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 saves money over time because The Bautex Wall System is energy-efficient.
  • 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.