THE BLOG

27
Jul

How to Get the Best Work from Your General Contractor

When working with a general contractor, there are 3 important things to keep in mind to ensure your project is a success:

1- Establish Good Communication

When working with a contractor, establish how you will communicate about the job.  How and when they will answer your questions, for example:

  • Speak with your contractor weekly to check on progress
  • Approve or Change items during weekly meetings

By establishing clear channels of communication and a regular schedule for checking on progress, you can be sure your project will stay on deadline and on budget.

2-Track All Changes

Any good general contractor will be able to handle job changes, such as running into structural issues or communicating when additional work is needed as the project evolves, so be sure to keep track of the project timeline and progress. You can also jot down questions you have about the project, which will help you to feel more connected to and involved with the progress of the job.

3-Be Clear About Budget

It’s acceptable to speak to your contractor regularly about your budget; don’t be afraid to be clear and up front with what you can afford. Knowing your budget lets your contractor know where you stand with regards to your overall plan and then work within the framework of the price.

The more your contractor knows about your budget, timeline and expectations, the more satisfied you will be with the end product.

Looking for a general contractor for your job, contact ABG Builders today.

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08
Jul

Water Conservation in Construction

Water is the most vital resource for sustaining life on Earth and has been abused by all. Minimizing water use by using conservative practices with technologies to save or store water and using water resources as sparingly as possible should be a requirement.

Green buildings are the future for sustainable development. Green/sustainable building refers to the practice of building sites which use less energy, water, minerals, etc. and recycled materials. The USA has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard by which building development can be obtained by using their design requirements.

Ways to Conserve Water:

  1. Create Rain-Water Retention Ponds

The process of collecting natural rainwater or used grey water with a motive to reduce the exploitation of water and further treating and reusing the collected water. In case of household, water harvesting is mostly used in conjugation with dual pumping and grey water treatment. These mechanisms, reduces the sewer traffic and designing becomes economical. The stored water can be used whenever required and small scale construction during rainy season with proper precautions always proves economical and water efficient.

  1. Use Fly Ash instead of Cement in Concrete

Fly Ash can be used to replace cement in concrete mix up to appreciable extent. Use of Fly Ash proves to be an economical replacement and is environmentally friendly due to its Low Embodied Energy (LEE). Meaning much less energy is required for its overall processing. Concrete mix containing Fly ash requires less water.

  1. Using Water Meters & Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

Low flush toilets or High efficiency toilets, water-less urinals contribute to huge water savings. Modern taps and showers entrails air with the flow, reducing quantity of water flow. Monitoring the quantity usage of water, with a water meter, may result in higher average water savings and helps create awareness for water conservation. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures like ultra low-flow toilets and urinals, water-less urinals, low-flow and censored sinks, low-flow shower heads, and water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines can reduce the water consumption by 30% to 40%.

  1. Distribution System Audits, Leak Detection & Repair

Performance of a water distribution system audit is not limited to existing, aged buildings. Water system leaks can occur in new construction from improper installation of piping and fixtures or impacts to piping systems during the construction process. Therefore, during the design process it is essential to develop a water budget for the new building and include the water distribution system as part of the overall building process. If estimated water consumption is greater than 10% of the baseline water budget established during the design process, then a leak detection study may be warranted. Water system leaks that are not repaired immediately can damage building structures and small leaks can result in the loss of large quantities of water over time. Metering of individual facilities is a water saving measure that should be implemented.

  1. Water-Efficient Landscaping

With landscaping water usage accounting for 20% or more of water consumption, there are three major components to designing a water-efficient landscape for a new facility: 1) reduce the size of grass & irrigated areas 2) use water-efficient design of irrigation systems, and 3) specify native or climate appropriate landscape materials via Xeriscaping. Reducing grass size or removing grass will reduce water consumption and costs (mowing, fertilizing, waste removal, maintenance). Other landscape areas should utilize water-efficient irrigation systems like low-flow sprinkler heads, efficient system design/layout, and water schedules to minimize water use. Utilizing Xeroscape strategies whenever practicable will save on water, fertilizer, pruning, maintenance, labor, and overall costs.

  1. Water Reuse and Recycling

Using non-potable water to meet facility requirements will result in significant water & dollar savings from avoidance of potable water purchases and sewerage costs. The use of non-potable water resources is often more cost-effective if applicable end-uses are identified early in the building design process. These four strategies that can be used for utilizing reused or recycled water.

