After a short period of time doing carpentry work at Dow Smith, Gary was promoted to Superintendent where he managed everything on the jobsite, including subcontractors, materials, safety and daily project activities.
I love to learn to learn. Nothing energizes me more than gaining new insights and growing in wisdom and knowledge. I love going to construction industry-related conferences like the Construction Leadership Network and National Association of Church Design-Builder conferences. There is such joy in learning from my peers and colleagues, then taking that knowledge and applying to my life and my business.
If you have visited downtown Murfreesboro recently, you are probably aware of the changes that are taking place. Organizations such as Main Street Murfreesboro and Downtown Murfreesboro Business Association are working hard to enhance and promote the historic downtown and economic vitality of the region. We are pleased to be a part of that effort, and our recent work at 527 North Maple Street is just another Rutherford County commercial project we have completed.
You have probably heard the term value engineering before. But what exactly is it? And how does it work in your best interests as a buyer of construction services?
By definition, value engineering was born at General Electric during World War II. Shortages of skilled labor, raw materials and parts forced G.E.’s Lawrence Miles—the father of what he termed “value analysis”—to look for acceptable substitutes. Miles and his team noticed that these substitutions often reduced costs, improved the product, or both.
We truly love building churches, and we understand that every dollar you spend on the construction of your facility is a dollar that won’t be spent on ministry, mission or staff. With this in mind, we want to help you be sure that every dollar you do spend on your building is being spent wisely.
1. How much will my project cost?
This is typically the first question owners ask our team–and understandably so. Constructing a new building or renovating your current facility is a massive investment and one you hope accommodates both your present and future needs. While we would love to be able to give a quick answer to this question, unfortunately, there isn’t a simple one-size-fits-all answer.
Members have had dreams for Epworth United Methodist Church ever since the congregation opened its doors in 1909. Both new and longtime members of the historical church on Arno Road in Franklin, Tennessee willingly give their talent, time and treasure to each other and to their community. “You aren’t going to find any better people anywhere else. We’re driven by our mission to know Jesus and make him known, and we’re all one from that standpoint,” says Epworth UMC Building Committee Co-Chair Chuck Hawkins.
The Dow Smith Company team has completed a new office build-out for Franklin Synergy Bank (FSB) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Formerly known as Midsouth Bank, FSB now occupies a unit located at 310 West Main Street in downtown Murfreesboro. Completed in Fall 2018, the project involved creating a floor plan that could accommodate the bank’s current and future needs in the available space. By the time the project was finished, we were able to provide FSB with a unique, full-service bank branch.
The process of constructing a building or orchestrating a fit-up is complicated. Requiring multiple people and even more hours, there are opportunities for projects to lose momentum or focus. At Dow Smith Company, it is our mission to ensure our customers are treated fairly and receive the quality building they deserve, on schedule and on budget. No matter the size or complexity of a project, our team has standards by which we manage our clients’ projects. These rules guide us so that we can better serve our clients. At the end of the day, we’re proud of a job well-done and a project well-managed.
One little-known aspect of commercial construction is the estimating process – one that is typically associated with the assumption that the contractor overcharges the client for material and labor costs. The estimating and project coordination team at Dow Smith Company makes it their mission to ensure each of our clients receives a quality result, all while staying on schedule and, most importantly, on budget. In order to avoid costly change orders and mistakes Estimator and Project Coordinators Dana Mitchell and Andrea Fall and Partner and Design-Builder Joey Rhyne are involved with every project from schematic budget to close-out.