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Healthcare in Rural Communities: Meeting Patients Where They Are

“In 2018, we will continue to see healthcare services moving from inpatient to outpatient facilities…” – Building Design & Construction Magazine Even with a complicated subject like healthcare, there are a few things that almost everyone can agree on: Healthcare costs are rising, and Baby Boomers are aging, and Patients are demanding more convenient access […]

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Getting Better With Age: Construction Tips For Senior Living Facilities

Renovation of existing (and occupied) senior living spaces requires top-notch teamwork, experience, and communication to minimize disruption. Working with a trusted, proven partner can help mitigate disruption for residents, resulting in a smoother makeover. Here are five tips for successfully negotiating the obstacles associated with expanding and renovating occupied senior housing facilities: Play it safe. […]

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What’s the secret to building a better parking structure? Partnership.

Parking structures don’t get much respect. In fact, they are often an architectural afterthought, a supporting player to the main attraction. But Shockey is helping to change that approach to thinking about parking. Today’s parking garage owners are looking for well-designed, high-quality structures that add value to any type of project. At Shockey, we spend […]

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Alternate Construction Delivery for K-12 Schools: Construction Manager At Risk | Shockey Builds

For school districts in Virginia and Maryland, construction delivery methods now include an option that, until recently, was only available in the private sector. The traditional method for building a project in the public sector has been the design/bid/build model, where the construction award goes to the lowest responsive bidder. Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) procurement […]

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4 Building Trends for K-12 Schools Today

The world of education is constantly changing, and so is the delivery of educational facilities in the K-12 realm. In the last 10 years, the Shockey team has built nearly 4 million square-feet of educational space.  Here are a few of the K-12 building trends we’ve identified for the coming years: 1. Lowest bid doesn’t mean […]

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Building in places for student-centered creativity at MLK Jr. Middle School

When it opened in 2014, Richmond’s $40 million Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was hailed as “an architectural marvel” by the Richmond Times Dispatch. Shockey, together with the architecture firm of BCWH, replaced the city’s aging school with a progressive and high-performance new facility that incorporated some elements of the previous building. Along with multiple community […]

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Dedication Ceremony held for Loudoun County’s Newest School

It’s official! Brambleton Middle School formally became Loudoun County’s 90th school during the dedication ceremony held on October 20th. “You can tell the building was designed with learning in mind,” said Principal Renee Dawson. Officials say the design of Loudoun County’s newest public school is a first for the school system. The building includes a glass-enclosed crosswalk […]

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Shockey’s Richmond Office Continues Steady Growth

Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., a 121-year-old construction firm, has been quietly expanding in downtown Richmond for the last five years to better serve its central Virginia clients and position itself for more growth. The firm, which focuses on providing construction services to national and regional business owners, governments, and institutions, has accelerated its strategic […]

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