The Planning And Design Process For Commercial Office Renovations and Projects
It only takes a single glance at a construction site to see that there is a lot of work going on. But what many people don’t consider is all of the hard work that took place before the building ever began. The construction and planning of commercial projects is a massive undertaking. It requires studying the project, communicating with local governments, finding the right architects and contractors, designing the infrastructure, and so much more.
The majority of the work involved with commercial construction planning can be split into two stages. The first is a primarily conceptual stage that involves careful consideration of the goals and the recognition of any possible obstacles. The third stage is a project development portion where a budget and timeline are determined. Following is a closer look at what takes place during these stages.
The Conceptual Study Stage
There is very little cost associated with the conceptual stage. The point here is to let the client know what they can expect in terms of good and bad. It also presents them with a variety of options they will be able to choose from that will influence the next stage.
The first part of this stage usually involves a meeting with a group of commercial construction specialists, such as architects, estimators, and contractors. The project development company handling the planning and design will organize this meeting and contact the professionals attending.
The various professionals at the meeting will listen to the client’s needs and walk them through various pieces of information, such as field measurements and area availability. A specialist can help identify areas of the building and their potential profitability. Using this information, architectural drawings can be produced.
The client can then receive a study receipt that details all of the likely costs associated with the commercial project. They can use this information to determine if the building would provide a significant return or if changes need to be made before going forward.
The Development Stage
In the second stage, a concrete expense sheet and timeline are produced. This is where the client will begin working with a project manager. That manager will handle most of the communications with the architectures, contractors, and other workers on the project. Ideally, a project price is guaranteed, but that will depend on what construction planning and design firm the client is working with.
Official blueprints and project orders are developed. The planning company then begins a bidding process with local contractors. Most companies will allow clients to utilize their own sub-contractors as well if they prefer to do so.
The Building Process
Though not technically part of the planning and design process, it always ends with the building of the commercial property. There are very few successful design firms that don’t handle all three of these stages. After all, it’s impossible to provide an accurate estimate of expenses or a timeline if the same company isn’t handling the building process. And, in time, the building will be complete and the client will have a place for their business.
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