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White Papers

A Detailed Look at Some of the Most Important Topics from Across the Industry

Cumming is a thought leader in the construction industry, with some of the field’s most respected and sought-after experts practicing in a range of disciplines, from project and construction management to cost estimating, scheduling, energy consulting, and more. To make their valuable insights more widely available, we have asked a number of accomplished Cumming team members to write technical white papers relevant to their sector or service area, with topics including contemporary best practices, state-of-the-art tools, and effective solutions to common project challenges, among others. All white papers will be collected and organized on this page as they are published, with the full library available to everyone for free.

Charleston’s African American Museum may open in early 2023 instead of late ’22

May 17th, 2022|

With its outer shell nearly complete, the International African American Museum is expected to be finished later this year, but the actual opening could get pushed to the beginning of 2023.

Seattle airport goes green with stunning timber expansion

May 6th, 2022|

Woods Bagot and the Miller Hull Partnership have revealed plans to expand the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a sustainably-designed new extension that will be defined by a stunning timber interior made from locally sourced Douglas fir wood.

Project One Foundation – 11th Annual Children’s Classic

May 1st, 2022|

Description Cumming proudly supports the Project One Foundation as a sponsor for the 11th Annual Children’s Classic at Perry Park, which will be held on June 20th, 2022. Come join us for a fun day of food, drinks, and networking — all in the picturesque set [...]

Blackstone Plants Its Flag in Boulder, Colo., an Emerging Biotech Hub

April 21st, 2022|

A unit of real-estate company Blackstone Inc. is acquiring a sprawling life-sciences and office campus in Boulder, Colo., the latest sign that the city at the base of the Rocky Mountains is emerging as a hub for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Update on Lumber

March 18th, 2022|

Softwood lumber prices are rising again in North America starting this March, with a peak within the next two months. Supply is still disrupted, causing prices to reach levels last seen in spring 2021. Production in North America increased in 2021 and an incremental increase is expected later this year. However, short-term supply disruptions, coupled with higher-than-average demand, have been driving prices up. 

Aluminum Update

March 9th, 2022|

Aluminum moved from surplus to deficit in 2021 and is currently fundamentally tight in 2022. Market prices reflect this shift, with the London Metal Exchange (LME) price breaching $3,175/metric ton last October, its highest level since 2008. Regional premiums have also shown strength. We believe that the current market view of aluminum supply and demand in 2022 is still tense, but there is a possibility that demand growth could become flat later.

NOW OPEN: Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale Steers a New Course in One of America’s Favourite Sun Destinations

March 8th, 2022|

A former hosiery factory in Nashville has been converted into a Soho House hotel and members' club, designed with nods to its industrial setting and the city's musical heritage.

Inflation, material delays, labor issues: Pros face a trifecta of pricing woes

March 7th, 2022|

March 4, 2022 By Chris Barnett When Providence, Rhode Island, architect David DeQuattro bids on a new office building project, he's rolling the dice. But it's a crapshoot in any city. Odds are steep that no bid will hold up in the face of 40-year inflation pe [...]

Construction Begins On New Living Center At One Wartburg Place

March 4th, 2022|

March 4, 2022 By Gabby DeBenedictis, Patch Staff MOUNT VERNON, NY — Construction began today on Berkemeier Living Center, which will offer independent, assisted living and nursing home care to people affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Berkemeier Li [...]

Setbacks unlikely to stop commercial construction boom in DFW

February 15th, 2022|

By Jim Molis – Contributor Febuary 14, 2022 Dallas-Fort Worth has set such a fast pace for industrial construction and has maintained it for so long, that perhaps it’s natural to wonder how long it can last. With 61.1 million square feet of industrial space u [...]

Cumming Group Doubles Down in Washington D.C., Brings Over New Leadership in Strategic Move to Drive Growth

February 14th, 2022|

Cumming, an international construction consultancy, announced that it has appointed tenured industry professional, Steven Griffiths, to run its growing Washington D.C. office. With double-digit growth expected in his first year, Griffiths is relocating from Cumming’s budding London office and will be tasked with overall client and team member responsibilities as well as overseeing all project phases from construction concept to final fit-out.

Sector Focus: Life Science Development Boom

February 2nd, 2022|

Managing Partner at Fort Point Project Management, Christine Mosholder, discusses the recent Life Sciences development boom, including the latest trends, new build approaches, the evolution of the modern lab space, and the utilization of technology to make sure facilities meet today’s changing demands.

