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Titus Contracting to Begin Alter Logistics Commercial Remodel Project

The Titus Contracting commercial remodeling team is currently working on a project in St Paul for Alter Logistics, a company specializing in shipping and receiving via barges, rail and trucking. Our team will be transforming one of their outdated buildings into a brand new space for their employees.

This commercial remodel will be a total overhaul; including all new plumbing, electrical and HVAC throughout the entire building. To run new waste lines for the plumbing, our team will need to saw cut through the floor, and a new RTU (roof top unit) will be added to the updated heating system. We will remove all the old walls in the existing space and re-frame the space with new steel stud walls. The remodel will also include grinding down the floors and coating them with an epoxy coating, and adding a new ACT grid ceiling.

The Titus Contracting team will be adding brand new offices, bathrooms and a conference room. We will also be creating a new locker room and separate break room for the Alter Logistics employees; including showers, new cabinetry and lockers. Our commercial remodelers will also be cutting a concrete wall on the west side of the building to add in a new aluminum store front door for easy access to their truck weigh scales.

Titus Contracting is excited to be working with Alter Logistics on the total overhaul of their building, helping to create a great new space for their employees. Take the “before” tour of the space and follow us for updates on this great new project!


Titus Contracting Completes New Papa Murphy’s

Titus Contracting recently finished the complete build-out of a brand new Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Lakeville, MN. Our commercial contracting team worked with the franchise owners to turn a former laundromat into the take-and-bake pizza chain’s newest location.

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This extensive interior build-out and remodel required demolishing the pre-existing interior space, including walls, ceiling, carpet, plumbing and electrical.

Once the old space was demolished, new walls, plumbing and electrical were added. A brand new ADA-compliant bathroom was created as well. The space was tiled, and a new industrial sink and cooler were added. The Titus Contracting commercial remodeling team set up the food assembly line and mixer to make the space functional.

Next, all the fun, finishing touches were added to give it the recognizable look of a Papa Murphy’s restaurant. This included wall signs, menu boards, door stickers and the signature outdoor sign. Titus Contracting is proud to have worked with the franchise owners of this brand new Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Lakeville to build a great new place for locals to enjoy.

If you would like more information on interior build outs in Lakeville or surrounding areas, give Titus Contracting a call at 952-746-7817. You can also Contact Us for a consultation.


Tips for Your Commercial Design Build: Designing a Space that Supports Culture, Community and Productivity

We know that your building is a reflection of you and your business. Authentic style can’t be forced, but this is where commercial design comes in! When you are a commercial property or business owner, you put a lot of thought into how to increase your business’ profits, how to attract more customers, and make it a better environment for your employees to work in. Titus Contracting specializes in commercial design and remodeling, and can help take care of all your business’ design needs. We have plenty of experience creating great looking commercial design and build in Eagan and surrounding areas. Our expert design team has put together some great tips when it comes to creating a great looking, efficiently working commercial property.

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Expand & Support Business

Add something that increases productivity. Do you need more room for specific amenities or products? Are you ready to integrate technology and a fresh new design into your commercial property? Give your office or building not only a face lift but also upgraded technology . Make your meeting rooms smart meetings rooms with the ability to reserve them remotely. And, surprisingly enough, a fresh paint job can instantly update your offices and conference rooms. Simply adding new paint and updated décor will create a brighter, more productive place for your employees to meet and work in.

Create Corporate Culture

You may have heard the term “culture” a lot recently. It can often be the driving force that attracts and keeps employees. People connect over shared experiences and stories. Give your employees more room by converting to an open floor plan or add amenities that will increase interaction and overall day-to-day well-being. Many companies are choosing to add small gyms, café’s, recreation rooms or larger break rooms (and even nap rooms!) to increase morale and thus increase productivity. Show your employees you believe in them and the work they are doing by investing in the business with additions or a remodel. Our job as commercial design builders is to help you create a space that reflects and enhances your values to support the natural curation of culture, with a better functioning and looking workplace.

