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As a business owner you probably know the type of investment and consideration it takes when deciding whether or not to build a new establishment for your business. As a business owner you also know how important it is to determine exactly how you will use the building and what purpose it will serve. Is it going to be used to a retail establishment or will it be used for warehouse purposes? Whatever the need may be it is a worthwhile investment that requires a great deal of consideration when it comes to the different aspects of the building you are looking to build. Let’s take a look at the different considerations that you should be making before you begin construction.

What Purpose Will the Building Serve?

When it comes to building a business, every single building that is built is simply a ‘shell’. The important stuff takes place behind those four walls. The goal for any commercial construction project is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the business that is taking place inside the building. If you want to build, let’s say, a retail establishment the process and the materials used will be much different from building a warehouse or storage facility. The same goes for a medical clinic, the aesthetics will be much different therefore requiring different resources and materials. What is most important is balancing the efficiency and the environment of the building to the cost of the construction. If you want to maximize your return on investment it is best to thoroughly understand your internal operations.

Will the Exterior of the Building Impact Business?

I know that we said a building is really just a ‘shell’ when it comes to the business you are operating but what if your business was a restaurant, retail shop, or a medical facility? Don’t you think it would matter what the outside looks like? For most businesses like those mentioned, an aesthetically pleasing exterior can mean the world of a difference when it determines whether a potential customers stops in to your establishment. There are businesses where this wouldn’t matter, such as online retailers or warehouse facilities. For this type of business a simple exterior would be maximizing efficiency for the business as this is not where the business appeal necessarily comes from. If you are a retailer that sells your products from your building, exterior appeal is extremely necessary. You want the look of your building to be cohesive with your brand image.

What Are the Site Conditions?

When it comes to building not all locations are created equal. The building site you choose may have different soil types, an incline, or a regulation of some sort. You need to determine how these factors might affect the building process. Certain types of soil, for instance, can be more expensive to build on than others. Similarly, building on an incline will require more landscaping costs and earth-moving than building on a flat terrain. Also, some towns and cities have zoning requirements that state a building’s exterior must be stone or brick in order to build in that area.

In the end, without understanding a potential building’s function and location needs, it is impossible for a contractor to predict the costs of the commercial construction project. It is important that you, as the business owner, get in touch with your commercial builder to determine all of these specific elements that go into the building project so that we can build you a maximally efficient building for your business needs. If you would like to discuss your plans for building an efficient building for your business needs please contact us for more details and to schedule a time to sit down together.

When we meet with clients to discuss a potential project there are many factors that we cover with them and one of the most important factors is building a safe and secure building. We take pride in every project that we complete. Our primary goal continues to be to build a safe and secure building for your business.

When designing and building a facility for safety and security, it requires a proactive approach that anticipates-and then protects- the building occupants, resources,  and structure from different types of hazards. The first step is to determine what types of risks these hazards can impose. We then analyze these risks and weigh them against the vulnerabilities that are specific to the site or facility. Based on these findings we then give our recommendations on the appropriate safety and security measures to the  project owner and what they should implement.

When designing with safety and security in mind there is a balance of operational, technical, and physical safety methods that all play a part. For example, to protect a facility from unwanted intruders, an operational approach might stress the need for security guards around the clock, a technical approach might suggest for camera surveillance and alarms, and a physical approach might suggest the use of locked doorways or key card entry systems.  Structural and non-structural strategies are also useful when it comes to risk reduction and safety. Structural strategies include focusing on certain building components that carry gravity, wind, seismic and other loads, such a columns, beams, foundations, and braces. For non-structural strategies the focus is put on risks that may arise from damage to non-load-bearing building components such as partitions, decorative ornamentation, and cladding; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components such as HVAC, life safety, and utility systems; furniture, fixtures and equipment such as desks, shelves, and other materials. In the non-structural strategy we determine ways to secure these elements to the structure or keep them in a position to minimize damage and functional disruption.

One of the benefits of working with Dublin Building Systems for your next project is that we will oversee the project from beginning to end and make sure that the safety and security of your building is the number one priority. If you would like more information how our design-build process works, we would love to hear from you. Contact us here for more details!

When it comes to sustainable building or “building green” it seems as though everyone is jumping on the wagon. Reducing  our carbon foot print is smart and socially responsible so it’s no wonder that so many companies and businesses are looking for ways to build “green”.  The construction and building operations can have a huge impact on the environment, society, and economy which is why the field of sustainable design seeks to balance the needs of such areas with an integrated approach to design solutions.

Buildings use resources (energy, water, raw materials, and etc.), generate waste (occupant, construction and demolition), and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions. Building owners, designers, and builders all face a unique challenge to meet demands for new and renovated facilities that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on society, the environment, and the economy. When creating a building design there are several areas that a company should focus on if they are looking to build “green”.

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Your Site

Building “green” starts with proper site selection. Consider the reuse or rehabilitation of existing buildings. Also consider the ease and accessibility of existing roads, parking,  and public transportation. When building your facility consider such things like building position. Allow in as much daylight as possible by specifically designing your building with windows that maximize the amount of natural light throughout the interior spaces.  This will help you control electric lighting costs.  Also consider the amount of indigenous greenery that surrounds the site. This could help to reduce  heating costs and control and/or treat storm water runoff.

