Commercial construction projects take on several different flavors, ranging from renovating an existing space with a tenant improvement allowance to a group-up project. Yet, you’ll need construction services for all of them. Here is the guide to construction services.
If you’re new to commercial construction, you may not realize the full extent of the types of construction services you need. For simplicity’s sake, you can divide the contribution service list into three broad categories: planning, build, and post-build.
It’s also important to understand that you can see a lot of overlap between the phases depending on who provides your general construction services. So, let’s jump right in.
The planning phase includes a few obvious inclusions, such as engineers and architects. These specialists provide a layout and ensure that your building or build-out meets code and your needs. You can use these plans for bids on the project.
This is also the point in the process where you select a general construction services provider. Sometimes, you hire the construction contractor first and let them recommend architects and engineers. Other people prefer getting the design done independently.
The construction contractor will help you develop a schedule. They provide points of contact for permit approvals and specialist subcontractors as well.
The build phase is where you need the most construction services. This is where a general construction services provider, such as Honey Construction Management, brings in their people to actually do most other work. Depending on your project, they’ll lay foundations, build walls, and install doors and windows.
They’ll also bring in specialist subcontractors. These specialists typically include electricians, plumbers, and roofers.
Are you planning a smart building? That can mean bringing in IT experts to help run cabling for computer networking purposes.
You may also want a third party with expertise in construction project management. They can represent you on routine site visits, monitor progress, and keep an eye on the budget.
The post-build phase deals less with specific construction services and more with construction-adjacent services. If you find a problem that wasn’t evident during the build, the construction services company will come back in and fix the problem in most cases.
You may need the help of a lawyer who specializes in commercial construction/real estate if there are any disputes. For example, if a subcontractor didn’t get paid, it can mean legal wrangling.
You will also face standard post-build inspections from the local government offices. Although, you must typically set these appointments.
Construction Services and You
Building a commercial building or simply building out a commercial space to suit your needs will take a lot of construction services. The good news for you is that you won’t directly hire most of those services.
Your main hire is the general construction services provider. They will hire most of the other service providers as subcontractors. If you want integrated information technology for a smart building, you might end up hiring an IT company.
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