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COMMERCIAL BUILDS – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLOORING

When you walk into a business, do you take the time to notice the flooring?  You probably only do if there is a problem or if it is a crazy color.

When planning a project, it is important to choose the right flooring that can last many years. You want to make sure the flooring can withstand the commercial day-to-day foot traffic and be easy to maintain; all while staying within the project budget. Additionally – it is important to remember that different areas may require a different type of flooring.

When working with an experienced construction firm like CBI, you can be certain that your project will follow a general timeline, stick to budget and you will be given the very best options for materials. Here is a list of things to consider when choosing the right flooring for your project.

FUNCTION AND SPACE

When figuring out the best flooring, one of the most important factors to consider is how the space will be used. If the space will have a great deal of foot traffic, it is important that the flooring is durable and easy to maintain.  For apartments, hotels, and restaurants, the flooring that you choose should be able to withstand spills and stains in addition to the heavy foot traffic. However, medical facilities need durable flooring that can withstand foot traffic, rolling equipment, beds, and can be easily cleaned. The function of the space will greatly determine whether the flooring can withstand the intended use and help with choosing the materials.

MAINTENANCE

Many commercial facilities require a hard floor surface for easy maintenance.  However, some buildings do need carpeting. Carpet can require more maintenance for cleaning — but there are some good options when it comes to. Some hard floor options require more maintenance beyond sweeping and mopping — some need to be buffed or waxed.

There are flooring options for any maintenance level you are looking for.  It is important to know your budget and then decide what is important for you as far as maintenance and upkeep for your floors. 

BUDGET AND FINANCING

Flooring can easily become your highest expense in your commercial build if not planned out.  You want to make sure you set the budget at the beginning, choose the look, maintenance level, and durability. 

That said, durable, attractive flooring can often come at a premium price, and your ideal option may not work with the project’s budget. Consider how much money is available for your flooring and let it guide you when selecting your materials.

FLOOR OPTIONS

When it comes to flooring options it can become overwhelming as there are many types available to choose from. These include solid wood, engineered hardwood, terrazzo, laminate wood, luxury vinyl tile, modular carpet tile, epoxy, and quarry tile — and more.

All options are relatively durable and low maintenance; however, they each have their own advantages and disadvantages that will impact your facility in their own way.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FLOORING

Flooring is something that takes careful consideration in any construction project.  It is a considerable investment and is meant to last for many years. Choosing the wrong kind of flooring may end up in expensive maintenance or replacement costs in a few short years.

CBI can help advise you of your choices and options that make the most sense for your specific project needs and budget.

At CBI, we can assist you with all aspects of construction. Our team can help you with every step of your building project. Contact us today to learn more about who we are, what services we offer and how we can help you. 

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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COMMON QUESTIONS WHEN HIRING A CONTRACTOR

When planning a commercial building project, it is important that you are working with the best general contractor. An outstanding contractor ensures that a project is up to standard, on time, and within budget. Choosing a leading commercial contractor isn’t as easy as picking a name from search engine results.

When working with an experienced construction firm like CBI, you can be sure that your project will be up to standard at completion, on time and within budget. Here are the most common questions to ask when deciding who will be your commercial construction contractor.

DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF LICENSE AND INSURANCE?

No matter the size of the project — proper licensure and insurance is vital. Without these documents, your property and organization are at a significant financial risk. It is important to take time to ensure the name on the license is the same as on the contract and that the license number is also listed. Additionally important, is to make sure that the insurance is enough to cover the scope of the project.

WHAT IS YOUR METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION?

Understanding how your commercial building contractor plans to handle communications is the key to a successful and efficient project. Throughout the process, there will be questions and changes made. The contractor needs to thoroughly communicate about issues and changes. Most importantly, they need to communicate with the builders and the team.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?

Experienced commercial building contractors have a list of problems that may arise before starting any project. They are able to use this knowledge to tell you what challenges they anticipate with your project in the planning stage. This allows you to know what to expect in the building process as well as build report with the contractor and trust their knowledge.

PREFERRED CONTRACT DELIVERY METHOD?

How the contractor estimates the cost of the project and how they prefer to be paid is what is meant by contract delivery method. This can happen in three ways:

Fixed Price or Lump Sum – The contractor provides a final/full payment amount without the breakdown for each individual cost. The caveat with this method is that if the project is completed under budget, the contractor keeps the remaining balance.

