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J.A. Wagner Construction Blog

One Factor Influences Construction Costs the Most

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 8, 2018 10:13:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction

When Construction Entrepreneurs Share, Learn, and Build

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Feb 7, 2018 9:33:00 AM

We all need mentors and others to look up to. Fortunately, for J.A. Wagner Construction, we have an entire network of mentors. Last week, a member of our team 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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Topics: Construction Leadership Network

Helping Our Customers Grow: LaVanture Products Company

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Jan 25, 2018 10:04:00 AM

J.A. Wagner is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with LaVanture Products Company. Our partnership has spanned more than 30 years and has included the construction of three brand-new facilities, two additions, and two remodels of existing space. In 2006, we built their current facility—a Butler pre-engineered steel building. Now, LaVanture has asked our team to once again return and construct a 14,000-square-foot addition to provide much-needed warehouse space. Located at 3806 Gallatin Way in Elkhart, Indiana, the company has been using temporary storage to alleviate their need for more space.

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Topics: Butler, Elkhart, Indiana, Expansion

Center six one five Brings Much-Needed Convention Space to Michiana

Posted by Andrew Harman on Jan 4, 2018 9:40:00 AM

The new Center six one five convention and tradeshow facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

J.A. Wagner is pleased to announce the completion of Center six one five, a state-of-the-art convention center and meeting space located in Elkhart, Indiana. Not only does this facility bring much-needed meeting space to Elkhart, but it also helps realize the dream of late local entrepreneur, Gary Price. He envisioned a space in which local businesses could conduct meetings, trade shows and luncheons without having to travel to South Bend or Chicago. After his passing, Gary’s wife Kim worked closely with our team to construct the facility he had always envisioned.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Butler, Elkhart, Indiana

AACOA’s Major Expansion Project Like Renovating A Moving Train

Posted by Tony Harman on Aug 22, 2017 10:37:00 AM

The expansion at AACOA's Niles, Michigan facility was constructed using Butler pre-engineered metal buildings.

After years of serving commercial and manufacturing businesses throughout the United States, J.A. Wagner Construction still looks forward to new challenges. We like to think that if a client needed us to renovate a moving train, we’d find a way. 

In fact, we’re grateful for the opportunity we recently had to test our capabilities when we worked with a leading aluminum extrusion company in Niles, Michigan. AACOA’s major $18 million expansion project, designed to accommodate a new state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion line, proved we can successfully expand a facility that’s operational 24/7—the manufacturing equivalent of a train that never stops. 

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, pre-egineered steel buildings, AACOA

New “Hub and Spoke” Facility for Universal Trailer is Unique Approach

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Aug 4, 2017 9:49:09 AM

The design-build project for Universal Trailer involved the construction of a 199,808 square-foot “hub and spoke” style facility for the production of fully-assembled trailers as well as trailer kits.

Playing an important role in a large-scale construction project is always exciting for us here at J.A. Wagner Construction. But, being part of new construction model is even more exciting. We found this to be true earlier this year when we constructed Universal Trailer Cargo Group’s new paint and production facility in the heart of the Midwest in Bristol, Indiana.

Universal Trailer is known for its high-quality trailers. Its brands, which include Haulmark, Haulmark Motorcoach, Featherlite, Featherlite Specialty, Exiss, Sooner, and Wells Cargo, are commonly seen on highways across North America. The company manufactures horse trailers, livestock trailers, ATV trailers, motorcycle trailers, snowmobile trailers, race car trailers, custom car trailers, equipment trailers, and made-to-order trailers for specialty hauling projects.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, pre-egineered steel buildings, Universal Trailer

J.A. Wagner Receives Two Prestigious Awards from Butler Manufacturing™

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Jun 7, 2017 9:37:00 AM

Pictured left to right: Tom Gilligan, President of Butler Manufacturing™, Tony Harman, Project Manager for J.A. Wagner, Andy Harman, Project Manager for J.A. Wagner and Harry Yeatman, Vice President of Sales for Butler Manufacturing™.

J.A. Wagner Construction is pleased to announce that it has been named The #1 Volume Builder of the Year in the Midwest by Butler Manufacturing™ at Butler’s recent national sales meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. This designation is awarded to the authorized Butler Builder® dealer that sells the largest amount of Butler steel during the calendar year.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, Awards, pre-egineered steel buildings

Here Comes the Rain: Are You Looking for Sturdy and Affordable Reroofing Options?

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on May 23, 2017 11:46:00 AM

Butler Manufacturing's Low Profile Metal Over Metal Reroof System is the ideal reroof solution for low slope metal roofs. Panels are permanently seamed together with a full 360 degree Pittsburgh double lock seam to assure weather-tightness and long-term performance with minimal maintenance expense.

With the arrival of spring comes rain. It’s nature’s way of nourishing new growth. It’s also the way many manufacturers and commercial businesses discover new roof leaks.

J.A. Wagner has years of experience in new, replacement, and retrofit roofing options. One product line we routinely recommend for roof repair comes from Butler Manufacturing. Butler’s Reroof Systems are affordable options for replacing leaky roofs with long-term, weathertight solutions.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, Reroofing, Roof Retrofit

Here’s How Daylighting Saves You Money

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on May 17, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Butler's SunLite Strip daylighting system introduces up to three times the amount of light earlier and later in the day than translucent panels, and can reduce electrical lighting consumption by up to 70%.

Most commercial and industrial buildings are built with as few openings to the outside as possible. Yes, there are entrances, exits, and shipping dock doors; vents; and maybe a few windows in the office areas. But for a long time, the idea was to preserve both heat and privacy by severing inside operations from the outside world.

The problem? Blocking out all that natural, abundant, free sunshine wasn’t just an aesthetic fail in many ways, it was an economic one. Any company that pays a monthly electric bill for lighting that is used 24/7/365 will understand exactly where we’re headed here.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, daylighting, energy-efficiency

A Case Study: How Design-Build Construction Solved Global Link’s Problems

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Apr 11, 2017 9:26:00 AM

Global Link Distribution's new Elkhart, Indiana facility consolidated several operations under one roof—a solution that has enabled them to grow well into the future and has allowed them to strengthen their strong, diverse supply chain.

Global Link Distribution is a leading supplier of OEM products for the RV, manufactured housing, cargo trailer, fencing and cabinet shop industries. Founded in 2007, Global Link’s product offerings include locksets, fasteners, latches, drawer slides and cabinet hardware. They also perform research and development in their quest to provide the highest quality service to the growing RV industry.

Over the course of eight years, as Global Link had grown, they had leased multiple facilities to store their inventory. By 2015, they found that constant driving to multiple locations to fill orders and stock inventory was wearing out their employees as well as their company trucks. They needed a solution that would consolidate their operation under one roof—a solution that has enabled them to grow well into the future and has allowed them to strengthen their strong, diverse supply chain.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Butler Manufacturing

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