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Construction Project Approval Process

Why You Should Begin Planning Now for Your Commercial Construction Project Spring and summer are often a busy time for the construction industry.  This is the time that you don’t have to worry about construction delays due to weather or extra costs associated with winter conditions.  If you’re considering constructing a new building or renovating an existing site in the spring, start planning …

Construction Change Order

Change Orders and Their Effect on Construction

Do you have a construction project underway or ready to begin?  Have you considered the possibility of change orders and their impact they can have on your project? Change orders can occur and are often unavoidable during the construction process.  A change order is work that is added or deleted from the original scope of work and as a result …

Storm Water

Your Solution to Storm Water Management

Storm Water Management Have you ever seen certain areas or property developments that flood or have standing water every time it rains?  This occurs when water doesn’t have a way to infiltrate the ground.  Water runoff needs a place to go to prevent flooding, erosion, pollution and other environmental issues.  Control and treatment of water runoff is called storm water management.   There are a …

Sustainable Green Roof

Why You Should Invest in a Green Roof

Benefits of a Green Roof Types of construction today are very different than 50 years ago.  Today “green” construction and the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials are becoming more standard and desirable. Green Roofs, Vegetated Roofs or Living Roofs are one type of “green” construction.  Green roofs can be installed on existing or new buildings.  Existing building installation …

Commercial Renovation Landscaping

Commercial Construction and Landscaping: 5 Things to Consider

What to Consider When Choosing Your Commercial Landscape Design Landscaping may not be on the forefront of your vision or planning. It is one aspect that is often not thought of when planning a commercial construction project.  Most owners like you, are focused on creating a space that will increase productivity and one that fits into your budget. However, landscaping is a critical …

Earth Day Tree Donation

Earth Day is Approaching – See How You Can Make a Difference

Why You Should Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day! Although Earth Day should be every day, the celebration is a once a year reminder of the importance of protecting our planet.  There are plenty of reasons why you should celebrate Earth Day and many ways you can contribute to the health of our planet, one way is by planting a tree. …

Solar Energy - Commercial Construction

Is Solar Energy Right for You?

IS SOLAR ENERGY RIGHT FOR YOU?  Today many building and business owners are evaluating “green” and/or “sustainable” products.  Some in an effort to reduce costs, while others are interested in reducing their carbon footprint.  Each year more options for “green” and “sustainable” products and services become available and become more affordable and efficient.  Certain businesses or building owners may be …

Commercial Construction Industry

Celebrating 18 years in the Commercial Construction Business

We are celebrating 18 years in the commercial construction business! 18 years ago, Steve Brouwer opened the doors of A. R. Brouwer Company in Dexter, MI. It was a big risk, as he didn’t have any clients lined up. As Steve sat there in his office, he realized that he’d better pick up the phone and start making calls and so …