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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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Design-Build Construction: Because Your Budget and Schedule Matter

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2018 9:45:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Design Build Construction

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What business wouldn’t choose a building process that offers opportunities to save money, to reduce construction time, to allow customization, to optimize quality, and to streamline the entire experience?

No hands raised in the audience? That comes as no surprise to all of us at Friede & Associates. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients over the last seven decades, and those are key advantages that every one of our clients has valued.

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The 15 Best Bars & Restaurants in Southern Wisconsin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2018 9:46:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Wisconsin Dells, Design Build Construction, Madison, Restaurant construction

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The Old Fashioned, a Wisconsin-themed, retro-style tavern where “Wisconsin Is King” is located in Madison, Wisconsin.

We are always eager to read “The Top 10 [Insert A Topic] in Wisconsin” posts from Best Things Wisconsin, USA Today,, Buzzfeed, and other publications as they draw attention to the wonders of Wisconsin. Many times they focus on restaurants, water parks, attractions, resorts or retail outlets that Friede & Associates has had the pleasure to build. Who would have guessed when we constructed The Old Fashioned Restaurant about a decade ago that it would go on to be a staple on these lists in both the restaurant and bar categories.

So, we got thinking about some of the restaurants and bars we have built over the past 10 years or so and decided to compile our own “15 Best.” Bon appetit!

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Fire Restoration: Reconstructing A Business, Not Just A Building

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2018 9:12:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Projects of Distinction, fire restoration, Design Build Construction

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Sanimax took the opportunity to install larger storage tanks, as well as a better floor drainage system following a devastating fire that nearly shut down their operations.

As any business owner knows, the enemies of structures are many: fire, water, wind, pests and age. But, one of the worst is fire.

Our client, Sanimax, discovered that on September 11, 2014. That’s when employees of the Deforest, Wisconsin company returned to the plant to find firefighters still on-site. It had been a long night and fire crews from several municipalities were still tending to a major electrical fire that tore through the building that housed the majority of the company’s grease recycling operations.

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New Construction: The Reedsburg Municipal Airport Terminal

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2017 8:27:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Reedsburg, Design Build Construction, municipal airport

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The new Reedsburg Municipal Airport Terminal replaces an outdated pre-engineered structure.

Sometimes the best gifts to a community really do “come in small packages.”

The new Reedsburg Municipal Airport Terminal is a case in point. At 2,300 square feet, it’s a construction welterweight, but the combination of superior strength and charming architectural features make it a true asset to Central Wisconsin.

In addition to accommodating visitors, the terminal also provides 24/7/365 pilot access, while maintaining security for management personnel together with lockable offices.

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Slide Tower Replacement: Two Similar Problems, Two Different Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 10:23:17 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Wisconsin Dells, Design Build Construction, Slide Tower Reconstruction

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The 45-foot high wood slide tower that supported two body slides, one tube ride and one raft ride was showing significant signs of decay was in need of total replacement.

Over the course of a two-year period, Friede & Associates was asked to work with two different clients in the Wisconsin Dells who were experiencing the same problem. Both waterpark clients had 45-foot, wooden slide towers that were showing significant signs of deterioration. They both needed immediate solutions that would result in replacement of the towers. But that’s where the similarities end.

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New Clubhouse & Banquet Facility For Reedsburg Country Club

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in Reedsburg, Design Build Construction

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Friede & Associates constructed a new, larger clubhouse and banquet facility for the Reedsburg Country Club.

What started out as incredibly bad news for the Reedsburg Country Club several years ago—that hundreds of the trees in and around the golf course had to be removed because they had been poisoned by a pesticide maintenance crews used on the course—ultimately resulted in the construction of a brand new clubhouse and banquet facility. And what a facility it turned out to be!

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The Moment I Realized “We Do Weird Well”

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2017 8:13:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in ABC of Wisconsin, Projects of Distinction, Design Build Construction

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The indoor go-kart track at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort in The Wisconsin Dells. Construction of this unique attraction was like building a ship in a bottle.

I remember the moment vividly.  We had just completed a nine-month-long project at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort in The Dells that included the construction of a new, indoor go-kart track, a swim-up bar and a boardwalk-themed food venue within one of their waterparks. The project had involved working through one of the coldest winters on record, and involved constructing a building in an area that had previously been an outdoor pool area and deck that was surrounded by two wings of the existing resort.

In addition, Friede & Associates was tasked with recreating a corridor to connect the wings of the hotel through the new structure, as we had removed an elevated walkway while creating a larger building envelope. Because the new swim-up bar was situated within the center courtyard of the hotel, the only access for equipment and material would be through the area where we were constructing the new go-kart attraction. In many ways, that part of the project was like building a ship in a bottle.

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The Magnificent Seven: 2016 ABC Projects of Distinction Award Winners

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM / by Scott G. Truehl posted in ABC of Wisconsin, Projects of Distinction, Design Build Construction

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Owners, architects and the Friede Design-Build Team gather together on stage to celebrate “The Magnificent Seven” 2016 ABC of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Award Winners.

February proved to be another memorable month as Friede & Associates celebrated being awarded seven more Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Projects of Distinction Awards recognizing some of the many exciting projects that we completed over the past year:

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