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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

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, Elkhart, Indiana, Butler

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

When A Small, Leased Facility No Longer Works

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Mar 22, 2017 1:25:00 PM


BEFORE: Working with Optronics, our design-build team determined that the new, larger building would require a thorough retrofit to fit Optronics' growing needs. The new facility, although bigger, was not fitted out exactly as Optronics needed.

When Optronics International, LLC, the nation’s fastest-growing manufacturer of lighting for the truck, trailer, marine, RV, heavy duty, and transit vehicle markets, realized that their small, leased facility was no longer meeting their needs, they decided to purchase a larger building in nearby Goshen, Indiana. The new facility, although bigger, was not fitted out exactly as Optronics needed. That’s where J.A. Wagner Construction came in.

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Topics: retrofit, Design-Build Construction, Optronics international

Building A Building On Top Of A Building

Posted by Andrew Harman on Feb 7, 2017 9:25:00 AM


J.A. Wagner Construction designed and built the new 32,300-square-foot facility over top of the existing building.

B&B Molders, Inc. of Mishawaka, Indiana are innovators in plastic injection molding. The company, founded in 1963, has experienced tremendous growth over the years. In 2013, they had a problem. They had outgrown their Mishawaka plant and could not expand their facility on their existing property. The only direction to go was up. 

J.A. Wagner Construction designed and built the new 32,300-square-foot facility over top of the existing building in an effort to help B&B Molders remain completely operational during construction. 

Learn the Single Most Effective Way to Reduce Construction Costs >>>

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Innovation

Is Your Building’s Roof Ready For Winter?

Posted by Andrew Harman on Dec 16, 2016 8:59:08 AM


Most snow-related building losses typically occur at stepped elevations where blowing snow is carried from an upper roof down to a lower roof.

The winter season is upon us in Northern Indiana and there is no accurate way for us to predict what the winter will bring. If we have a repeat of recent years, there are a few things every building owner should know to prevent a catastrophe from occurring:
  • Heavy and repeated snowstorms can create packed snow and ice conditions resulting in unusual and excessive snow loads of 50 p.s.f. or greater.
  • Blowing and drifting snow can add to these loads
  • Rain-on-snow can cause significant load increases
  • These loads can be in excess of the design capacity of the building and can cause damage, collapse, or at worst, business interruption, injury and death.
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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Butler Manufacturing, snow load, winter

Welch Packaging: Building A Local Economy [VIDEO]

Posted by Andrew Harman on Dec 1, 2016 8:25:00 AM


J.A. Wagner is constructing several pre-engineered steel buildings for Welch Packaging as part of their $16 million plant and machinery investment.

By the end of January—if the weather cooperates—construction will be complete on several new buildings for Welch Packaging in Elkhart, Indiana. Design-build construction began in May on what will be a $16 million plant and machinery investment to expand Welch Packaging’s capabilities.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Butler Manufacturing, pre-engineered metal buildings, Welch Packaging

6 Reasons Why Now Is The Time To Build Your Project

Posted by Andrew Harman on Nov 10, 2016 9:11:00 AM


J.A. Wagner recently completed this 200,000-square-foot trailer manufacturing facility for Universal Trailer, located in Bristol, Indiana. Universal Trailer manufactures Featherlite, Haulmark and Wells Cargo trailers, among others.

A recent Consensus Construction Forecast from The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) projected that construction spending has risen in 2016 and that 2017 could show an additional 6.7% gain for commercial (non-residential) construction. This survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters also suggests that some sectors will top that—for instance, commercial/industrial (7.5%) and office space (8.8%).

Many owners have put off the decision the build over the past few years as the economy was weakened and the November election was creating a lot of uncertainty. Now that the economy has rebounded, we have seen an increase in construction starts and are listening to owners and their rationale for moving forward.

Here are six reasons to consider new construction in the coming months:

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, construction spending, new construction

Is Design-Build Construction The Answer? You Decide.

Posted by Andrew Harman on Sep 26, 2014 1:25:00 PM

The design-build delivery system for industrial and commercial construction has been increasing in popularity among owners for many years. Design-build, also known as “single source responsibility,” combines the planning, design and building efforts into a single team. Design-build is now used in approximately 40% of all non-residential, low-rise construction projects and market share has been growing by about 1% to 2% per year, according to the Design Build Institute of America.

Why is this delivery system so popular? Why is it growing? Is this system right for everyone?

The answer to the first two questions seems to relate to design-build being faster and less costly than design-bid-build and construction management. A study conducted at Penn State University showed that design-build costs were 4.5% to 6% lower than other methods and design-build was 23% to 33% faster. Additionall, quality was found to be equal or greater for design-build when compared to the other methods.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction

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