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BUILDING NEW VS. RENOVATING: WHICH IS BETTER?

When it comes to a building project, there are two main choices – build new or renovate your current space. Deciding between these options has a huge impact on your project’s budget and schedule. The option that’s right for your project will depend on your goals and the building or property itself.

The experts at Commercial Building, Inc. are here to help you determine when it might be better to build new versus when it is best to renovate.

COST

Cost is one of the most driving factors in any construction project. It is important to get the most quality of the money being spent. When it comes to choosing whether to build new or to renovate, the decision often comes down to which one makes more sense financially.

NEW – Starting with land and building new can be the more costly option. With this choice, you’ll be responsible for all from start to finish – site-work, installation of utilities, and construction of the structure, including the foundation and inside and outside finishes.

Building new buildings generally includes a complex scope of work, more man hours, and more materials – it ends up being more expensive than renovation. However, there can be some cases where renovations can become more expensive than a new build.

RENOVATE – When it comes to renovating, you are responsible for all of the costs of changing the structure to suit your needs. Per ADA regulations and health and safety codes, some of the features of the existing building can be left as-is, depending on how extensive the renovations are.

In general, the older the building, the more it will cost to renovate. When it comes to renovating, there are always the costs of the unknown. You cannot be sure of what conditions will arise once construction begins, which could potentially add cost and time to your project. If the property you are looking to renovate was constructed or updated in the past few decades, renovations will likely be the more affordable option.

QUICKER PROJECT DURATION

The duration of the project is going to vary based on the scope of the project; if renovating – the condition of the existing building; and whether or not your organization’s operations need to continue while construction takes place.

New construction project duration will often be greater than renovation project duration due to the amount of work that needs to be completed. With new construction, the timeline to build the entire structure from the ground up and complete with all finishes.

Due to a renovation not starting from scratch, it can often be a quicker option. Many of the necessary building elements are already in place and can be integrated into the renovated building, your construction team will have much less work to do. However, there are some instances where this won’t be the case. In particular, with older and historical buildings, project durations can take much longer than building new.

The important factor to take into consideration is the impact it would have on your operations. If you’re renovating the facility you’re currently operating out of, you may have to adjust your operations to safely work alongside your construction team.

UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS: NEW CONSTRUCTION VS RENOVATIONS

The right decision between renovating and new construction depends on the scope of your project.

Overall, building new will give you more control over the project. However, new construction can end up taking longer than renovating and costing more. With renovating a facility, you are bound to the existing structure. However, it can be the less costly option.

Deciding between renovating an existing building or starting with new construction is a difficult decision, but it’s an important on

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like Commercial Building, Inc. are key players when it comes to commercial building and understanding mediocre and exceptional service. At CBI, we go above and beyond with our clients, and our reputation is strong because of it. See for yourself in our portfolio on our website. No matter what stage you are in with the construction process of your building, feel free to ask us questions about what makes our post construction process different from the rest of those in North Carolina.

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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 IS IMPORTANT TO HIRE A LICENSED CONTRACTOR

When you are looking for a contractor for your commercial building construction, you know you want to look for construction contractors with experience. However, you also want to consider commercial building contractors with the appropriate licensure, and the experts at Commercial Building, Inc. are here to explain why.

 

LICENSE AND INSURANCE

North Carolina requires a general contractor’s license for jobs costing $30,000.00 or more.  In order to get insurance for a contractor’s license, the person must have the proper licensure, or the insurance company won’t accept their application. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, it means they do not have insurance. If something should happen to them or an associate on the job, they have no insurance to cover the injuries or time off work — which could cause legal problems down the road.

The financial responsibility of legal bills, medical bills, and other expenses will fall on your shoulders. Basically, it would be like they were your employees and your responsibility. Insurance companies usually do not cover damage from an unlicensed contractor.

 

5 GENERAL CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATIONS IN NC

North Carolina has five different types of general contractor licenses.

Building Contractor – The building contractor license covers all building construction and demolition. This includes commercial, industrial, institutional, and all residential building construction.

Residential Contractor – North Carolina’s residential contractor license covers all construction and demolition involved in the construction of residential units built according to the state’s Building Code Council building codes.

Highway Contractor – covers all highway construction activity — including grading, paving of all types, installation of exterior artificial athletic surfaces, relocation of utility lines, parking decks, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. It also allows you to construct guard rails, fencing, and signage.

Public Utilities Contractor – covers work on public water and wastewater system projects.

Specialty Contractor – Technically, the specialty contractor license is a form of a general contractor’s license. The State of North Carolina does include it under the general contractor licensing subsection. Keep reading for more details.