Seattle-based global construction consultancy names new board chairman

January 28th, 2022|

Marc Stiles January 28, 2022 Seattle-headquartered Cumming has named a new board chairman, Hisham Mahmoud, as the international construction consultancy anticipates doubling in size. Cumming moved its headquarters from Los Angeles to Seattle a year ago. Aroun [...]

As Infrastructure Money Pours In, Construction Companies Prepare To Deal With Unintended Consequences

January 26th, 2022|

Dees Stribling January 26, 2022 The $1.2T infrastructure bill has been lauded as a tonic for the crumbling state of U.S. infrastructure, but new funds might come with new problems for the construction industry. The $550B surge in new funding will mean more wor [...]

Brand overview: Moxy set to make a big impression in Europe

January 24th, 2022|

Richard Frost January 24, 2022 Our researchers are currently tracking 74 separate Moxy-branded schemes with 14,003 rooms around the world, including a raft of exciting projects throughout Europe. Marriott seizing opportunities across the pond It’s interesting [...]

Report: Construction Costs Will Likely Begin to Stabilize in 2022

January 21st, 2022|

By Catherine Sweeney January 21, 2022 Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction industry has been faced with a myriad of challenges, from global supply chain issues causing an increase in material costs to a lack of labor. However, according t [...]

President Biden’s First Year In Office For CRE: Infrastructure, But Not Much Else

January 20th, 2022|

Matthew Rothstein January 20, 2022 As President Joe Biden marks one year in office, his administration has changed surprisingly little for commercial real estate, with one notable exception. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in early No [...]

Avoiding Surprises When Master Planning Mixed-Use Hospitality Projects

January 18th, 2022|

Effective master planning is critical to the success of mixed-use hospitality developments. This paper discusses the importance of establishing a strong project foundation based on team member expertise, robust communication, and clear expectations and accountability. It then covers specific master planning best practices, including knowing your brand and market, navigating the entitlement process, understanding how supply chain issues may impact your project, remaining flexible and adaptable, and more.

Dfw Brokers, Developers and Contractors Believe Commercial Real Estate Is Poised for Another Strong Year

January 18th, 2022|

By Jim Molis January 18, 2022 It may be a new year, but the Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate market probably won’t change much. Brokers, developers and contractors expect 2022 to be another strong year. “All indicators are that it’s going to build on [...]

Oregon City completes construction of $12.8M Operations Center

January 14th, 2022|

Raymond Rendleman January 14, 2022 City officials on Jan. 12 celebrated the completion of a new Oregon City Operations Center at 13895 Fir St., renovated from a nearly 5-acre site of a former beverage distribution company's shuttered warehouse. Prior to helpi [...]

Dr. Hisham Mahmoud Appointed Chairman of the Board of Cumming Group

January 12th, 2022|

By Jessica Busch, Director of Public Relations Jan 12, 2022 Kicking off the New Year, Cumming, an international construction consultancy, announced that it has appointed accomplished engineering and construction executive, Dr. Hisham Mahmoud, to the role of C [...]

Construction Labor Market Outlook

November 30th, 2021|

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 9.2 million unfilled jobs in the economy, nearly 300,000 belong to the construction sector. We expect this labor shortage to rise in the coming quarters, leading to further wage escalation through 2022. In this white paper, the Cumming Insights team draws from its ongoing economic research to examine current trends in the construction labor market and what we can expect going forward.

San Diego on the Rise: Breaking Down the Future State of America’s Finest City

November 30th, 2021|

In this conversation about San Diego’s ever-changing landscape, host Jessica Busch speaks with Brooks Rehkopf, Managing Director of Cumming San Diego, and Matt Reid, Director of Project Management, about the current and future state of the San Diego market, its dramatic shift from a military-port city to a global bio-tech hub with an increasingly diverse development community, it’s dynamic construction economy, and it’s wealth of future growth opportunities.

Space Inventory in the Life Science Sector

November 29th, 2021|

The life science sector continues an unprecedented boom, limiting the available space solutions for companies in the market and resulting in intense real estate competition. This boom can be measured not only by the increasing number of new companies, but also by the increasing size and changing type of the spaces they require.

The Healthcare Sector Pre- and Post-COVID-19

November 9th, 2021|

In this paper, Daniel Pomfrett and Gary Brett look at how the healthcare construction market was trending prior to the emergence of COVID-19, how it’s been affected by the virus to date, and what its future might look like once the pandemic has subsided. This paper is an update to our previous paper on this topic, which was originally published in May 2020.

