Plan & Design
Why is Plan & Design So Important
Whether it’s construction, marketing, or even launching a new business, planning is the foundation for all successful projects. The design phase, or pre-construction phase, for commercial construction is especially important because you want to ensure that every decision being made will maximize your investment. With a creative partner you can trust, this pre-construction phase will help set your project up for success.
Successful projects begin with diligent planning. The design process starts with an initial meeting to discuss the vision, logistics, and final project outcomes with the key decision makers and the creative experts on the commercial general contractor team. This should be a collaborative process that explores options and directions that ultimately lead to an amazing finished product. Together, the team will walk through architectural, physical and economic requirements of the project as well as code requirements.
Design development then kicks off with experienced design professionals creating architectural, structural, and engineering drawings, as needed. These designs should detail specifications of the project from the ground up, oftentimes with artist renderings. The designs should also include detailed descriptions and mockups.
Financial models and budgeting should also be a key component in the pre-construction and design phase. Conceptual estimates are often created throughout the pre-construction phase and as a design is refined realistic cost estimates are updated. Any subcontractors and suppliers should provide construction cost estimates, logistics details, and schedules.
Permitting is another important step that your general contractors should handle on your behalf. It’s important to ensure all appropriate permits are obtained not only to protect property value and guarantee code compliance, but also to save you money in the long run.