There are a wide variety of options available when it comes to constructing planned residential areas. The concept of private homes with shared amenities and certain common facilities is a very sound choice for a great residential project. Multi living communities have a great advantage over other kinds of planned residential developments. These residential projects have their own charm and allure that attracts a wide variety of people and families to them. Find your residential contractor in Columbus GA to know more about these great places to live in.
Different uses of multi living communities
Residential areas based on the multi living community concept have been put to use in diverse situations. For example, they offer the best possible form of residential setup for senior citizens are retirees looking for a secluded and peaceful private life, but with the added features of round the clock health-care from a dedicated common health care and monitoring facility. They are also great for intra-faith as well as inter-faith or mixed faith communities. Especially for religious communities looking for a great communal life with the right degree of privacy added in for individual families, multi living communities are one of the most attractive options available. The contractor industry has been focusing on these projects as a result of the sustained interest.
The right mix of public Vs private
Whether we live as single individuals or as a family, privacy is of paramount importance to us. At the same time, we also need a strong sense of community. Unfortunately this feeling has been largely absent in modern day life in urban areas and apartments. Multi living communities are a great way to raise a family in a friendly community atmosphere. But since they all have individual residential plots that emphasize on privacy, both these key aspects of our social life are taken care of. No wonder many people have been approaching a residential contractor in Columbus GA as well as in other parts of the country for these great living options.
First of all, before you start making any deals for the prospective land that you want to buy, you should probably make sure that you’re buying land that is zoned for commercial property. If the land you’re buying is in a residential zone, then you’ll only be able to build residential properties. Prior to finalizing any deals, it’s probably a good idea to check with your city or county’s planning and zoning commission. They will let you know whether or not the prospective land is feasible for commercial construction.
You’ll also want to get a professional survey of the land. This won’t simply entail making superficial measurements or observations. In fact, a proper surveying can ensure that your construction project goes off without a hitch.
For the most part, a surveyor will ensure that there isn’t anything that might make construction cost-ineffective. For instance, if there is some kind of obstruction like a large rock or plumbing from a previous development still underground, the survey will help you find that and essentially move your construction project to a better position on the land.
Then, you will likely need to hire an architect to help you draw up the plans for your commercial development. Architects are well-versed in exactly what makes a building work intuitively. If you are planning to put an office complex on the lot, then you can hire an architect to ensure the design of the building is the most convenient in terms of both construction and later functionality.
Once you’ve got the design of the complex worked out, you can start looking for commercial contractors to start actually constructing the building. Research a contracting company before hiring them, because a delinquent company can be bad for business in the long run. It’s also probably a good idea to stay invested in the construction project to ensure that everything is going as planned. Visit the site frequently so that you can stay informed and make sure that the workers are staying on task.
If you keep abreast of all the aspects of construction, then you will certainly be able to ensure a quality end-product.
A new bridge is under construction that will link southern Illinois to downtown St. Louis across the mighty Mississippi River in 2014.
Currently there is only one bridge that connects these two states, the Popular Street Bridges, known more commonly to the locals as PSB.
State and city officials hope the bridges will reduce traffic congestion and help motorists get to their destinations quickly. The older bridges were also known to cause traffic accidents due to poor design for major traffic, and officials hope the new bridge will also help take some of the load off the aging bridges.
This is the first time in forty years a new bridge will be constructed over the Mississippi River and only the second bridge to connect the states of Missouri and Illinois.
Sources say construction workers are making good progress and will soon close the span between the bridge’s two towers. They are currently completing the bridge at 160 feet a month. To date the construction on the Missouri approach to the Illinois side has been completed.
The same construction company is also constructing a curved bridge over the nearby railroad tracks on the Illinois side of the project, which will eventually lead to the main bridge.
