Author Archives: Margaret Hasemann

Focus Feature: Enhancing Community One Development at a Time

Focus Feature: Enhancing Community One Development at a Time

At Focus we understand the importance of community. Understanding how people will engage with our work when we’re done is where we start. Buildings aren’t self-contained; they live in existing environments that touch people daily. At the intersection of individual and shared space is Focus’ commitment to positively shape experience and encourage community. With every project we take on, we put an emphasis on strengthening the community we’re contributing too.

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The Link Evanston Construction Progress Update, November 2018

Construction progresses at the Link Evanston.

The Focus construction team continues to make progress as construction continues at the Link Evanston. Teams have secured the structure of floors 1 -3 and finished erecting the steel columns and beams, including all for the detail work required for the steel on level 4. In addition, teams began pouring the topping slab for the future amenity deck.

Looking ahead.

In the coming weeks, teams will begin erecting precast plank for Level 4 and will install grout, rebar ad conduit lines starting on the East side, moving through to the West side of the building. Once the 4th floor in complete, teams will continue in the same fashion upwards through the additional floors.

To learn more about the Link Evanston, please visit https://www.thelinkevanston.com/

Focus and partners gather to celebrate grand opening of the Atworth at Mellody Farm

Focus and partners gather to celebrate grand opening of the Atworth at Mellody Farm

On Thursday October 18th, Focus was joined by our co-developer Atlantic Realty Partners and Mellody Farm retail developer Regency Centers along with officials from Vernon Hills, residents and neighbors to celebrate the grand opening of the new 260 apartment community, the Atworth at Mellody Farm.

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Here’s what J.B. Pritzker’s election means for Illinois’ taxes, minimum wage, health care and more

Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker thanks voters at the Roosevelt Street “L” station in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2018. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt fortune and a former venture capitalist, offers a vastly different approach to investment and job growth than his GOP predecessor. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

Here’s what J.B. Pritzker’s election means for Illinois’ taxes, minimum wage, health care and more

By: Chicago Tribune staff

Original published: November 9, 2018

For the second election in a row, Illinois voters have handed the governor’s office to an ultrawealthy but politically inexperienced businessman who promises to jump-start the state’s economy.

But Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune and a former venture capitalist, offers a vastly different approach to boosting investment and job growth than his predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a multimillionaire former private equity investor.

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The Benefits of an Integrated Delivery Model for your Development

The Benefits of an Integrated Delivery Model for your Development

The construction industry is constantly faced with endless roadblocks. Whether it’s miscommunication or a pending approval, it seems like making significant progress is sometimes impossible.

Although, there is a solution to this mayhem…

An integrated model.

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Top Books for General Contractors

Top Books for General Contractors

When it comes to immediate growth and long-term development, general contractor businesses are just like any other. Growth and development require both field knowledge and actionable insight into client behavior and industry trends. You simply cannot build a fortune on trade expertise alone; business savvy is just as important.

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Top Apps for General Contractors

Top Apps for General Contractors

Due to the constant tides of technological development, industries are ever changing and it’s no different for general contractors. Savvy general contractors need to keep up with trends because modern technology can help business run more efficiently and enable them to achieve better results. The management of documents such as blueprints, forms, and invoices is crucial but can be significantly easier and more efficient with assistance from modern apps and technology.

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