Every year new ideas and new trends get developed from concept to reality.  As we are approaching the year 2018,  lets take a look at what has aspired in the world of building and construction for 2017.  With the onset of new technologies and new building practices, buildings are becoming smarter, more innovative, and more elaborate then ever before.  With that being said, Construction Dive a construction blog that does an incredible job of summing up new trends in a concise and clear format has put together their top favorite projects for this year.  Let’s take a gander of what they found to be the creme de la creme of building design for 2017.

 

#1  Apple Park

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Location: Cupertino, California

Square Footage: 2.8 million-square-foot campus…..(wow!)

Cost: $5,000,000,000,000  (that’s right 12 zeros)

Description: Spaceship

 

#2 Wilshire Grand Center

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Location: Los Angelos, CA

vertical footage : 1,100 foot-high tower

Cost: 1,200,000,000,000

Description: Highest skyscraper west of Mississippi

 

#3 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Square footage : 2,000,000

Cost: 1,500,000,000,000

Description: Oculus inspired retractable roof

 

 

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Location: Vancouver, Canada

Square footage : 162,700

Cost: $39,000,000

Description: World’s tallest wood building, built by a 6 person crew

 

#5 Google’s “Pearl Place” campus

Location: Boulder, Co

Square footage: 330,000

Cost: 131,000,000

Description: Expected to meet the LEED Gold certification

 

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If you’re planning a large scale construction project, JMKW Development is the company to call. We offer a wide range of general construction services, including:

  • Architecture – We’ll make sure your property is built to your specifications
  • Concrete – We’ll build your structure on a solid foundation
  • Electrical – We’ll install the proper wiring and components to support your electrical needs
  • Finishing work – We’ll give your property a clean and polished look
  • HVAC – We’ll help you maintain a comfortable climate in your commercial space
  • Plumbing – We’ll establish an efficient and reliable plumbing system
  • Framing -We’ll build and construct the foundation to your commerical property

 

Trust JMKW Development, general contractors of El Paso, TX, to handle your commercial construction needs. Contact us at 915-519-4213 to learn more about our general contractors and commercial construction services.

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Consult with JMKW Development about your project, and we’ll make sure it comes to fruition effortlessly. 915-519-4213

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3 BENEFITS OF BUILDING A CUSTOM COMMERCIAL SPACE

If you can’t find the perfect space for your business, consider constructing a custom building. Here are some advantages of designing and building a commercial space:

  1. Create a workspace that caters to your needs
  2. Include all the elements you love and none of the ones you don’t
  3. Stand out from the other businesses in town with a unique property

Rely on JMKW Development to design and build your ideal commercial space in El Paso, TX or the surrounding Texas area. JMKWDevelopment.com

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You’ve made an investment in a franchise opportunity, and to get it off the ground, you’ll need the right commercial space. Leave the design and construction work to our general contractors of JMKW Development located in El Paso, TX. We’ll deliver top-quality results at a price you can afford.

Our turn-key process allows us to be a one-stop shop for our clients. We handle every aspect of building your franchise out from start to finish, including the architecture, interior design, signage, and more. Do not worry about dealing with multiple general contractors, when you can depend on us to take care of everything during your commerical construction project.

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3 REASONS TO TRUST JMKW DEVELOPMENT TO BUILD YOUR FRANCHISE PROPERTY

When you’re beginning the process of building a franchise, you want to make sure that your property is constructed properly from the ground up. Here are a few reasons you can trust JMKW Development’s general contractors to get the job done right:

1. We’ll handle the entire process, from planning to the finishing work
2. We can help you add personal touches and make changes based on your needs
3. We’ll get the job done on time and on budget

You can count on JMKW Development for an outstanding franchise construction project.

Dial 915-519-4213 now to share your franchise plans with us.

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If you’re planning a large scale construction project, JMKW Development is the company to call. We offer a wide range of general construction services, including:

Architecture – We’ll make sure your property is built to your specifications
Concrete – We’ll build your structure on a solid foundation
Electrical – We’ll install the proper wiring and components to support your electrical needs
Finishing work – We’ll give your property a clean and polished look
HVAC – We’ll help you maintain a comfortable climate in your commercial space
Plumbing – We’ll establish an efficient and reliable plumbing system
Framing -We’ll build and construct the foundation to your commercial property
Contact us at 915-519-4213 to learn more about our general contractors and commercial construction services.

