Choosing the Best General Contractor for Your Commercial Project

In my thirty five years as a construction professional, I have heard and seen it all when it comes to selecting a commercial general contractor. Some of it funny enough for reality television (we’ll save those stories for another day). Take a look at a hypothetical project using $50mm for the d…

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Working Together to Serve our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

On any given day, DESC serves almost 3,500 clients. Half of this group, 1,679 to be exact, are safely housed now but were homeless when we first encountered them. Many live in buildings we own and operate, while some live in other housing but receive ongoing treatment or other services from DESC. …

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Rafn's Latest and Greatest Product Reviews 2016

For the second year in a row we thought it would be helpful to share some of the new products we have worked with this year. Each was created and used in response to a need in the marketplace whether for convenience, safety, or aesthetics. Dri-Eaz F284 DefendAir HEPA 500 Air Purifier By Mike…

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Maximizing Feedback from Customers

In our last issue you got to hear from one of our favorite business associates, Ann Amati. She shared a bit about how her unique approach provides a different level of customer feedback than a check the box survey. In this issue, I thought I would share a bit on the next step... what do we do with…

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Drying Out A Building During Construction

Wood is one of nature’s best building materials; sustainable, renewable, strong, and it grows on trees! But wood-framed structures, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, will invariably encounter rain before the building has its roof, windows, and siding on. To continue construction inside the b…

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