Inviting spaces for outdoor dining and entertainment aren’t just a fun way to improve your guests’ experience these days: during a pandemic, they may be your primary means of keeping your operation going. Restaurants and other entertainment businesses with existing outdoor service spaces had a leg-up on the competition, and those who did not quickly pivoted to be able to serve guests in safe, open-air environments.
Whether you have an existing outdoor space you’re remodeling to better comply with social distancing regulations, or are designing an al fresco entertainment area for the first time, here are some tips for ensuring your commercial patio or deck accommodates your guests in a safe, comfortable, and appealing fashion.
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:
Constructed in the 1960s, the Manor College dorm was outdated.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.
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.
When embarking on a construction project, each day that passes on an unfinished site is a day that the space could be open for business and potential revenue is being lost. We understand that time is money and do our best to work efficiently with our clients to meet their deadlines. Here are 4 tips for helping your general contractor stay on schedule and to ensure you’re completing construction projects on time.
If you’re about to start a commercial renovation project,
there are a lot of things to consider. Schedules, budgets, design selections,
and so much more. Nobody wants to overpay for any type of service, including
construction. Here are a few of our tips on how to save money during your
Does your contractor care about your project as much as you do? They should!
Here at Souder Brothers, the success of a project and the happiness of our clients is our top priority. Good enough is not good enough for us. What’s the difference between us and the other guy? Let us tell you:
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When business owners or managers are faced with heading up a construction project they may feel overwhelmed if it’s a new experience for them. You might be thinking: ‘where do I start?’ If you’re in the planning phase of your project you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Are you considering a major construction project, but not sure if it fits into your budget? How can you protect yourself from going too far down a path only to find out that you can’t afford it? Too often we hear about owners getting unrealistic budget numbers (or not even getting a preliminary budget cost), spending a significant amount of money on architects, engineers, and construction documents, and finding out after they’ve already invested thousands that their plan is over their budget. Let us help you make sure this doesn’t happen to you!
For large (and small) construction projects, a good starting point is to get a realistic budget from an industry expert. A good general contractor will be able to provide ballpark line item costs for your project based on their knowledge and experience from past projects. Many contractors do charge a fee for these services. In an ideal world, we like to get involved with a construction project as early as possible during the planning phase and work with the architect to provide our clients with the best experience and service possible.
Why should you pay for budget pricing up front? Think about it this way: you can either a) pay a minimal fee up front to a contractor to get a realistic budget for your project and adjust your plans as necessary or b) make a significantly larger investment to get full-blown design drawings and risk finding out that your project is over budget before it even starts.
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In our last blog we talked about the responsibilities of a project manager. Another essential member of your construction team is the superintendent or field supervisor. This person will be on site every day for the duration of your project. Your superintendent will report to the project manager and is responsible for managing the day to day activities of construction on the job site, including coordinating with any specialty contractors that will be working on the project.
At Souder Brothers our superintendents are always working superintendents. What does this mean to you? We don’t have supervisors who stand around all day and ‘supervise’. Our field supervisors are working with their hands contributing to the progress of the project while simultaneously supervising our other carpenters on site as well as the other trades. They’ll keep track of the schedule to make sure tasks are being completed in the proper order to keep the project moving forward.
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Knowing the roles of each member of your construction team is important. When you are interviewing general contractors for your project, make sure you know who will be part of your team. Some companies hand off responsibilities between the estimating and actual construction stages of the project, so the person you meet up front may no longer be involved when the project gets underway. It would be in your best interest to meet the whole team before deciding to move forward to make sure that you have a good feeling about your future project manager and everyone else involved. You’ll be working closely with them through the rest of your project. At Souder Brothers you will have the same team dedicated to your project from start to finish. Our goal is to build strong, lasting relationships with our clients.
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