Green Shoots of Recovery in the Themed Entertainment Sector

November 5th, 2021|

The financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were acutely felt within the themed entertainment sector. While the industry has experienced economic recessions plenty of times before, guests haven’t been restricted from visiting theme parks and attractions to this extent.

Post-COVID Lead Times

October 18th, 2021|

Experts predict COVID-19 will have long-term ramifications for many aspects of the U.S. construction industry, including lead time extensions. In this report, we will take a brief look at some of the recent changes to construction lead times and then, at the end, offer several practical recommendations to help you avoid unexpected lead time extensions.

The Healthcare Sector Pre- and Post-COVID-19

October 7th, 2021|

In this paper, Daniel Pomfrett and Gary Brett look at how the healthcare construction market was trending prior to the emergence of COVID-19, how it’s been affected by the virus to date, and what its future might look like once the pandemic has subsided. This paper is an update to our previous paper on this topic, which was originally published in May 2020.

Oregon Community College Unveils Major Expansion

September 20th, 2021|

By School Construction News Staff September 20, 2021 THE DALLES, Ore.—Providing project management, cost management, and scheduling analysis, PlanB Consultancy, a Cumming Group company, and international project construction consultancy, has completed the maj [...]

Doors opened in time for in-person school at Dale Jr. High School

September 16th, 2021|

By OC Breeze September 15, 2021 After successfully navigating an unprecedented year and a construction market disrupted by COVID-19, Cumming, an international construction consultancy, and its local team completed Anaheim Union High School District’s Dale Jr. [...]

Contractors find new ways to cope with elevated lumber prices

September 16th, 2021|

By Sebastian Obando, Reporter September 16, 2021 U.S. commercial and residential builders breathed a sigh of relief last month when softwood lumber prices dropped more than 30% after reaching an all-time high in May. Although prices still remain elevated, the [...]

ABA Forum on Construction Law Regional Meeting

September 15th, 2021|

Description On September 30 and October 1, 2021, the ABA Forum on Construction Law will present “Construction Law Essentials.” Taught by leading construction industry professionals in each locale, “Essentials” combines two of the Forum’s most popular progra [...]

A Macroeconomic Analysis of Commodity Prices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 15th, 2021|

In this paper, Research Analyst Drew Lantz provides a macroeconomic framework for understanding the recent surge in commodity prices and outlines how they will most likely return to their pre-pandemic levels.

Cumming’s Lisa Sachs Named CMAA’s 2021 Person of the Year

September 7th, 2021|

By Jessica Busch, Director of Public Relations August 16, 2021 Lisa C. Sachs, a Managing Principal at Cumming since 2008, is the CMAA’s 2021 Person of the Year. According to the CMAA, “This award is given annually to an industry leader who has made significan [...]

‘Explosive economy:’ Orlando ranks No. 2 city for construction businesses

September 3rd, 2021|

By TREVOR FRASER Sep 2, 2021 Dennis Perez, COO of Bellavista Building Group in Maitland, estimates his company has 10 projects in some stage of development, from residential subdivisions to apartments to offices. He says the diversity of jobs is part of what [...]

As lumber prices fall, labor shortages remain a construction dilemma

September 1st, 2021|

By Jonathan Bach – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Sep 1, 2021 There’s reason to cheer in the construction industry as lumber costs level off from pandemic highs, where by one estimate they approached the price of gold within the past year thanks to [...]

Steel Price Updates

August 18th, 2021|

The steel industry in the United States enjoys a high degree of protection from the government. High import tariffs mean that most of the steel used in construction is produced domestically. When there are massive shocks to the industry (such as a new respiratory virus that infects 10% of the population), a unionized workforce keeps steel production relatively steady.

Laurel Dell Elementary School, San Rafael is a Top Real Estate Project Award winner

August 17th, 2021|

GARY QUACKENBUSH December 18, 2020 San Rafael City Schools officials wanted to address both growing enrollment and outdated facilities at Laurel Dell Elementary School at 225 Woodland Avenue. With a desire for modern buildings to match its academic programming [...]

San Rafael’s Davidson Middle School science building wins North Bay top project award

August 17th, 2021|

GARY QUACKENBUSH December 18, 2020 At the rapidly expanding Davidson Middle School at 280 Woodland Ave., the San Rafael City School District needed new modern, flexible space for its forward-thinking science and math program. Working with a tight budget and sc [...]

