Material prices still squeezing construction profit

While the cost of construction supplies edged down 0.2 percent in December, they still finished the year 5.3 percent above 2010 prices, according to a report from the  Association of General Contractors of America. Rising supply costs have cut into contractors’ bottom lines as they haven’t been able to increase what they charge by as […]

Freddy’s opens first of four planned restaurants

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened the first of  four new restaurants in the Colorado Springs area today. The restaurant chain opened in Monument and franchisee Kyle Gerstner said he plans to begin construction on another along the Powers Boulevard corridor in June. Freddy’s opened its first store in 2002 in Wichita, Kan. The Monument […]

Pikes Peak Hospice purchases HQ space

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care has purchased its first permanent headquarters at 2330 Tenderfoot Hill St. The organization has leased space throughout its 321 year history, most recently at St. Francis Health center, which is slated to close by year-end 2012. PPHCw ill open a regional hub at the Tenderfoot Hill location to resource […]

Colorado Springs Philharmonic performing at financial peak

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic seems to be hitting all the right notes these days. Executive director Nathan Newbrough made bold changes early in his tenure that have resulted in more music and bigger audiences. Newbrough inherited an orchestra that was coming out of bankruptcy and stilled mired in financial difficulties. While the former director put […]

Homeowners remodeling instead of building

Instead of building new houses in a troubled real estate market, homeowners have been remodeling. Building permits for new residential development between May and July were down 61 percent from the same period in 2006, the peak of the real estate boom in Colorado Springs. But permits for residential alterations – home remodeling projects – […]

LEED adds performance requirements

The U.S. Green Building Council will now require performance data before buildings can receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. “Today, there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of the […]