Seeing the light: are LEDs right for your business?

As a leading commercial contractor in South Florida, one of the topics we are asked about most is whether LED lighting is worth the investment. Our answer is always the same­—it depends! Yes, there is no one right answer. Many factors have to be taken into consideration when making the decision. But first, a definition: According the US Department of Energy, a light-emitting diode or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into […]

Subcontractors can make or break your project

Few commercial contractors can keep specialists in every trade on their staff full time. That’s how the subcontractor system came to be. Hire the experienced professionals you need when you need them and move your project forward. That’s similar to “just in time inventory” principles from the manufacturing sector. Sounds simple enough, right? In fact, issues related to subcontractor performance, cooperation, skills, and availability are the bane of the industry. First, a little background on what has happened with the […]

A Diverse Workforce is Integral to Our Success

A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together breed a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce. Over the last 35-years, GSD has learned to draw upon our area’s diversity to strengthen the quality of our work and bottom line results. For GSD, diversity is a key ingredient to growing a strong and inclusive business that’s positioned our commercial construction firm to employ the best talent regardless of background, gender, race or color. Per the Dodd Frank […]

Tips for Selecting an Architectural Firm for the Design of Your Project

You’ve been thinking about improving your working space for years. The time has finally come to move the process forward. But before you seek bids from an architect or designer, you need to do some thinking about what isn’t working well in your current space. This is the ideal starting point for understanding what you’d like in your new space. Solicit opinions from your respected employees and managers. Listen to what they have to say. They may see a space-planning […]

Commercial Contractors Giving Back

GSD Gives Back

You can read any number of articles online that extol why giving to local charities is good for your business. It gets your name out there, it builds your reputation with your clients and the public at large, and it sends a message to your employees that you care about the community. True, but that’s not our motive. We support several charities for no other reason than that they help the disenfranchised among us and deserve our support. We don’t […]

Commercial Contractors

Curbing Construction Accidents: Site Safety is Our Most Important Job

Even though construction site accidents and fatalities nationwide have shown improvement in recent years, construction remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Statistics don’t lie. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 150,000 construction site accident injuries annually. That means one in ten construction site workers are injured every year. The four most frequent type of injuries are: 1) falls from heights 2) struck by object 3) electrocution 4) caught in or between objects […]

Commercial Remodel for Auto Dealership

GSD Puts South Florida Auto Dealership’s Commercial Remodel in the Fast Lane

If you’ve watched your local evening news lately, you’ve seen that auto dealerships seem to own the airwaves. Back-to-back TV commercials implore viewers that there has never been a better time to buy a new car! New car sales are on fire, and dealerships are making it impossible to miss their message. The statistics bear this out. According to NADA, the National Automobile Dealers Association, as this trend hit its pace in 2012, total sales of all Florida new car […]

GSD Contracting builds Emerald Park Retirement Center in Hollywood, FL

Commercial Contractors Tap Boom in the Senior Market and Continuing Care Retirement Communities

We all know the terms “assisted living” and “nursing home” but do you know about CCRC? Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) aren’t new —they’ve been around for 75 years—but in recent years, they’ve become so much more popular. First, a definition is in order. A CCRC isn’t independent living apartments, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. It’s all of them, designed to offer a “continuum of care” on one campus. Many active seniors start out in an independent living unit […]

Commercial Renovation Contractors

Respecting Historic Architecture as Commercial Renovation Contractors

As general contractors, of course it is easiest to start from a cleared site and build from there. But we don’t just do easy. Occasionally we are hired for a major project that requires preserving historic architectural elements. We have respect for our architectural heritage, so we enjoy these challenging projects. We were involved in a project in downtown West Palm Beach a few years ago that involved two buildings, one historic and worth preserving, and one built in the […]

New Urbanism

New Urbanism Grows Up

New Urbanism is a movement that took shape in the early 1980s. It has at its core the concept of walkable environments where residents live, work, shop, and play in cohesive, planned communities. Its rise was a reaction to suburban sprawl that developed after World War II and the rise of car ownership. Suburbia was aided and abetted by zoning laws that kept residential and commercial development separate. As the car became a necessity people became disconnected from their neighbors […]

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