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An Inside Look: An Outsider’s (and Insider’s) Perspective on Project Management at Starbucks

Posted by Debra Andrews on 12/4/18 8:17 AM

Mike Anderson, Senior Project Manager at EMG, has a unique point of view when it comes to delivering value to Starbucks as a strategic partner. He has worked on large-scale Starbucks programs as an outside project manager at EMG. And Mike also led Starbucks programs as an in-house employee for four years. I sat down with Mike to learn more about his experiences on both sides of the house and what it takes to be a valued Starbucks vendor.

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Topics: Starbucks, SBUX

CRE owners and developers: Critical areas to watch in 2019

Posted by Ron Stupi on 11/27/18 1:10 PM

Ron Stupi is President of EMG, a Bureau Veritas subsidiary that is the country’s largest technical assessment and project management enterprise in the commercial and government-owned real estate sectors.

As investors and developers in CRE and infrastructure plan for 2019, which issues and trends should they be examining today?

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Topics: CRE, Energy Savings, CapEx, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Building Management Systems, Commissioning/Retrocommissioning, Internet of Things (IoT), Capital Planning

What's Smart in Hotels?

Posted by Debra Andrews on 11/7/18 11:40 AM

Improve Operations and Guest Experiences with New Technology

Today’s hotel facility managers must be savvy in pursuing and learning how to manage the technological advancements to yield the best results for their properties. By doing some of the behind-the-scenes analysis and leg work, new technology can help hotel facility managers improve their overall bottom line, improve operational efficiency, ease the burden on employees, and add to the guest’s personalization experience.

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Topics: Hotel Technology, IoT, Alexa for Hospitality, Improve guest experience, The Connected Room, Hotel Facility Managers, Hotel Operational Efficiencies, Internet of Things (IoT), Guestroom automation

HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION: EMG Gives Back

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 10/25/18 5:26 PM

Home Depot Building Services and Operations Foundation event for 2018 took place October 23 - 25 in Asheville, NC. EMG was proud to be a part of its army of volunteers.

            

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Topics: Home Depot Foundation, EMG Gives Back

JIm Bartlett Checks in from ASTM Committee Week 2018

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 10/24/18 5:37 PM

EMG’s Jim BartlettSenior Vice President is a Vice Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee E50.02 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action; and serves as Co-Chairman/Technical Contact for the E3026-15 Visual Moisture Assessment (VMA) Standard Guide.

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Topics: ASTM

EMG Receives an A+ for On Time Due Diligence Reporting

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 9/7/18 4:25 PM

0% Late Reports in 2018 - See for Yourself!

EMG is the only commercial real estate due diligence provider that ensures report delivery that exceeds our clients’ expectations. We provide complete satisfaction with the timeliness of your reports – guaranteed! Don’t believe us? See for yourself, with our 2018 Mid-Year report card.

(Click image to see entire 2018 Mid-Year Report Card)

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Topics: real estate due diligence, real estate reports

Preventive Maintenance in Hospitality: 5 Tips for Building Engineers

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 7/26/18 12:32 PM

We all know those hotels – the ones with the leaking faucet, the groaning A/C that never quite cools the room, or the scary ceiling mold. We’ve either been unfortunate enough to wind up in one, or we’ve read a bad review and stayed far away. No building engineer wants to put this kind of face forward, but it can be tough to stay consistently on top of preventive maintenance. New problems seem to hit you almost every day, and budgets are never unlimited.

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Topics: preventive maintenance, Hospitality, Hotel, building engineer, FCA, facility condition assessments, capital plan, capital projects, planned capital programs, Capital Planning, capital improvement plan, ADA Compliance, ADA Assessments, Retail ADA Requirements, ADA Consulting

Affects or Does Not Affect | That Is The Question (ALTA Surveys)

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 5/31/18 10:28 AM

Ever since the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements were released, there has been much conversation in the surveying community about the role of the Professional Surveyor in addressing title exception documents on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey.

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Topics: 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, ALTA Survey, Easement, Servitude, Professional Surveyor, PLS, 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements

EMG's 2017 Real Estate Due Diligence Transaction Highlights

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/29/18 12:17 PM

EMG is pleased to share some of our real estate due diligence transaction highlights from 2017. These successful deals were all delivered on  time ,  and with EMG's trademark accuracy and consistency. We thank you for entrusting your deals to the professionals at EMG.

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Topics: real estate due diligence, ALTA Survey, Phase I ESA, ESA Report, PCA, Seismic Risk, Radon Testing, Fannie Mae Phase I, FEMA Elevation Certificate, Seismic Risk Study

Open Store Remodels: 5 Best Practices that Minimize Business Disruption

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/22/18 2:15 PM

You’ve been thinking about an open store remodel for months, maybe years, but worry that dust, noise, and chaos will drive customers away and negatively impact your bottom line. You delay and delay again, struggling in a space you’ve outgrown or that no longer serves your needs. Sound familiar? It does to us. We hear these concerns all the time.

While open store remodels aren’t invisible, disruption can be kept to a minimum by following a few proven best practices. Whether your “store” is retail or a restaurant, bank branch, or other facility, business doesn’t have to slow to a frustrating crawl. Everyone on site can stay safe, and your project can move forward on track and on time with your revenue stream intact.

To explore these best practices, we recently sat down with some of EMG’s open store remodel experts. With decades of collective experience overseeing thousands of projects, Chris Varney, Tracy Follmer, and Eric Berger understand how to balance the need to remodel with the need to conduct business as usual. Here’s what they recommend:

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Topics: open store remodel, project management best practices, remodel existing stores, store remodel, retail facilities

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