The Role of Commercial Contractors

  A commercial contractor is paid to do construction and renovation on commercial construction projects. They can work on a variety of projects such as roads, schools and shopping malls. One might also decide to concentrate on specific projects such as housing projects while another can choose to be working on different types of projects. Types of commercial contractors Every type of commercial contractor has a role to play in construction. The most common contractor being the General Contractor. These are contractors who spearhead everything bin the construction process. They act according to the clients’ interests from the start to finish. A building contractor is left with the responsibility of sourcing for subcontractors who are essential to the project they are working on. The client deals with the building contractor while the building contractor is the one who liaises with the subcontractors. Their charges range between 10 to 15% of the project’s total cost. The general duties of a commercial contractor The commercial contractor is the construction project manager hence their work involves the coordination of the different teams in the project. Coordination calls for several things to be done. They define the goals of the project. Here they develop drafts that are an outline of what the client expects of the project. They will also map out what is expected of every team working on the project whereby responsibilities are clearly specified. This facilitates easy coordination. Project planning. The project manager will plan for the project and might even call for a brain storming session with the team leaders involved. The plans draw a clear mental picture and...
Hоw To: Cоmmеrсiаl Renovation

Hоw To: Cоmmеrсiаl Renovation

  Cаn аnу соntrасtоr hаndlе a commercial renovation рrоjесt? Renovation pertaining to a соmmеrсiаl ѕitе is ѕресiаlizеd task thаt can bе еffiсiеntlу hаndlеd bу someone, whо has уеаrѕ оf еxреriеnсе in this field. Unlikе residential ѕitеѕ, соmmеrсiаl settings have uniԛuе nееdѕ аnd ѕресiаl requirements, аnd only рrоfеѕѕiоnаl соntrасtоr hаѕ the сараbilitу to fulfill thеm. Cоѕmеtiс changes and need оf соmреtеnt contractor Sоmеtimеѕ, rеnоvаtiоn in a соmmеrсiаl ѕitе iѕ оnlу соѕmеtiс in nature. Fоr such kindѕ оf tаѕkѕ too, a proficient соntrасtоr is rеԛuirеd. Suрроѕе, уоur оffiсе hаѕ tо be ѕhiftеd tо a nеw location; аnd you fееl that thiѕ type оf cosmetic renovation саn be managed bу аnуоnе. Althоugh thе tаѕk appears tо bе ѕimрlе, but in reality it iѕ not ѕо. Lоtѕ of соnѕidеrаtiоnѕ hаvе tо bе tаkеn intо ассоunt. Fоr inѕtаnсе, tо minimizе dаmаgе, аll уоur office еԛuiрmеntѕ have tо bе properly расkеd аnd thеn ѕhiftеd. Onlу an experienced соntrасtоr саn inѕurе that every соѕmеtiс сhаngе оссurѕ bу thе bооk. Onlу an еxреrt соntrасtоr can take саrе оf ѕресiаl ѕеrviсе соnѕidеrаtiоnѕ Oftеn, commercial rеnоvаtiоn is аlѕо аѕѕосiаtеd with minоr uр grаdаtiоnѕ аnd alterations. For instance, if a commercial ѕitе hаѕ to bе соnvеrtеd intо a ѕmаll оffiсе ѕрасе, thеn vаriоuѕ еԛuiрmеntѕ like соmрutеrѕ, scanners, сорiеrѕ, аnd so оn hаvе tо installed, office furniturе has tо bе еrесtеd, аnd еlесtriсаl fittings hаvе tо bе аltеrеd. Only a ѕkillеd contractor can handle аll thеѕе sorts of specialized tаѕkѕ, nоt аnу Tom, Diсk оr Hаrrу. Rеnоvаtiоn соnѕidеrаtiоnѕ аnd an аdерt contractor In ѕhоuld be borne in mind thаt еасh and every kind оf соmmеrсiаl rеnоvаtiоn hаѕ tо аbidе bу gоvеrnmеnt...