 

NORTH CAROLINA CONTRACTOR LICENSING TIERS

Beyond the different types of general contractor licenses, there are also three licensing tiers in North Carolina.

Limited license – Contractors holding limited licenses can act as general contractors for any single project with a value of up to $500,000, excluding the cost of the land and ancillary costs to improve the land.

These contractors must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $17,000 or have a total net worth of at least $80,000. They can also provide proof of a $175,000 surety bond instead.

Intermediate license – Contractors holding intermediate licenses can act as general contractors for any single project with a value of up to $1,000,000. Again, this excludes the cost of the land and ancillary costs to improve the land.

Intermediate-level licensees need to have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $75,000. If that’s not possible, they can provide proof of a $500,000 surety bond instead.

Unlimited license – There are no restrictions on the value of single projects for contractors with unlimited licenses. However, they must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $150,000. They can also secure a $1,000,000 surety bond instead.

 

UNDERSTAND YOUR LIMITS

It seems appealing to hire an unlicensed contractor when they offer a rate that’s much cheaper than a licensed contractor. While it might intrigue you to save some cash on the project, you could experience problems in the future. If there’s no guarantee they would come back and repair the problem, you could find yourself spending much more than you would on a licensed contractor since you’ll have to pay for the repairs and the fee for the unlicensed contractor.

While it’s possible to experience no problems when you hire an unlicensed contractor, it doesn’t always happen that way. Unfortunately, if there’s any damage done, you might have a hard time getting your money back or suing.

While you may have a greater cost initially, it’s always smarter to hire licensed commercial contractors. You have much more risk when you hire an unlicensed person, especially when it comes to your financial obligations. Not to mention, you could harm your property value in the end.

For all of your commercial building needs, contact CBI. We are here to answer any questions and to assist you in your build or renovation from start to finish.

 

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like Commercial Building, Inc. are key players when it comes to commercial building and understand the difference between mediocre and exceptional service. At CBI, we go above and beyond with our clients, and our reputation is strong because of it. See for yourself in our portfolio on our website. No matter what stage you are in with the construction process of your building, feel free to ask us questions about what makes our post-construction process different from the rest of those in North Carolina.

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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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THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING THE BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING OR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Choosing a commercial building or construction company to complete your project is a big decision. A wrong choice can cost more money than you wanted to spend as well as countless hours of your time. On the other hand, choosing the right one ensures that the project process is easier, faster, and more affordable.

When evaluating the options, the company that offers the best price is often the most appealing.  However, there are many different demands a construction project will place on construction contractors.

The experts at CBI are here to help you select a commercial building company for your next project and have outlined the different things to look for.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

If a Commercial Building construction company has completed a project with similar elements as your project, there’s a good chance they will again. In addition, they have learned what types of issues can potentially arise and what changes to make in order to be successful.

It is important to first determine the specific elements your project will entail. List out the scope, the square footage, and the conditions under which the project will take place. How many and which types of rooms or spaces are in the building? Is this new construction or in an occupied building?

Next, take these elements and ask the companies you are considering to provide examples of projects they’ve completed that fit those qualifications. Understand that the companies you are speaking to may not have identical experiences but will show as similar as possible to keep it relevant.

REFERENCES & REVIEWS

It is always important to see what past clients and other business partners are saying about companies you are considering working with. Testimonials and references give you insight into what it is like to work with a contractor or company. When looking, see an eye out for mentions of the quality of workmanship, collaborative approach, and how to work through issues as they arise.

TEAM

A Commercial Building company is only as good as the experience of the individuals working day-to-day on the project site. It is important that when choosing a commercial building company for your project, you understand the contractor team. You are able to ask them to provide resumes for key people anticipated to lead your project that include their past projects. With detailed resumes outlining experience, you are able to evaluate contractors and which company has the best experience for your project.

LICENSING & INSURANCE

It is important to work with a construction company that is fully licensed to do work in your state. It is easy to check this by asking for them to provide a copy of their license in their proposal. The next important thing is to make sure the company is bonded. This helps protect you in the event that the company is unable to complete the project or executes it poorly.

Additionally, you should make sure the commercial building company has the proper amount of liability and property damage insurance, as well as worker’s compensation.

Again – ask for insurance certificates in your request for qualifications or proposal.

SAFETY

Before choosing a construction team, It is important to get a clear picture of their commitment to safety. Even if a commercial building company is committed to safety, accidents can happen. If there are a few accidents on their safety reports, they could certainly still be a safe construction company that can deliver a great project. However, if there are many or frequent accidents, or if the same types of accidents are happening time and time again, that’s not the best sign.

