February 2023 - Lakewood Construction

5 Things We Do to be Good Stewards of Your Resources

A commercial construction project is likely one of the largest investments you will make as a business owner. We understand that which is why we have the plans in place to ensure we steward your resources in the best possible way to achieve your goals.

When you decide to place your trust and resources in the hands of Lakewood Construction, we do not take it lightly. The five things we do to be good stewards of your resources are time-tested and trusted disciplines that we have learned over the last 50 years.



Your goals are our top priority, and we’re not just saying that, we mean it.

In construction projects, goals are discussed at the start, a plan is put in place and then the shovel goes into the ground. If your goals are not being intentionally kept top of mind then as the heat picks up in the construction process, they can get lost in the shuffle and put on the back burner. The project can shift from being client goal oriented to just trying to reach the finish line. At Lakewood, we’re not in the business of providing that type of building experience.

The Lakewood difference is when the heat picks up in the construction process, your goals remain our top priority. We like to think of your goals as our home base. They are what we come back to, and ground ourselves in, when decisions need to be made. That way no matter what decision we are making, big or small, it is being made in support of your goals. It takes an extreme amount of intentionality, and in the end, it makes all the difference. After all, success is not just about reaching the finish line on a project, it is seeing your project goals become a reality. 


We believe in telling you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. While we know these conversations can sometimes feel frustrating in the moment, we know that they are necessary for keeping you on the path to success.

While we try to plan for anything and everything, each project brings with it its own set of unknowns. There are many external factors that can impact projects, and when those things do happen, you can rest assured that we are going to communicate that with you and come prepared with alternative solutions.

While there are likely going to be bumps in the road, there is always a solution. The key is communicating early and often so we can create the best approach and prevent a mole hill from becoming a mountain.


We truly are stronger together than we are apart. Cliché?  Yes. True? Also, yes!

The relationships we have built over the last 50+ years have been built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect, which leads to a project team that is constantly looking out for you and for each other. This also leads to a project team that holds themselves accountable to continue those well established relationships.

Lakewood is known as a builder of teams. That team includes you, our partners, trade contractors, local municipalities, and the many other hands that it takes to make a construction project go.

After all, a rising tide lifts all boats. We bring these professionals to the table to ensure no detail gets overlooked, we don’t run into hard stops or surprises down the road, and we can create the best plan for YOU.


This may seem like an obvious one, but our best-in-class workforce and industry experience allows us to invest your resources in a way that gives you the best bang for your buck. A project is only as good as the people behind it. We come together and combine our individual experience, talents, and expertise into one tight-knit and collaborative team so that we can work through the best possible options that others may not think of.

Time and time again, our team has come together to push the norm, find better ways, be more efficient, and be the best to work with and for, all while keeping your goals at the center.


We understand that the future can be unpredictable, but we don’t want your construction projects to be. Through master planning, we are able to ensure that your project meets your needs now and for years to come. The key to a successful project is not only ending with success but starting with it.

We work closely with you and our local partners to survey your land (whether your project is an addition, new build, or just looking), and ensure that we know everything that is going to be necessary to make your project successful. Our architecture team will then use these plans to ensure that they design in a way that allows for not only your current project, but future additions down the road if desired.

We believe that by doing this, we are able to set you up for success down the road and minimize any surprises should you choose to build again.


Some of these things may seem like no-brainers, but we have found that they are things that can get overlooked and lost in the shuffle. It takes intentionality every day to ensure we continue to excel in these five areas.

The decision to select a commercial construction partner isn’t one that should be taken lightly. You want to rest assured that you are placing your trust in a partner who is going to have your best interest in mind when investing your resources. Beyond that, you want a partner that fits with your team and company. As much as we would love to be that partner for you, we want you to feel confident in your choice. If you are starting to think about construction project and want to learn how that may look for your company with us as a partner, please reach out to us at 616.392.6923 or hello@lakewoodinc.com. We would love the opportunity to learn more about your goals!