Whether you’re conceptualizing ground-up construction or looking to renovate an existing building, your experience depends on the stakeholders in charge. That’s because commercial construction projects often run into unforeseen challenges requiring intelligent and timely construction management decisions. Continue reading this article to learn how a general contractor can help you control commercial construction costs and timelines while simplifying the overall construction process.
What Is a Commercial Construction Contractor?
A commercial general contractor is responsible for managing construction sites, materials, vendors, subcontractors, machinery, equipment, and other elements of a commercial construction project.
In Massachusetts, commercial construction contractors must be licensed and registered and hold a Construction Supervisor License from the Office of Public Safety and Inspections. Regulations vary from state to state, so you must make sure anyone you’re considering for a job is properly licensed.
What Does a General Contractor Do?
The primary function of a contractor is to ensure efficient commercial building construction. They’re also the main point of contact for any questions, concerns, ideas, or discrepancies.
Ultimately, the contractor you choose is responsible for the safe construction of anything from parking structures to high-rise buildings within the agreed-upon terms of your contract. Their core responsibilities include:
- Commercial building project oversight
- Material procurement
- Equipment procurement
- Coordinating communications with project managers, stakeholders, owners, vendors, and anyone else involved
- Providing logistics and reports
- Complying with all applicable codes and regulations
- Meeting budgetary and timeline obligations
With so many responsibilities and so much at stake, you need to work with an experienced commercial construction contractor with a strong reputation for professionalism and quality.
Learn more about general contracting services and what they can do for your project.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Construction Contractor?
No matter what type of building you’re constructing, renovating, or remodeling, there are several advantages to working with a qualified contractor, including:
General contractors take the reins of a project and organize scheduling with all involved stakeholders. They even factor in weather conditions and adjust accordingly. Insights like these keep projects moving forward with minimal delays.
The stress a general contractor saves you from juggling communications among architects, designers, vendors, and building teams alone is enough to make their partnership worth it.
Lower Commercial Construction Costs
As an invested stakeholder, commercial construction contractors are as interested in keeping costs under control as you are. Reputable contractors that have long-standing relationships with local suppliers and subcontractors can pick the best teams for a job and negotiate the best prices.
Working with a contractor that offers design-build construction services can lower your commercial construction costs even further. This is possible because they have a cohesive team of architects, designers, engineers, and construction professionals acting as a single point of contact under one contract.
With the design-build method, you experience the benefits of a unified team without having to pay the professional fees of multiple specialists. Plus, design-build projects typically have shorter timelines because there’s no need for disparate stakeholders to coordinate amongst themselves, where a single hold-up jeopardizes the entire project.
Knowledge of Building Permits and Compliance Requirements
Commercial projects require extensive permitting and must meet a variety of zoning, safety, and local compliance requirements. And things only get more complicated when you get into federal contracting work.
Commercial building construction contractors take full responsibility for submitting and gaining approval for all permitting. This is another reason you should focus on finding an experienced general contractor with a proven track record. They already have a working knowledge of the processes involved, streamlining these often tedious tasks.
Many contractors work their way up through the trades to gain invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience. This gives them a profound understanding of many elements of commercial construction projects so they can handle complicated situations. But just as important, they also know when something is beyond their expertise and when to call in a specialist.
Eliminate Personal Liability
When you hire a commercial construction contractor, their insurance is responsible for covering general liability. If damages, accidents, or injuries occur at your site or during construction, you have peace of mind knowing the financial burdens aren’t on you.
What Types of Commercial Construction Projects Do Contractors Handle?
The simple answer is any and all. Depending on the cost of construction, the scope of a project, and other factors, some companies may not be interested in individual projects. But overall, commercial construction contractors work on most any projects across a wide range of industries and applications, including:
Turn to the Commercial Construction Contractors at Ironclad Services
Since 2004, Ironclad has built its reputation in New England as the go-to general contractor for businesses across all industries. Our professionalism, quality standards, and comprehensive services have set us apart from the competition.
We work closely with you to understand the objectives of your project and develop detailed plans, budgets, and timelines based on your specific needs. No matter the scope of your commercial construction project, we can handle all phases. Reach out to Ironclad today to discuss our construction, design-build, and emergency restoration services.
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