You can ask for information regarding their company safety policy and if they have a full-time safety officer. Both show if the company takes safe work practices seriously, and that they are taking steps to implement effective safety programs.

UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS

No matter the kind of building project you are renovating or starting new, it is more than just walls, a floor, and materials. Every building decision you make influences the character of the project.

You need a commercial building company that fully understands what your goals are for the project. One that is able to help guide you through each part of the process, ensuring you end up with a completed project that fulfills the needs of your organization.

At CBI, understanding your vision and goals for your project is the first step in our process. We’ll use this to inform everything we do, from consultation and planning to project closeout.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like CBI are key players when it comes to commercial building and understands the mediocre and exceptional service. At CBI, we go above and beyond with our clients, and our reputation is strong because of it. See for yourself in our portfolio on our website. No matter what stage you are in with the construction process of your building, feel free to ask us questions about what makes our post-construction process different from the rest of those in North Carolina.

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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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POST CONSTRUCTION: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

The reality is that the construction journey is far from over for commercial buildings when it comes to simply looking complete. When it comes to post-construction, the final phase of the construction process for commercial buildings involves much more than just clean-up. This stage consists of the relationship between you and your contractor as the hands-off process begins.

The experts at CBI are here to explain some good pointers and the key things you need to look for in this involved process.

 

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT POST CONSTRUCTION

Warranties – A good builder will follow through with the warranty and fix any problems that pop up post construction. A builder taking the time to go over each warranty that covers your building and explaining how they apply to you is exceptional. Our team at CBI does exactly this — knowing how your warranties can be put to work for you empowers you as you manage your new building.

Building Check-ups – Working with a construction design-build company like CBI guarantees that you will get a check up to see how the building is doing after construction is complete and the general contractors leave.  At CBI, we’ll check in periodically with you to ensure you are just as satisfied today as you were when you had your grand opening for your new building.

Smooth Turnover – Building construction companies often deal with frequent turnover, but that should not affect the quality of construction for your building. Not to mention the follow-up with expansions and post-construction work. At CBI, we have an established system that ensures consistent results every time.

Additional Projects – If you are happy with how your commercial contractor is handling your post-construction phase, that makes a huge impact for future projects on your facility. Whether facility expansions or new buildings of their own, it is important to pay attention to the quality of work your builder gives you to determine whether it is wise to continue moving forward with them.

 

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like CBI are key players when it comes to commercial building and understands mediocre and exceptional service. At CBI, we go above and beyond with our clients, and our reputation is strong because of it. See for yourself in our portfolio on our website. No matter what stage you are in with the construction process of your building, feel free to ask us questions about what makes our post construction process different from the rest of those in North Carolina.

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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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CONSTRUCTION BLUEPRINTS: CREATING THE PERFECT PLAN

Construction blueprints play an intricate role in the construction of all commercial buildings. Blueprints help the owner and the construction crew understand what the final building will look like and guarantee that all of the wants and needs are incorporated into the design build.  The blueprints also help to manage the budget and costs for the construction of the building. The construction blueprints are needed to obtain permits. However, before any of this can happen, blueprints need to be drafted.

The experts at CBI are here to explain some of the things that go into creating the ideal construction blueprint for a commercial building project.

BUILDING NEEDS AND WANTS

It is important to sit down and discuss all needs and wants of a project before a professional can begin to create a blueprint or layout for a commercial construction project. Doing so determines what type of commercial building is to be created —  medical office, financial building, restaurant, car dealership, education building, etc. Next, it is to be determined the size of the building and budget. All of these details are important to helping a professional commercial building firm create the perfect construction blueprint for the building.

BASIC LAYOUT

After the initial meeting, the next step is for the contractor to start with the most basic drawing of the basic layout.  This drawing will have details of the estimated size of the building, the number of floors and rooms, and the square footage of the building. This initial blueprint will show the basic size of the space to best determine where finer details like offices or plumbing may go within the general framework of the building.

ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

The next step in blueprint plans is to add the architectural features and design elements. While the initial, basic layout includes walls that block off rooms, this version includes finer details like countertops and other features.

THREE DIMENSIONAL MODEL AND APPROVAL BY A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

One of the final steps for contractors is to turn are taking the blueprints into a three-dimensional model. 3D models allow for a better idea of what the building will look like as it is designed.

The final step is to have the blueprints approved by a structural engineer. A structural engineer ensures that the dimensions and design of the building can safely be constructed. The structural engineer will help to determine what building materials will need to be used and how much structural support the building needs.  He/She will also explain how to turn the blueprints into a commercial building.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

It’s a no-brainer to see why experienced commercial building companies like CBI are key players when it comes to creating the perfect construction blueprints. It is important to have experts who have years of experience creating building plans and blueprints.