Thompson Hollywood Debuts In The Heart Of Los Angeles

August 11th, 2021|

August 10, 2021 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) is proud to announce the debut of Thompson Hollywood, the luxury lifestyle hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine. A dynamic mix of global sophistication, hyper-local immersion and intuitive s [...]

The Continuing Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Global Supply Chain

July 28th, 2021|

Restrictions on public life due to the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown global supply chains into chaos. In this white paper, Cumming Research Analyst Drew Lantz takes a look at the effects that the pandemic has had on air, land, and sea freight; explains why these disruptions have been so severe; and outlines when things can be expected to return to normal.

Performing As-Built Documentation Reviews and Field Audits to Prevent Downtime in Data Center Facilities

July 21st, 2021|

In this paper, Cumming Director Michelle Kelly explains the role of field audits and documentation reviews in the data center setting, how to perform these activities efficiently and effectively, and why they are such an important factor in delivering data center projects on time and within budget.

Construction complete on new HQ for Beyond Meat, L’Oréal USA

July 9th, 2021|

Annlee Ellingson – Staff Reporter, L.A. Biz July 7, 2021 Beyond Meat Inc. and L’Oréal USA are one step closer to being able to move into their new headquarters. Construction has been completed on 888 N. Douglas St. in El Segundo, California, where the two comp [...]

SCL Health Breaks Ground On Facility To Replace Lutheran Medical Center At Clear Creek Crossing

July 7th, 2021|

June 9, 2021 SCL Health broke ground Tuesday on a new hospital in Wheat Ridge. The facility will replace Lutheran Medical Center at Clear Creek Crossing. The new hospital is being built at Interstate 70 and 40th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, just 3 and a half miles f [...]

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Begins Renovation

July 7th, 2021|

Lodging Magazine May 28, 2021 ANAHEIM, California—R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm in California, has commenced the remodel of the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, encompassing a full guestroom modernization and improvements to the [...]

These are FDOT’s biggest roadway projects slated for Lake County

July 7th, 2021|

Ryan Lynch – Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal May 20, 2021 The Florida Department of Transportation has plenty of road work slated for Lake County in the coming years. FDOT has plans for 31 future projects within the county, ranging from road constructio [...]

Phoenix named among top markets for construction workers

July 7th, 2021|

By Corina Vanek - Reporter May 4, 2021 Phoenix is among the top U.S. cities for the construction industry, with the intense demand for new houses continuing to push the need for construction jobs, according to a study from Industrial Paint and Protection Magaz [...]

15th Annual Healthcare Design & Construction Symposium

July 7th, 2021|

Description Sponsored by the Construction Management Graduate Program, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University Date: August 4-5, 2021 Location (online only available now): There will be two registration categories: a) Individual On-line or b) Group On- [...]

Virtual Luncheon – Can Chicago Afford To Build?

May 13th, 2021|

Description Every quarter we host a luncheon that enables members of the community to mix, mingle and learn. Every program features a speaker who provides a more in-depth look at some of the opportunities and challenges facing the Near South Side. Due to th [...]

Governor Cuomo Announces Completed Construction of the Javits Center Expansion

May 12th, 2021|

Design-Build Project is On-Budget Despite COVID-Related Challenges New State-of-the-Art Spaces Will Provide a Boost to Hospitality and Tourism Industries Key Part of Governor Cuomo's Midtown West Redevelopment Plan  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the [...]

GeneThera Enters Into A Collaboration Agreement With An International Construction Advisor Company To Build A Network Of Zoonotic Diseases Laboratory Facilities

April 30th, 2021|

By Advertising Content Apr 27, 2021 WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GeneThera announced today that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Cumming Corporation, a privately held international project consulting firm, specialized [...]

Nashville Ranks Tenth Best City For Construction Workers, More Skilled Laborers Needed

April 29th, 2021|

By Erica Francis - Anchor/Reporter Apr 28, 2021 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Despite an improving economy, a new analysis shows construction employment declined in more than 200 metropolitan areas across the country. But not in Nashville-Davidson County, where th [...]

Construction in LA to Tick Up 2.9 Percent This Year

April 19th, 2021|

By Greg Cornfield - Commercial Observer Apr 19, 2021 Los Angeles is pushing dirt in 2021. The construction market in L.A. — the second largest in the U.S. — is expected to see modest growth this year, mostly driven by the residential sector, according to a rep [...]

The 12 most expensive US cities for construction

April 16th, 2021|

By Jenn Goodman – Senior Editor, Construction Dive Apr 16, 2021 Construction's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will vary greatly by city, but will most likely begin this year, a new report from construction management firm Cumming says. The company's Q1 co [...]

