What You Should Know Before Building A Commercial Building

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Building a commercial building can be a very large undertaking and before you jump right into it there’s a lot you should take into consideration. By taking the time beforehand to carefully plan and consider all of the details, you could save yourself a lot of time and money down the road. Schroeder Construction Management has a deep appreciation for historical beauty and keeping the integrity of a building. Here are a few things you should know and consider before deciding to build a commercial building!

 

Establish Your Budget and Finances

Before you begin anything, the first thing you should do is establish a budget. There’s no point in investing if it’s not going to financially benefit you in the future. Whether this means hiring a financial advisor or looking through the numbers with someone on your team, make sure you know what your budget cap is before beginning the process so that the design and building team know what the goal is. Perhaps consider aiming below that maximum budget to leave yourself room for unexpected additional costs as well. 

 

Choose a Location

When deciding where you want to build, there is more to consider than just the price. Location is arguably the most important aspect. Take into account your target consumer and try to find a location near them. Additionally, scope out the area for potential competition that could affect your business negatively. If that is the case, then perhaps consider a different location.

 

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Plan the Logistics  

Next you want to find an area that is zoned for commercial development. Taking that into account, begin getting specific information and restrictions on what is permitted for that area. Gathering that information early can save money during the building’s design stage, if those restrictions are already ironed out. After, begin considering how the building will accommodate its clients and employees, what type of technology needs to be available there, parking area, etc. These accommodations will greatly differ based on the type of business you own. 

 

Hire Schroeder Construction Management for Commercial Building 

Schroeder Construction Management, Inc. emphasizes commercial design-build, guiding your project from the conceptual phase through completion and to your satisfaction with a personal, hands-on approach. We have the construction management experience and skills to construct your commercial building based on your unique business needs.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us by giving us a call at (603) 882-1822.

What is Design-Build & Why is it so Effective?

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Construction can be a complicated process with numerous moving parts and small details, each holding immense importance. When you are looking to hire a construction company you need to have peace of mind to know that the job will get done right and time efficiently. One of the best ways to ensure that is to hire a design-build contractor. Schroeder Construction Management works as a design-build construction manager, providing professional construction services in commercial, industrial, and municipal fields of construction. Here is an explanation of design-build and its advantages! 

 

What is Design-Build? 

 

In short, it means simplicity. The design-build approach is when both the design and the construction are done by the same company or person. This makes managing the project easier since everything is being done by one contractor. The fairly common alternative is that the design is done by a different contractor/company than the construction is, which means that the owner must relay information from one company to another, so you can see why keeping it under one roof, so to speak, would make it more simple. 

 

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What are the 3 Key Advantages to Design-Build?

  1. Better Communication: Especially when it comes to construction, communication is arguably the most important aspect. Having effective and efficient communication can make all the difference. With design-build, communication is made as simple as possible. The team is used to working together to problem-solve and therefore has experience with how each other works. Additionally, there is no back and forth between different design contractors and construction contractors, which has historically led to misunderstanding. Workers can get the information they need almost immediately.
  2. Quicker Project Completion: When you have great communication you are also able to work faster. The design-build method cuts down on the time. Rather than having to wait for another team to finish, the team can better coordinate each step and work around one another to eliminate hold-ups. Working as a team to solve problems and think creatively, a design-build method can streamline the project.

  3. More Cost-Effective: Traditionally, the owner is unable to know the specifics of cost until the design is completed which can create unexpected cost increases. However, the design-build method allows those specifics earlier in the process. This vastly minimizes costly consequences later on. Due to the proactive approach, should above budget costs arise, the team can cut down on the financial burden to the client since it was caught early. 

 

Schroeder Construction Management, Inc. 

 

Schroeder Construction Management has an emphasis on commercial design-build, guiding your project from the conceptual phase through completion and to your satisfaction with a personal, hands-on approach. We have the construction management experience and skills to complete complex tasks.

If you have any questions, please contact us by giving us a call at (603) 882-1822.

Three Qualities of an Effective General Contractor

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When it comes to a big project, an effective general contractor is something you need. Whether it’s residential or commercial, you want to guarantee that the job will be done right. Thus, before you start, it’s essential to make sure that the general contractor is a good fit. Schroeder Construction Management takes care in providing a high level of professionalism and production on the job. Nevertheless, here are three qualities that let you know you have an effective and exceptional general contractor.

 

1. Experience

 

Finding the best person can be difficult. Therefore, a good general contractor should have previous experience in every aspect of construction. For example, knowing the basics of building to understanding the home designing process will ensure that they can handle any situation. Many general contractors are the ones who hire subcontractors, which means they must be capable of understanding how everyone’s jobs work for the big picture. Consequently, this will assure you that each task can be completed on time.

 

2. Flexibility

 

Wait, didn’t we go over how important it is to get things done on time? Yes. But, a general contractor should also be able to handle anything that’s thrown at them. Flexibility is a skill on its own. A good contractor should understand how to alter schedules. In the case of a mishap, you want someone reliable to rearrange elements to complete the job on time. Besides, there are many things involved in construction, and you need someone trustworthy and who can take on every aspect of the job.

 

3. Reputation

 

When you hire someone with an attractive background, they’re bound to have many people ready to back up their quality of work. After all, a professional general contractor’s reputation is only as good as the work they have provided. Consequently, when someone is honest and stands behind their work, you know they have the integrity to do it right. So, ask previous clients how the experience went to see for yourself.