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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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ACQUIRING PROPER PERMITS: THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EXPERIENCED GENERAL CONSTRUCTION FIRM

If you’re like many North Carolina business owners, you know from experience that acquiring a permit for a commercial building is not only legal, it’s the right thing to do. Having a building permit secures your building in process, so that it is constructed with quality work, will withstand natural elements, and is safer for patrons. Permits also come into play for insurance claims should you need them.

When it comes to commercial building projects, it is recommended that you have your builder acquire the permits necessary. Should a contractor say you can “keep costs low” and get the permits yourself, they could have a shady reputation they’re trying to hide.  A contractor in good standing will remain transparent and have no problem acquiring it themselves. If the contractor is part of an experienced construction firm like CBI that’s even better.

THE COMMERCIAL BUILDING COMPANY IS IN CHARGE OF HANDLING RISKS

Any person or party who applies for and obtains a building permit takes the responsibility of completing the project. When you have an experienced and professional construction building company that knows its way around building codes, you can rest knowing that the job will get done the right way at the right time.  Whether anything comes up along the way from plumbing, electrical, structural, wiring, sound barriers, or anything else — an experienced contractor will be able to handle the unexpected that may pop up.

LESS TIME TO PROCESS PERMITS

When working with a commercial builder, they speak on your behalf and there is less time to process permits.  A knowledgeable contractor can streamline the process to get plans approved much faster while still maintaining quality designs. As professionals in the trade, they’ll save the hassle of trying to do it all on your own.

PLANS COME PERMIT-READY

When you’re working with a commercial builder, the designer and contractor work with you to draw up the plans and conduct follow-up meetings from concept to completion.  Because of this setup, the designs are more cohesive and structural integrity is always in the forefront. The contractors are the ones who will know which plans are more likely to be approved for permits than others, saving valuable time on a project.

It’s a no-brainer to see why experienced Commercial Building Companies like CBI are key players in handling the proper permits for construction. We are not only a one-stop-shop for your structural and design needs but also your advocate who will go to bat for you with any other parties involved in the construction process.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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 see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

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.

Why Commercial Building Is The Right Choice For You

Business owners considering commercial construction in North Carolina face significant challenges, should they decide to negotiate the process alone. Construction management for projects of any size requires experience and years of experience to handle unforeseen obstacles.

A business owner can hire many subcontractors in order to piece together a project. However, this can bring about unanticipated issues such as — design flaws, work stoppages, and delays which often drive up costs. Bear in mind, no one can occupy a proposed space until a project is completed and passes inspection. That’s why CBI delivers North Carolina construction services that help developers and business owners complete projects on time and within budget.

When working with an experienced construction firm like CBI, you can be certain that your project will follow a general timeline, stick to a budget and you will be given the very best options for materials.

THE ROLE OF A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

As experienced commercial building general contractors, the team has the ability to completely oversee a project. Construction management in North Carolina often requires rigorous oversight of expenditures, scheduling, and coordination between local officials.

These are important moving parts that a commercial general contractor manages:

  •   Pre-Construction: Before ground-breaking, a quality construction company takes a comprehensive review of the blueprints, building codes, budget, and potential issues. An experienced commercial general contracting company can take this information and potentially eliminate problems early on in order to stay on budget and time.
  •   Materials: A construction contractor guarantees that all subcontractors have all of the materials they need for each project. An experienced general contractor knows if/when to substitute materials, if necessary.
  •   Subcontractors: One of the roles of a general contractor is to manage and oversee subcontractors on a project.  It is the main role to make sure that a project stays on course, budget and time and managing the subcontractors for electric, plumbing, cement and anything else to avoid any delays.
  •   Logistics: Currently a large issue facing construction contractors is supply chain delays.  Items can come from any area in the country and weather or shipping can cause delays. Staying on top of logistics is a role of the general contractor.

Working with a seasoned commercial general contractor avoids delays, keeping the project on time and budget.

TYPICAL PROJECT OF COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS

It is often asked when it is good to bring a construction contractor on to manage a building project.  It is best to engage a commercial construction firm early in order to avoid problems. One of the integral reasons that some projects fall into bankruptcy is the lack of determined oversight. CBI is a leading commercial general contracting company in North Carolina that investors have worked with in the following capacities:

  •   Office building construction
  •   Hospital construction contractors
  •   School construction
  •   Church construction
  •   Manufacturing building contractor
  •   Design builders & design build contractors
  •   Medical office construction
  •   Renovation

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Based in North Carolina, CBI has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or cost unnecessary cost overages.

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.

Choose The Right Flooring

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.