Decrease Your Company’s Environmental Footprint
In the long run, a new commercial design or build could also help save you money on energy consumption. As doors, windows and lighting options become increasingly energy efficient, the ‘green’ possibilities are endless! You will not only save money on your power bill, but you are doing something good for the environment. Your employees and clients will appreciate it too!

Check out our testimonials and read all of the great things our commercial customers have said about us! Are you interested in learning more about commercial design builds in Eagan and surrounding areas? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or you Contact Us.


Radon Testing While in the Midst of Lower Level Renovation

This is a guest blog by AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service.

Radon is a real and scary carcinogenic gas that is often found lurking within lower levels of homes across the world. You may own a home right now that houses that very horror. But, you are in luck! There is no better time to have your basement or home tested for the presence of radon than while you are having your lower level remodeled.

A remodeling in your lower level involves a lot of ripping up the old to replace with the new. The exposed walls and other bits of basement that otherwise have not seen the light of day for many years offers up the perfect chance to get a radon tester down there. Radon testing is a quick and easy investigation that yields results in relatively short order.

Radon Testing for Homes

Very small cracks, those that are so small they are not visible to the naked eye, are all that radon needs to infiltrate your home. Thus, just about any house in existence offers the welcome opportunity. The existence of radon’s concentration within your home is dependent upon the amount of uranium existing in the rock and soil that surrounds it. Driving force (pressure differential) “pushes” the radon into your home, via the leak points.

Once you are aware of the presence of radon, you can indeed do something about it. Radon remediation can very easily be worked into most renovations. It is the perfect opportunity to have the work done. There are many different approaches you can take towards eliminating radon from the home.

A family of ventilation techniques (sealing, sump pump ventilation, block wall ventilation) are the current preferred means of radon reduction or removal across the world. Sealing involves caulking between joints and walls any openings. Utilizing epoxy sealants on openings or cracks in walls and floors will help seal up entry points. Sump pump ventilation involves sealing in and around the pump itself and utilizing an exhaust fan to send that air outside. Sump pumps being a number one culprit for encouragement of radon entry, this is a good measure to take. Block wall ventilation is just that, installing something of a piping and fan network to send the radon that enters outside of the home.

If radon is on your mind, it is time to have your home tested. If you already are in the process of a lower level renovation, testing and solutions can be applied to ensure a safer home. Risks for late in your life are minimized by dealing with issues like radon now.

Amerispec Home Inspection Service provides radon testing in addition to their home inspection services.


4 Ways We Can Make Tenant Improvement and Property Management Easier

If you are a commercial property owner, you have likely found that maintaining your Minneapolis real estate can be a full-time job. From the basics of everyday jobs, such as lawn care, to major overhauls like HVAC improvements, there is always something to be done. However, if your property needs tenant improvements, it doesn’t mean that you have to do all the work yourself. In fact, when you work with Titus Contracting, you can trust our commercial remodeling team to handle everything start to finish, minimizing how much time you need to take out of your busy schedule.

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How Does Working with Titus Contracting Benefit You?
As seasoned property management owners, you know you need a contractor you can trust, and you can call on us to provide many great services. Some of these include:

  1. Tenant Improvements – Don’t let property improvements take over your free time or weekends! We have a team of specialists who know what it takes to keep properties at their best. Whether it is a small improvement or something larger scale, such as installing a state-of-the-art gym or conference center, we know how to keep your property at its best.
  2. Construction – If you have recently purchased a piece of property for the purpose of building tenant units, then you need someone who knows the ins and outs of the process. From permits to special skill sets, we are able to help you make your dream a reality. We can work with you to ensure that the finished product is everything you imagined.
  3. Renovations – Is your property beginning to show its age? Perhaps you feel as though you can’t compete with newer lease-able locations in town. If so, then it is time for a renovation. Let us give your place a face lift so it will be more appealing to those looking for a new address.
  4. Build Outs – Does your commercial property have space that could be repurposed to be more efficient? There might be ways to reconfigure your space to attract the business you desire. We can help you determine how to get the most of your property.