  1. On-site water reuse or recycling: reusing water from the same purpose at the same location and usually involves minimal treatment or filtration to make it acceptable for its intended reuse. An example includes rinse water that is filtered from car washing and laundry uses and then used in the next wash cycle.
  2. Reclaimed/treated water: this non-potable water resource is developed by treating used water to wastewater treatment standards and then redistributed for on-site use. Non-potable water meeting wastewater treatment standards can be used for end uses such as landscape irrigation, decorative fountains, cooling tower makeup water, toilet flushing, fire sprinkler systems, and other on-site industrial processes.
  3. Grey water: this resource is derived from water captured from uses such as showers, baths, sinks, and laundries and then filtered to remove solids. Grey water may be used to serve such end uses as landscape irrigation and toilet flushing.
  4. Water catchment systems: this resource includes non-potable water captured from rainwater sources or from rivers, lakes, ponds, and wells that have not been treated to meet potable standards. Rooftop rainwater collection systems are becoming increasingly popular, and the captured water can be stored in architecturally aesthetic cisterns. End uses that can be served by this resource include landscape irrigation, single pass cooling and toilet flushing.

 

12
Jun

Qualities to look for in a General Contractor

When hiring a general contractor there are certain qualities to look for that will help you determine their capability and reliability.

  1. Good Communication 

A good contractor must have excellent communication skills. When discussing projects, the contractor must be able to present ideas logically and answer client questions completely. Good communication leads to better productivity and greater innovation.

  1. Organization

Whether your project is large or small, organization is a key factor in accomplishing your goals. Planning and coordination are critical aspects of any commercial construction project.

  1. Outstanding Client Testimonials

An organized and successful contractor will have an excellent list of client testimonials to show they have a track record of success.

We hope that you find this article to be helpful when it comes to choosing your general contractor.

 

Contact your experienced Design-Build General Contractor: ABGbuilders.com 

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26
Jan

How to Stay on Top of Your Project

Staying on top of your project is not the easiest task for a working business owner, but it is important and necessary to ensure your project is completed the way you desire. Here are some tips to help you keep up with your project.

Be present in the planning stages.

 The more you are involved in the planning stages of your project, the more informed you will be. You will likely be able to avoid certain issues and come up with cost-effective ideas and strategies.

Hold regular meetings.

Always stay in the loop and up to date on the progress of your project. Have any issues come up? Will the project be complete by the deadline? Are you satisfied with the progress?

Have a contingency plan.

An issue in your project could arise at any given moment. You must be prepared for the unexpected. A construction contingency is an amount of money set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise throughout a project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. Most projects will use a rate of around 5-10% of the total budget for contingencies.

 

 

19
Jan

Key Questions to ask a General Contractor

Information is power, and the more you ask the more you know. Here are some key questions to help you chose your General Contractor.

What is your experience with projects of this type?

Hiring an experienced contractor can save you time and money. Experience helps the contractor to anticipate and prevent problems that could arise with the project.

Who will be on the job site throughout the project?

Many contractors work with subcontractors and employees to complete a project. Business owners need to know who will be on the job site and who will be supervising the project.

What is an expected timeline for this project?

It is important to have a clear picture of when the contractor will begin and end work on your project, especially if you have a deadline to meet.

Do you anticipate any challenges regarding this project?

Construction is not always cut and dry. Some challenges may be clear from the beginning or there might be issues you discover along the way. Ask your potential contractor to be up-front about these things from day one. This will help you prepare for any adjustments to the cost and timeline of your project.

We hope this article helps you find the right general contractor for your project.

Contact your experienced Design-Build General Contractor: ABGbuilders.com 

 

20
Oct

ABG Builders Utah Brochure

Check out ABG Builders Utah Brochure and learn more about what we do!

ABG Utah Brochure

20
Oct

ABG Builders Brochure

Check out ABG Builder’s new brochure and see our latest projects and learn more about ABG Builders.

ABG Brochure

26
Aug

Changable Floor Tile: Designer Colors

We use different color and size floor tiles to create a designer look matching the surroundings.  Take a look at the floor inside Ashley Furniture we installed!

11
Aug

Discussion of Early General Contractor Selection Benefits

ABG’s founding Principal Jeff Manning will be speaking about the benefits of Early General Contractor Selection with a Design-Build Cost Plus GMP Delivery Method, and passing out copies of Your Little Black Book of Building Basics. It’s always enjoyable to help others understand a better way to build. This book is free to clients.

24
Aug

ABG Builders Owner Pre-Construction Package

Dear Client,

Please review our Owner Pre-construction Package, detailing process, sample proposals and schedules, tenant improvement specific statutes, insurance and our past project fact sheets.

Thank you for choosing ABG as your Builder.

ABG Builders Preconstruction Package