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Project News & Information from F.L. Hoffman Corporation                                                                    Fall 1999

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Why You Need Us

A new study recently confirmed what we had long suspected…half the contractors in the United States are below average!

Do it Now!

Most people wait until spring to pursue their construction dreams. Don't do it! If you're contemplating a construction project with a Spring or Summer 2000 construction start, now is the time to dig-in (with the paperwork, that is). This leaves the fall and winter for site selection, feasibility studies, design, financing, regulatory applications, competitive bidding, etc. - all of which are non-construction items that can be performed in inclement weather. And remember -we offer assistance in all of the above (and much more) as part of our pre-construction services.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

The umbrella is one of history's oldest artifacts and has been around as long as the written word. Ancient civilizations not only used it as protection against rain and sun, but also as a ceremonial religious item. Egyptian priests and pharaohs were portrayed in the shade of an umbrella to signify power. Greeks saw umbrellas as signs of productivity and prowess and carried them in parades

Tips for an Effective Web Site

Whether you create your own web site in-house or use a professional designer, here are a few things to keep in mind… Keep it simple. The best pages are organized and uncluttered.

  • Avoid elaborate graphics in the background or large images.
  • Display who you are, what you do, and how to get more information.
  • Give your address and phone number. Some people prefer these to e-mail.
  • Make it easy to contact a person, or provide a link to an instant e-mail form.
  • Content should include the firm's specialties and capabilities, location, key people, and project photos and descriptions.
  • Have articles, news stories, and recent news releases to extend your public relations efforts.
  • Every additional page should have your firm's name and a link back to your home page.
  • If one of your pages is still in development, warn visitors so they won't waste time.
  • Update information by adding new items from time to time.
  • Promote the page in directories, in other browsers, and in search engines.
  • Promote your page through traditional print media. Have your internet address on your business cards, in your brochures, news releases, articles, technical papers, and all advertising.

Bet You Didn't Know…

  • Barbie's full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts.
  • A quarter has 119 grooves on its side. A dime has 118.
  • The average person consumes 600 sodas per year.
  • Fortune cookies were invented in the U.S. by Charles Jung in 1918.
  • A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4-foot child inside.
  • Polar bears are left-handed.
  • Bats exit caves to the left.

Getting' It Done

Wondering how to get your project off the ground? Search no further. We offer more than 36 years experience in the following key pre-construction areas: · Feasibility Studies · Certificate of need · Part One and Part Two applications · Financial Applications · Government Liasion · Initial Layout and Design · Cost Estimating…and more!

Off to another project - Corporation president (hence the name) Frank L. Hoffman really racks up the miles in a Beechcraft Bonanza V35B. Travelling at 180 knots (roughly 210 mph), this plane's quite an upgrade from N67WA, a Piper Cherokee 140 we sold last year.

Forget Hindsight…

Get Insight! We've all heard the saying that hindsight is always 20/20. It's a catchy way of saying that you won't make the same mistake(s) next time. In the construction business, mistakes cost money. They take time to correct and (someone call the cliché police) time is money. As an owner, you're the one who (unfortunately) picks up the tab. You can minimize both time and money on your next project by ensuring that you team with a firm that is experienced in healthcare facility construction and renovation. We offer more than 36 years of continuous healthcare-specific construction experience. Show some insight…give F. L. Hoffman Corporation a call.

Time Wasters

In the age of time management, it's almost bizarre that we could still waste time and resources. Here are ways we do:

  • Executives waste the equivalent of approximately six weeks a year trying to find things.
  • Businesspeople have up to 170 interactions each day, through phone calls, e-mail or hallway conversations.
  • Even though the 90's marked the arrival of the paperless workplace, office paper use has risen by 66%.

Maximizing Potential

The building construction process is most productive when a qualified Construction Manager provides a complete and efficient building service from the start of a project until its completion. From code review and preliminary design in conjunction with the project architect, through building construction, each aspect of the project is planned and managed to deliver a cost-effective and time-efficient project that satisfies the quality needs of the owner.
The CM-Advisor approach offers all of these advantanges and more. Simply hiring the "lowest bidder" on a set of completed plans limites 1) owner input regarding alternate methods and materials; 2) code compliance reviews; 3) owners ability to select known and trusted contractors and/or suppliers for selected portions of the work; and 4) the ability to determine feasibility until the after design is finalized.


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