Commercial Construction

Written by Charles Peacock
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Commercial construction projects can be far more complex than private home construction. For this reason--and because the literal size of these projects is usually quite a bit larger than home projects--it's usually necessary to hire quite a few contractors to get the job done. Farming out various parts of the job to experienced contractors is the best (and probably the only) way to make sure the job gets done correctly.

Commercial Construction Concerns

Since virtually all commercial construction projects are intended (at least to some extent) for public use, there are quite a few rules and regulations you'll have to adhere to during and after construction. Building codes and standards are much more strict for commercial projects than they are for private construction, and it's usually necessary to clear any and all plans with the local authorities even before you break ground. If you've hired a general contractor to oversee the project, they will usually be able to help you navigate this process.

Local building codes regulate virtually every aspect of your construction project. To start, you have to check zoning laws to see if you can even build what you want to build on a particular plot of land. Once the zoning is cleared, you still have to have the layout of the grounds approved by local officials.

The actual design of your building must also meet a lot of requirements. This begins with the materials you're going to use, and continues on down to the smallest details of the architectural plans. Fire prevention must be taken into consideration, as well as accessibility for handicapped people.


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