Cost Plus – This sum includes the total cost of the work plus overhead and profit. With cost plus, the contractor makes more if he goes over budget.

Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMAX) – With GMAX, the contractor shows the breakdown of costs. This method ensures the project will not go over budget, and if it does, the contractor pays for it out of pocket. In the event, the project comes under budget, the savings are split between the contractor and owner.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

North Carolina construction services can vary in final completion dates due to many reasons. It is important to ask your construction contractor about key milestones as well as the expected completion date.  Additionally, another consideration to ask is how a plan will be updated when a task does not go according to plan or timeline.  What will move in the timeline or what deadlines may shift?

At CBI, we can assist you with all aspects of construction. Our team can help you with every step of your building project. Contact us today to learn more about who we are, what services we offer and how we can help you. 

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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AN OVERVIEW: STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION IN COMMERCIAL BUILDING

Construction of any kind is a very detail-oriented process. If you are constructing a school, medical facility, or office building there are steps that must be taken to ensure the safety of construction workers, and users of the completed building. While permits, licenses and specifications vary with each project the general order of operations remains the same.

When working with an experienced construction firm like Commercial Build Inc. (CBI), you can be sure that your project will follow this general timeline, handle any scope of project and be completed in a timely manner. Here is a general overview of the stages of construction and what can be expected at each stage. 

CONCEPT AND DESIGN

The beginning of every construction project is concept and design.  Starting first with a concept, followed by a design and blueprints. This can be done with the help of an experienced architect to make sure everything is structurally sound and up-to-code. We take great care working with our clients to ensure that each building will suit their needs and continue to for years to come.

OBTAINING BUILDING PERMITS AND LICENSES

Once the blueprints and construction plans are finalized, the next step is to obtain the correct building and construction permits. This process is not always complete immediately and will be ongoing throughout the construction project. Some permits are needed to obtain different permits at different times. Working with an experienced construction company such as CBI helps this process. Our experience in obtaining the proper permits at the right time helps our process in a timely manner.

CLEARING THE LAND AND FOUNDATION

After you have the initial building permits, your construction project will begin by clearing and excavating the land you want to build. Clearing includes removing any trees, rocks, and/or other obstacles that are in the way of the building. This also includes any leveling or grading the ground that is necessary.

Once the land has been cleared and excavated, the foundation can be poured. Depending on the size of your building and the stability of the land, preparing the subsurface may need to be done prior to the foundation being poured.

FRAMING

Once the foundation has been poured and cured, framing begins on your building. This may include installing wood frames or steel beams. This process does take a while and it is important that everything is done correctly so that it is structurally sound. This stage sets the groundwork upon which all the other aspects of your building will follow.

ROUGH ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING

After a building has been framed out, a specialty contractor will come in to complete rough electrical and plumbing. This means that pipes and wires are installed where they need to go. This job is not completed at this point, however, it helps to get the rough work in place so that insulation, drywall, and ceilings can go in.

ROOF

Concurrently with the rough electrical and plumbing work, roofers come in to complete the roof on the building. This is important so that any further work inside of the building can take place, due to rain and outdoor elements damaging the work in the remaining steps.

INTERIOR

Once the exterior walls and roof are complete, the heating and cooling needs are addressed. Vents, ductwork and the heating and cooling unit are all installed. 

As soon as the heating and cooling is complete, the interior is completed. This includes finishing insulation, putting up drywall and adding ceilings. An electrician often comes out during this stage and finishes up adding outlets and lighting fixtures. 

Once the interior walls are up, the fixtures inside of a space can be finalized. This includes things like cabinets, windows, toilets, doors and elevators (if an office building).

FINAL STAGE

The final stage of construction involves putting the finishing touches on the building. This involves painting walls, installing countertops and flooring, and adding faucets.  Once this stage is done, you will have a final inspection and you will have a beautiful building to last many years.

At CBI, we are proud to be experienced contractors that can assist you with all aspects of construction. Our team can help you with every step of your building project. Contact us today to learn more about who we are, what services we offer and how we can help you. 

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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RENOVATE, REMODEL, OR REBUILD? WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR YOUR OLDER BUILDING?

If you have an older building you may be learning that it is no longer energy efficient or you are running into other issues as it ages.  It may be starting to be worn down, be out of building or fire codes, or not meeting your business needs.  If the time has come to decide what to do to ensure it remains functional, useful and atheistically pleasing — how will you decide what to do — renovate, remodel or rebuild? 

