FFE vs FF&E: Know the Difference

Did you know there was a difference between FFE and FF&E? Like any industry, construction has its share of acronyms. FFE & FF&E are used frequently, but did you know that they are not interchangeable? That’s right! They have completely different meanings. Let’s start with FF&E. The three letters and the ampersand let you know [...]

By |2019-12-03T18:15:58+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Helpful Hints|0 Comments

What is Value Engineering?

If you are not the proud owner of some type of management or engineering degree, then chances are that you may not be overly familiar with the term value engineering. Value engineering is often referred to as “VE” options in the architectural, engineering, and construction world.  When someone refers to providing Value engineering options, they [...]

By |2019-05-31T16:40:08+00:00May 31st, 2019|Helpful Hints|0 Comments

Silica — What is it and Why it is important on your Jobsite?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced new silica standards for the construction industry at the end of 2017.  For those in the industry, Silica has been a popular term for a while now.  Yet many people outside the industry may not have any idea what it is or why it’s important. What is [...]

By |2018-11-14T04:23:11+00:00May 1st, 2018|Helpful Hints, Safety|0 Comments

What To Do When Mother Nature Won’t Leave Your Construction Project Alone

The old saying “when it rains, it pours” might be the best way to define the first quarter of 2018. Since the beginning of the year, Cooper & Company has had over 40 weather-related days that have prevented us from pursuing projects in the way we would like to pursue our construction schedules.   So, what [...]

By |2018-11-14T04:25:52+00:00February 27th, 2018|Helpful Hints|0 Comments

Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build vs. CM @ Risk | What’s the Difference?

Knowing the Delivery Method is Key in Delivering the Project Project Owners are faced with the choosing the project delivery system prior to moving forward with their new construction or renovation project.  By selecting this method ahead of time, it can hopefully divert challenges down the road.  The method of delivery is typically stated in [...]

By |2018-11-14T04:27:51+00:00January 29th, 2018|Helpful Hints|0 Comments

5 Questions Every Owner Should Ask When Selecting a General Contractor

Many times, we meet with a project owner who isn’t really sure what questions to ask us to truly qualify our experience.  In the public sector, there is typically a request for a proposal or quote that covers the basic groundwork of experience, firm history, and financial stability that helps them narrow down potential contractors.  [...]

By |2018-11-14T04:29:13+00:00January 16th, 2018|Helpful Hints|0 Comments