How to Start a Successful Commercial Construction Project
Are you planning a commercial construction project? Building a new structure or even doing a minor office remodel can be a lengthy, challenging process.
You need to understand the legal requirements and best practices to make your project a success. Here’s what you need to do before you can start construction.
1. Decide what you want to build
First, you need to have a general sense of the scope of your commercial construction project.
Are you remodeling a portion of your office or building an entirely new custom building? Do you want to build on property you already own or somewhere else?
You’ll need at least a general sense of your project to choose the best commercial contractor for your project.
2. Find a commercial contractor
The next thing you need to do is find a trustworthy commercial contractor. The contractor will help you throughout the planning, pre-construction, and construction phases of your project.
A good contractor will have all the proper licensing and insurance for your location. Their point of contact should be someone you feel comfortable working and communicating with throughout the project timeframe.
Make a list of contractors near you who are licensed, insured, and have experience with projects like yours. You can ask your network for referrals, check online reviews and testimonials, and examine contractors’ portfolios. Ask each contractor you are considering for references and be sure to check them.
3. Build a team
You’ll need more than just your commercial contractor on your team. Architects, engineers, and designers are all instrumental in making your commercial construction project come to life.
Your commercial contractor can help you find the best subcontractors for your project. This is another reason why it’s so important to start with an experienced local contractor — they’ve worked with local subcontractors before and know who will be most helpful with your project.
4. Choose a location
Site location should be one of the main factors determining the cost and future commercial success of your project. You’ll need to ensure the location meets your needs, supports your design, and is affordable.
Be careful of the physical conditions around your site. Think carefully about building in an area that easily floods, and make sure you have a plan to keep your construction project protected from common natural disasters. The conditions should be safe for both the people working on your project and the people who will enjoy your project after completion.
Consider several lots, even if you already have your heart set on one. Ask your contractor for their opinion on the best lot for your project. A commercial broker can also be extremely helpful to guide you through this process.
6. Find out what permits you need
Depending on where you build, you may need permits to begin your commercial construction project.
Your commercial contractor should have experience with the permit process from previous projects in your area. They can help you find out what permits you need and how to apply for them.
7. Check the costs
Before you commit to anything, make sure you can afford the project at hand. You don’t want to risk a delay or even an unfinished project, which can easily happen if you don’t have the money secured.
Your team will research the materials needed for construction in what is known as the design development phase. Ask your commercial contractor to estimate how much the project will cost.
8. Commit to a contract
After all of the above research has been completed, the team is ready to put together the contract documents. These include a final set of drawings, specs, costs, and timelines.
The contractor will submit this information as a tender, or proposal. After reviewing the information, you can enter the contract and let the building begin.
Commercial construction in the Pacific Northwest
At CPM, we are skilled commercial contractors with over thirty years of experience. We’ve been able to maintain many long-standing relationships with repeat clients by exceeding customers’ expectations for building quality and time management. Contact us today to learn how we can help you improve your commercial space.