ENCOMPASS: Inclusive Architecture, What’s Next?

April 15th, 2021|

Description As a 2-day virtual event with the mission to increase urban equity and resilience in the communities we serve, the 5th annual “Encompass: Inclusive Architecture” conference will strengthen diversity and inclusion in the AEC professions and in th [...]

Boston’s Fort Point Project Management Merges with Cumming

April 9th, 2021|

Making the official announcement today, Boston-based Fort Point Project Management has merged with Cumming to expand its life sciences capabilities nationwide. By adding one of Boston’s leading independent project management firms, Cumming will be able to cont [...]

Global construction consultant moves headquarters to Seattle

March 10th, 2021|

By Marc Stiles – Senior Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal Mar 10, 2021 Since the end of last year it seemed a good bet that international project management and cost consultant Cumming would soon move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Seattle. This [...]

Exclusive: Seattle firm Cumming acquires Portland-based Inici Group

March 5th, 2021|

By Jonathan Bach – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Mar 5, 2021 Cumming, a real estate project management and cost consultancy, has acquired Portland-based Inici Group. The transaction was described as a merger in the official announcement, but a pers [...]

Labor Costs Will Keep Rising As Construction Industry Bounces Back, Reports Predict

March 3rd, 2021|

March 3, 2021 Bianca Barragán, Bisnow Southern California During the pandemic, many construction projects in the LA area were considered essential and continued as other businesses were shuttered. Now, at the beginning of a new year and with the promise of cor [...]

New five-star Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet planned for New York’s Tribeca

February 23rd, 2021|

By I-Chun Chen – Staff Reporter, Feb 22, 2021 Updated Feb 22, 2021, 5:47pm EST Tribeca will be the future home of the five-star Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York, the first hotel in the U.S. under the Barrière brand. Caspi Development on Tuesday announced t [...]

Skyrocketing steel, lumber costs threaten to slow construction jobs

February 18th, 2021|

As material prices jump, contractors cope any way they can. AUTHOR: Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED: Feb. 17, 2021 Late last year, Mike Taylor was paying around $750 per short ton for the rebar he uses in his concrete pours. Now, that price has spiked closer to $900, [...]

Sustainability in the Hospitality Sector

February 10th, 2021|

In this paper, Cumming’s expert sustainability professionals define what sustainability means in the context of the hospitality industry and discuss the different ways in which sustainability can be integrated to benefit hospitality operations and brands. While the value of sustainability for the hospitality sector is widely recognized, the industry may not be fully leveraging these benefits. This white paper discusses the key trends and best practices in the industry, providing recommendations for how brands and property owners can realize valuable benefits and more effectively leverage sustainability as an important differentiator to drive business recovery and growth.

North Carolina contractors brace for another rough year as NCDOT concerns remain

February 9th, 2021|

By Caleb Harshberger – Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal Feb 9, 2021 North Carolina contractors say they’re bracing for another slow year amid project delays, cancellations and ongoing government cutbacks. The Associated General Contractors of America 20 [...]

What Does Sustainability Mean for the Hospitality Market?

January 20th, 2021|

Description In this discussion, Cumming’s expert sustainability professionals will define what sustainability means to the hospitality industry and discuss the different ways sustainability can be integrated into and benefit hospitality operations and brand [...]

Growth Transition Celebration: CapEX Cumming

January 5th, 2021|

CapEX was founded in Nashville in 2014 by Joe Saatkamp. For five years, Joe and his team of owner representatives and project managers grew their business through strong a commitment to quality and client service.  By the end of 2018 they had worked on many hi [...]

Growth Transition Celebration: Project One Cumming

January 5th, 2021|

Project One was originally founded in Denver in 1999. For nearly 20 years, they grew their business through their strong commitment to quality and client service, and by 2017 had worked on more than 500 projects totaling more than $6 billion in construction co [...]

African American Museum Project Treads Lightly on Historic Site

January 5th, 2021|

January 5, 2021 Jim Parsons The 2.3-acre waterfront construction site for Charleston, S.C.’s $100-million International African American Museum (IAAM) is often referred to as “hallowed ground,” and rightfully so. Beginning in the late 1760s, the site was part [...]

Best New Hotel (2020) Grand Hyatt Nashville named Best New Hotel

January 4th, 2021|

1. GRAND HYATT NASHVILLE This 591-room luxury hotel in Nashville is part of the new 18-acre Nashville Yards development. Highlights include a fifth-floor pool deck with views of downtown, R+R Wellness spa, seven culinary experiences and one of the tallest roof [...]

