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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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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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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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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Design Matters: What is Construction Staking?

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From The Ground Up Construction Staking Services at FOCUS Engineering & Surveying There are many critical steps of the building process that can easily slip under the radar. Construction staking is the best way to ensure construction work is performed accurately according to project specifications—from the ground up. Anytime you determine a boundary, you need […]

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Engineering for Commercial Development

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Because we know markets change and we must be able to meet the demands of both commercial and residential projects, FOCUS determined the best way to truly meet client needs and expectations was to provide two distinct site civil engineering departments: residential and commercial. Our two departments comprise experts who fully understand the complexities of […]

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In FOCUS: Bryan Wilson, Land Planning & Landscape Architecture

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As a Junior Project Manager and Landscape Designer, Bryan Wilson leads projects through all stages of design—from conception and schematic design through permitting and construction—with clients’ overall project vision and budget at the forefront. He actively collaborates with architects, internal engineers, and subconsultants while ensuring quality assurance and quality control for plans and documents on […]

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