florida building code changes

Florida Building Code Changes Impact Building Design and Construction

If you’re planning a new construction or rehab project or already have one in the works, the new Florida State Building Code changes probably apply to you. Some of these changes deal with safety, particularly hurricane safety, but energy efficiency also gets a new standard. The 5th Edition of the Code took effect on June 30, 2015. Getting that all-important Certificate of Occupancy partly depends on you, the owner. It’s an active participation type of situation. And for projects with […]

general contractor

Top 6 Questions to ask a General Contractor

Vetting a general contractor is probably something you’ve never thought about until you actually needed to hire one. Greg DeJohn, President of GSD Contracting, provides some questions to ask during the hiring process that will give you confidence as you start your commercial construction project. How long have you been licensed as a general contractor? You can find out the answer to this question and the information surrounding it by asking questions that are standard to a job interview in […]

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Respecting the Environment: Keeping Commercial Construction Clean in South Florida

At GSD Contracting, we consider the proper disposal of hazardous materials one of the most important responsibilities we have on a job site. Materials toxic to the environment can be present in new builds, demolition and excavation work. That’s why we make the proper disposal of hazardous waste part of our standard operating procedures. We have a formal written Hazardous Waste Disposal Program that must be followed by our subcontractors as well as ourselves. Our policy was written by one […]

theater construction

Luxury Movie Theater Construction on the Rise

People have countless entertainment choices in their homes now, from premium cable to streaming services with thousands of television series and movies available on demand. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a night out at the movies anymore. In fact, going out to the movies is more of a special event than it used to be. Seeing a movie on a giant screen with surround sound the weekend it comes out is a special occasion, and people are willing […]

South Florida General Contractor

South Florida Business Journal Names GSD Contracting Top 25 General Contractors

We are excited to announce that GSD Contracting LLC was chosen by The South Florida Business Journal as one of the Top 25 General Contractors in Miami-Dade, Broward County and Palm Beach County, based on gross billings for 2014. With over 30 years of experience in an extensive range of industries and a strong reputation for transparency and professionalism, this achievement highlights our company’s core values. We have grown significantly as a result of repeat clients and are proud to […]

Taking the LEED in Green Construction

Everyone’s talking about building green, but you can’t fake it. Dumping some solar panels on your roof or a recycling bin in the break room doesn’t make your building green. In fact, this phenomenon of trying to fake green for the cachet of it even has a name, Eco-bling! Fortunately, in the U.S. we have standards that dictate true green buildings. It’s a rating system called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  A building owner must follow a formalized […]

Choose Green Construction to Save Energy

It wasn’t so long ago that green building was considered on the “lunatic fringe” pursued only by fanatics. With the rise in energy costs in recent years, more and more businesses are jumping on the green construction bandwagon in order to gain some control of rising energy costs. The business sector spends a fortune on power. In fact, the Department of Energy notes that 20 percent of all energy used in the United States last year was consumed by commercial […]


KPMG Survey Details Owner Dissatisfaction with Contractors

KPMG, an international consulting firm, conducts the Global Construction Survey annually. The 2015 survey, as reported in an article on the Construction + Design website, was a real eye-opener. According to the article, “more than half, 53%, of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year, a number that rises to 61% for larger organizations.” The survey attributed delays, overruns and underperformance to: Project management talent shortages Distrust between owners and contractors Lack of fully […]

office renovations

Reception Renovations: Because You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression.

As one of South Florida’s leading commercial contractors, we do a lot of office renovation work. From time to time, we find that business owners put so much effort into creating a more efficient, streamlined office that helps the business function better that by the time they get to the reception area, they are exhausted and plumb out of ideas! Of course, your reception area is the first place your visitors see when they enter your business, and it’s the […]

Think Big: Miami-Dade Mega Mall Announced

How big is really big when it comes to a retail shopping center? Well, how about a mall bigger than the biggest mall in the country, Mall of America in Minneapolis? That’s what Triple Five, developers of Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, have in mind for 225 acres in northwest Miami-Dade off I-75. American Dream Miami: Mega-mall, Theme Park, Ski Slope, and More Dubbed ‘American Dream Miami’ and estimated to cost a whopping $4 […]

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