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The Renovation of the Glassman Subaru/Hyundai dealership has been completed. Bloom GC renovated both the interior and exterior of the dealership, while still allowing Glassman Subaru to operate during the work.
Thank you to all of the companies, organizations, and individuals that sent Bloom GC Happy Holiday and New Year cards!
Bloom GC comes up with an option for the LaFontaine Chevrolet building to receive a wind turbine + solar pv panel powered LED street scape lighting option for its 7 street scape lights to be installed in front of their new dealership. Stay tuned on if this goes through!
On December 2, 2011, President Obama announced a $4 billion investment in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. 60 CEO's, mayors, university presidetns, municipalities, and hospitals all were a part of this Presidential Memorandum. The $4 billion investment covers the up front costs of the energy upgrades, and uses the long term energy savings to pay for the program. This shows a strong commitment and understanding by the Federal Government, and Business Executives on the benefits of investing in energy efficiency upgrades. By investing in energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, additional insulation, and efficient windows you can reduce the energy costs of a building to a point where the project often pays for itself within 5 years. Small business owners and our clients are starting to realize the benefits of energy efficiency as well, and are taking advantage of the DTE rebate program, as well as tax incentives to reduce their operating costs. We can put together an energy efficient upgrade program for your building, and save you a significant amount of money on your energy bills.
Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions, attended the Tamaroff Dealership Grand Opening on Wednesday (9/15). Our Project Manager for the Tamaroff Project, Kevin Cox, and his family, were able to get Suh to snap a photo with them during the Grand Opening. Suh majored in Construction Management at Nebraska, and was particularly interested in the details of the project, though I don't think we'll be seeing a resume from him anytime soon. Suh, along with Honda Corporate Executives and other Michigan Honda Dealers were present at the Grand Opening, and had a lot of great things to say about the Dealership construction.
Bloom successfully completed the renovation project to the Tamaroff Honda project in Southfield. Drive by Telegraph and take a look at the Dealership's fresh new look, or step on inside to see the new interior as well!
As General Contractors, we rely heavily upon our Subcontractors to perform quality of work that represents our company to clients. Over the years, we have developed great relationships with high quality Subcontractors that take the same level of pride in their work as we do. Sometimes, subcontractors go beyond the call of duty for us and we would like to recognize a couple of those companies. In a recent project, due to the most rainfall recorded in a spring in Michigan history, the deadline was fast approaching and we had to work around the clock to meet it. We would like to thank Asphalt Specialists, Inc. (ASI) and Margolis Landscaping for rising to the occasion and assisting us in meeting our deadline by bringing additional crews, and working around the clock to get the job done. When adverse situations occur, you discover the companies that are dependable, and ASI and Margolis Landscaping re-defined the word dependable in this recent project.
Compared to their conventional counterparts, green buildings are more profitable, less risky, preferred by investors, pull higher rents, and have higher occupancy, according to the Capital Markets Partnership(CMP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of investment banks, investors, governments, countries, and NGOs...(full article here)
There is a common misnomer that going green means spending a lot of green, and that it is out of most building owner's price range. In a study done by Greg Kats titled, "Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings" 58 LEED buildings were surveyed and the study found that the average cost premium was slightly less than 2% of the total building costs. Bloom GC recently was faced with the challenge of developing an extremely cost sensitive LEED strategy for a client, and we actually developed a low cost LEED Silver strategy. By choosing to build a LEED building, the owner has enjoyed the township acceptance and assistance with the project to meet its tight schedule, and a unique marketing position prior to project completion. The end product will be a building that is safer and healthier for its employees and customers, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient.
As studies have shown and we have proved, LEED is an obtainable certification for any building owner and is a very small percentage of the total project cost. The tangible benefits of energy use reduction, increased property value, marketing exposure and intangible benefits of community acceptance, environmental stewardship, and a healthy and comfortable space for customers and employees make LEED a strategy that every building owner should be considering.