Global construction consultancy’s CEO, new COO to be based in Seattle

December 15th, 2020|

By Marc Stiles – Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal Los Angeles-based international project management and cost consultancy Cumming on Tuesday said its new chief operating officer, Finlay McLay, will be based in Seattle along with the company's CEO, Da [...]

The Past, Present, and Future of the Nashville Market

December 11th, 2020|

In this conversation about all things Nashville, host Jessica Busch speaks with CapEX Cumming founder Joe Saatkamp about the resiliency of the Nashville market, its transformation from a healthcare-heavy economy to one that is increasingly diverse and dynamic, its status as a destination for companies and people looking to relocate, its prospects going forward, and much more.

Bergen County gets OK for $150M borrowing plan. Here’s what it will include

December 8th, 2020|

Terrence T. McDonald | NorthJersey.com December 8, 2020 Bergen County won approval from state officials on Wednesday for a $150 million borrowing plan allowing the county to build a mixed-use residential building in Hackensack that would include a new bus stat [...]

Innovation Through Engineering: Improving Healthcare Building Systems

November 30th, 2020|

In this episode, Jessica hands the hosting duties over to Zair Sheema, a Sr. Cost Manager at Cumming who specializes in healthcare MEP systems. Zair leans on his specialized expertise to speak with guest Gary Hamilton, a Sr. VP and healthcare leader with WSP USA, about a range of topics related to healthcare mechanical systems and construction. They talk about COVID-19 mitigation applications for existing facilities, the resiliency of the industry, the importance of giving back, and much more.

Construction Project Scheduling & Delay Claims

November 30th, 2020|

Description The Seminar Group has assembled a diverse group of top Construction Law Professionals who practice in and understand the issues of complex public and private construction in California and nationally. This seminar will cover critical-path schedu [...]

The Role of a Program Management Office in Project Portfolio Success

November 16th, 2020|

In this paper, author Greg Williams, Vice President at Cumming, discusses the complexities inherent in a large capital program, and describes the value and benefits of utilizing a Program Management Office to manage and navigate those complexities. A wellrun PMO — one that is thoughtfully implemented, utilizes key best practices, and both connects and empowers individual team members — is adaptable, dependable, and can greatly enhance the likelihood of program success.

Building up the construction industry: 2020 in review

November 13th, 2020|

BRANDI SMITH | NOVEMBER 13, 2020 Heading into 2020, forecasts for the Texas construction industry called for continued expansion, boosted by the state’s strong job market and continued growth. As we wrap up the year that was, we’re reflecting on the pandemic’s [...]

A Guide to Performing Facility Condition Assessments

November 10th, 2020|

In this paper, Cumming Sr. Project Manager Andrew Hauss draws on his deep facility condition assessment experience to explain the key factors that should be considered when carrying out an assessment, what a proper assessment consists of, and how an assessment can help owners meet their short- and long-term needs and goals.

10 development projects reshaping downtown Nashville

October 29th, 2020|

By Drew Hutchinson – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal Oct 29, 2020, 3:11pm EDT The coronavirus pandemic may still be in full swing, but so are plans to develop Nashville’s downtown. While the virus has destabilized design plans and opening dates, it also h [...]

New York Trying to Find Labor and Construction Volume Balance

October 27th, 2020|

BY LEHRER CUMMING OCTOBER 27, 2020 9:18 AM As the world continues to move forward with the uncertainty of the new normal and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City is proving to be as resilient as ever. The New York building market, currently feed [...]

7 coronavirus-related construction challenges that will continue in 2021

October 21st, 2020|

The industry will start next year facing significant headwinds, economists and other experts predict. AUTHOR: Shelley D. Hutchins, LEED-AP PUBLISHED: Oct. 21, 2020 More than 10 months since the first coronavirus cases were reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19's [...]

Nashville construction market sees only small decline compared to rest of nation

October 12th, 2020|

by: Erica Francis Posted: Oct 12, 2020 / 05:00 PM CDT / Updated: Oct 12, 2020 / 05:06 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A recent industry report offers confidence that the construction industry has likely passed the worst of COVID-19 impacts, with the market in [...]

Opportunity in Disruption: Strategic Sustainability Planning During and Post COVID-19

October 6th, 2020|

Description The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be disruptive and challenging for institutions of higher education, businesses, and community organizations. Entities with strategic sustainability plans now face operational and budgetary obstacles to implemen [...]

