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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.

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