors.

Estes has partnered with The Alexander Company on four housing restoration projects in Davenport, Iowa. The market rate units are attracting diverse renters, including seniors who thrive on interactions with neighbors from multiple generations. This creates a sense of belonging, and encourages seniors to have a more active lifestyle.

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A Faster Healthcare Build Option

Blog-PrefabPrefabricated or modular systems are bringing projects to market faster and with less waste. Health care facilities in particular benefit, especially in ambulatory care facilities. There is often a higher return on investment on both new construction and renovation as modular construction is well suited for complex yet repetitive health care facility components such as MEP systems, patient rooms, clinical spaces and envelope systems. Also, with such a drastic reduction in construction time, facilities are up and running, collecting revenue much sooner than a traditional construction timeframe would allow.

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Building Public Support For A School Bond Referendum

Blog How Your SchoolGetting a “yes” vote to pass your bond referendum is a challenge. The majority of voters don’t have children in school and any negative feelings your community has about your school will affect the vote. School districts can deploy these tactics to educate citizens and create a plan to maintain positive citizen perception of the quality of education in the school district.

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Energy efficiency for small buildings

Blog Energy EfficiencyLowering your building’s utility bill can be easy. Simple changes, like being diligent about turning off lights when you leave the room, can add up. Other easy changes include using energy efficient light bulbs and choosing Energy Star office equipment when it’s time for an upgrade. If you need to drastically reduce your energy consumption, your first step to significant improvement is having an energy audit. Estes can assist with an audit to determine if alternative systems could save you money and what the payback period would be.

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Integrated Project Delivery (IPD): An Owner Focused Building Method

Blog IntegratedThere are several construction methods you can consider for your building project. All will get you the same finished result, but there’s one method that is far superior in putting the owner first and creating a more enjoyable experience. Once you understand the benefits of IPD, you may wonder why anyone would choose another building method.

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10 things to know about BIM

Blog Ten ThingsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. So what’s the big deal with BIM and why should building owners get behind BIM?

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Pre-con collaboration for accurate time and cost estimating

Blog Pre ConA construction project is a big deal for owners. The two things owners always want to know are, how much will it cost and how long will it take. This question doesn’t go away when construction begins. It is a constant concern for owners, who are right to pose their questions throughout the entire construction process. With careful planning and estimating prior to the build, Estes’ pre-construction staff provides accurate answers to the questions of how much and how long. Budget control is maintained from concept to completion to achieve a no surprises to owners goal.

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