Souder Brothers Construction 2020 Year in Review

What a year it has been!  Last year was not the one we were expecting, but it was a year we will remember forever.  Although many industries began, and continue, to struggle, we also got to witness business owners digging deep to find new and creative ways to keep their business afloat under unprecedented circumstances.  From outdoor dining and zoom meetings to renovating offices for employee safety, 2020 was not short on creativity. 

We at Souder Brothers kept busy this year by improving the health and safety of our client’s businesses with general upgrades and renovations for their employees to come back to.  We would like to extend an enormous thank you to all of our clients who trusted us with this crucial task. We feel so fortunate that we are able to help businesses adjust to a new normal and bring their creative ideas to life. 

Two of our highlights from last year were our projects at Manor College and Fred BeansCARSTAR:

Manor College

Read more about the renovation journey for the Manor College dorms and see more transformation photos on our project page.  We discuss the challenges that we faced, how we overcame them, our client’s reaction, and more!

Constructed in the 1960s, the Manor College dorm was outdated. Boasting original design and finishes, the dorm did not align with the institution’s 21st-century programs and curriculum. Manor charged us with designing and renovating the dorm to elevate the college’s residence life and appeal. The essential priorities included upgrading to ADA-compliant bathrooms, updating kitchenettes, and modernizing dorm room aesthetics, complete with Blue Jay-inspired finishes and décor.

Fred Beans Newtown CARSTAR

Read more about the renovation journey for CARSTAR and see more transformation photos on our project page.  We discuss the challenges that we faced, how we overcame them, the final results, and more!

As a growing company, Fred Beans Newtown CARSTAR was quickly running out of adequate space for office teams, service staff, customers, and vehicles. They didn’t have enough workspace, customer waiting, or service bay areas to deliver their desired service level. To alleviate cramped workspaces for office and service staff and create ample accommodations to repair more vehicles, CARSTAR required commercial additions and construction to expand and reconfigure its interior and exterior operations.

Both of these projects were completed in 2020 and presented us with virus-related challenges we had never faced before.  Some of those challenges included new health and safety protocols as well as extended lead times for sourcing materials.   Their completion represents our dedication to doing whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality work for our clients and we are very proud of the results.   

We are so grateful to all of our clients who made 2020 an incredible year despite the many challenges thrown our way.  We plan to continue this momentum throughout 2021 and look forward to helping more businesses prepare for a new way of life and seeing them thrive as customers, employees, and residents return.    

New Auto Dealership Design Innovation

The way people are shopping and buying has dramatically changed from days of the past. Industry innovation and new business practices are bringing new life into car sales and service centers. Customers want to take their business somewhere with a professional and comfortable atmosphere where they can put their trust. We’re bringing you some interesting information on the emerging ideas in the auto sales and service industry.

Open Concept Floor Plan

Opening up the floor plan of your auto dealership can bring new life into your space and improve the mindset of both employees and customers. Knocking down walls and eliminating barriers from the staff will create a transparency between your business and your customers. Gone are the days of private cubicles and secluded offices. It is becoming more and more popular to increase sightlines and make your space feel as big as possible. This allows for smoother sales processes and a more enjoyable purchasing cycle for all parties. This can also create more space in the showroom to showcase your newest vehicles.

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Important Pre-Construction Items for your Commercial Renovation Project

The pre-construction phase of your project is an important phase that’s often overlooked. Why is it important, and what’s involved? Do I need pre-construction services? Let’s talk about it!

Not all projects are going to require pre-construction services, but they can be invaluable for complex and complicated commercial construction projects. Getting a general contractor involved early on in the process to work with the architect and engineers can help achieve a better overall project. Contractors are able to offer insight into the actual construction of a project, rather than it just being evaluated from generic calculations and code standpoints.

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Commercial Construction and the Importance of a Good Reputation

Here at Souder Brothers part of our business philosophy is to build a solid, long lasting relationship with our clients.

In the commercial construction industry, as in many others, repeat work speaks volumes about the quality of work and services provided. Working with customers, you already have an established relationship which makes everyone’s job easier. All parties have learned how to communicate and work together and there is a level of trust in place. A satisfied customer can be a great sales tool.commercial contractor philadelphia

Over the past 5 years, we’ve done a great deal of work at the various Fred Beans dealerships in Doylestown, PA (Bucks County), as well as in Flemington, NJ (Hunterdon County). Through our professional relationship with the team at Fred Beans, we’ve been able to help them create a more functional and upbeat work environment. When employees have a workspace they feel comfortable and confident in, productivity increases. Here’s what Fred Beans had to say about his experience working with Souder Brothers:

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