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Our fourth-generation commercial construction company has been in business for over 100 years, and we’ve answered plenty of questions along the way. Below you’ll find a list of the most commonly and frequently asked questions about the commercial construction process; it may give you a much better idea of what lies ahead as the stakeholder or project manager.

Q: What does commercial construction project planning look like?

To put it simply, commercial construction planning happens in three major stages.

  1. Draw up a design together with a team of architects and engineers based on the chosen site of the project.
  2. Nail down a final cost and create a budget accordingly, with estimates that allow for some margin of error along the way.
  3. Research and collect bids from a range of commercial construction contractors and decide on a team to work with.

Q: Do I need permits and/or insurance?

The short answer is yes. You need both permits and insurance for your commercial construction project. Which permits and the type of insurance coverage will depend on where your project is located and what kind of project it is. The right commercial construction contractor will be able to help guide you through this process.

Q: How long do commercial renovation projects take?

Your contractor will create a schedule that best fits your needs during the planning process, and while they do their best to stay on track, those timelines aren’t necessarily set in stone. Keeping projects on time means frequent communication and adjusted expectations, which comes naturally to experienced and qualified commercial construction contractors.

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Q: Can I still run my business during the renovation?

Let your contractors know up front if you can’t afford the downtime that comes with commercial renovation projects. They will likely be able to plan for little or no disruption to your business, depending on the scope of renovation work. 

Q: Can you tackle specialty healthcare construction?

Healthcare facilities – as well as biotechnology, microelectronic, medical, and telecommunication facilities – typically require clean rooms, which are controlled environments that are kept completely free of contaminants. Product development and testing environments require rigid construction and cleanliness procedures, much different from typical construction sites. Choose a firm that is highly experienced and exceptionally diligent in healthcare/medical and clean-room construction.

Q: Why is it important to have experience in industrial and warehouse construction?  

Construction of industrial and manufacturing facilities is defined primarily by two factors: What will be manufactured and what kinds of equipment must be housed inside the building. We have seen so far how vastly different the equipment, supply, and space needs can be inside a facility producing one product or another.

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Q: Will my building be ADA compliant?

We are experts and qualified in bringing buildings up to current codes – including public accommodations in line with the Americans With Disabilities Act – while maintaining structural and architectural integrity.

The last thing you want as the manager of a commercial construction project? More questions than answers. Make sure you work with a contractor that doesn’t leave you scratching your head. For over four generations, we have served the St. Louis area. You get a dedicated project manager from the outset to final approvals on every project. Our owner Chris has been in the business since he was 15 and is committed to continuing the legacy of being the most efficient and easy-to-work-with commercial construction company in the St Louis region.

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