Commercial Planning

7 Questions to Ask Your Contractor About Green Buildings

The “green” movement is picking up speed, and we at Brown Wegher feel that it’s about time. When you can use sustainable resources, minimize building materials, capitalize on solar energy, and reduce your draw on the land—all while creating a safe, beautiful building that will protect your products, grow your business, or employ area residents—it’s …

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Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Metal Buildings In The Sioux City Metro Area

Metal buildings in and around the Sioux City area vary in construction, materials, size, color, and function. How they are built is just as important as how they are used; it’s why we place so much importance on planning both the interior and the exterior construction. And it’s why it’s important to consider the pros …

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Does Bidding the Project Yield the Lowest Cost? (Scenario 3)

Scenario 3:The Investor Hires Both an Architect and a Contractor Prior to Bidding In this system, the investor works with an architect and a contractor during the design of the project. Like the other two common bidding approaches, scenario 3 has some pros and cons. Unlike its counterparts though, it’s a value-oriented approach that takes …

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Does Bidding the Project Yield the Lowest Cost? (Scenario 2)

Scenario 2: The Investor Works Exclusively with the Architect Prior to Bidding If you had chest pains and a toothache, would you schedule an appointment with your dentist and request that he or she fix both ailments, or would you schedule one with your dentist and one with a cardiologist? For the sake of your …

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Does Bidding the Project Yield the Lowest Cost? (Scenario 1)

Scenario 1: Pre-Design Building Having a 3.95 GPA is pretty impressive for a student studying Nuclear Physics and Advanced Calculus. Is their academic merit inferior to a 4.0 GPA student whose most difficult task of the semester was a two page Film Studies’ reflection? Assuming it’s not an unbelievably difficult Film Studies course, probably not. …

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Does bidding the project yield the lowest cost? (Introduction)

For a business, the end goal of a construction project should be to maximize the prospective building’s value by achieving the best and highest use for the least amount of money. Therefore, the more appropriate question is probably whether the low-bid process yields the highest value. As such, in evaluating the effectiveness of this method, …

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Regional Design, Zoning, and Sign Regulation Links

Sioux City, Iowa https://www.sioux-city.org/planning https://www.sioux-city.org/attachments/article/1222/Sioux%20City%20Design%20Guidelines%20Final_Lower%20Res.pdf https://www.sioux-city.org/attachments/article/276/Sioux%20City%20Zoning.pdf https://www.sioux-city.org/attachments/article/1775/Sioux%20City%20Sign.pdf Omaha, Nebraska http://www.cityofomaha.org/planning/ http://maps.dogis.org/zoning.html (zoning lookup tool) Sioux Falls, South Dakota http://www.siouxfalls.org/planning-building/zoning.aspx South Sioux City, Nebraska http://www.southsiouxcity.org/department/index.php?structureid=9 North Sioux City, South Dakota http://northsiouxcity-sd.gov/depts/dept_plan&zone_meetings.html http://northsiouxcity-sd.gov/depts/PDFs/NSC%20ZONING%20MAP%2003-2013.pdf Dakota Dunes, South Dakota http://www.dakotadunes.com/LocalGovernment/Contact/Index.cfm Plymouth County, Iowa http://www.co.plymouth.ia.us/Departments/zoning.aspx Kansas City, Kansas http://www.wycokck.org/dept.aspx?id=938&menu_id=1032 Kansas City, Missouri http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/CityPlanningandDevelopment/DevelopmentManagement/ZoningandDevelopmentCode/