Meanwhile, on the Missouri side, work on the construction of the supports and retaining walls for the bridges and ramps on the eastern side of the I-70, which forms part of the spaghetti-like interchange that will feed traffic to the new bridge, is in the process of being erected. In addition, construction crews are also hard at work building the girders which will support the bridges and ramps which will run over the I-70.
Cash strapped state and local governments are desperately turning to the private sector for road, building and bridge repair funding.
Involving private investors is raising concerns over the amount of control the public may lose over its roadways.
Large corporations are providing the financial backing, including firms like Bechtel and Samsung, and big banks like Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch that aim to attract money from insurance companies and pension funds.
The backing companies hope to gain huge long term profits by having an ownership stake in the projects. This means they stand to get a cut of the tolls for a long period of time. These companies will also be responsible for maintenance.
Some fear this means the governments are losing control of the highways and that drivers will be forced to pay fees in order to get around. The government may also lack the power to enforce private companies to perform regular maintenance.
The kinks will surely be worked out soon, as experts feel the efficiency gained from private construction is enough to outweigh the concerns.
A recent success story is the new privately funded express lanes in Washington D.C. The new lanes allow cars with one occupant to use the carpool lane for a fee.
By using private companies to build roadways, local governments hope it will be benefit the public more by having less congested roads. Most companies are also committed to maintaining the roadways for a long amount of time for a cut of the tolls.
Driving down the streets of a crowded city or a suburban, residential area, you’ll likely see a lot of similar structures. Buildings that were made out of rectangular shapes that stand straight up in the sky and homes that fall into some typical categories. However, it’s possible to have a unique and exclusive type of design for your building. What do you need to know about doing so?
First of all, you need to hire a professional to do the work. Only these individuals are capable of making a design that is visually appealing and structurally sound, so give Freeman & Associate, Inc. a call. Once you’ve expressed your desire to work with the company, you can start discussing your structure. One of the first questions to ask is about the possible shapes for the building. Some types of shapes are simply not able to hold up a building as well as others are. If you’re putting this structure in a place with severe weather, such as lots of tornadoes or hurricanes, you really need something that can stand its ground. The professionals at Freeman will be able to guide you toward choosing a building design that is most safe and appealing.
Once the basics are discussed, you can start figuring out how you want to make this exclusive. Perhaps it’s going to have more windows than other buildings on the street, or maybe you want the shape and size of the building to have something to do with the product that is inside. Understand that when you pick out details that are very intricate or that require a lot of supplies to be ordered and shipped, the construction can take longer to complete. When a pressing time limit is on your shoulders, look towards construction options that are still unique but are easier to execute than some of the more involved ones are.
Now, you can also consider energy efficient options to show your love for the environment. One idea would be to choose more insulated materials for the building and for the windows. During the colder months, the materials will help to absorb heat, and you will not have to turn the heat up as high. While this might cost more money at the start, it will save you on bills down the road. Another idea that works in tandem with this is to choose big, open windows to cut down on the electric bill. As solar panels are becoming increasingly popular, make the decision to add these to your plans as well. The purpose of solar panels is to generate energy through an alternative source: the sun. When you decide to take these steps, you’ll obviously be helping out the environment and being more eco-friendly. Of course, you’ll also have a unique new building on your hands too!
Freeman Team Construction, located out of Columbus, Ga., has been responsible for a number of important constructions in the Georgia and Alabama areas.
Most recently the Freeman Team completed construction on the Kodak-Polychrome Graphics building located in Columbus. The project was a unique undertaking in that Freeman worked under an independent construction manager hired by Kodak-Polychrome.
The Freeman team was responsible for providing the construction, as well as the preconstruction, services for KPG’s new complex. While not uncommon for a project of this magnitude, the project had an extremely rigid timeline that allowed only five months to substantially complete the 180,000 square foot facility. During this same timeline, Freeman was also responsible for renovating their existing 100,000 square foot facility.
Freeman was able to use a team oriented approach to meet the deadline. Some of the challenges of the design and value engineering made the project special for the Freeman team.
