BIM is the process of digitizing construction sites and creating intelligent data for projects, with the goal of efficient document management, coordination, and simulation. It helps in making the best design decisions, improving building performance, and enhances collaboration, ultimately saving time and money and improving safety by avoiding rework.
There’s a good chance you’ve heard a commercial contractor rattle off a number of unfamiliar words in the past. Even if technical construction terms have been explained to you before, it’s easy to forget what they are when you don’t use them every day. We hope that this short glossary can serve as a refresher of the definitions of some common and other less-used construction phrases.
While most people are familiar with blueprints, you may or may not have heard of “as-built” drawings. In this post, in addition to defining as-builts, we want to explain why is it so important for owners, landlords, and property managers to ensure they have a copy of their property’s as-built drawings.
Choosing the lowest bid may save you money at the start of a project, but result in a much higher cost in the long-term. So, how can you find the right combination of price, quality, and qualifications? We’ve put together this guide for what to think about when comparing bids in order to select the best general contractor for your commercial construction project.
Signing away your right to lien can be risky, so here’s some tips to make sure you don’t get yourself into trouble by making a costly mistake with lien waivers.
An efficient punch list process will help to wrap things up and it gives the client/owner a chance to identify and request any final fixes so that they will be content with the final outcome of the project. We’ve identified some of the most common punch list items to watch out for and some tips to implement when it comes to managing a project punch list.
Why should you hire an experienced general contractor(GC) when the subcontractors are the ones that do most, if not all, of the actual construction? We’ve identified the top advantages hiring a GC to manage your commercial construction has over self-managing.
A TI is when you configure a rental space to meet the needs of a tenant, such as changing walls, floors, ceilings, lighting, and more. TI can be simple or complicated, depending on the space and the type of business, but we’ve created a list of common steps to provide an overview of what a tenant might expect when doing a commercial build-out.
Hiring a good general contractor to handle your tenant improvement construction will save you a lot of hassle and stress…but even the process of figuring out which general contractor to use can be daunting. We want you to be confident that you have chosen a construction partner that you can trust and will delivery high-quality results, so we’ve compiled a list of suggestions.
With so many businesses being forced to put operations on hold, we feel fortunate to be able to continue building (there are always less than 10 people on our construction sites at any given time). Even so, we have had to rethink the way we do things and examine all of our processes to ensure compliance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
With the ever increasing popularity of food delivery and catering, restaurants are having to come up with creative ways to meet high demand. Ghost kitchens are a great way to pump out large volumes of food without impacting the regular back of house restaurant operations. A general contractor such as Emerald Inc. is a great resource for kitchen owners/ investors because they will have experience building kitchens in many different cities and know exactly what is required to meet the rules and regulations, in addition to being familiar with which features and layouts will make kitchens the most efficient.
Many food trucks find that they can’t keep up with demand and that customers want their food outside of truck’s scheduled stops. If you’ve determined that it’s the right time to expand your food truck business by building a permanent location, there are several challenges you may encounter when it comes to building out your new space. We’ve pulled together some tips for expanding your brand to a brick and mortar location and to help make it a smooth, successful, and rewarding experience.
Different types of practices will use design in unique ways to reflect their type of business and clientele. Regardless, all medical facilities will want to design to make the environment feel clean, safe, and healing. Here is some inspiration for using design to help patients, staff, and other visitors have a positive experience in a medical office.
Is it possible that skyscrapers could be made mainly out of wood in the future? With the popularity of high-density structural (mass) timber/engineered wood ever increasing, some say yes. While many people are familiar with plywood, OSB, and particleboard, this post focuses on other lesser-known types of engineered wood.
What is a quality development? Quality is subjective, but buildings, structures, and sites should be sustainable and stand the test of time so that they will endure as a community asset for many generations. Commercial developments should support community identity and positively contribute to the overall character of an area.
Have you ever been into a dental office and noticed that it felt dull, boring, cold, and clinical? An amazing design can help a dentist’s brand awareness skyrocket, support efficient patient care, and stimulate the senses and emotions in a positive way. We’ve pulled together some design ideas that are sure to help make patients and workers feel content, comfortable, and at ease.
The vacant, commercial space descriptors “gray shell” and “vanilla shell” come in handy because empty buildings come in a variety of states, and it helps to know what to expect as far as how finished the inside is. So, whether you are a real estate agent, broker, property manager, or business owner, we want to help you by defining each type of “shell” and providing some insights about what they mean with regards to construction.
To determine which type of plumbing is the best for your commercial space it can help to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of plumbing material. Business owners, property managers, brokers, home owners, and more can all benefit from learning more about what to expect when deciding on the types of plumbing described here.
Drone usage in the construction industry increased by 239% in 2018 (Drone Base). So, why are builders adopting drones at such a rapid rate?
Every business has unique needs when it comes to floors. It can be overwhelming to consider all of the flooring options that are available, but it is possible to narrow down all of the alternatives and make the best choice for a particular space. To help in the quest to find the best flooring option for a specific commercial space, we’ve compiled a list of some great options and our thoughts on each.
When building out a new commercial space or remodeling, one of the biggest decisions our clients face is which type of flooring to choose. It’s important that flooring looks good, is durable, easy to maintain, and doesn’t break the bank. So, do concrete floors fit the bill?
Matching design personality with company culture can enhance brand awareness and set a proper, welcoming tone for visitors. This applies to offices, retail, restaurants, dental/medical practices, and much more.
Learning more about sustainable construction is perfect for green-curious entrepreneurs/ business owners, brokers that have clients with sustainable needs, property managers that wants to project their firm as environmentally friendly, and contractors with green savvy customers.
Due to the nature of the business, construction workers may be exposed to the hazards of unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy equipment, falling from heights, trench collapse, scaffold collapse, electrocution, repetitive motion injuries, silica dust, asbestos,...
It may be a good time to remodel the interior and/or exterior of your business if the company has grown bigger, demand for your product/services has increased, or your business strategy has shifted. But, is investing significant capital into giving your space a...
Value engineering is a term that comes up a lot when contractors and/or their clients want to minimize project costs. But, value engineering is different from simple cost-cutting.
Traditional Design-Bid-Build construction suffers from many downsides: Delays due to redesigns and rebids Increased fees due to redrawing and repricing Increased tension between owner, contractor, and design team Risk of losing financing due to delays Permitting...
If you are looking to improve your business space or want to build from scratch, there are several steps to consider. This blog series will highlight many of the steps that we help orchestrate to get you to a completed amazing space! Please reach out with questions...
We have recently reviewed the projects we have built over the last 10 years. Reviewing the past is valuable for many reasons including developing a deeper understanding of how and why things worked the way they did. It can also reveal trends, highlight...