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Commercial Construction Classifications: What else do I need to know?
Commercial Construction projects can fall under many classifications:
- According to the construction materials used, they can be classified from type V to type I.
- According to its final purpose, they can fall under medical buildings, restaurants, lodging facilities, athletic buildings, among many others.
- A more ample classification divides construction projects in general in three categories: private construction, state construction and federal construction.
- According to the scale of the project, it can be divided into small, medium or large scale.
Defining your desired project in the planning stage according to all these classifications is necessary to be able to plan your budget.
After finalizing these decisions, it’s time for your contractor team to get the job done, but different projects call for different construction types that your contractor team must work around:
Renovations are often the least demanding type of construction. Also called ‘retrofitting’, these projects involve an existing structure that must be improved. These upgrades can be aesthetic only, for example, when owners are looking to modernize their existing brand image. On the other hand, some renovations are for practical purposes – for instance, installing more efficient appliances, materials or technology. Lastly, a renovation might adapt a commercial construction to certain needs, such as making a store become more eco-friendly.
The most common examples are stores in a shopping mall, where the construction project is designed to fit a pre-existing space, usually rental or leased. In these cases, the space must be conditioned to fit the new tenant’s business needs. Depending on the project, a landlord might even contribute financially to the build-out. Learn more about these ones here.
The need for an expansion surges when a business wants to retain its location but it’s in need of larger facilities to operate in. It’s commonly the case of growing, successful businesses that wish to upgrade their stores with the least amount of disruption to their day-to-day operations.
New commercial construction
This project starts from a blank sheet. This is a challenge that will require the entire design and construction of a building to start from scratch, limited only by your design and the size of your budget.
The type of commercial construction you have in mind and your budget will determine the whole scope of the project. What can never be up for discussion is hiring a responsible, experienced contractor team in Houston, Texas, like ProTech to bring that project to reality.