Houston designer builds out an office for our new normal

It was serendipitous that Dan Pederson and Scott Konitzer were already planning to build a new garage with a usable second story when the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Globe gains momentum on data and video experience improvements, well-ahead of aggressive builds

Globe gains momentum on data and video experience improvements, well-ahead of aggressive builds

Globe has been consistently upgrading its network and accelerating infra builds as part of its efforts to provide better data experience and connectivity to its subscribers. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, Globe spent P51 billion in capex to increase its builds, putting up 139% more cell sites compared to 2018.  As a result, 4G base stations of the company increased, putting up 28% more than 2018, doubling the deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) sites, thus considerably adding more data capacity.

For 2020, the company committed to spend Php 50.3 billion in capex, a large portion of which is allotted for its network upgrade initiatives.  This year there is a lot of optimism to do more infrastructure builds with the implementation of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01 s. 2020 signed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, Anti-Red Tape Authority and other government agencies and the recent signing of the Bayanihan 2  We Recover As One Act, which aim to shorten the process of issuing permits to build. For the 2-month period from August to September, Globe was able to secure a total of 715 permits, this would enable builds in areas from Bangued in Northern Luzon to Butuan City in the Caraga Administrative Region in Northeastern Mindanao. Despite the pandemic, Globe’s critical skeletal workforce composed of engineers, installers, repairmen and other personnel has continued to work on network improvements and site builds to ensure unhampered connectivity for subscribers.

For 2021, Globe undertakes an even more aggressive network upgrade and expansion by focusing on 4G/LTE for a

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Highland Homes builds in NorthGrove community

Highland Homes is proud to be a part of the builder line up in the community of NorthGrove.

In proximity to The Woodlands, NorthGrove is located near major employers and transportation corridors and is zoned to the Magnolia ISD. With more than 200 acres of green space, towering cedars, pines and cypress trees, the residents live among the natural beauty of the Montgomery County area. This community features a spacious clubhouse with resort-style amenities including a pool, fitness center, children’s play area, dog park, on-site lifestyle director and full calendar or resident events.

Highland Homes has homes starting from the $270,000s and currently has five move-in ready homes that will be ready for the holidays with three, four and five bedroom options. Buyers can also build their own home with 14 home plans and 10 available homesites (including cul-de-sac lots). Buyers can schedule an appointment to tour the inventory homes or visit the model home at 8113 Triumph Bend Way in Magnolia.

Founded in 1985, Highland Homes is an employee-owned company that builds approximately 2,800 homes annually throughout Texas and is consistently ranked among the top new homebuilders in the nation. This year, Highland Homes was recognized by the Houston Chronicle readers as the Best of the Best Home Builder and is frequently listed among top builders by J.D. Power and Associates. Highland has been recognized for its energy-efficient building measures, earning an Excellence in Energy Performance Award for building 28 percent above minimum Energy Star specifications.

For more information, call Tony Norris at 281-517-9874, email [email protected] or visit online at www.Highlandhomes. com.

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Consumers take the hit for new builds, home improvements

Rising, unpredictable costs of building commodities like engineered wood, combined with delayed or limited availability of products such as shingles and vinyl siding, are creating serious headaches for those in the construction industry.

“Most of what we consider commodities we can’t even get our hands on,” said Marshall Helmers, manager of Worthington’s Lampert Lumber.

“It’s taking two to three times as long to get certain items — OSB, treated lumber, treated deck boards, wide lumber — and some things have tripled in price.”

While the estimates Helmers provides contractors are normally valid for two to four weeks, that isn’t currently the case.

“We don’t hold estimates for even a week right now — we just can’t,” said Helmers.

“It’s required constant communication with our salesmen about what’s coming up with jobs, and we’ve been able to keep the jobs rolling but it takes way more communication about what’s usually a simple process because we spend so much time finding it, getting it and re-pricing it.”

Yes, COVID-19 is a key culprit in this dilemma; the hard shutdown earlier in 2020 served to create increased demand while limiting available supply.

“All these people stuck at home, not at their usual workplaces, looking around their houses, not spending as much money going to Twins games or other vacation venues, and they decided to do home improvement projects,” observed Kyle Johnson, owner/president of Johnson Builders & Realty.

“One of the most common home projects has been new decks, which require treated lumber,” he added.

“There are definitely headaches, but the good news is that we’re busy.”

Jeremy Whipple, owner of Worthington Building Materials, Pipestone Building Materials and Minneota Building Materials, is dealing with the tight supply chain on his end.

“Anything that’s run through factories is what’s hard to get, because factories being

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