New stadium is a welcomed change for four North Charleston high schools

September 22nd, 2020|

By Theresa Stratford Sep 22, 2020 Updated 19 hrs ago It’s what so many of us have been looking forward to in the fall - the roar of a crowd, the smell of a concession stand, the sound of tackles and whistles, and announcers. It’s football season, and when you [...]

New Generation of Airports Starting to Take Off as the Industry Exits Turbulence

September 21st, 2020|

BY LEHRER CUMMING SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 2:02 PM In 2018 and 2019, airports across the country and the globe were fast-tracking major upgrades to their terminals to increase capacity and satisfy the growing number of passengers, marking an aviation development and [...]

By the numbers: A snapshot of Chicago’s economy six months into the pandemic

September 18th, 2020|

By KATIE SURMA and JONATHON BERLIN CHICAGO TRIBUNE | SEP 17, 2020 AT 2:19 PM The coronavirus pandemic quickly inflicted damage on Chicago’s economy as government shutdowns and social distancing restrictions forced business slowdowns and closures. During a six- [...]

Reopening Your Facility: Germicidal Lighting, GBAC Star™ Facility Accreditation, and Covid-19

September 16th, 2020|

Description In this webinar, we will discuss what Germicidal Lighting is, whether it is safe, which methodologies might apply to your business, and where it might be used. We will also discuss the GBAC Star™ Facility Accreditation Program which is designed [...]

WA Chapter: Mapping Your Career – Non-Traditional Paths within CRE

September 8th, 2020|

Description Join us for a discussion on how to pivot or jump careers within the Real Estate industry from those who have done so successfully, how to find new roles that apply to your skills, enter new sectors, and more. Register Date/Time Wednesday, Se [...]

1st look at new CCSD stadium for North Charleston schools

September 2nd, 2020|

by Anne Emerson| Wednesday, September 2nd 2020 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — We're picking up on our tour of five new CCSD facilities. You might have seen this one along I-526 in North Charleston. It's a $22 million high school sports stadium that's ready fo [...]

In Coming Wave of Pandemic-Induced Vacancies, Some See Opportunity

September 1st, 2020|

As the outlook for retail, hotel and office space shifts, some developers are already planning to convert empty properties to new uses. By Tom Acitelli   Sept. 1, 2020   Updated 9:57 a.m. ET The pandemic is expected to drastically reshape commercial real estat [...]

An inside look at Mount Pleasant’s soon-to-be-opened Lucy Beckham High School

August 31st, 2020|

By Jenna Schiferl jschiferl@postandcourier.comAug 28, 2020 Updated Aug 29, 2020 After nearly two years of construction, Mount Pleasant’s second high school is ready to welcome students and teachers to its classrooms this fall. Lucy Garrett Beckham High School [...]

How the Construction Industry Is Adapting to the New Normal

August 17th, 2020|

BY LEHRER CUMMING AUGUST 17, 2020 9:58 AM As we approach the three-month milestone since the official restart of construction in NYC, it is an appropriate time to observe how the construction industry has responded to the required workplace health changes and [...]

VP in Construction Management Joins Metro YMCAs Board

August 13th, 2020|

  By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, August 13, 2020 | Leadership To Susan DiGiacomo, the end result of a building project is more than just the aesthetic outcomes; it’s also about how it will be received by the community. One of the rewarding aspects of her [...]

Images released for boutique hotel eyed for downtown

August 4th, 2020|

JUL 31, 2020 AUTHORS Staff Reports Lord & Liberty will sit on Second, incorporate historic former firehall Images have been submitted to Metro for boutique hotel Lord & Liberty, planned for Rutledge Hill. The images show a nine-story structure to rise [...]

Lake Oswego construction consultancy merges with California-based firm

July 13th, 2020|

By Jonathan Bach – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Lake Oswego-based PlanB Consultancy and its 60 workers have joined Cumming, an international construction consultancy. The deal, characterized as a merger in a Monday announcement, broadens the reach [...]

Portland-based PlanB Consultancy Joins Cumming

July 13th, 2020|

By Jessica Busch | July 13, 2020 Late last week, Cumming’s leadership team announced that Portland-based PlanB Consultancy joined with the firm to expand its capabilities both throughout the Pacific Northwest and on an international level. Founded in 2006, Pla [...]