Northside High School was the first new high school built in Columbus since 1978. Freeman Team Construction was handed the reins to Muscogee County School District’s flagship project through the muli-million dollar SPLOST building program.
Freeman first completed the Administrative and Classroom building wings. The processes took about 12 months and were designed with high accessibly as the foremost goal. The cafeteria and gymnasium followed in the two later phases, both taking a month to complete. Due to properly planned and tight schedule, Freeman was able to complete the project in time for the start of the school year.
School official Myles B. Caggins, Jr. was impressed by the results and said, “This company went above and beyond the call of duty to have the building ready for occupancy by Grades 9 and 10 on August 19, 2002. They have high standards for their teams and achieve the results that have also made us proud of them.”
Another recently completed project for the Freeman team was the Ft. Benning Vet Clinic. The project called for a complete renovation to the existing veterinary clinic and an adjacent building to be used as a transitional space during construction.
Some of the renovations included the entire replacement of the existing electrical systems in the building, as well as the water heaters. The team added a resinous floor and some walls were relocated and new walls added to better utilize space.
Freeman Team Construction in Columbus, Georgia has been at the forefront of many important projects in the area and throughout the United States.
Freeman recently completed construction on the Cardiology Center, the first of its kind on the north side of Columbus. Freeman won the bid after show its plan to work closely with the architectural group of Medical Design International.
The Cardiology Center features some state of the art features and is large enough to offer both clinical services and outpatient special procedures. Freeman successfully led the subcontractor and vendor team through the entire endeavor to complete the project on time and within budget.
“Freeman did an exceptional job making sure the project met the specifications…. The Site Superintendent and the Project Manager made sure that construction of the building ran smoothly,” said ACHE Adminstrator Jack H. Morana.
Aflac needed a new administrative services facility fast in order to maintain the company’s growth and sufficient sales. This 250,000 square foot facility was the largest single construction project endeavor for the company ever. The building was constructed in four phases and the Freeman team was able to meet every date and deadline at a blazing pace, while managing to keep the project under budget.
Aflac executive Newton B. Aaron was pleased with the work of Freeman and said, “The achievement of the schedule, cost and quality goals on this project are truly excellent, especially the many schedule milestones. You just kept checking them off, one by one. I also appreciate the cooperative and effective attitudes of all the staff, both office and field.”
Freeman Construction also teamed with Beers Construction of Atlanta to build the TYST riverfront campus. Freeman was largely involved with the management of the project and provided some of the local flavor required to get the right look for this corporate campus along the Chattahoochee River in Uptown Columbus, Georgia.
The existing conditions (ongoing businesses, existing buildings, demolition and traffic issues, environmental impact, etc.) provided for a monumental undertaking. The project took direction to include continuity of the Columbus Riverwalk, an extension of the existing Riverwalk that was integral to this project.
To learn how Freeman can help you with a future project, call us today.
Each year there are thousands of injures and fatal accidents on construction sites across America. Many accidents revolve around the operator, but more than half happen to people on the ground such as spotters, co-workers, laborers, passerby and superintendents who get too close. Here are a few tips to help workers avoid injury and the causes of accidents.
The most common time an injury occurs when a worker gets on or off a machine or piece of equipment. Always check your gloves and boots for mud before climbing so as to not slip. Avoid carrying objects while climbing and use the large hand and foot holds whenever possible.
Another time to be particularly diligent on a construction site is during the loading and unloading of equipment. Even on the ground, there is a risk of a machine rolling over so be sure they are centered on the ramps and stay straight. Use a spotter for guidance and keep people away from the machine during the process. Always use safety wires and proper tie down procedures or ratchet binders.
Be aware of overhead obstructions and underground utilities such as electrical lines, water, sewer and gas. Make sure to mark or place warnings on overhead lines or low clearances. Errors in marking are common so continue to use caution even after underground lines are marked.
