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10 Advantages of Architect-Led Design-Build

Ten Penny Construction teams with Gontram Architecture to deliver commercial projects via the Design-Build process.  Our unique process of architect-led design-build makes our Clients’ lives simpler by providing design and construction from a single source. The fact that we are architects and contractors gives our clients the distinct advantage of early budget confirmation, and the virtual elimination of surprises, delays, change orders, and cost overruns.

In the traditional Design-Bid-Build process, clients hire an Architect, who then designs the dream project for the Client.  It is then put out to bid to multiple general contractors, who provide a price, that may or may not be within the project budget, but is guaranteed to be ripe with potential change orders, surprises, and budget busters in the end.  It is a contentious process that puts the Owner between the design team and the construction team if a conflict arises, with multiple parties pointing fingers at each other.

In the Architect-led Design-Build process, everything is provided to the Owner thru a single-source, team approach.  The Architect and General Contractor work together from Day One to provide a successful project, within an initial budget, within the time allotted, and with no surprises.  And with a single source for design and construction, the owner doesn’t need to worry about playing referee.

At Ten Penny Construction, we make the complicated and stressful process of commercial design and construction predictable, economical, and enjoyable.  We’d like to help you with your project!  You can find out more about our process by downloading our FREE GUIDE.

Waste Industries Transfer Station Office Fitup Underway

Foam insulation in the wall around a plumbing rough-in.

Foam insulation in the wall around a plumbing rough-in.

Ten Penny Construction is well underway at the Durham Transfer Station.  This interior office fitup for Waste Industries is a small but fairly complicated project.  Complying with the NC Energy Code can be challenging for most buildings, but particularly so for pre-engineering metal buildings.  In this instance, the use of closed cell foam insulation was required under roof and in some wall cavities to augment or replace the standard insulation that comes with these structures.

This is Ten Penny Construction’s first use of ‘Closed Cell Sprayed-in Foam Insulation’ on a commercial project.  Technological and scientific advances continue to offer new and innovative solutions to a variety of construction related Materials along with their Methods of Application.


Framing underway.

Foam insulation on the underside of the metal roof panels.

Foam insulation on the underside of the metal roof panels.

Sheetrock finishing work begins next week.

NCSBA 2nd Floor Office Upfit Moves Along

We are currently underway with a dual Suite renovation at the North Carolina School Board Association Building at 7208 Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh.  After the very well received full Suite renovation for Terramor Homes on the second floor, Ten Penny Construction is now back at work finishing-off the remainder of the outdated Suites on the second floor.  Work is progressing nicely with an anticipated finish date in early October.

Now Hiring! Commercial Construction Superintendent

Ten Penny Construction (a small Architect-led Design-Build company in Raleigh, NC) is seeking a Superintendent with at least 3+ years of commercial construction experience for the Raleigh-Durham, NC region. Superintendents will work closely with all members of the project team and supervise all craft employees and will be responsible for the following: Oversee, manage, and mentor Assistant Superintendents, Create construction schedules (perform regular updates, monitor logic relationships, and insert new activities and impacts), Coordinate jobsite logistics and maintain relationships with neighboring occupants, Negotiate with Authorities Having Jurisdiction to achieve project occupancy milestones, Manage job site safety program, Coordinate subcontractor work scopes and scheduling, and Professionally represent Ten Penny Construction as primary contact with Owner and Design Team. We are looking for a pro-active, flexible, detail-oriented team player with the ability to manage multiple tasks, produce quality work, and consistently meet deadlines. The successful candidate will possess: Excellent listening skills and have strong communication skills, Ability to identify and resolve complex issues, Effective participation in team environment, Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, and Scheduling software (MS Project or similar), 3+ years of experience as a Commercial Construction Superintendent, Bachelor’s degree a plus but not required, A strong work ethic and a “can-do” attitude. Contact:

Free NCAA Pool! #GAPool

GANCAAgifTen Penny Construction and Gontram Architecture have (again) teamed up to sponsor a FREE NCAA Pool this March.

Brackets coming 8:00 PM, March 15th!

To subscribe to the NCAA Pool, click HERE.  We will send you a special invitation when it is time to make your picks!

A March Tradition, the Gontram Architecture Pool is a FREE pool, open to (almost) anyone, with great prizes for the winners (and some losers).

IT’S FREE! It doesn’t cost a penny to play! That way, we don’t have a problem with the authorities, no one gets arrested, and everyone has a great time!

As always, there are lots of great prizes!

In March, our online bracket will be available immediately after the pairings are announced on Selection Sunday. Completed brackets are due by 11:00 AM EDT, Thursday, March 19th.

5 Ways Commercial Tenants Can Avoid Costly Mistakes

A must read post from Gontram Architecture for anyone considering commercial space…

NC Retail Assoc Basement

Framing is underway in the basement of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association building in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Ten Penny Construction and Gontram Architecture are reconfiguring some office space to make it more usable.  This project is on the heels of another project that completely renovated the 1st and 2nd floors of this 1925 building.

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