If you are accustomed to taking care of your Minneapolis property’s every need, now is the time to let our experienced commercial contracting team help you out. After all, when you work with the trusted team of Titus Contracting, you know your property is in great hands, and you will be able to show off your new space with pride.

If you have questions about how Titus can help your property look its best, while you still have time for everything else, give us a call at 952-746-7817 or Contact Us for a consultation. We can’t wait to help make your life easier.


Titus Keeps Commercial Contractors on Task

Working with a commercial contractor can be a breeze when you hire a company like Titus Contracting—we handle every aspect in the oversight of your  renovation project. Your goals and our goals are  the same—getting you what you want out of your remodeling or construction project.

As a business owner, there are some important factors for you to consider when it comes to a project of this sort. As a commercial contractor serving the St Paul area, Titus Contracting would like to share some insight into working with commercial contractors,  and how we take care of you and your project throughout the remodeling process.

Budget

Before the start of your project, you will need to determine a rough budget. Once your budget is  in place, Titus Contracting will work with our subcontractors to ensure all aspects of your project can be completed. We have plenty of experience coming up with creative solutions to any design or budget issues. . At this point the pursuit of financing can commence. With a functioning and active budget, we then focus on the design and scheduling of your project to stay within that budget.

Design

You likely already have a vision of what you would like the outcome of your project to look like. Before getting under way, we will work with you to ensure those ideas meet your wants and needs, both for functionality and design.  Your well-qualified and thoroughly researched Titus design team will then begin planning out your construction project to meet all standards and codes. Once your plans are drawn up and approved, we will begin to create a schedule.

Schedule

Scheduling is of paramount importance in the new construction or remodeling process. We understand the importance of keeping your business running with minimal downtime, and will go over your project to determine a realistic deadline. We will work with our commercial remodeling team and subcontractors to ensure your project is running on schedule to meet that deadline. Titus Contracting will stay in steady contact with you and our commercial subcontractors making sure that any and all developments that may alter the schedule are acknowledged and dealt with.  We will also act as enforcers of the schedule, closely monitoring where things stand throughout the construction process, and promptly advising you of any changes or adjustments.

Titus Contracting is a commercial contractor serving St Paul and nearby areas. To learn more, give us a call at (952) 746-7817, or set up free consultation.


Major Party Room/Office Remodel for Windsor Gates Complex

We would like to share another recent KMS Management project: Windsor Gates in Brooklyn Park. For this commercial renovation, we’ve been working on many great, new updates to upgrade their apartment complex. This project includes completing a new party room and rental office area.

With the codes related to pools changing, many multi-family companies are downsizing to just one pool at their facilities. This was the case for Windsor Gates. The pool had not been used for a few years, leading the company to consider a major remodel of the area to convert it to useable space. We filled the pool and concrete was poured over it, creating 3,400 square feet of open space. We’re now remodeling this space to create their new party room and rental office area. This update also includes major HVAC upgrades, featuring two new RTU (rooftop units) fed down through the roof and spread through the open ceiling concept with spiral duct work.

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The Titus commercial remodeling crew will be framing and adding drywall to create new walls to divide the space into the party room and offices. Both the party room and future offices will require all new electrical, including new pendant lights and can lights throughout the space. The hallways will feature sconce lights. We will also be creating new men’s and women’s bathrooms for these spaces. This will include all new tile and plumbing.

For the exterior portion of the remodel, we have cut through the brick facade to create four new 5 foot by 5 foot windows, to add plenty of natural light to the new interior space. To comply with city and state codes and to ensure usability of this new space for all, we added a new 80 foot long ADA ramp. The ramp features fully code-compliant railings, addressing the client’s concerns about making this space accessible to those with disabilities.

