you’re in the construction industry, it can be hard to tell the difference
between commercial and residential construction. The two types of building work
are often lumped together under one umbrella term: “construction,”
but they are incredibly different from each other. Both types of buildings have
their own unique set of challenges and requirements when it comes to design and
building materials. These differences can especially impact how each type of
structure is built, how much it costs, and who is best suited to do the work.
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a business owner, you know that building a successful body shop or auto
dealership requires careful planning. Whether you’re starting from scratch or
adding to an existing operation, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
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Construction is a cyclical industry, so when it’s strong, it’s strong. When it’s weak, well…you get the picture. But right now, construction is in a boom period that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. That means 2023 construction will be exciting and full of new technology—but it may also be a bit chaotic for those who aren’t prepared. So, let’s take a look at the 2023 construction market, and what you can expect for your commercial property.
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In light of Employee Appreciation Day being last Friday, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing work our team has completed over the past few years. Let’s take a look at Manor College’s vet tech facilities, the unique challenges this renovation posed, and how our crew solved them to yield a state-of-the-art suite for the program’s students and faculty.
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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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If you’re putting off a commercial renovation project
because you are unsure of where to start or afraid to disrupt your work
environment, you are not alone. A commercial remodel project is a big undertaking.
We’ve compiled some tips on what you can do to make your renovation as stress
free as possible!
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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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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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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to design your dream home or office without having to worry about money? As that’s unfortunately not a reality for most of us, we’re here to help you out with a few tips on how to refine your office or home renovation concept to fit your budget.
Why Hire an Owner’s Rep – Project Manager?
Renovations, additions, and new construction projects are typically sizable undertakings that come with a lot of moving parts. There’s budgeting, planning, designing, scheduling, managing – it’s very easy to quickly become overwhelmed with how many aspects go into a successful renovation (especially when you’re trying to get it done smoothly, on time, and within budget).
What can you do to help ensure that your goal is accomplished in a timely manner, within (or as close to) your initial budget as possible? How can you undoubtedly know what avenues to explore to save the most money without sacrificing quality? How are you possibly going to hire and communicate with all the people necessary to make this happen?
If the idea of taking on a new renovation project seems daunting, then perhaps hiring an owner’s representative or project manager may be something for you to consider.
Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea:
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