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DESIGN-BUILD: WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION?

Design-build commercial construction offers an enticing alternative to the traditional bid-build method – due to its budget-friendly side and streamlined process.

The experts at Commercial Building, Inc. are here to help explain what design-build means and all of its benefits.

STREAM-LINED PROCESS

Design-Build is defined as the process of a system of contracting whereby one entity performs both engineering and construction services under one single contract (The Design-Build Institute of America).

You can either do a full design-build or choose to do a partial. In the latter, the process is only applied to just a portion of the project. As such, typically only the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are completed in the process.

PROJECT TEAM

Due to construction projects being large and complex, it can lead to confusion and frustration. It is best to have a single point of contact or accountability.

There have often been arguments between designers and construction firms or between contractors.
Having a single point of contact or design-build agreement ensures that there is one entity responsible for all aspects of the project – making one project owner responsible. This gives the best possibility of your project staying on time and within budget.

REDUCED RISK AND ADDED VALUE

When it comes to large commercial projects, there comes a significant level of risk. However, when you work with a design-build firm, you not only reduce your risk but bring added value to your project as well. A skilled design-build construction contractor knows how to work with you to maximize your project’s budget to eliminate any cost-related surprises that can come with a traditional build.

OVERALL SAVINGS

Time savings come from the increased level of coordination that the process offers. The centralized point of contact eliminates the coordination and communication problems common between engineers and contractors.

As timelines and budgets are established earlier in the project, both time and costs can be reduced compared to a traditional build. A design-build general contractor is able to work with pricing in the preliminary pricing phase in order to keep within the budget rather than have surprises for the owner. In comparison – in a traditional build an owner does not know pricing until everything has gone through the design and bid process.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like CBI 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. At CBI, understanding your goals for your project is the first step in our construction process. We’ll use this to inform everything we do, from pre-construction to project closeout.

Based in North Carolina, Commercial Building, Inc. 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 incur 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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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS?

It is important to understand that the best time of year for a commercial construction project depends on your business’ needs and location. There are definite advantages to starting commercial construction projects when skies are generally sunny and temperatures are moderate. However, many projects can be completed any time of the year, especially if they are primarily indoor projects, such as renovations.

The experts at Commercial Building, Inc. (CBI) are here to explain some advantages and disadvantages of starting a commercial construction project in each season.

SUMMER

Summer can be an ideal time for commercial builders to complete projects. Weather-related delays are less likely in the summer than in the fall and winter months.

However, just because summer has more sunny days does not mean there will not be other delays. There could be a delay due to the project permit approval process being backed up after heavy construction in the spring. Currently, other delays can be due to contractors having more difficulty finding key materials during the summer.

Recommendation: If summer is your slow business season or you need your retail site finished before the holidays, summer may be the best time to start a construction project.

FALL

Fall is known in the industry as an ideal season to start a construction project if you want to secure the best possible builders and keep costs down. There is less demand and contractors/subcontractors have much more flexible schedules, which leads to fewer delays. In addition, permits may be able to be secured in a fairly quick manner.

Fall projects, however, may extend into winter. This means the construction project may be subject to weather-related delays.

Recommendation: If your contractor or builder of choice is in high demand, fall is usually a great time to get on their schedule. For indoor projects, fall and winter are often ideal times as the weather does not delay progress and foot traffic is reduced for many businesses.

WINTER

While winter does not stand out as an ideal time to start a commercial construction project, there are still some advantages to starting a construction project at this time. Due to fewer projects being booked, builders have more availability, and permit approvals come quickly, leading to fewer delays in projects.

Winter disadvantages are that planning does go around the weather if there is any exterior construction. The winter season also brings a higher chance of weather-related schedule delays.

Recommendation: Similar to fall, winter is an excellent time for those who want to secure the best contractors and builders. If your business experiences more traffic in the warmer months, starting in the winter can get you a head start and you can be finished by summer.

SPRING

Spring is the most popular season for construction, whether interior or exterior. Spring may be a good season for people who want to avoid construction during both the summer and winter holidays.

As this is the most popular season for commercial construction, it may be challenging to secure your builder of choice unless you plan in advance. In addition, there may be delays with permit approvals, especially later in the spring season.

