12 Things You Should Know When Constructing A Commercial Building
Commercial buildings constructed with Bautex Block save building owners money during and after construction because they are quick and easy to install, energy-efficient, durable, and disaster-resistant.
The Bautex Wall System also promotes productivity with good indoor environmental quality (IEQ). All of these features are vital to creating a financially sound and long-lasting commercial building that protects a business owner’s investment.
Detailed Planning and Preparation are Vital to Successful Commercial Building Projects
Business owners of new commercial building projects can protect their investments and save money during and after construction, with detailed preparation and planning.
Commercial buildings include offices, stores, schools, churches, gymnasiums, libraries, hospitals, museums, hospitals, jails, warehouses, etc. By 2050, commercial building floor space is predicted to reach 126.1 billion square feet, a 39 percent increase over 2017 levels.
The expansion in the commercial building market provides a financial opportunity to contractors and building owners; however, careful planning before construction is required to protect a building owner’s investment and ensure a long-term positive profit margin.
Twelve Things You Should Know When Constructing A Commercial Building
To preserve the value of the investment and reduce construction costs and long term expenses, here are twelve things building owners and project managers should consider when constructing a commercial building.
1. Size Matters
Determine the size of the building and the number of rooms needed currently and in the future. The size of these rooms should be considered as well.
2. Prepare for the Future
Commercial building design and methods should easily accommodate expansion or remodeling to reduce future costs to the building owner as business needs charge.
3. Budget for the Unexpected
It is vital for staying within budget when building a new commercial building that the business owner and contractor prepare a detailed expense list before beginning construction. A business owner should consider adding an extra 5 to 10 percent to the budget as a reserve in case of any unforeseen expenses during the construction process.
4. Obtain Permits & Financing Early
Early in the planning phase, building owners should obtain building permits and arrange the financing. It is vital to avoiding costly delays that the permits and funds are available as soon as the contractor is ready to start.
5. Hire the Best Building Team
Selecting the best contractor and architect for your commercial building project is crucial to the success of the project. Things to consider when choosing a contractor and architect include but are not limited to these factors.
Building owners should only select contractors and architects with experience building and designing commercial buildings.
Check for proper registration of contractor’s licenses according to government laws.
Ask the contractor or architect for a list of references from previous clients and take the time to inspect previous work completed by the contractor and architect.
Make sure the contractor and architect are up to date on the current construction methods.
Make sure the contractor and architect are up to date on the current construction codes and laws. Breaking any rule or law is costly and will delay your project.
6. Communication is Key
It’s vital to the success of a commercial building project that there is good communication between the building owners, project manager, and project team, including the contractors, subcontractors, architects, and designers. It’s advisable that the building owner and project managers take the time before construction begins to get acquainted and establish good communication, with the entire team.
7. Minimize Construction Time
During the design phase, select construction techniques that save time during the building process. Reducing the construction time lessens labor costs, decreases the amount business owners pay on the interest on the construction loan and allows the business to get to work and begin earning money to pay off their major investment.
8. Design for Indoor Environmental Quality
Design of a commercial build should prioritize excellent indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Good IEQ improves the comfort, safety, and productivity of the building’s occupants.
9. Reduce Maintenance Requirements
Constructing durable and Low-maintenance buildings is crucial for controlling long-term operating expenses. More robust building systems and finishes last longer, are less susceptible to damage, and require less maintenance. Buildings that are able to withstand severe weather and fluctuating weather conditions will also require less maintenance and upkeep over the life of the building.
10. Prevent Costly Weather Related Repairs
Disaster-resistance is critical for protecting a commercial building and its occupants from the increasing threats of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and wildfires. Disaster-resistant design also saves building owners on costly repairs after a serious natural disaster.
11. Utilize a Durable Wall System
The Bautex Wall System provides many of the features commercial building owners and project managers should consider when constructing a commercial building. Utilizing the Bautex Wall System creates a commercial building that protects the building owner’s investment and ensures a good return over time.
The Bautex Wall System saves time and money during construction because it is fast and easy to install.
A Bautex Block commercial building provides excellent IEQ to its occupants. A Bautex Block building is quiet, comfortable, and healthy because they are not prone to mold and do not contain volatile organic compounds.
Bautex Blocks are durable and low-maintenance because they are termite- and moisture-resistant, both of which will degrade the integrity of a building and lead to expensive repairs.
Bautex Blocks protect building owners investment because they are disaster-resistant. The Bautex Wall System has the resilience and strength to resist the severe winds and flying debris against the most powerful hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey. Bautex Blocks are also fire-resistant.
12. Design for Energy Efficiency
An energy-efficient design of a new commercial building is vital to controlling long-term expenses and improving a business’s profits. Notably, a recent Nielsen global survey on corporate social responsibility found that 55 percent of the respondents would pay extra for services and products produced from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact; an increase from 50 percent in 2012 and 45 percent in 2011.
Ensuring a building’s air and moisture resistance is essential to managing a structure’s integrity and value. Without air and moisture resistance, rot, mold, and mildew may occur which can degrade the indoor environmental quality of a building. An air and moisture barrier is also imperative to an energy-efficient commercial building design. Preserving the integrity and health of an energy-efficient building with an air and moisture barrier is an essential component of maintaining a building’s worth.
For more on preparing for your next commercial project, contact Bautex and speak with one of our construction professionals today.