Design Matters: Commercial Development in Utah and Idaho Communities

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Embracing Collaboration and Communication According to Forbes, commercial development drives roughly 21 percent of all nonresidential construction in the United States. Commercial development is broad. Forbes’ definition includes retail, restaurants, warehouses, and wholesale facilities. Other commercial development entities also factor in office, healthcare, and education. All these types of projects provide a great benefit to […]

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Partner Profile: Urban Alfandre

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Urban Alfandre got its start in 2015 with the acquisition and development of an adaptive reuse project in Alexandra, Virginia. With ties to Utah, founding principals Stephen and James Alfandre looked to the Ballpark neighborhood in Salt Lake City for their next project. Since then, the brothers have spent their time navigating Salt Lake City’s […]

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Design Matters: CAD Services’ QAQC Process

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Design Matters: CAD QA/QC Review Process Every aspect of construction begins with the design—that’s what makes accurate and detailed drawings and plans so important. Surveyors, contractors, city reviewers, and owners rely on the information they find in our drawings; that’s why the FOCUS Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC) Department was formed. The QAQC Department […]

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Partner Profile: LGI Homes

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LGI Homes was founded in 2003 in Conroe, Texas. The company built, sold, and closed its first community — the 337-home Summerset Estates — in approximately two years.   LGI Homes became a publicly traded company in 2013, which allowed the company to expand geographically. Today, the homebuilder operates in 20 states and is the tenth […]

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Design Matters: Structural Engineering as Part of the Multi-Service Team

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The Benefits of Pairing FOCUS Structural Engineering with other FOCUS Services At FOCUS, we believe a person is more than just a job title. So, it goes with engineering. Civil engineering is a broad field with many specialists, including talented structural, site civil and transportation engineers, as well as land planning, staking and survey professionals. […]

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Design Matters: UDOT Access Permits

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Creating communities that foster mobility and enhance land use Land development can be a rigorous and complex process. Every project is unique and can bring its own set of challenges. Often, each phase of a project requires separate permitting—land development, demolition, building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc. These permits are issued to verify that a project […]

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Partner Profile: ICO Companies

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While the name ICO Companies may be unfamiliar to some, its sister company Ivory Homes, is not. The locally-owned and operated company has been ranked as Utah’s largest homebuilder for 34 years. The ICO Companies are a group of businesses focused on commercial and multi-family real estate. ICO (short for Ivory Commercial) focuses on mixed-use […]

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Design Matters: Developing Mountain Terrain

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What We’ve Learned About Building on Hillsides As available open land in Utah and Idaho valleys becomes scarcer, developers and homeowners are looking to the hills to construct homes. Hillsides are often coveted locations for homeowners because they offer desirable views and can have better access to natural recreation opportunities. For a developer, the potential […]

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Design Matters: Master Planned Communities

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Master Planned Communities: Careful, Purposeful Development Planners, engineers, and landscape architects collaborate for Ideal community designs Bringing a residential neighborhood to life can be relatively simple. A homebuilder buys land, divides it into buildable lots, then builds out the infrastructure like utilities and roads. Homes are built and sold to buyers and the neighborhood may […]

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Partner Profile: Hadco Construction, an Interview with Kendall Page

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FOCUS Engineering & Surveying has many important partners, but Hadco Construction has a special spot on the list. Since 1989, Hadco has been one of Utah’s most experienced, respected, well-equipped heavy civil excavation and site development contractors. Although Hadco was initially rooted in agriculture and irrigation, they have been successfully serving the construction industry for […]

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