How to Add Value to Your Commercial Building Project
In our previous blog about making sure your site is right, we touched on making sure the land is right for your building and proper drainage. Tip #4 and #5 cover project management and planning ahead.
Tip #4: Manage Your Project.
Your builder will look to you as the key decision maker and a new building easily involves hundreds of decisions. Keep in touch with your builder, communicate often, get involved as much as you are comfortable, but remember you have hired this professional to deliver your construction project.
There are a variety of options for managing your project, such as:
- Hiring a general contractor or independent construction manager
- Or you can be your own general manager - but be forewarned, this can be harder than it appears.
Whatever option you choose, be sure to monitor the quality of the workmanship, ability to meet deadlines and evidence that safety measures are being used. This is part of your risk management responsibilities during the building process.
Tip #5: Start Early and Plan Ahead.
It’s not too early to start and infuse your personality into the building. Lighting, colors, acoustics, and air quality all contribute to the interior mood of the indoor environment, as well as define the working atmosphere. Structural engineers and architects create a structurally sound building, but can also help with exterior designs. Your personality is important here, too. The old adage “form follows function” should be a good guiding rule and will help you stay within budget and construction feasibility.
A last word on design: make sure the plan meets all applicable building codes, including fire codes and other ordinances, regulations, and legal requirements mandated by local government authorities.
Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our customer engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.
About Angie Dobson
Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.