International African American Museum reaches topping-out milestone

July 10th, 2020|

Staff Report JUL 10, 2020 A steel beam with signatures of supporters and community leaders was lifted to the top of the International African American Museum this morning in a topping-out ceremony near Gadsden’s Wharf. This significant milestone indicates the [...]

Job sites and workplaces of the future with Lehrer Cumming

July 1st, 2020|

June 29, 2020 05:00 AM As New York City continues Phase 2 of reopening, the design, construction and development industries are mapping out how the future workplace will look and how buildings, regardless of their age, will need to change. To gather greater in [...]

Long-awaited hotel opening on Music Row this week

June 29th, 2020|

By Marq Burnett – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal Jun 29, 2020, 12:00pm EDT Five years after announcing the brand would enter the Nashville market, Virgin Hotels is set to open its doors in Nashville. Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand developed by [...]

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital ranked best in the Southeast

June 19th, 2020|

by: Chase Laudenslager Posted: Jun 16, 2020 / 05:38 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 16, 2020 / 05:39 PM EDT CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (SJCH) has been named the number one hospital in the Southeast region for cardiology and heart su [...]

New Modoc Medical Center on schedule to open in September

June 12th, 2020|

ALTURAS — Despite a turbulent couple of months, construction for the new Modoc Medical Center replacement facility is still on schedule and it’s expected to open to the community this September, according to a news release. Providing project management and con [...]

Rebuilding process begins at East End United Methodist Church after tornado

June 8th, 2020|

STAFF REPORTS Jun 5, 2020 After it was struck by a tornado in March, CapEX Cumming, a local project management firm, kicked off the rebuilding process on behalf of East End United Methodist Church. The development team spent the last several weeks to evaluate [...]

Industry Spotlight: Q&A With Lehrer Cumming’s Gavin Middleton

June 5th, 2020|

BY PARTNER INSIGHTS JUNE 5, 2020 12:58 PM Lehrer Cumming, a division of Cumming, is an owner’s advisory firm providing project and cost management, and strategic guidance to owners, developers, and institutions in and around New York City, New Jersey, Boston, [...]

East End United Methodist Church to Start Rebuilding in 2021

May 28th, 2020|

Future of the storm-damaged church is currently being assessed WILLIAM WILLIAMS MAY 26, 2020 4 PM East End United Methodist Church officials have enlisted three local companies to evaluate how to proceed with reconstruction efforts following the March 3 tornad [...]

Evaluating Exposure to Cost Overruns and Claims During Tumultuous Times

May 18th, 2020|

In this white paper, Sonny Jester, Managing Director at Cumming, discusses some of the key factors that owners should consider when their project is impacted by unforeseen events, including how to effectively mitigate disruptions and successfully reopen a project after work stoppage.

On CO Panel, Port Authority Chief Says There’s 97 Percent Decrease in Ridership

April 30th, 2020|

Transit planners discuss the future of NYC transit post-coronavirus at Commercial Observer's virtual transportation conference. BY REBECCA BAIRD-REMBA | APRIL 29, 2020 11:06 AM As the tri-state region considers life after the coronavirus pandemic, transit agen [...]

COVID-19 and the Global Construction Market – Washington State (April 20, 2020)

April 22nd, 2020|

In this webinar, Daniel Pomfrett and Bill Foulkes provide an update on the current trends and conditions in Washington State, and outline what returning to work might look like. It is important to note that current conditions are changing quickly; this webin [...]

Implementing School District Construction Programs, Part 2

April 14th, 2020|

Jessica, still at the CASH Conference in Long Beach, sits down with Julie Strauss from HMC Architects and Dana Grudem from Irvine Unified School District. They talk about developing facility master plans, the ins and outs of program funding, the new regulations of Prop 13, and much more.

The Construction Supply Crisis Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

April 14th, 2020|

Things are changing so quickly in this new era that it’s tough to know how to plan the next few months, let alone next week. Case in point -- the building supply chain. Just weeks ago, developers and contractors were staring at massive project delays and mater [...]

Implementing School District Construction Programs, Part 1

April 9th, 2020|

Insiders host Jessica Busch visits the CASH Conference in Long Beach and catches up with Michael Krause, Assistant Superintendent at Anaheim Elementary School District, to talk about the art and science of planning and implementing a school district construction program.

COVID-19 and the Global Construction Market (April 6, 2020)

April 8th, 2020|

In this webinar, Daniel Pomfrett, Vice President, gives a high-level update on COVID-19 and its effect on construction markets both globally and here within the United States. It is important to note that current conditions are changing quickly; this webinar [...]