Would you like to learn more about the commercial renovation work we do in Brooklyn Park and the entire Twin Cities area? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or Contact Us.


Multi-Family Rooftop Remodel

We have another exciting project we wanted to share details about. We recently worked with KMS Management on a large multi-family remodeling project in Minneapolis.

We first began at The Calhoun, which is located in the high-demand, Uptown area. We worked alongside the property management firm and their architects to complete the design of this apartment complex.

Our team of commercial remodelers started by completely remodeling the apartment complex’s rooftop exterior deck; including the pool, barbeque, and social seating area. We brought this space up-to-date using maintenance-free products, and completed the grill area using stainless steel and granite. We also added a bar area and gas fire pit as finishing touches to this excellent rooftop entertainment space.

Below are some before, during and after photos of the rooftop remodel.

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We then moved to the front façade of the building. There are many new buildings in this area, creating a need for the owner to give the apartment community a more updated look. Using wood and steel, along with LED lighting and specialty signage, we were sure to make this commercial remodel meet the client’s needs for a fresh new look. A new product, called DI-NOC, from 3M, was used to give the columns a chic new look. This is a specialty film that can give existing finishes an updated look without completely replacing everything.

Continuing to modernize the look of the building, we renovated their signage both on the upper corner of the building and by adding a new marquee sign alongside the front steps. We also wrapped the front retaining wall in aluminum for added curb appeal. Other updates we did to the front entryway include: adding a new eyebrow to the upper porch (again, using the DI-NOC), and on the underside, adding a beautiful cedar plank ceiling.

Here are some before and after photos from the remodeling work we did around the front of the building.

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Our team is now working in Brooklyn Park at the KMS Windsor Gates complex. Stay tuned for more on that project!

Are you interested in learning more about our commercial remodeling in the Twin Cities area? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.


Special Project: Hyatt Regency Renovations

We have another special project we want to tell you all about! Our commercial remodeling team recently completed a project for the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. We handled a variety of commercial renovations and hotel updates for them.

The new Building Engineer for the Hyatt Regency contacted Titus Contracting to bid out various commercial remodeling projects throughout the facility. One of the projects was the remodel of two of their bathroom facilities.

The bathrooms were in dire need of a facelift. Titus Contracting aided in the design and selection of materials, and completed the bathroom remodels in a very tight time frame. Since the bathrooms were linked to the hotel’s conference facilities, they needed them to be finished with minimal downtime.

Our commercial remodeling team at Titus Contracting also completed high-tech hardware updates, completed room remodels, replaced doors, and completed millwork for this upscale hotel.

Do you want to learn more about our commercial remodeling team in the Minneapolis area? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.


Special Project: Medtronic Monitoring Office

Medtronic Monitoring, a division of Medtronic, was looking for a commercial remodeling company in the St Paul area to help design and build their Research and Development Office in St Paul. After interviewing multiple commercial design and build contractors, Medtronic Monitoring selected Titus Contracting for the job.

After we provided a few different concepts for their office remodeling project, they selected and approved the final concept. The design phase of their remodeling project was completed in March 2015, and we began the construction phase in May 2015, after we submitted the proper work permits to the City of St Paul.

Originally, Medtronic Monitoring’s building was all office space, but they wanted to include warehouse space. We removed the offices from the back of the building to create room for their warehouse. This included removing the ceiling, carpet, and all the finishings to open up the space. We also opened up the back wall and installed a new garage door to their warehouse. To finish, we put vinyl tile and all new lighting in the warehouse, put up a wall between the warehouse and offices and painted throughout the entire building.

We completed this commercial remodeling project on schedule and on budget for Medtronic, giving the company their much-needed remodeled office. The management at Medtronic was thrilled that we were able to complete their project as promised: on budget, and on time, so they could begin working on their own projects in their new space.

Are you interested in learning more about commercial remodeling in St Paul or throughout the entire Twin Cities area? Call Titus Contracting at 952-746-7817 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.