Three Little Known Aspects of Commercial Renovations

We’ve previously discussed the importance of considering the detailed practical items of a commercial office space renovation for those who are just starting to consider a change.  But for those who are about to make detailed design plans, this is for you. Here are three tips for making your commercial renovation or remodelling design a spectacular success: (1)   Renovating Your Brand: Keep in mind that you’re not just renovating an office space, you’re renovating your brand awareness.  Whatever you do to the office space, you also do to your brand recognition.  It’s crucial that your new office design plan reflects who you are—or who you’d like to become.  A radical design plan may not befit a boutique financial house, just as a conservative neutral-tone décor may not jibe with a hip, new advertising agency. (2)   Home Work: Many of our clients forget just how much time they will be spending in their new office spaces—nearly half as much as their residences (and much more for our lawyer clients!). Like a good kitchen plan, you need to ensure that everything is in the right place: copy-room, staff-room, board-room.  Invasive smells of microwaved lunches should not permeate the boardroom.  Copy-machine and supplies rooms should be placed centrally with minimal disruption for those who happen to work in that area. (3)   Seek Professional Help: It’s fun to do a makeover, but the chances for errors in execution are everywhere.  It’s great to pick new things, but also keep in mind cost-overruns.  A proven, reliable, budget-honoring construction services professional will make all the difference that you’ll see, enjoy, and appreciate when it’s over...

What to Consider When You’re Considering a Renovation

Many of our clients become so absorbed with the various aspects of planning and beginning a renovation or remodelling of their commercial spaces, that they forget themselves. Here are three tips for your business’s continuity of operations during your remodeling project: (1)   Where Will You Be?: Just because your office space is getting a little downtime for a refresher doesn’t mean that you or your team do.  So, unless you plan on pitching in with the labour or are giving them an extended vacation, where do you plan to work? There are all kinds of ways to have your team work remotely during your renovation project, and you should explore them well in advance so that your team knows what to do, and so that your daily critical business applications continue on uninterrupted. (2)   Franchise Restaurant Bathrooms: Will you close your entire, successful restaurant franchise during the remodelling of your bathrooms?  You can’t stay open with unavailable bathrooms, after all. There are a number of options for performing a quick bathroom-refresher without losing your important daily business, but you need to consult with a proven construction-services manager first.  This advice will be invaluable. (3)   Don’t DIY: Putting a new face on your commercial setting is exciting for many reasons—one of which is that it means that your business is succeeding—but this should not be done on your own.  You are sure to incur substantial cost-overruns and late completion times with tremendous stress and lost business if you do it alone—or worse, if you hire the wrong person. Don’t let a contractor ‘buy your job’ by bidding unrealistically low.  Consult...

Renovating the Toronto-Dominion (TD) Centre Skyscraper | Part 1

When the Fogler Rubinoff LLP law firm obtained their new, four floor office in the TD Centre building in Toronto, they knew that they wanted to personalize the space so that it accurately reflected their business. An office makes a powerful first impression, and therefore having it present the company in the best possible light was paramount. Not to mention, Fogler Rubinoff’s needs for the space were different from that of the previous tenants’. Fogler Rubinoff came to us and requested a total redesign and renovation for their four new floors. With excitement, we undertook the project. It is the biggest project we have been hired for to date, and we were determined to approach it with the same care to detail and enthusiasm that has characterized all of our projects. As we began, we discovered that more detailed drawings were needed. We had to know exactly what the designers and consulting engineers were looking for us to accomplish. The first hurdle was waiting for instructions, pricing, and approval; we didn’t want any delays once we started working, so we made sure to get all of that handled right out of the gate. Renovations for all four floors involved demolition (as required), new partitions, electrical work, HVAC, sprinklers, painting, flooring, millwork, and more. We removed all of the preexisting interior offices, kitchens, meeting spaces, and other rooms in order to rebuild them to Fogler Rubinoff’s specifications. Around 75% of the perimeter offices were left intact; as for the remaining 25%, we turned three small offices into two larger ones. The largest portion of the work went into their conference/meeting...

Renovating the Toronto-Dominion (TD) Centre Skyscraper | Part 2

In our previous blog post we started to explain how we tackled the biggest renovation project we’ve ever had. Today, we will be finishing that story – complete with pictures of our handiwork! We left off with a description of all of the different work that had to be done on the four floors of the TD Centre for when the Fogler Rubinoff LLP law firm moved into their new office. Now, let’s delve deeper into the process of how all that was done. It was a journey, a seven month process to complete the renovation. As each trade finished a floor, they’d move up and the next would take their place. Getting occupancy of the 27th and 28th floors in early November, we worked diligently. Later, we proceeded up to the 29th and 30th floors, culminating our efforts in the renovation of the conference and meeting floor. Fogler Rubinoff wanted us to reuse anything that we could, to avoid sending waste to the landfill. We eagerly accepted this request, using existing doors, frames, and walls in every place it was possible to do so. The floors and the paint were redone to meet the new design and style of Fogler Rubinoff. The TD Centre renovation was the largest project we have had, and we managed it with the same detailed and organized process that has made us so successful. In the end, we finished on time and within budget. The ultimate look and feel of the office space lived up to Fogler Rubinoff’s expectations, and met all of their design requirements. They are very happy with the outcome....