Energy Costs

When building green it is necessary that you find ways to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The government and private sector organizations are increasingly committing to building and operating net zero energy buildings as a way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel-derived energy. Here are a few ideas on cutting back on energy costs

  • Clerestories-glass partitions above interior walls to let more natural light in
  • Photo Voltaic Sun Shades
  • Color Rendering Lamps
  • Dimmable Electronic Ballasts

Protect & Conserve Water

Since freshwater is an increasingly scare resource in many parts of the country  it should be used efficiently. Reusing or recycling water for on-site use is something consider if/when feasible. Consider such things as…

  • Landscaping to reduce your need for irrigation
  • If you have the need for irrigation, consider a micro-irrigation system that delivers water to the grounds much more efficiently than traditional systems.
  • Use a gray water plumbing system
  • Consider a closed loop cooling tower

Building Materials & Space

It is critical to achieve an integrated and intelligent use of materials that maximizes their value, prevents upstream pollution, and conserves resources. A ‘green’ building is designed and operated to use and reuse materials in the most productive and sustainable way across its entire life cycle.

Indoor Air Quality

The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of a building has a significant impact on occupant health, comfort, and productivity. Among other attributes, a sustainable building maximizes day-lighting, has appropriate ventilation and moisture control, optimizes acoustic performance, and avoids the use of materials with high-VOC emissions. Principles of IEQ also emphasize occupant control over systems such as lighting and temperature.

By building green we can all do our part to help the environment and the people living in it. By taking these considerations for your next project you are prioritizing your environmental considerations throughout all aspects of design-build process and achieving your sustainability goals.

So many details go into creating and building a business. There is the brainstorming process,  building the business, and finally building…the building. There are several aspects that go into building a commercial building and it is important to find a design-build firm that is going to work closely with you every step of the way to ensure all bases are covered. One benefit of working with a Design-Build firm is that they will make sure to inspect every detail carefully and see that your facility is  built not only efficiently but effectively as well. Here are five areas you want to give sufficient detail to when building an occupant-friendly facility.

Restrooms

This goes without saying that every aspect of the building reflects your company. Making sure that your restrooms are a sufficient size for the amount of employees you employ is only one area to focus on. Put extra detail into the aesthetics of the restroom (faucets, sinks, mirrors, overall size); all of these details make a huge difference.

 Hallways & Walkways

With sedentary work styles becoming more prevalent it is important to encourage movement throughout the day. Maybe this means that you include wider walk spaces throughout the building or position the main workstations (copiers, fax machines, coffee pot) in the center of the building to encourage more movement and walking.

Foyer/ Entrance Areas 

First impressions are everything so designing a welcoming entrance is very important. The height of the ceiling, the amount of windows, and even the amount of foliage present will make a very big difference in how a company is perceived (upon first impressions of course). An added bonus to adding some foliage around the building or office is that individuals who work in places that have such foliage report increased satisfaction and concentration levels.

Overall Work space 

Considering how much of the employees’ salaries take up the company’s budget it is important to make sure that you are re-investing in their workplace happiness and harmony. When designing your building you want to make sure to create an environment that encourages both formal and informal collaboration among one another. Think about creating spaces where they can go to relax on a break or a functional, yet creative meeting space where the best ideas are usually born.

When you are ready to build your company establishment you can be sure that Dublin Building Systems will cover all of these bases and more. We know how important it is to build a functional building for your employees and a building that represents your company to the fullest. If you are interested in working with Dublin Building Systems on your next project, get in touch with us here, we would love to hear from you!

The design build process has been around for thousands of years but it wasn’t until the early nineties that the term ‘Design-Build’ was a coined phrase among the building industry. The term design build is a method of project delivery in which a construction company- or a design-build firm- works under a single contract with the project owner to provide the design and construction services starting from initial idea conception to the completion of the project. When this method of building is adopted there are many benefits that you as the client will appreciate.

Design-Build Benefit #1- Time savings

It is proven that choosing the design-build process for your project will reduce the duration of the project. By starting the design process earlier this helps to reduce possible delays on the project.

Design-Build Benefit #2- Early knowledge of the firm price

The Dublin Building Systems team will work to select the most cost-effective materials and methods before design of your project is finalized. This allows us to provide more accurate costs and a better schedule for your project.

Design-Build Benefit #3- Increases owner satisfaction

Can you imagine having to communicate with multiple points of contact for different stages in your building process? Since you will only have to work with one firm it is known as a more “user-friendly” process for the project owner therefore creating more ease of communication.

Design-Build Benefit #4- Promotes innovation & value managementideas

Here at Dublin Building Systems we put the focus on the value of the project for the duration of the facilities useful life. We are not going to cut costs and jeopardize the quality of work. Value engineering is the most important part of the design-build process and we pride ourselves on that.

Design-Build Benefit #5- Single source of responsibility

Since there is only one contract in the whole building process the project owner will have complete control of the design-build process. This will also ensure that you, as the owner, and DBS, as the design-build firm are committed to the same success of the project.

Design-Build Benefit #6- Cost savings

By choosing to go with a design-build firm for your project you are eliminating possible conflicts between the designer and the contractor. When you only have one point of responsibility for both design and construction you can eliminate time delay on the project and have a more simplified contracting process therefore resulting in keeping more money in your pocket.

Call Dublin Building Systems to discuss additional benefits to the design-build process and how it can best serve you.

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