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.
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.