Using Careful Commercial Construction Planning

Commercial construction projects, whether large or small, require careful planning and scheduling. The availability of materials and resources are influenced by many factors that must be taken into consideration. Deadlines are vitally important to many construction projects, where time means money and delayed projects result in significant fines.

In addition to careful advanced planning, commercial construction projects require flexibility as delivery dates shift and activity proceeds at an unexpected pace. Communication is essential during any planning phase and well into the project as it makes its way toward completion. In addition, commercial construction projects have enormous budgets that must be carefully monitored and adhered to. Cost overruns can result in significant losses to the company in charge of the project.

Using an effective, well designed, construction software can help keep a commercial construction business on track. It can enhance the company’s ability to oversee and evaluate the project thereby reducing costs and cutting expenses. Computer software can definitely speed the decision making process and improve communication between project managers and company management.

Cost management is crucial and employing appropriate management techniques can make the difference between bringing a project in on time and within budget and excessive costs and expenses. Estimating prior to bidding on a commercial construction project is the start of cost management even before the project is underway. If it is a project that is given to the lowest bidder, a company’s bid requires careful examination to make certain a profit can be made it the job is won.

Once under way, proper planning and careful record keeping takes over to continue to analyze the profitably of the project as it is underway. Construction managers and project managers oversee various aspects of a large commercial project for profitability as well as scheduling and materials coordination. Some managers work on only one project, others are responsible for multiple projects at once.

Another important element of any commercial construction project is safety. This is a complex aspect of commercial construction planning and thorough knowledge of laws and regulations is a necessity. Most companies have a site safety manger to keep employees and contractors informed and in compliance with these regulations. Safety violations can result in fines and injuries result in lost time, as well as, unnecessary medical and disability costs.

Careful planning of a commercial construction project will bring a project in on time and within budget. No construction company wants to work at a loss, even though on occasion it may be unavoidable. If it happens too often, the company will not survive.

Large commercial construction projects have benefited greatly from the advancements in construction technology and computer software. They have made it possible to improve the accuracy of materials and labors calculations and assist management in planning as the project proceeds. Efficient planning and appropriate adjustments made in a timely fashion throughout the project will increase profits and minimize expense and this is easier to do now than ever before.

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What to Look For in a Commercial Construction Contractor

The overall outcome of any build structure relies on a single, very important decision – choosing the right commercial construction contractor. A poorly selected commercial construction contractor is likely to build a poor quality commercial building that will end up costing more than what was budgeted for and may not be what was originally intended. Therefore, there are a number of important attributes individuals should look for in any prospective commercial construction contractor.

A good commercial construction contractor must always present them self and operate their construction business in a business-like demeanor. A good contractor will respect the schedule of the business owner and always show up on time and ready to do whatever needs to be done that day. They will be competent, organized and able to deal directly with any questions or concerns the business owner may have. They will create a sense of confidence because they will not break any promises. Individuals should look at how a contractor deals with them before they sign the contract. It will say a lot about how that individual expects to be treated throughout the duration of the project.

Communication is a key attribute in any commercial construction contractor. Construction is considered a “people business.” A good contractor is also a good listener and communicator. They will translate the ideas of the individual and their goals into a very workable plan and then provide insight on what can be expected. They will create a strong base for a good working relationship and build positive rapport. If an individual does not feel as though they are communicating with a contractor effectively during the interview process, chances are it will continue through the project.

Commercial construction is a complex task. The contractor needs to demonstrate the experience and skills needed to get the job done. They need to have years of experience before they can manage a large project. There are different kinds of projects and it is important to find a contractor that has the experience in that type of commercial construction work. If they do, ask them to deliver proof in the form of referrals and recommendations.

A good, well established commercial construction contractor will have a professional reputation. This can be determined through the use of references. Ask the contractor to provide references. Have them include not only references for themselves, but any other businesses they may work with, including material suppliers. It is important to know that all companies involved have a professional reputation.

Lastly, look into the business practices of the commercial construction contractor. Ask for a certificate of insurance to ensure they have necessary coverage, including liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. Call the insurance company to ensure the coverage has not lapsed. Also check out their licenses and call the state licensing board to see if the license has ever been suspended or if there are any claims against the commercial construction contractor. Make certain they are able to get all necessary building permits and follow all zoning laws.

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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.

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How To Get Commercial Construction Loan Financing – Even During a Dismal Economic Downturn

Just the other day, I heard a rather prominent commercial real estate mortgage industry insider (who wishes to remain anonymous) utter something like: “Sorry guys, no commercial lenders are making loans for commercial construction financing these days in this dismal economic downturn.” No wonder that industry insider wants to remain anonymous! He ought to because it seems to me that when executives start to parrot what they hear in the news media, they actually cause the doom and gloom that doesn’t really exist @ all before they proclaim it. Anyway, rest assured that you can get commercial construction loan financing – if you know where to look…

Perhaps where he comes from, commercial construction financing is hard to come by, but he was undoubtedly referring to traditional commercial real estate lenders. Now don’t get me wrong, conventional commercial lenders do have a solid rationale for being reluctant to provide construction loan financing: “In a down economy, lots of standing (existing) real estate sits vacant or unsold on the market. So, why the heck should we finance new construction?”

OK, we get their point, but there are still a lot of good solid new construction projects out there that need to be funded, and yours may just be one of them. If so, private commercial construction loan financing is where it’s at. Here’s what it is, why you may need it, and how you can get access to $250,000 to $500 million in the ideal combination of private commercial mortgage loans and up to 100% joint venture equity capital…

Private Commercial Construction Loan Financing Defined

First of all, let’s define what a commercial construction loan actually is. Private commercial construction loans are typically short-term interim recourse commercial loans from non-bank sources (e.g. private investment firms, individual investors, hedge funds, etc) to finance construction costs. In a typical case, the lender would advance construction funds to you as the builder at periodically at set intervals as the work progresses. By “recourse”, we’re referring to loans where the lender may seek to recover money in addition to real property that the borrow pledges as collateral in the event of a loan default.

Why You May Need Private Money To Fund Your Commercial Construction Deals

Perhaps the toughest issue that we as commercial real estate investors and owners face–especially within this challenging economy is locating financing when our credit scores, resumes, and/or financial statements are less than stellar. Private lenders and equity capital financiers can work with you to find or devise the ideal combination of debt & equity to finance your commercial construction project. Plus, these private capital sources have much greater flexibility, can offer you more creative financing options, and they can fund your deals with eye-popping speed and efficiency.

How You Can Access Private Commercial Construction Loans and Equity Capital Financing

Based upon the information that you have just read, if you feel that either private commercial mortgage finance or private equity capital finance sources are appropriate for your new commercial construction real estate ventures, please just keep in mind that you certainly can get access to the most appropriate form of commercial construction loan financing for your business – as long as you know just where to look for it.

Charles Emery is a Commercial Real Estate Finance Consultant with Radiant Properties LLC, a Philadelphia, PA based real estate investment and commercial real estate finance consulting firm. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Charles worked as a Commercial Credit Analyst at a large Philadelphia area regional bank where he provided Commercial Lenders with financial, business and industry analysis, upon which those Loan Officers based their commercial loan funding decisions. He also performed marketing & sales calls along with new business prospecting as part of his overall commercial lending related work responsibilities.

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