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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, remodel existing stores, retail facilities, project management best practices, store remodel

EMG honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/16/18 2:50 PM

On May 15, 2018 Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced EMG Corporate Headquarters was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Nestor Benavides (pictured right), EMG chief executive officer accepted the award on behalf of the agency during an ESGR employer recognition event held May 12 in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Topics: ESGR, EMG Military Employees, Above and Beyond Award, EMG Corporate Culture

Creating a Comprehensive Facility Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 4/16/18 12:55 PM

Set a Clear Path Forward with a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)

Assembling your Capital Plan, sometimes referred to as a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), is an essential roadmap for Facility Managers to effectively predict and budget for required building repairs and component replacement over a fixed time. The process begins with these three steps:

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan, FCA, capital improvement plan, CIP

Financing Energy Efficiency: Untapped Opportunities For Commercial Building Owners

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/14/18 1:39 PM

Research shows that buildings whose mortgages include underwriting for energy efficiency see increased net operating income, reduced energy consumption, or increased energy savings. (IMT.org)

Last fall, EMG participated in providing data to Emily McLaughlin, Senior Associate with Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) for a property condition assessment case study.

As you read through the analysis you will find that IMT’s examination found some fairly significant market gaps and barriers. IMT incorporates discussion about tried and tested multifamily financing (i.e. Fannie Mae Green Rewards) as a means to demonstrate how this type of financing could work more effectively in the commercial sector.

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Topics: Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Multifamily Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Financing, ASHRAE, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Advantage program, Green Assessments, Fannie Mae Green Rewards program

EMG is approved to perform Green Assessments

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/12/18 3:11 PM

EMG means Green

Energy efficiency and preferential loan pricing are two compelling reasons to consider Green Financing for your current or future transactions. EMG is qualified and ready to be your “go-to” green resource!

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Topics: Green Financing, Fannie Mae Green Financing, High Performance Building Consultant, Multifamily Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, Fannie Mae HPB Consultant, Freddie Mac Multifamily loans

EMG Featured in HUD's RAD Photo Essays series

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/6/18 1:17 PM

EMG's Rental Assistance Demonstration ("RAD") project, Bohn Tower in Cleveland, was featured on HUD's website in its RAD Photo Essays series. Bohn Tower rises 22 stories in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Our team worked with property owner Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

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Topics: HUD, Bureau Veritas, RAD Photo Essays, EMG HUD Programs, RAD, Rental Assistance Demonstration

Happy New Year from EMG

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 1/17/18 11:00 AM

Happy New Year! Thank you for being part of our amazing 2017! We worked seriously and lived playfully, which is our motto at EMG. Take a look at a quick replay of our year.

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Topics: Happy New Year


Posted by Kristin Rueber on 12/1/17 1:39 PM

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Topics: Baltimore Top Workplaces, EMG Awards, EMG Top Workplaces 2017

HUD's CNA eTool: What You Need to Know

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 11/16/17 1:00 PM

Mandatory use of HUD's CNA eTool became effective 11/1/2017 for FHA multifamily mortgage insurance applications.

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Topics: HUD, HUD CNA eTool, CNA eTool, HUD programs, FHA Multifamily mortgages

Freddie Mac Green Advantage and Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Financing Approved

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 11/9/17 9:43 AM


EMG is an approved Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Advantage and Fannie Mae Pre-Qualified High Performance Building (HPB) Consultant

EMG has a highly qualified team of energy engineers with a solid track record of transactions under Freddie’s Green Advantage Program and Fannie Mae's Multifamily Green Financing Program. In fact, we’ve been doing energy studies for more than twelve years! If you’re interested in Green Financing for a current or future transaction, we can help. 

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Topics: Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Fannie Mae HPB Consultant, Freddie Mac Multifamily loans

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