Many people are not aware of the differences in these three options or which is right for them. CBI can help explain the differences and help you make the best decision.

RENOVATION

A renovation is when the building is restored to a good state. Renovating is the least invasive choice out of the three options. When renovating, it typically involves small fixes to a building that help to repair and improve the overall aesthetic of the building.

Renovation may be the best choice for you if the building is in need of repairs, such as patching drywall and updating paint, replacing or updating floors,  or updating electrical work. When you renovate, the overall design and layout remains unchanged and only the building is repaired and updated with a new “face” to be in good working order. Renovations are generally undertaken to enhance the functionality of a space or to increase the resale value.

REMODEL

A remodel consists of changing the layout or structure of the building.  The structure of the space may change, walls may move or the layout/flow of the building is changed.

Some examples of remodel projects are:

  •   Fully transforming the structure or layout of a commercial space
  •   Creating space needed that is in compliance for COVID-19

If your building is older and is not ADA or COVID compliant, remodeling the structure may be needed to ensure it meets code and is safe for occupants.  Additionally if you have an office building and it is older and was designed to have smaller offices but now you need a larger layout, remodeling can help move walls and have a move open floor plan.

REBUILDING

Rebuilding consists of tearing down the existing building and constructing a new one.  This is the most costly choice of the three options.

When remodeling or renovating become more costly that rebuilding, that makes rebuilding the best option.  Additionally if the building itself is no longer structurally sound, it may be best to tear it down.  If you want to change every aspect about the building, or change the size of the building, removing the current building and rebuilding becomes the obvious choice.

FITTING YOUR NEEDS

If you have an older building that is in need of new life with improved functionality, or to be compliant with building regulations, CBI can help you. CBI can help you decide whether to renovate, remodel, or rebuild with design, administrative, project supervision, project management and expert technical services. With a team of general contractors, construction managers, and engineers, we can help you with your construction project no matter the scope.

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

 

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COMMERCIAL BUILDING, RENOVATION, & REMODELING – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Before you hire a construction contractor in North Carolina for commercial building, it is important to know exactly what type of construction services you need. Not all builders and construction contractors are alike; some specialize in design builds while others might specialize in medical centers or doctors offices. There are a great number of differences and a reason to understand them.

You need to know exactly what you want when hiring a construction company in North Carolina. The following is a look at the most common types of projects and the differences between them:

COMMERCIAL BUILDING

Commercial building is just how it sounds – building a new building from scratch. While it sounds simple, commercial construction is the most complex due to the steps in the process – planning, hiring, and completing.

With commercial building there five phases that you will undertake:

  1. Hire the primary architect/designer
  2. Choose the commercial builder
  3. Write and execute contracts
  4. Construction process
  5. Completion and handover

In order to hire one company for all phases, you will need commercial construction contractors who advertise as design build contractors. This designation explains that they have both the architects to design a new construction and the team to see that design through completion.

RENOVATION

A commercial renovation project is one that aims to restore or repair an existing construction. This type of construction project makes old look new again. Renovations are generally undertaken to enhance the functionality of a space or to increase the resale value.

A church that is restored to what it originally looked like can offer immediate value for congregants. Renovating the space to include modern conveniences or space in a time of COVID-19, make it more appealing. 

REMODELING

A commercial remodel one that goes beyond changing the decor in an office building. Generally defined, a commercial remodel project is one that will permanently alter an existing structure’s interior, exterior, or both.

Some examples of remodel projects:

  •   Combining multiple rooms into one space by removing a wall or other type of barrier
  •   Adding to the interior or exterior of a building, such as adding an inside garden or creating multiple rooms from one large, existing space
  •   Fully transforming the structure or layout of a commercial space
  •   Creating space needed that is in compliance for COVID-19

FITTING YOUR NEEDS

While there is an inherent value in hiring a commercial contractor who has a speciality in one of the types of projects, it is best to look for one who has experience in all overall.  The more well-rounded a contractor is, the better they can assist you in determining what best suits your construction goals.

As you prepare to hire a commercial contractor, look no further than Commercial Building, Inc. CBI specializes in project management, pre-construction, and environmentally sustainable construction for medical facility renovations in North Carolina. Our team understands that it is important to be prepared, on schedule and within budget in order to have a successful renovation. We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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WHY IT PAYS TO RENOVATE YOUR MEDICAL FACILITY

Renovating your medical facility is important as the layout may be outdated or no longer work, your facility may need to be changed for COVID, or you may need to update for energy efficiency. If you are looking to renovate your existing medical facility, it is beneficial to hire a construction company with experience building medical facilities.

