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Preparing to Work with a Design Build Team

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An effective way to tackle your next construction project is with the design-build model. Enabling this model means that your needed services like engineering, architecture, and construction are provided by one team with experienced professionals. This approach often results in giving you the best product, price, and completion timeline.

A crucial part of this process is preparation. Before sitting down with a construction company, your project should be well defined, and you should have some questions to present. Here are some tips for effectively preparing for your initial meeting:

Cast Your Vision

No one knows what you want better than you do, so giving the design-build team a well-defined vision of your project is essential. A practical place to start is by developing a wish list of what you want for the project. Be as specific as possible, giving the design-build team the most significant advantage possible for completing your project.

5 Tips for Completing Your Construction Project on Time

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When you decide to start a commercial construction project, an essential step is to determine the time it will take to complete the job. This time frame is usually estimated by a general contractor and is subject to revision as the project initially gets started. Throughout the construction process, there are many crucial deadlines for planning, permits, financing and more. With an abundance of essential pieces to keep in mind, you work hard to accomplish the project in the timeframe that was estimated.

However, we are all aware of horror stories of construction projects gone wrong, facing delays that are either weeks or months long, putting the plan severely behind schedule. But fear not, we've got some helpful tips that will improve the chances of your project finishing on time.

Is It Time to Update or Expand Your Commercial Space?

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Knowing when to update your commercial space means balancing the current needs of your business with your potential for growth. Remodeling, expanding, or even entirely new building construction for your organization can bring about some exciting opportunities. Here's how to know when it's time to put building construction on your list of business goals.

3 Tips for Remodeling Your Retail Space

remodel of retail space

When you decide to remodel your retail space, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. A remodel can enhance your business, drawing new customers and ensuring repeats, but business owners want to minimize the impact during construction as much as possible.

At Benchmark Construction, we understand the intricacies of construction projects, and we’d love to help you plan yours. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help you start the planning process.

1. Narrow Down Most Important Elements

It can be tempting to want to do a complete overhaul, but that’s not always the best plan. Alternately, in some cases it’s a smart idea to tackle a bit more – say, you want to refresh the appearance, but some of the behind the scenes stuff (like electrical or plumbing) could use replacing.

Here’s the Difference Between Subcontractors & Contractors

Subcontractors & Contractors

When you’re getting started on the planning and negotiating stages of a construction project, you’ll probably find yourself with a list of unfamiliar terms and titles. One sometimes confusing distinction is that between the general contractor and subcontractor. Here are the differences and the purpose of each.

General Contractor

The general contractor is the person or company you hire to spearhead the entire project. You enter into a contract with them in order to accomplish the construction services you need. In most cases, they will coordinate hiring any subcontractors themselves.

Contractors are the ‘labor and services’ component of the construction project, but you should hash out all details beforehand and only enter into a contract if you feel completely understood and trusting. Details will include the costs associated with the subcontractors in addition to other expenses of the project.

What to Ask Your Construction Contractor

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Now that you’ve found the general contractor for your upcoming project, the next step is to prep for that project by making sure you have all questions answered. You probably (and understandably) have a lot of questions, but perhaps you aren’t sure how to ask them or what to prioritize. We’ve compiled this guide to help you determine what to ask your general contractor in order to get your project underway.

The Important Questions to Ask

About The Company

You may have researched and interviewed the company you’re using, but it’s not too late to learn more about who you’re working with. You can ask for specific examples of projects the contractor has worked on, particularly those that are similar to your own. And, definitely ask about the company itself if you’d like to know more about it.

4 Resources to Help You Find a General Contractor

hiring a general contractor for building construction

Construction spending and demand continue to rise and show no signs of stopping, which is both good news and bad news for anyone looking to begin a construction project. On the one hand, there are plenty of general contractors out there and plenty of information about any given firm or contractor. On the other, it can be tricky to find a general contractor who fits your needs, budget, and timeline. Even though it can be tough to know where to turn, there are plenty of resources to help you find the best match. Let’s take a look at some of them now.

Referrals

Asking for referrals from friends, acquaintances, and even folks online can give you an idea of some names or firms that have performed well in the past. A good word from someone you trust is probably the most useful resource when you’re on the hunt for someone to do a big job, but even then, you should do a little more homework.

How Construction Services Handle Pre-Construction and Project Planning

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If you’re planning a construction project in the Pacific Northwest or surrounding states, Benchmark Construction has you covered. Licensed in California, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, Benchmark offers a full spectrum of construction services to ensure you have support every step of the way. But what exactly do construction services offer at the onset of the project? Let’s take a closer look.

Setup and Planning: Pre-Construction Phase

Pre-construction is a critical timeframe for any construction project. This is when all parties gain an understanding of expectations, requirements, and potential challenges. Some of the key components in this stage include:

Give Yourself Enough Time for a Project Before the Holidays

construction during the holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching AGAIN, and it’s time to start thinking about that project you need to have done (or at least mostly done) before the holidays hit. We see it all too often where a company fully plans to have a project done by the holidays, but then things come to a halt at a critical stage because it’s time for vacations and/or family time.

Don’t Cause Undue Stress

If you know you need to make significant headway on or finish a project by the new year, start early! Don’t be that person holding up your companies project when deadlines need to be met or approvals and bids are needed while you are away for the holidays. Get it done in the months leading up to the holidays so that you can rest assured it’s being finished and you can off into the sunset without the stress.

Is it Time for a Major Building Restoration or just Preventative Maintenance?

carpenter fixing roof

Mortar joints are popping out. Steel is visibly rusting. Cracks in the concrete are growing. Sound familiar?

No building structure made of concrete, steel or masonry is indestructible. Your building gives an impression, but it’s also your first defense against outside forces as simple as the weather. Even with routine maintenance and upkeep, if you allow defects to go for too long, your structural integrity could be at risk.

Check for Structural Integrity

Keeping an eye on minor issues when you have preventative assessments of your structure is crucial. Routine maintenance can save you money and time, but only if you are willing to fix the minor issues before they require a full-blown restoration.

Take a walk around your building and pay attention to things that could potentially be issues and make a note of them. Watch them over time to see if they worsen. Here are some keep areas in buildings to keep an eye on:

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