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Ft. Lauderdale’s Oldest Catholic Church Gets an Update

All of our projects are important to us, but those that have a deep-rooted history in our community are especially fascinating for us to work on. We recently completed a project for the gymnasium at Saint Anthony Catholic School, Broward County’s oldest Catholic Church. Saint Anthony has incredible history in the South Florida Community – during WWII, many servicemen played ball in the gym, and the students even raised money to pay for a torpedo bomber that was named after […]

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Innovations in Green Construction: Taking Green Building Design to New Places

You can hardly be in or around the construction industry these days without learning more about green building design. It’s more than a movement, and a lot more than a trend. It’s becoming the usual way that we build, and GSD Contracting is at the heart of it. Green construction means a lot of things. It’s about contributing less to the greenhouse effect, and it’s also about using natural resources more wisely. Sometimes it deals with recycling efficiently and finding a […]

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U.S. Construction Industry Impacted by Shortage of Glass

The construction industry is starting to bounce back from the recession in a big way, but some suppliers aren’t quite as lucky, at least not yet. There’s a glass shortage that’s so extreme, the Wall Street Journal’s article, “Cost of Skyscraper Glass Hits Dizzying Heights,” says prices are skyrocketing. This particularly affects glass for wall curtain use. It’s a common response to short supply, but that doesn’t make backlogged materials and stretched budgets any easier to deal with. Many construction […]

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Relationships Rule In the South Florida Commercial Construction Industry

Commercial construction is in a definite upswing, and South Florida general contractors are in high demand. Perhaps higher than at any time in recent years. That’s good news for everyone, especially for those who have a good builder on their side. With more demand than there are builders at the ready, having an established relationship can help you get your project off the ground. How can you get that? Like anything else — you build it. Commercial Construction Growth Boom […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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