Top 7 Trends and Challenges in Commercial Construction in 2022

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.

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2021 Trends in Construction

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: 

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Creating Safe and Profitable Outdoor Entertainment Spaces

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.

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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 Beans Newtown CARSTAR:

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Time is Money: 4 Tips for Completing Construction Projects on Time

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.

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Three Ways to Save Money During Your Commercial Renovation Project

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 renovation.

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The Souder Brothers Difference: How We Deliver Success

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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Six Signs It’s Time to Remodel Your Commercial Space

Are you proud of your business?

We don’t mean your employees or what you and they have accomplished. We mean the building itself. Are you happy with what you see when you walk in each day, or is time for a change?

Here are six signs it might be time to invest in some commercial building remodeling.

An old, terrible conference room in a crummy commercial building
If your conference room looks like this, it’s due for a remodel.

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Commercial Construction: Answers to Clients’ Frequently Asked Questions

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:

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Why You Should Invest in a Construction Budget

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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