commercial builder

What does a commercial builder do?

A commercial builder gets called in when there’s a shopping centre, warehouse, or other type of business project to take on. The title might look straightforward, but the job description isn’t. Commercial builders do a lot more than make office blocks.

 

Safe and sound

On site, commercial builders or master builders rarely pick up tools themselves. But they do make regular visits to check everything is up to standard, safety-wise. They’re required to have certification in building codes, safety obligations on a worksite, and qualifications in fault assessment.

 

Delegate

A commercial builder might have past experience on site, but in their current role they delegate that work to others.

Commercial construction firms have subcontractors under their umbrella. This includes the usual trades like plumbers and carpenters, alongside designers and architects. Before any work is assigned, the builder will send people to the potential site for measurements and assessment. After that a quote is sent to the client with prices and potential completion dates.

 

Behind the scenes

A commercial builder shifts paper rather than wood frames. They submit plans/tenders for approval, manage work crews, and do what they can to make sure the project is completed on time and on budget. This means they’re also in charge of supplying the materials for the build. This includes: concrete mix, wiring, piping, wood, tools, etc. They carry out work, but not the physical type.

Commercial builders communicate regularly with the client to give them updates. When they’re on the worksite, they’ll make an inspection with the on-site project manager to make sure everything is getting done safely. They also need to check that the building is up to code and there’s no faults.

They’re also learning constantly. A master or commercial builder regularly receives updates about building legislation, laws, trends, and more about the industry. They keep their skills up to date and must renew their license every few years.

 

office renovation

Use these office renovation ideas to make the workplace welcoming

Office renovation ideas are tough to think of on the fly; you need time to make decisions about all the little things that bring the project together. There’s size, colour scheme, and even furniture to consider. There’s plenty of ideas and designs saturating the internet, so we gathered a few general but popular options.

White on walls

Indoor offices don’t have lots of natural light and you don’t want to darken the atmosphere. White (in its many different shades) will brighten spaces without much effort. It’s also a neutral colour, so you can dress up the space as you like. White walls with dark furnishings is a popular look.

Murals

You have white walls but you don’t want them to stay barren. Project managers of office renovation, or the directors of the company, are making more room for art and creativity. Offices of companies like Google, Airbnb, and Evernote have spaces set aside to use as feature walls. Sometimes they commission artists to paint something unique.

office renovation

(Evernote Offices, California)

 

Bring the outside in

Plan your office renovation with employee comfort in mind. Psychological studies have shown that contact with the outside world in some form improves worker efficiency. A view of nature reduces stress. German legislation has even made access to nature in some form compulsory in office buildings (Herman Miller, Comfort in the Workplace).  

Wooden furnishings, plants or even pictures of plants are other ways to bring more nature inside. If it’s possible, consider floor-to-ceiling windows. They give workers access to views and sunlight.

Go over the design with your builder and look critically at floor space. Cubicles might save a few square centimetres but they’re suffocating. They’re gradually getting traded for larger desks with small partitions. This gives the office a more “open-air” environment.

Reception area

If possible, bring all these elements into your reception area. It takes less than three seconds to make an impression and you want to amaze your guests as well as welcome them.

(5D Office Designs)