Why Wood Could Become the New Steel

A not-so-new building material is making a comeback. The material is known as mass timber, or in simpler terms, wood. Wood was once the literal building block of ancient civilizations. It quickly became overshadowed upon the innovation of steel and concrete because of its likelihood of catching fire. However, an innovative way of using wood …

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The Rise of “Urb-Suburbs”

We tend to think of urban and suburban areas as completely different from one another. One is filled with skyscrapers and crowds, and the other is filled with picket fences and barbeques. However, 2020 has seen the boundaries between these two areas blur. This grey area has created new neighborhoods called “urban suburbs”, or “urb-suburbs” …

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Retail Resurrection: The Adaptive Reuse of Malls

Throughout the past decade or so, e-commerce and changes in consumer-spending habits have created a retail apocalypse wherein a significant number of brick-and-mortar stores have closed their doors. The rate of said shut downs has only accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the closing of thousands of retail stores, including Sears, Macy’s, and J.C. …

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Meds & Eds: Old Buildings, New Ideas

Meds and Eds is a relatively new commercial real estate term used to describe the relocation of medical and educational facilities to non-traditional buildings. The healthcare industry is rapidly shifting. From Skype patient calls being the new norm, to healthcare facilities relocating to more populated areas, and hundreds of regional grocery stores closing their pharmacy …

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Thank you, Michiana!

Thank you, Michiana! In the midst of a pandemic crisis, companies across the country are pulling together to help their local communities and the nation as a whole. With collaboration, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and compassion, we are impressed with the number of businesses shifting manufacturing production to address the needs of our communities. From …

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Millennial Observations of Commercial Real Estate

Millennial Observations of CRE

Background: As a millennial working towards a career in Real Estate in Indiana and Michigan, I often wonder what real estate will look like in 5, 10, and 15 years. It seems that this oldest and most foundational industry is bracing for a greater wave of disruption and innovation than it has ever felt before. …

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4 CRE Trends We Can Attribute to Millennials

Today’s workforce is undergoing a major shift in population. As of 2017, 56 million Millennials are either working or actively searching for work, making them the largest segment of the U.S. labor force, surpassing Gen Xers in 2016. More than one out of every three American workers is a Millennial — more than Gen Xers …

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New Generation of Marketing

Integrity Billboard

While working through ideas for this article, one thread seemed to be consistent in my mind, “Time changes everything… or does it?”  Millennials won’t remember the unique advertising campaign launched by Burma-Vita Company for their Burma-Shave shaving cream. This family-run business based in Minneapolis, was a pioneer in U.S. outdoor marketing. The roadside campaign for …

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Purpose Before Profit

rolled up money

Beginning with The End in Mind Back in 1978, a twenty-five year old college dropout by the name of John Mackey and a twenty-one year old Rene Lawson Hardy scraped enough capital together to open a small natural foods store in Austin, Texas. During their first year, they were evicted from their apartment and forced …

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Architecture & 3D Technology

Generations Dr lobby

3D Technology Brings Realism to Your Vision Gone are the days where clients make design decisions solely based on the architect’s tried and true methods of communicating ideas. Floor plans, sections and elevations have been used by architects to convey design intent for centuries. When creating drawings by hand, this was an obvious choice. Buildings were …

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