Commercial construction is an integral part of the American economy. According to IBISWorld, it is a $230 Billion industry, the 51st largest by market size. The entire construction industry employs more than 750,000 workers.
But it’s not always smooth sailing as commercial
construction market dynamics keep changing, so you must keep your finger on the
pulse of the industry to stay afloat. Here are trends and challenges to look
out for in 2022.
As we approach the end of another year, it’s a good time to reflect on trends we have observed with our projects in particular as well as the construction field in general. The pandemic has certainly affected approaches to building design, from temporary stopgaps to permanent fixtures. At the same time, some of these evolutions were already taking place, with COVID-19 merely accelerating their implementation. Here are three significant trends worth noting:
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 Beans Newtown CARSTAR:
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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