Get Inspired.  At JMKW Development we do the commercial construction and build outs of your business and we also know the importance of design, color, creativity, and how to dress up the building with a few visual merchandising tactics.  For today’s writing lets get inspired by what some of the lead visual retail designers are doing for this Fall season. JMKWDevelopment.com

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Fall is that amazing time of the year when pumpkins and gourds hit the market, and smells of cinnamon and spice reach the air.  Every business gets to partake in the Halloween spirit, the Day of the Dead, or the feeling of the Harvest. For this article lets take a look at what some of the lead retail shops do to decorate there stores for the Autumn festivities.

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It’s easy to create the essence of fall through mimicking the nature outside of your window. Using some of the natural elements in the design itself can do wonders. Take the time to add a little bit of color to your day and to heighten your business’ aesthetic with a touch of visual merchandising in the interiors of your brick and mortar. Plus its fun and your customers will appreciate your creativity!

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Our turn-key process allows us to be a one-stop shop for our clients. We handle every aspect of building your franchise out from start to finish, including the architecture, interior design, signage, and more. Do not worry about dealing with multiple contractors, when you can depend on us to take care of everything.

Dial 915-519-4213 now to share your franchise plans with us.

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If you’re planning a commercial construction project in El Paso or the surrounding Texas area, JMKW Development is the company to call. We’ll build your property from the ground up and handle every step of the process in between. Our construction services include:

  • Electrical work
  • Framing
  • Painting
  • Tiling
  • Ceiling grid installation
  • Signage
  • Plumbing
  • Architectural design
  • HVAC work
  • Tenant improvements
  • General construction services
  • Full remodels

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Be a Good Listener and Encourage others to Talk about Themselves.

Oh the Art of listening.  So simply stated, so elegantly said, but how does one put true listening into action? It is remarkable what comes out of a conversation when you sincerely listen.

Successful listening is not a passive action but one that is engaged and alert.  The body shows this activity in the posture, the eyes, the hands, and the face. They say, the secret to a successful business interview is to be “exclusively attentive to the person who is speaking to you.  Nothing is as flattering”

Listening is not just for the business but for all correspondence, even within the family. Taking the time to listen to our children or our loved ones is a direct way of showing love.  It creates trust and acceptance and open communication. This enhances relationships and family-time spent together.

Most people are losoundoffoking for importance, Listening is a way to show respect and can subdue the most angry and ill contented.

 Most people are not attentive listeners because they are too concerned about what they are going to say next.  They are too focused-in instead of focusing out.

“People who talk only of themselves think only of themselves. And “those people who think only of themselves,” Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, longtime president of Columbia University, said, “are hopelessly uneducated. They are not educated,” said Dr. Butler, “no matter how instructed they may be.”

“So if you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested. Ask questions that other persons will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their accomplishments.”

With those final thoughts I challenge you this week to focus out!  Listen and ask questions in your conversations. Be excited to hear what other people have to say, even if it rubs you the wrong way.  In fact, if you are finding that it is uncomfortable to be an attentive listener then you are doing exactly what you should be doing.  Stay strong and humble and encourage others around you!

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LED Lights are changing the world! It’s true, the amount of energy and cost LED lights save is truly remarkable. Plus LED lights are versatile and compact and can literally fit anywhere!  Check out this article by the US government on Led-lighting and the sheer number of dollars that are saved in each household let alone the country.  The totals are mouth dropping.  https://energy.gov/energysaver/led-lighting  contact JMKWDevelopment.com to learn more!

With that in mind Let’s look at at the creative ways LED Lights are being used.  Wow! the colors compositions that can be designed, the architectural enhancements, the calm clean glow that can be obtained, so so cool!  If you have not changed your incandescent bulbs for LEDs, NOW is the time to do.  Let’s make a beautiful change!

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3 REASONS TO TRUST JMKW DEVELOPMENT TO BUILD YOUR FRANCHISE PROPERTY

When you’re beginning the process of building a franchise, you want to make sure that your property is constructed properly from the ground up. Here are a few reasons you can trust JMKW Development to get the job done right:

  1. We’ll handle the entire process, from planning to the finishing work
  2. We can help you add personal touches and make changes based on your needs
  3. We’ll get the job done on time and on budget

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The design of a commercial space is important for the image of a business, the productivity of its employees and the satisfaction of its customers. If you’d like to remodel or construct a commercial property, JMKW Development located in El Paso, TX is the company to call. We offer plenty of construction and design services to make your commercial property dreams come true.

