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.