All posts by Stacey Haggerson

Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence Checklists

Buying commercial real estate for investment or business purposes is a great move, and if done correctly can bring you wealth and success. But unfortunately, the buying process can be full of complications. There are so many details that if overlooked can leave you with a property that’s more of a mistake than a profit. To make sure that doesn’t happen and for a fast and effective purchasing process, it’s important to understand due diligence and the role it plays in a successful commercial real estate purchase.

Read on for how due diligence can make all your business or investment property purchases as risk-free as possible.

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Factors to be Considered on Site Layouts

With property development, everyone involved wishes that the process was as simple as picking a plot of land and starting to build. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. For a successful development project, before any construction can begin, the design of a thorough site layout is essential. A well-designed site layout leads to a productive, effective, and efficient construction process and ultimately leads to project success.

We understand how stressful and time consuming a new development project can be for the client, so we’ve got you covered on all you need to know about site layout.

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Zoning vs. Entitlements

Most people buy land for one main reason: to build on it. Buying land gives you the freedom to build your structure from scratch, just the way you want. But before you can start building your dream home or exciting new business you have to deal with zoning and entitlement.

In fact, zoning and entitlement are so important that they can completely put an end to your project, or at least press heavily on the pause button. Not understanding what these processes are can completely derail your big plans. Luckily, we’ve got the details on these processes and how you can get through them as stress-free as possible.

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Types of Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are a big part of the design of almost every man-made structure you see around you. Whatever big project you’re working on, having a great civil engineering company to guide you from development to completion can make a world of difference. But with so many different civil engineering branches, how do you know where to start?

Whether you’re looking for civil engineering in Denver or nationwide, understanding the different branches and the purposes they serve is essential. Here’s how the main types of civil engineering break down so you can make the best choice for your next project.

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Now Hiring: AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D Designer

Come join our civil engineering group in Denver West located near the Federal Center light rail stop.  Our ideal candidate must be able to use computer-aided design AUTOCAD Civil 3D, to provide engineering design support for land development and civil engineering projects. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Project Managers and Engineers to set-up and manage construction drawings
  • Prepare dimensional drawings, create and/or modify base drawings
  • Revise and update existing drawings to reflect design changes
  • Create and manage electronic document file structure, naming conventions in accordance with company standards.
  • Productive team member and AutoCAD user to work a typical set of project documents from beginning to end with professional quality output.
  • Work on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Works with project teams on drawings which meet and exceed the customer’s requirements (bid and submittal phase).
  • Serve as an information source during construction, and prepare as-constructed drawings
  • Maintain notes, design calculations and documentation for future reference and continuous improvement on future documents.

Requirements:

Associate’s degree of completion of a technical trade school in CAD, drafting or related field, plus at least two years of related work experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Routinely uses higher-level commands, time-saving programs and routines.

Experience using advanced AutoCad functions including Sheet Set Manager, Xref manager, Palettes and Design Center.

Specialized Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Excellent communications skills: Interpersonal, listening, oral and written
  • Skilled in PC usage and associated software including Microsoft Office
  • Able to generate layout drawings from sketches and specifications
  • Familiar with design parameters related to land development: Site grading plans, water line design, utilities location, sanitary and storm water, etc.
  • Knowledgeable of standard drafting practices and procedures
  • Able to work with minimal supervision, exercise independent judgment
  • Able to efficiently schedule and manage time
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Must be able to achieve generally stated objectives and requirements.

If you meet the above qualifications, please send your resume to gtoler@centerpoint-is.com.

CenterPoint partners with Local Non-profit

Centerpoint is committed to supporting children, education and neighborhoods in the communities where we work and live. This year Centerpoint set a goal to partner with a local non-profit, Urban Peak,  who provides  full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  Our goal was not only to accomplish this through financial donations, but also acts of personal service. With the help of CenterPoint employees, Urban Peak’s drop-in room was remodeled.

  

Project Spotlight – Golden, CO

CenterPoint provides professional feasibility, entitlement, permitting and civil engineering services for CarMax Auto Superstores nationwide. Recently, CenterPoint completed their Golden, CO store.

Changes and opportunities that were faced, included:

  • Regional detention pond was undersized and not constructed correctly, required a full engineering redo of the pond to meet the capacity necessary for the development.
  • Fire/Emergency access to site is only served by one entrance for the entire Interplaza West development. The City was looking to CarMax to provide a secondary means of egress from the development by means of the CDOT ROW. After some negotiations with the City and Fire Dept, this requirement was dropped since it was impractical and would have severely delayed the project.
  • RAGE (Restriction Agreement and Grant of Easements) Amendments with Kohls and Home Depot to allow for additional off-site signage and the use of vehicle sales. This process was lengthy and took several rounds of negotiations to finally be granted approval.
  • Golden Green Menu. The City requires all new commercial developments to achieve points on their green menu to make the site more environmentally friendly. We worked with the City to establish the requirements for this site and were able to incorporate items that prototypical CarMax’s already have to save on the money needed to meet the required point value. Items like building automation, LED lighting and roof R value were used for points that are prototypical.

The store opened in February of 2018 on-time and on budget.