Contact us at 915-519-4213 to learn more about our development services

Yay! For the next Do It Yourself, I found this great tutorial from Instructables on how to construct a solar powered phone charger for you phone.  This could be something you keep in your car incase of any emergencies or to take with you on an outside adventure. How amazing is it that we can use the Sun to make energy.  How in the heck does that work?  In the next ThinkGreen we will look at how to Harness the Power of the Sun and look indepth at Solar Panels and the way that they function!

Introduction: DIY Solar USB Charger – Altoids

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I’ve been reading a bunch of blogs this fine Earth Day morning and have noticed that most of them are posting little write ups about green solar powered USB gadget chargers. They’re all quite nice, but also quite expensive. I don’t think I’ve seen any for less than $60, and I’ve not seen one that really suits my style.

Instructables has quite a few guides on how to make Solar USB Chargers, including the very well done guide on how to combine a Lady Ada Minty Boost circuit with a solar + lithium ion battery. Great, but a bit expensive to make and not a very simple project for the weekend DIY person.

Well luckily for us I know how to make one for under $20 that is better in nearly every way and also completely fits into an Altoids Tin. Covert style.

*** Update: I’ve since retired this kit. It’s not held up over time very well. I’ve done an updated version called Solar USB Kit 2.0 and a more rugged version called Lithium Heavy Duty 2.0. If you’re looking for something pre made, especially for camping or emergencies, you should try out one of our Folding USB Solar Cells. They’re inexpensive and much much more powerful than what you’ll find here.

Step 1: What You Need

Parts:
USB Charging Circuit
Solar Panel 4V or greater
AA Battery Holder
AA Rechargeable Batteries
1N914 Diode
Altoid Tin (or whatever)
Wire

Tools:
Soldering Iron
Solder
Tin Snips
Melt Glue Gun and Glue
Tape

Cost is less than $30. I can make one for under $10 when I buy parts in bulk. Ihave a kit available at my website BrownDogGadgets.com which has everything you need to make this project. Also, if you’re lazy, I do sell made versions in a variety of tin styles.

Step 2: DC to USB Converter

The central brain of our project is a DC to USB converter circuit. This takes our AA power and changes it into the 5Vs we need for charging USB. There are several ways of doing this.1) You can make one yourself using Lady Ada’s Minty Boost kit. It’s $20 and requires soldering. It also charges almost every gadget under the sun, including new Apple Products.

2) You can buy a premade circuit off ebay, or even off my website BrownDogGadgets.com. They cost around $10 and work with most everything. Kindles, iPhones, iPods, GPS, Android Phones. They’re great.

3) You can rip one out of a cheap USB charger. eBay and or Amazon are great places to look. Some of them don’t work with Apple stuff, so be careful or buy several.

Whatever you do, don’t try and make a 6V or 9V circuit and then use a voltage limiter to take it back down to 5V. That’s sloppy and inefficient. You can do it, and it works, but there are far better options.

Step 3: Choose Some Batteries

What I really find annoying is that on all the commercial solar USB chargers I see their internal battery is only 1000 ma. That isn’t a lot. A rechargeable AA battery has between 2000 – 3000 ma of current in it. Once again, we can do better.

We need to use rechargeable batteries for this project. I prefer NiMh AAs over everything else because they’re easy to find, cheap, and reliable. You probably even have a few at home. Since we’re using two AAs in this project our charger will have 2000 – 3000 ma of current. You could even have two sets of AAs in parallel and boost that capacity to 4000 – 6000 ma.

An added bonus from rechargeable AAs is that you can take them out of the Solar Charger, charge them up or replace them, and be on your way.

If you’re making this project into a very small container you can use a smaller NiMh battery pack. You can find these at places like American Science and Surplus as well as many places on the web.

Step 4: Choose Your Solar

If we use two rechargeable AAs that put out a total of 2.4Vs we’re going to need a solar panel that is at least 3 – 4Vs just to meet basic levels of charging. The higher the voltage of our solar cell (or cells) the less light we need to charge up our batteries.Now we’re also trying to fit this into an Altoids Tin, so we’re limited in space. I have found some great 4V solar cells that perfectly fit into Altoids Tins. They’re the same ones I use with my Solar AA Altoids Charger.

