Souder Brothers Construction 2021 Year in Review

We started 2020’s “Year in Review” post by saying:

What a year it has been!  Last year was not the one we were expecting, but it was a year we will remember forever.

That sentiment could very well apply to 2021 as well!  While this year has been calmer in some respects as we settle into a “new normal,” the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet a distant memory and continues to impact our work and lives.  Some effects are relatively minor: masks have joined keys, wallets, and phones on the list of things you don’t leave home without.  Video chat apps like Zoom and FaceTime are ubiquitous as email and text messages.  Terms like “social distancing” and “vax” have entered our vernacular and won’t be disappearing very soon.

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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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Disaster Repair: From Recovery to Rebuild

When we hear the word “construction,” we may tend to think of new builds or planned renovation projects, but some of the most critical construction work happens in response to natural disasters.  In September, Hurricane Ida brought heavy rains and flooding to the greater Philadelphia area, presenting many business owners with unplanned cleanup and repair.  Over the years, Souder Brothers Construction has assisted in many of these restoration projects.  Here we’ll present some general considerations for dealing with the aftermath of uncontrollable events like hurricane storm surges, then discuss how our company in particular is uniquely suited to tackle disaster repair work.

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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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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: 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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