Commercial Construction: Is it Better to Build, Remodel or Expand?

A good business is one that can grow and change. You hire new people, develop new skills, and invest in innovative technology.

Sometimes that growth means outgrowing your space. After enough time in business, many companies reach a crossroads: Do they remodel, expand, or build something new?

If you’re considering commercial construction in the greater Philadelphia area, it’s a smart idea to educate yourself on the pros and cons of all three options.

 

New Construction

Let’s say you started your business in the center of your town with two or three employees. Most of your customers were within walking distance.

That was 10 years ago. Now you have 30 employees, your clients come from all over the place, and you’ve decided it’s time for a new home. Here are some benefits and disadvantages of new construction.

3D Construction Rendering in PA
3D Rendering of Residential New Construction – Doylestown, PA

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Commercial Renovation Case Study: Doylestown Accounting Office

Objective:

Turn a dated, cramped, mismatched office space in Doylestown into a beautiful state-of-the-art work environment.

Challenges:

1. Perform construction work while the building was occupied.
2. Fit additional storage into existing office space.
3. Add state of the art equipment for a more functional workspace.

Our customer was looking to update their office space and make it more user friendly. Their space was dated and had mismatched furniture and desks. Souder Brothers got involved from the very beginning of the project with drawing the floor plans, finalizing the space planning, and performing the commercial construction work as a true one-stop shop.

Commercial Construction: Doylestown Office

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Office Renovation Trends & Tips

Bringing an outdated office space into the 21st century is one of our specialties here at Souder Brothers. Clients come to us all the time with a desire to renovate, but no idea where to start.

As a one-stop shop design/build firm, we have the expertise and the experience to give you the most efficient space possible for your needs through an office renovation for your facility in Pennsylvania & the greater Philadelphia area. The planning stage of any commercial renovation is essential. Here are our top tips to maximize your renovation project:

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Curb Appeal: How Do I Know If My Business Is Due for a Commercial Fit-Out?

commercial fit out in PAHere’s the question: How exactly are you supposed to know when the time is right to begin a major renovation of your commercial property. For that matter, when is a good time to start even a partial fit-out, such as an upgrade to your entranceway and lobby? Or perhaps the installation of new windows? Or even a project as seemingly simple as a brick-repointing job or a new door?

As for the answer … well, if you own a commercial building but don’t happen to work in the commercial real estate or development trade yourself, the truth is that questions about the timing of a renovation aren’t always easy to answer. Because no matter how successful or debt-free your company is, the fact remains that spending superfluously is almost always a bad idea.

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Questions to Ask Before Starting a Commercial Fit-Out in PA

commercial fit out in PAAs with any construction project, a commercial fit-out in PA requires you to ask a lot of questions. By asking the right questions before you start, you can avoid some very major pitfalls once work is underway.

Here are some things you should consider before starting a commercial fit-out in PA.

How is the property zoned?

Zoning rules vary from community to community. It’s a good idea to look at the zoning regulations for the community for where you’re building before you build, particularly if the project involves changing the use of a building. You may need approval from the community’s zoning board before you can proceed with the work.

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Commercial Construction Trends of 2015

Upgrading a workspace can have an immeasurable impact on the morale of employees, and increase productivity levels. Check out some of the latest construction trends to consider for your commercial renovation!

Adjustable Height Desks

Desks from The Human Solution have many different design options, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your taste
Desks from The Human Solution have many different design options, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your taste

For commercial office spaces, standing desks and all things ergonomic are not new concepts, but they have been increasing in popularity over the last year or so. Our favorite choice for an adjustable height desk comes from The Human Solution. They’re customizable, and have an option for a memory keypad. This keypad can be programmed with four positions so you can easily change your position with the push of a button.

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Design-Build Projects – Working Together for Better Results

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Souder Brothers worked with the architect and the building owners to construct this new porte cochère and grand entrance at the Warrington Country Club in the dead of winter 2014/2015.

Let’s start with the basics. What is design-build construction project? It could be a residential or a commercial project – the defining characteristic of this project type is that the construction services are contracted by one single entity (the design-builder). Essentially, the contractor is responsible for all parties involved which leaves the business owner or homeowner free of the obligation of coordinating each step of the project and gives them more time to focus on their day to day business.

For a design-build project, the general contractor works very closely with the architect as a team. At Souder Brothers we work with a number of architects on a regular basis so we can be sure we are matching your project type with their expertise. If you are in need of architectural services and would like a recommendation, feel free to give us a call.

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