Driving any piece of machinery in reverse should never be taken lightly. Alarms usually sound on construction machinery to clear others away, but the only way to be truly sure is to get out and look. Always check the machine’s perimeter before moving and, when vision is impaired, use a spotter to guide you. Other options may include wide angle mirrors and rear-mounted cameras. Presence sensing alarms are also becoming more reliable as technology improves.
Finally, be sure to rope of the swing radius around the machine you are operating to keep it secure. Use a spotter to keep spectators away and keep all people clear of the area. Accidents in this area can often be fatal.
Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you enter a construction site. Always remember to wear a helmet and safety vest at all times as well.
Construction spending increased for a third straight month in the United States in June due to a strong gain in homebuilding.
The construction industry has been slowly improving while other facets of the U.S. economy have slowed. Construction spending rose .4 percent in June following a 1.6 percent gain in May that was the biggest one month increase since December, according to the Commerce Department.
The spending increase in June pushed seasonal spending to an annual rate of $842.1 Billion, which is up 12.9 percent from the 12 year low in February 2011. This level of spending is still roughly half of what some economists say the country should be spending in order for the country to be strong financially.
Spending on private nonresidential building projects edged up a slight 0.1 percent to an annual rate of $302.3 billion. In June, spending for office construction and hotel projects both rose but spending declined.
Government construction spending has been unchanged in the last five months, which reflects the continued restraints facing governments at all levels who are struggling to deal with budget issues. Spending on government projects was also essentially unchanged at an annual rate of $274.2 billion.
An index of home prices showed price gains in every major city in May versus April in a sign of a slight rebound for the housing market from the crash this past decade. The biggest monthly gains came from Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco according to The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index.
Even with the slight increase the housing recovery is still viewed as slow and uneven. Sales of new homes fell in June after hitting a two year high in May. Sales of previously occupied homes also fell in June.
Our senses are designed to tip us off to a variety of elements in our environments. We hear sounds that register in our brains as warning signals. We see problematic situations and choose to avoid them. Even our sense of smell can trigger warning signs. When painting a room in the house or the deck outside, our senses should often be on overload with warnings as to what they are being exposed; however, sometimes we don’t heed those warnings. Understanding the dangers of the fumes from enamel and other construction items is crucial to maintain one’s health when completing projects.
What Are VOCs
While almost every individual who has painted knows that paints often release harsh fumes, few actually know what the aroma represents. The chemical smell present in varnish is actually representative of the VOCs in the substance itself. VOC actually stands for volatile organic compound. The compounds are actually gases that are emitted from certain solids and liquids manifested as chemicals that often carry many short- and long-term adverse health effects. With paint, in particular, these chemicals are released as the paint dries.
What Are the Dangers
Obviously if VOCs are chemicals, they present some level of hazard, but the dangers associated with these compounds are more prevalent than one might think. The concerns presented by these compounds in different construction and reconstruction projects range from short- to long-term issues. Short-term health concerns include eye, nose, and throat irritation including asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions. Other effects include headaches and even nausea. With repeated and extended exposure, however, conditions are heightened and worsened. Volatile organic compounds are actually carcinogenic and can lead to certain types of cancer, damage to the liver, and even deterioration of the kidneys and the central nervous system.
What Are the Options
Understanding the risks associated with these volatile organic compounds, identifying the options for protecting one’s self and loved ones is crucial to maintain optimum health. The first consideration when completing a construction or reconstruction project that involves painting is choosing a no- or low-VOC paint base; however, these paints often cost more. Creating homemade paints or stain mixes is another option but can be more difficult to work with than typical finishes. Ultimately following the manufacturer’s instructions and suggestions and being conscientious about one’s decorating decisions is the way to go. Maintaining appropriate ventilation throughout painting and drying time helps regulate and release harmful compounds more effectively. Nonetheless, being aware of the concern and making personal decisions to protect one’s health is the ultimate step toward safety.