 

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Schroeder Construction Management – General Contractor

 

Schroeder’s President, Jack Schroeder, has over 30 years of experience as a general contractor. He has maintained strong relationships with some of the best designers and contractors in the construction industry. If you’d like to take advantage of our experience and personal, hands-approach to construction, please give us a call at (603) 882-1822.

Why Hiring A Commercial Management Company May Be the Best Thing You Do All Day

Commercial construction projects need to be overseen by someone who has strong communication skills and the ability to problem solve. It is also imperative that this individual knows the building process inside and out to meet the needs of the client.

Building or renovating a property is a big job, with many small and complicated tasks making up the daily work involved. The plans for the day can shift wildly, and it is crucial that there is someone who is in charge who can respond quickly and effectively.

If you are planning to build or renovate a commercial property, hiring a professional commercial construction management company will be the best decision you can make. But, what exactly is a commercial construction management company?

Project management is “the art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, cost, time, quality, and participating objectives.” – Project Management Institute (PMI) 

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Construction management companies are specialists who know how to coordinate all the moving pieces of a large scale construction project from beginning to end.

They are involved as early as the planning stage and help with setting the calendar and all the specs. If you don’t know how long it will take to dig a foundation, you don’t need to. That’s their job.

The management company will vet and hire all the workers to ensure that the team working on your build is the best that it can be. There’s no need for you to figure out which mason worker is the best. Job delegated!

They oversee the project as the process moves along, continually evaluating to make sure things are running smoothly and staying on track. Conflict on site? They are the ones who fix it. It is their job to make sure the project is completed on time and budget while still meeting essential specs and building codes.

In the end, they submit a final report letting you know what aspects of the project met the goals, which ones didn’t, and any loose ends that may need to be tied up.

Doesn’t that all sound like a massive load off of your shoulders? No need to worry about communicating with or dealing with the dozens and dozens of contractors and sub-contractors. You can hand it all off to an expert and focus on more important things. You will be glad you did.

If you’re in the market for a commercial construction management company, Schroeder Construction Management Inc has been in business since 2005. We have worked on numerous projects in New Hampshire and are an excellent resource for your commercial construction needs. You can visit our or call us at 603-882-1822 for more information.

Benefits of Historical & Energy Renovation

Being from New England, we’re surrounded by historically beautiful buildings almost everywhere we go. But just because they’re nice to look at and give our community unique charm, doesn’t mean they are always an efficient use of space. Often, the design of these buildings is outdated, and the systems and architecture prevent it being used to its full capacity. By employing the use of energy renovation and historical renovation experts, you can breathe new life into these structures and make them a valued part of the community.

What’s Unique About These Renovations?

Both historical and energy renovations are different than traditional improvements because they aim to keep the space looking the same – or at least similar – aesthetically. Instead of tackling things like paint color and new floors, these types of renovations make the area more efficient (both spatially and energy wise) while keeping historical charm. Although some ornamental changes might happen, like adding a wall to divide the space or changing the windows to more energy efficient ones, the general idea is to keep the historic atmosphere alive.

Why Bother?

Why would you change anything? What’s the point if it won’t make a difference in appearance? Well, older buildings may not be up to the latest safety codes, for one. Making “behind the scenes” renovations allow the building to be used again! From weight limitations to electricity, making historical improvements can turn an underutilized space into everyone’s favorite place to stop. In addition to general safety codes, building ordinances may also be in place in regards to energy efficiency and how a building runs. In this case, old buildings will need updates – like new windows or HVAC systems – to make sure they’re using energy in the best way possible.

Think about the historic buildings in your town. Are they being utilized? Some cities choose to turn these buildings into historical monuments, while some use them as modern offices or even community hubs like libraries and town halls. Through historical and energy renovation projects, you can add something beautiful to your community. Click here to browse our gallery of recent projects.

Keeping Safe During Commercial Building

At Schroeder Construction Management, we take safety extremely seriously. With so much potential for disaster when it comes to construction, it’s important to us to that our staff is well versed in all safety protocol, and always has access to appropriate safety equipment. With an accident rate of almost 0, our commercial building services are some of the safest you can find in Southern New Hampshire.

Accident Statistics

In 2014, OSHA reported that one in ten construction workers are injured each year. Additionally, it’s estimated that on any given day, nearly 6,500,000 people work at 252,000 construction sites on any given day. To prevent contributing to this one in ten statistic, we give our employees some of the highest safety training available. A number of our staff are OSHA 30 certified, and we also carry an ISN rating of a B.

How to Stay Safe?

In addition to receiving an above average amount of safety training, we provide our employees with the proper equipment to maintain a safe environment. This includes, but is not limited to, flashlights, hard hats, neon vests, safety glasses, and ear protection. Falls have been proven to be the biggest cause of fatal construction injuries. Employing equipment such as harnesses, anchors, and guard rails minimizes the risk of a fall.

Experience Modification Rate

An Experience Modification Rate, or EMR, is an insurance rating that is used to determine workers’ compensation premiums for businesses. This is determined by the industry we are in (commercial building), as well as how many OSHA recordables are on file for a given year. If a company has an EMR of 1.0, they pay the industry average. Here at Schroeder Construction Management, we are proud of our 0.79 EMR, meaning we have below average OSHA recordables when compared to other construction firms.

We understand our staff are people with families and lives outside of the construction site, and we work hard to make sure they stay safe while on the job. We strive for perfection when it comes to safety, and every project that is completed without incident is a win in our book. For more information about our safety guidelines or to learn more about our recent projects, please visit our website here.