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Three Positions in Commercial Construction

The builder you would hire to build your home and the builder you hire to construct your office building are two very different positions. The first deals only with the building codes and regulations required for residential building. And the builder you would hire to construct your office building is experienced in the processes of commercial construction. As the name would suggest, commercial construction deals with construction of commercial buildings like office buildings, shopping malls, sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, etc. Listed below are a few essential positions in commercial construction.

Commercial Real Estate Agent
A commercial real estate agent is responsible for commercial properties. In many cases, owners of commercial real estate will hire a commercial real estate agent to lease the property or land on their behalf. And in other cases, it can work the other way around with a tenant using the agent to help them find a property or land to lease so they can begin construction of a commercial building.

Commercial General Contractor
General contractors coordinate and supervise the construction of the commercial building. The general contractor is in charge of the hiring of subcontractors who will take on the different parts of the construction process, like framing, plumbing, foundation, electrical, etc. The general contractor works directly with the owner or developer during the construction process to ensure that everything is done as directed.

Commercial Subcontractor
A subcontractor is the contractor in charge of a specific division of the commercial construction process. The subcontractor works directly under the general contractor and is responsible for coordinating the schedule and labor of his or her particular area of expertise.

Decline in Commercial Construction Industry Endangering Specialty Contractors

The last few years have been anything but kind to the commercial construction industry, especially the Specialty Contractors they employ. Specialty Contractors are being forced to re-evaluate and modify everyday operations to adjust to the volatile economic market that is threatening their demand.

Opportunities are few and far between these days, and every opportunity, big or small must be considered. For the majority of commercial construction companies, their futures appear murky, at best. Businesses that have been opened decades long are most concerned of the looming future of the employment of Specialty Workers.

Through desperate efforts to stay in business, contractors are forced to take uncharacteristic jobs and must now scramble to stay competitive and profitable. Plenty of contractors have to cut their staff in half, or more, to merely survive. Even worse, several sectors of commercial industries are still in the midst of a downward spiral. A commercial construction stand still is often the best case scenario for some struggling businesses.

Timelines, deadlines, and budgets are all shrinking. Stress is more palpable, the workload is more demanding, and the competition more fierce than ever. Like all industries, success is measured by supply and demand. Right now there is just no demand for specialty contractors in commercial construction.

For example, Las Vegas and its commercial construction commitments in the last few years have been severely affected by the commercial construction drought. At one point they were building as far as the eye could see, littering the strip with hotels, shops, restaurants, casinos.

With the huge lack of demand and vulnerable economy, the projects have only created thousands of square feet of vacant space. Commercial vacancies which include office space, retail space, etc., are all experiencing record highs. Las Vegas’ surplus of commercial space is so large that some predict the next project won’t take place for another decade.

Credit issues are another factor endangering specialty contractors. The criteria necessary for approval for large credit lines has become much more stringent and has proven to be a huge obstacle. Less credit approvals contribute to the decline in commercial construction and payment for work is significantly more challenging to collect. Combine the lack of demand with a volatile economy, and then compound that with the mounting credit issues. Most will be confronted with the grim reality of the challenges the industry will face to recover for years to come.

Many specialty contractors are coping by trying to be more aggressive and pursuing every possible lead or bid. Now their goals are just trying to maintain a workload to keep employees busy.

If anything positive emerged from the declining commercial construction industry, it yielded plenty of experienced, qualified specialty contractors enthusiastic to work. The few that are afforded the luxury should take advantage of each opportunity and maximize efforts by creating a strong sustainable team for success.

The decline in commercial construction is seriously endangering specialty contractors and their livelihood. With each project that launches, it is more vital than ever to hire valuable, productive, and efficient specialty contractors. This is not going to be an easy recovery and the current state of the industry is not indicative of a rapid growth or rebuilding period. The goal at hand should be how to survive the next few years to make it to the other side of this commercial construction recession. Adaptability is key, and may be the determining factor that keeps business doors open. Those who are willing to sacrifice and adapt will survive.

How to Speed Up Commercial Construction

After an unfortunate slumping period in new commercial construction projects, we are happy to report that new development projects are in full recovery mode. This trend has been pointed out through a series of leading indicators including deliveries of new building supplies throughout 2014.Another indication of a growth spurt in the commercial construction industry is found in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) which comes out on a monthly basis. In the ABI there was a sharp three point jump in May of 2014, as compared with the previous month. Thus, the need to speed up the process of commercial construction has become even more crucial.

“In commercial and residential construction, cost-effectiveness, speed and safety count and functionality dominate over prestige.” This is an excellent and pertinent quote. While factors like cost-effectiveness and speed definitely do count in the world of commercial construction; SAFETY CAN NEVER BE SACRIFICED!! Safety is the number one concern in all commercial (and residential) building projects. In this article we will look at how to speed up the commercial construction process WITHOUT sacrificing safety.

The often complex world of commercial construction is ever-increasing in demand. The range of projects vary from office complexes to shopping malls to factories to luxury hotels. Technically; although there ARE differences, commercial construction projects can also be housing developments or apartment complexes. Typically budgets are tight and the time-frames within which a commercial project can be completed are fairly narrow. Therefore speed definitely counts. An excellent construction company CAN deliver primo results under such conditions. The finished product is often visually gorgeous and is completed within the necessary time-frame and safety IS NOT SACRIFICED!! It pays to hire a reputable company for such a project.

“New Formwork and Scaffolding Supplier on the UAE Market Innovation made in Germany now at home in Dubai.” MEVA Formwork Systems is based in Germany and now boasts that it is the most prolific supplier of Scaffolding (& Formwork) equipment in the Middle Eastern countries. This equipment is essential to the process of speeding up commercial construction projects because it allows workers to complete projects without the use of cranes. In fact; most frequently, the cranes cannot even be used for these types of projects because they are too large to fit in the allotted space. What was once an inaccessible area for these construction workers, the same workers are now able to complete their projects with the use of this MEVA equipment. They can personally assure that all processes of their specific project are completed with SAFETY in mind. Not only for the safety of the building’s future tenants; but also the safety of the workers who are assigned to that specific project. These are of huge benefit to the industry.

Much more information about MEVA (and possibly products by similar competing companies) is available on the Internet. Just go to your favorite search engine and type in the heading name. Not only is there more information specifically about MEVA, there is info and news about other techniques used to speed up commercial construction projects without sacrificing anybody’s safety.