Recommendation: Spring is generally the best possible season to do construction work. In the spring, you avoid the extreme heat of summer and the extra work of keeping the work sites protected from the weather.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST ANY SEASON

You don’t need to wait for a specific season to start your commercial construction project. There are advantages and disadvantages to every season, and projects can be done at any time of the year.

CBI brings over many years of experience delivering the very best possible commercial building results to clients. To learn more about our offerings, contact us today.

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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HOW TO SELECT THE BEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Choosing a construction company to complete your project is a huge decision. The right choice means the project runs smoother, faster and can be more affordable. However, the wrong choice could end up costing countless hours of your time and more money than you should have to spend.

When considering your options, it may be tempting to go with the company that offers the best price. It is important to understand that there are so many different demands a construction project will place on a construction team and other factors to take into consideration other than price.

The experts at Commercial Building, Inc. are here to help you select a construction company for your next project and have outlined different things to look for.

EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS

One of the best measures a company can show is past success. If a commercial building construction company recently and successfully completed a project with many similar elements as your own, there’s a good chance they can and will do it again. They’ll have learned how to approach the project successfully and what types of issues can potentially arise.

To determine which company has the most relevant experience for your project – first determine what specific elements your project will involve. Look at your project scope, square footage, and possible conditions the project will take place. Some questions to ask are – Is this new construction or is the project going to take place in an occupied building? What types of rooms or spaces are in the building? How big is the project?

It is important that you make a list of your essentials and ask all of the companies you’re considering to provide examples of projects that fit those qualifications. Remember however, that their experience may not be identical but can still be relevant.

PROJECT TEAM

The experience of the individuals on the construction contractor project team can be more important that the experience of the overall company.

When choosing a commercial building construction company for your project, you’ll want to know who will be leading your project on a day-to-day basis. It is important to ask them to provide resumes for the key people they plan to lead your project. The resumes and work history should include the past projects they’ve worked on, as well as any education or professional designations. Having detailed resumes which outline their experience, you’re able to evaluate and decide which team has the best experience for your project.

TESTIMONIALS AND REFERENCES

A very important step in considering your options for contractors and commercial building companies is to see what past clients and other business partners are saying about them. Taking the time to ask for testimonials and references gives you insight into what it’s really like to work with the company.

BUDGET

As mentioned before cost should not be the only factor when making a decision.You need a commercial construction team that is not only committed to working within your budget but will do so while considering overall quality.

When evaluating proposals, it’s important you look at them from a total view and not only the bottom line. It is important to weigh costs right alongside experience, quality, reference, etc.

LICENSING, BONDING, & INSURANCE

When working with any commercial builder you want to be sure they are fully licensed to do work in your state. You can easily check this by asking for them to provide a copy of their license in their proposal.

Additionally you also want to make sure the construction company is bonded and insured. Bonded helps protect you in the event that the company is unable to complete the project or executes it poorly. You should be sure they have the proper amount of liability and property damage insurance, as well as worker’s compensation. Ask for insurance certificates in your request for proposal.

SAFETY

You can’t have a successful project if your construction team isn’t working safely.

Before deciding on a commercial building construction team, it is imperative that you get a clear picture of their commitment to safety. For a deeper look, you can ask for a copy of their OSHA 300 and 300a forms. These standardized forms list any recordable, work-related injury or illnesses.

Even if a company is steadfast in its commitment to safety, accidents can happen. If there are a couple of accidents on their safety reports, they could certainly still be a safe construction company that can deliver a great project. However, if you see accidents happening frequently, or the same types of accidents are happening, it is not the best sign.

Feel free to ask for information a company for their safety policy and if they have a full-time safety officer. This is often a sign that the company takes safe work practices seriously, and they’re taking steps to educate their employees and implement effective safety programs.

A COMMERCIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR YOU CAN TRUST

Commercial building companies like CBI are key players when it comes to commercial building and understanding 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. At CBI, understanding your goals for your project is the first step in our construction process. We’ll use this to inform everything we do, from pre-construction to project closeout.

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.

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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.