The Hoar Blog

Historical Renovation: Challenging but Rewarding

By Turner Burton, Vice President

Historic renovations are some of the most rewarding projects we work on, because we are helping to improve a community while preserving a piece of its history. But they are challenging. For developers, a historical renovation is more expensive, takes more time, and requires an extremely detailed review process. New construction is often the more cost efficient and easier option. You could tear a building down, build a new modern structure, and get the same return on your investment — for less money and let’s face it, less headaches. That being said, historic renovations offer a significant value to the community. So, if you’re thinking about taking on the challenge, here are a few things you should know. Learn More Historical Renovation: Challenging but Rewarding

Why Construction Accidents Peak at Lunchtime

By Rob Wylie

Mental focus – it’s one of the simplest and most important ways we can all stay safe in the workplace. But often it’s easier said than done to keep your mind on the task at hand. Your mind is busy filtering and processing information — everything going on that impacts your job and even things outside of work like relationships or if you even got enough sleep last night.  Because your mind is making multiple decisions and prioritizing what has to be done first, you could miss recognizing a new hazard in or around your work space.  That’s when injuries happen. Learn More Why Construction Accidents Peak at Lunchtime

The Retailization of Healthcare – Part 2

By Coker Barton, Senior Vice President Healthcare and Stacey Berthon, Senior Vice President Retail

In the first part of our video series on the retailization of healthcare, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Coker Barton and Senior Vice President of Retail Stacy Berthon discussed the new trend that is pushing healthcare providers to look at their services from a consumer point of view. In part two, Coker and Stacey explain how this shift is driving medical providers to compete and strategize like retail developers.

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The Retailization of Healthcare

By Coker Barton, Senior Vice President Healthcare and Stacey Berthon, Senior Vice President Retail

There is a new trend toward retail-based healthcare, driven by consumers taking a more active role in healthcare decisions and seeking care on their own terms.  This retailization of healthcare is pushing health providers to look at their services from a consumer point of view and to “compete” against other medical providers to provide the quickest and most convenient care.

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Mitigating the Labor Shortage

By Randall Curtis, Executive Vice President

It’s no secret the construction industry is facing a labor shortage. Everybody is busy with work and because of that, everyone in the construction industry is holding on to their staff a little tighter these days. It was once common to flood jobs with labor toward the end of a project, working to overcome any delays during the construction process while still getting clients a quality building on time. But if we rely on that plan in today’s market, we may find those resources are no longer available. A historically transient labor force is now working for one company because there is so much available work for these skilled craftsmen.

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Mentoring Is an Opportunity and a Responsibility

By Dennis Quick, Senior Superintendent

When I visit job sites and talk with field personnel, I often hear comments like, “Trade partners are not as qualified as they used to be,” or “The drawings are not as good as we used to have.” This perception could be due, in part, to the economic downturn in 2008, which put a lot of our seasoned trade partners and designers, as well as general contractors, out of business. EVP Randall Curtis wrote about this (Developing Tomorrows Construction Workforce) back in the fall. Learn More Mentoring Is an Opportunity and a Responsibility

How Guest Experience Influences Hospitality Construction

By John Page, Business Development Director

I had the opportunity to attend The Americas Lodging Investment Conference (ALIS) in LA last week. Since I was representing a general contractor, I was really glad to hear how optimistic everyone was regarding the continued expansion of the hospitality sector – 82 months of consecutive growth and counting!

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