Here are some of the ways that a construction company can benefit you when you are ready to renovate your medical facility.

THEY DRAW UP THE PLANS TO CHANGE THE LAYOUT

A construction company has the expertise for creating plans or blueprints for a new layout. Sometimes changing a layout is not as simple as it may appear and you cannot just tear down any wall or post. If you tear down any load-bearing structures, the weight of your building may not be supported. An experienced construction team can look at your building and build plans to change the layout without causing problems or structural issues in the future.

RECOMMENDATION OF PRODUCTS IDEAL FOR MEDICAL FACILITIES

Especially in 2021, you want materials that are easy to clean, durable, and that do not hold germs and bacteria. Items such as stainless steel and certain types of stone are ideal, as they are resistant to germ and bacteria growth. A reputable general contractor company with experience in the medical industry knows what products to recommend and why these products are a good fit.

ALWAYS STICK TO BUDGET

Renovating a building will not profit your business if you spend more than your budget for the project. Once your budget is set, a construction company can work to stay within that budget. They oversee the entire project, from the concept to completion. They take steps to make sure to stay within your budget, by suggesting and selecting materials and hiring contractors that fit within the scope.

STAY WITHIN TIMELINE

Depending on what is being renovated you may shut down the entire facility during the renovation process. It is important to know when the project will be completed so you can begin to book appointments again. An experienced construction company will oversee the project and hire contractors to ensure that the project is completed on or before the date agreed to.

As you prepare to hire a construction company to renovate your medical facility, look no further than Commercial Building Inc. CBI specializes in project management, pre-construction, and environmentally sustainable construction for medical facility renovations in North Carolina. Our team understands that it is important to be prepared, on schedule and within budget in order to have a successful renovation.  We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

 

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TIPS FOR RENOVATING COMMERCIAL RETAIL SPACE

Deciding to renovate a retail store is a big move. Renovating commercial retail space can open new opportunities for a brand. It is important to have a well-thought-out plan, budget, and to hire expert commercial contractors, like CBI to complete the job. These tips will ensure a successful retail renovation.

 

REALISTIC TIMELINE

Most often when it comes to a renovation in a commercial retail space, the business takes a temporary hiatus. It is important to figure out the renovation schedule that works for your business so that you can present realistic expectations to your employees, customers, and your contractor. 

 

CONSULT EMPLOYEES

Your employees cover the retail space continuously throughout the day while interacting with customers or completing tasks. It is helpful to ask for suggestions about storage, point of sale, or different display options. As employees are interacting with the customers in an ongoing capacity, integrating their suggestions and the overall goals will mean optimum success.

 

RENOVATION DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN RESTRUCTURE

It is important to plan on working with and around what you already have in place when it comes to electricity, plumbing, and ductwork as they also most often do not need to be replaced. If you think you need to move electrical or plumbing, decide and plan ahead of time so that you can allocate your budget or find other solutions without the cost of relocating infrastructure.

 

BALANCE OF NEEDS VS WANTS

In order to have success with a renovation, there needs to be a good balance of needs and wants. Before committing to anything, weigh all options, shop around and compare all alternatives. At the end of the day, it is about quality and your bottom line — and making a profit once your renovations are complete.

 

CBI specializes in retail commercial renovation projects and our experts have renovated many retail spaces in North Carolina.  Our team understands that it is important to be prepared, on schedule, and within your budget in order to have a successful retail renovation. We offer commercial building services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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STEPS IN BUILDING OR RENOVATING A CHURCH

For any congregation, building or renovating a church is a major undertaking. No matter the religion, each congregation has its own unique needs.  Another important consideration after 2020 is social distancing due to COVID-19. With any commercial building, it is important to hire a construction contractor who is experienced, comes with good recommendations or reviews, and is able to organize and direct the project to your set budget.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

To set the budget, you must understand the needs of your build or renovation for your congregation. What are the parameters of the new building? You need to understand the demographics of your congregations. For example, are there a lot of families and young children? You may need to plan for childcare and a place for learning. Establishing the budget and the needs of your congregation is imperative to ensure that your new building will be everything you want.

