Commercial construction can be an expensive proposition for a business. I’m not talking the cost of creating a new building, we all know that can be steep, I’m really thinking about the cost a business often incurs changing its interior space to suit growing or shrinking areas of its business. Business needs change, but if each time a company launches a new unit or tries to keep up with the latest cool trend of putting executives in an office space without walls, or then realizes they need more conference rooms, they have to call in a demolition crew, well then this can be both costly and disruptive.
Commercial Construction Planning
Planning ahead with your commercial construction team can save you headaches later on in several different ways, including designing a flexible space that can be more easily shifted around, as well as reusing materials and design elements. The good old 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle apply to commercial construction projects as well!
First, think about the things that are most costly to move or change, like bathrooms and electrical panels and service. Can the new design work around their existing location? If an electrical panel must be moved, can it be reused? Have an expert take a look at the age and condition of your HVAC system. Can it handle the new design? This is not an area you want to skimp on when looking at a commercial construction project in hot and humid Florida or you could end up with a costlier mold problem later on. Plan a couple of possible redesigns ahead and see if your HVAC will be able to handle possible future configurations.
Commercial Construction Reuse
Sure when thinking about your new commercial construction project it’s tempting to buy everything shiny and new, but you may be able to cut costs by reusing some elements of your current interior. Maybe your work stations, file cabinets and chairs can still work. Perhaps rather than resurfacing a wall it can be repainted. Maybe shelves can be moved around to fit with the new design. Also take a look at light fixtures and see if any can be repurposed.
Your general contractor can be a great resource when planning your commercial construction project. In your own business, you probably wouldn’t change a process before consulting with the members of your team who execute that process. Commercial construction projects are quite similar. If you consult with your commercial general contractor during your design phase, then by performing a walk through they are likely to point out areas that can both save you money, as well as risks to consider with your project. This allows you to create a scope that will avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.
Some commercial general contractors like Synergy General Contracting, are design-build companies. This means that they can handle the project from start to finish, engaging the right architects and engineers to deliver a turnkey solution. The benefit of this approach is that when the team who will implement your office build out or renovation is working with the experts creating the design and plans, those creative ideas for commercial construction cost saving reuse get baked right into your project!