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An Innovative Approach to Meeting Construction Schedules

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2020 11:50:16 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in Panelization

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According to the McKinsey Global Institute, construction productivity has fallen by half since the 1960s. While there are many factors at play, one of the biggest threats to this labor-driven industry is the growing shortage of young, qualified workers. When the recession hit in 2008, nearly 600,000 workers left construction jobs never to return.

Faced with an endemic shortage of skilled laborers—coupled with the short construction window dictated by frigid Wisconsin winters—Friede has adopted an innovative approach: panelization. This method of manufacturing wall panels in an off-site factory and delivering them to the jobsite to be assembled has shaved months off projects, while allowing us to send smaller crews into the field to get the work done. 

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2019 Projects of Distinction Award Winners Announced

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2020 1:30:12 PM / by Friede & Associates posted in ABC of Wisconsin, Projects of Distinction

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It’s February, which means it’s award season for Friede & Associates. Every year, we enter our most distinctive projects in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Awards. This year, we submitted seven projects for consideration. The award submissions are tedious to prepare and require a long list of documentation just to be eligible.

Ultimately, the most interesting and distinctive projects in Wisconsin were evaluated by 17 judges who put their architectural, engineering, and construction knowledge to work with a tough set of criteria. They award projects based on safety, craftsmanship, execution and coordination; budgeting; scheduling; difficult and unusual challenges; owner satisfaction; and overall distinctiveness.

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Win-Win Sharing With The Construction Industry’s Top Talent

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2020 9:46:01 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in leadership, continuing education

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From Concept to Completion: Tenant Build-out and Office Remodel

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2019 10:51:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in renovation, tenant build-out, office remodel

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Over the last decade, Friede & Associates has been fortunate to continue to grow exponentially, completing projects that we surely could not have handled 10 years ago. We have truly embodied our slogan “We Do Weird Well,” as we have embarked on some of the most creative, innovative and, at times, nearly impossible projects and brought them to life for our astonished clients.

Because of this, it becomes all too easy to conclude that if a project does not feature a four-story water slide, a swim-up bar, or a glass bridge constructed high above Northwoods trees and wildlife, then Friede & Associates would not be interested. On the contrary, a fair portion of our projects each year consist of simple tenant build-outs or office remodels. We are, however, equally as skilled with less complex work and are just as excited to make your dream restaurant, office or retail shop a reality as we are to take on our “weird” projects.

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Local Projects of Distinction Honored by ABC-Wisconsin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2019 5:30:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in Projects of Distinction

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Pictured here, from left to right: Vintage Brewing Company’s Trent Kraemer and Brittany Kraemer, Friede Project Manager Ethan Kent, Ramaker’ & Associates’ James Kaiser and Amanda Bartelson, Vintage’s Cathy Kraemer and Mark Kraemer and Friede Superintendent Marv Bengtson accept the Gold Award for the new Vintage Brewing Company in Sauk City.

Each year, we dust off the trophy case and make room for more Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Awards, and this year was no different. The Friede Team earned six awards for local projects and, for the seventh straight year, we were awarded the ABC-Wisconsin Built On Merit Award.

Projects from contractors throughout the state were judged in a rigorous process by a panel of construction experts based on a number of criteria, including safety, quality, owner satisfaction, execution and coordination, budgeting, difficulty, unusual challenges and overall distinctiveness.

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What Factor Influences Construction Costs the Most?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2018 10:43:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in Design Build Construction, construction cost

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There are many factors that influence the cost of construction. Some are obvious: land acquisition, permits and construction costs. Then there are the future costs or life-cycle costs to consider: maintenance, repair, replacement—the cost of keeping the facility and its systems up and running.

One of the most effective ways to control construction costs is to establish early involvement on behalf of the owner AND the contractor. This may seem obvious, but under the traditional method of construction delivery, the owner commissions an architect or engineer to prepare drawings and specifications, then separately selects a contractor by negotiation or competitive bidding at a later stage in the project’s development.

This can present a number of problems for the owner.

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Sharing, Learning & Building With the Construction Industry’s Top Talent

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2018 10:14:00 AM / by Friede & Associates posted in leadership, education

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We all need mentors and others to look up to. Fortunately, for Friede & Associates, we have an entire network of mentors. Last week, some of our team members attended the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) conference in Tampa, Florida to practice win-win sharing. The CLN membership is comprised of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, commercial contractors, and construction industry providers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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