CHOOSING A COMMERCIAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR

Once you establish the needs of your church renovation or new build, the next step is to find and hire an experienced church builder for a consultation. You want a construction contractor that has experience with church designs and understands the best materials for church builds. An experienced church commercial building contractor has worked on a number of church construction projects and is able to estimate both the costs of your facilities and any potential problems that may arise.

COST EFFECTIVE

At CBI, we understand the important role that budget, schedule, and design play in the church industry. We use decades worth of successful construction experience to provide clients with accurate estimates and timelines, and partner with them at every step along the way to ensure all their goals are met.

New church construction can be a difficult process, but you don’t have to face it alone. At CBI, our experts have built or renovated plenty of churches in North Carolina. Our team has been involved with church planning and church construction. No matter if your church is new and just starting out or has been around for years, we can help you build a place of worship that that will suit the needs of your congregation for decades to come. We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

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SCHOOL RENOVATIONS IN 2021

In 2020, COVID-19 caused schools to change from in-person classes to online. Many schools have taken advantage of this time to make much-needed renovations and complete modernization projects on school buildings. These renovations have been made for space, environment, learning, health and safety reasons.

SCHOOLS RE-OPENING
Many public schools in North Carolina are preparing to teach students in-person again this spring. For schools to reopen and accept kids for in-person learning, schools must make some changes to their current facilities. It is important that school buildings take precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, and it can also make schools safer spaces for the future. Renovating a school building is beneficial when it comes to increasing space inside for necessary social distancing. Contractors can also add wall partitions between seats and create outdoor teaching areas. 

FACILITIES MATTER
When it comes to students and learning, school facilities matter. When planning to build new education facilities and renovating current ones, you need an experienced school builder. CBI brings specialized school construction experience — whether you need a new school built, need new facilities constructed for an established school or need reconstruction. The general contractor team at CBI has experience, commitment, and the teamwork to create customized, student-centered learning spaces based on your need for STEM, vocational-technical, Private/Charter school, or other specialized curriculum.

COST EFFECTIVE
At CBI, we understand the important role budget and schedule play in the education industry. We use decades worth of successful construction experience to provide clients with accurate estimates and timelines, and partner with them at every step along the way to ensure all their goals are met.

Commercial Building, Inc. (CBI) understands the construction of buildings whose administrators educational plans are built around a calendar. From University buildings to K through 12 schools for small communities, they know the ropes for educational facilities. CBI believes in communication through progress meetings with administrators, scheduling updates and daily coordination. From elementary schools to post-secondary schools and field houses, CBI has completed significant work within the education sector. We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.

 

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THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

A general contractor plays an important role as someone who coordinates and supervises every aspect of a building or remodeling project. A general contractor oversees the project from start to finish, making sure that each portion of the project is done to the utmost satisfaction. Hiring a general contractor takes away the logistical stress and responsibility to oversee a construction project and is highly recommended. 
 
SUBCONTRACTING AND COMMUNICATIONS
 
A good general contractor has experience working with quality subcontractors and are known for quality work. In addition, the general contractor will also act as a liaison between the business or homeowner and the subcontractors in order to keep everything on track according to schedule until completion of the project. A good general contractor takes it to the next level by working also the design team, architect, and interior designer to finish out the project. 
 
PROVIDES QUALITY CONTROL
 
One of the ways that a general contractor provides quality control is by monitoring and overseeing the construction timeline. The completion timeline plays an important role in any project. If a project goes beyond the estimated completion date, there is a good chance of going over budget. While delays cannot be prevented due to the weather, a contractor can work hard to ensure the subcontractors are sticking to the schedule and making up any weather-related delays when possible.
 
Another way a general contractor provides quality control is by checking the completed work of a project. A general contractor should always be available to routinely check work on the building project. Most general contractors do scheduled and unscheduled checks.  Having a general contractor inspect prior to an official building inspection helps to prevent delays in completion and helps corrections or changes be made.
 
PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS
 
A very important reason for hiring a commercial contractor is because they understand the ins-and-outs for permits and licenses for commercial building.  A contractor is familiar with the permits and licenses that you will need to legally complete your project.  In addition, they will schedule inspections as needed and make sure everything passes code.  A general contractor will work directly with the city of Fayetteville to schedule all required inspections and make sure the project stays on schedule while also staying to code. 
 
You can expect Commercial Building Inc. to deliver a local construction contractor experience that suits your business. We are available for all your commercial upfit and renovation needs. We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Lumberton, Sanford, and many other cities in North Carolina. Call us today for more information at 910-818-6811. We look forward to working with you!