Sure, a bigger and better solar cell would give us added power, but it wouldn’t fit into our tin. (Something that has annoyed me with nearly every Altoids Solar Guide out there.)

You could also use a combination of several smaller cells to get your four volts. For example, 2V cells are very cheap and small on ebay. You could easily connect two of those in a series to get your 4Vs.

Just remember that when charging NiMh batteries we don’t want to throw more than 10% of their capacity at them at any one time. For instance if your battery has a capacity of 2000 ma we can only use a solar cell that puts out 200 ma or less of current. This isn’t usually a problem unless you’re using a massive solar cell or a big combination of cells. None the less, keep this in mind.

Step 5: Wire Up the Solar

First, we’re going to wire up our solar panel.

I like to connect my 1N914 diode directly to the Positive solder tab on the solar panel. When soldering make sure the black bar on the 1N914 diode is point away from the solar cell. The black bar is the Negative side and prevents power backflow. If we put it in wrong we’re going to prevent power from flowing into our circuit!

Solder the diode’s Positive side (non black diode) to the Positive Solder Point on the solar cell. Solder a wire to the other end of the diode. (In the photo it’s the red wire.)

Solder a wire to the Negative solder point on the solar cell. (In the picture it’s the black wire.)

Then tape it up for protection.

Step 6: Connect the Battery Pack

Now we connect the solar wires to the battery pack wires.

Just connect all the positive wires (red) with all the negative wires (black).

Solder.

Easy as pie. Sweet sweet solar pie.

Step 7: Prepare the Charger

So the charging circuit I use also has a couple of LEDs on it. These in no way affect the USB charging and in fact are annoying. I remove them because they’re useless and a waste of power. This is why I’m cutting them off in the pictures below.You should NOT start cutting things away unless you know what you’re doing. Seriously Ben, I know you’re reading this. Stop cutting now. This is how you lost a finger.

Anyways, if you’ve bought a cheap charger to use you have to take it out of it’s plastic, and disconnect any random wires or battery packs.

What you should be mindful of is where power connects to your board. Mine has a nice little + and – sign to guide me. You need figure this out on your own depending on your situation.

Lastly, and most importantly, you should watch out for any switches. For instance mine has a little switch on the side to go from “Light” to “Off” to “USB.” I just keep mine set to “USB” as we don’t lose any power unless something is plugged in.

Step 8: Solder the Charger

Now all you have to do is solder that bundle of positive, in my project red, wires to the positive point on the board. Then all the negative, in this project black, wires to the negative point on the board.You’re done with the circuit. You can test it now.

Usually I can charge a gadget just from sun. If it’s not sunny the circuit should charge via batteries.

Step 9: Cut Your Tin

I use Altoids Tins because they’re the perfect size for this project. Plus very cute. I also enjoy mints.

Just use some tin snips to cut a hole big enough for the USB port.

If you want to be fancy you can also use a Dremel and make a nice rectangle hole in the side of the tin. I’m lazy, so I just cut it away.

Step 10: Glue Everything In

To be on the safe side I put down some electrical tape below my bare circuit board. Just to play it safe.Now all you need to do is glue in your battery pack (though I use foam tape for that) and glue down your USB circuit.

Notice I use ample amounts of hot (melt) glue. Yummy.

Done and done.

Step 11: Enjoy

Now you’re done. Enjoy the fact that you’re being very green and clean.Also, before someone chimes in… yes I do know batteries are not entirely green. If you want to be super green you should use some super capacitors for this project. They last forever, are super green, but are also quite expensive.

What I like about this project is that it’s simple and handy. It makes for a nice gift.

If you need any parts you can always get them from my website, BrownDogGadgets.com. All the money I make goes to doggy treats and more projects.

Thanks for reading! *** Update: I’ve since retired this kit. It’s not held up over time very well. I’ve done an updated version called Solar USB Kit 2.0 and a more rugged version called Lithium Heavy Duty 2.0. If you’re looking for something pre made, especially for camping or emergencies, you should try out one of our Folding USB Solar Cells. They’re inexpensive and much much more powerful than what you’ll find here.

JMKW Development is a general contracting company located in El Paso, TX that offers commercial construction and remodeling services at reasonable prices. Established in 2016 by three partners with 35 years of combined experience, we dedicate our time and expertise to completing excellent quality work. We can handle small and large projects, and we complete everything from the planning and design to the finishing work.

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