What is Commercial Building Design?
The commercial building design is fun and exciting, after all, why would it not be? Kids love to use legos and other toys to build new things and so do adults. Real estate is fun and cool, rightfully so, you should take pride in what your build, but the right professionals need to be involved in creating the most beautiful plans possible within a fair budget as well. We live in a world of specialization, and that has spilled over into our industry. Architects have their own license and educational foundation, as do engineers, contractors, and other professionals. Each has its own value and do deserve to have their own specialty sector of the process; however, they all need to work together. If a balance of cost, design, and vision is not in place, this fun process can quickly turn into a financial nightmare. Use our team to leverage the 360 degrees of experience we have from full property design to contractor selection to insurance planning to ensure what you build is safe, but also compliant with the right insurance plans to protect you in the event of a worst-case scenario.
We live in a world of specialization, and that specialization has spilled over into our industry. Architects have their own license and educational foundation, as do engineers, contractors, and other professionals. Each has their own value and do deserve to have their own specialty sector of the process, however, they all need to work together to create an effective result for the client. Architects design facades, layouts, and other critical elements, but they often forget the cost to these features and the logistical aspects of where they place certain infrastructure pieces. Aesthetics need to be balanced with functionality. A project may look beautiful on paper or rendering, but market rents are what they are. We can’t change the market, and if a project is designed that is 300% of the planned budget, the cost and process will instantly push the project underwater if the rents cannot support the project cost. If you are an owner occupant for a home or a business, this same principle holds true as well. If a property’s construction goes over budget, it can create a massive financial burden your personal household or your business may not be able to support. All of these ideas need to be taken into consideration when discussing creative concepts.
Our professional team at Florida Engineering Solutions is ready and able to put their years of experience to work helping clients with the design of commercial buildings. We strive to create designs that will fit the exact needs of the owners, architects, or builders of every structure we make and work closely with the project’s decision-makers to ensure that their vision is realized through our designs and construction plans. We want all of your projects to come out Pinterest worthy. Commercial buildings require special attention, as they are often high-cost projects and necessarily executed under tight deadlines.
Florida Engineering Solutions knows these factors all too well. When designing a project for a client, we keep not only quality but cost in mind as well. Before undertaking any design project, we spend time with our clients to determine their exact needs and what they hope to see in the project’s final incarnation. We then set to work, creating structures that uphold our client’s vision and match their needs in every way.
The Practicality of Architecture Designs
From a practical standpoint, designers must also take into account this thinking to truly add value to a process. They must go beyond designing a pretty picture and design a practical picture too. To effectively execute on this, designers must take into account the gas, water, sewer, hot water heaters, and other infrastructure elements should be placed in practical locations where they can be maintained in an easy manner, as opposed to merely placing these items in corners where it is convenient for a designer, but inconvenient for those building the design or maintaining the finished product. This also goes the other way; construction professionals must remember that aesthetics are critical to a successful project. Leaving nails sticking out of a wall or a job site not cleaned up, is not the way to attract top tenants and encourage them to give you their rent money. If the property is to be your professional or personal home, you want it treated as such. Not to mention timing. A project may be planned and executed perfectly, but any project taking too long can be a death sentence with a significant domino effect. The longer a project takes the longer the carrying cost. After all, properties have ongoing taxes, insurance, and mortgage costs. In addition, a home occupant or business occupant will need to occupy and pay rent elsewhere if a project is delayed. For the future potential tenants of a commercial property, those tenants will not start to pay rent until their home is ready. The point to this is that the entire process is a balance of professionals. A ton of working gears that great a machine. We make sure our teams do their work independently but also together as a unit, benefitting the customer and their timing. By tackling potential future problems upfront, we save our customers time, money, and frustration.
We understand that each project is costly and make or break for many tenants or property owners. These projects are taken on seriously with a team of professionals who are instructed to act quickly and efficiently for all of our clients. Each project will receive individual attention. We will take on the project as if it is our own. Your vision will become our vision. We will walk you through the process in detail to understand what you are getting into, the expected timelines, and how we will achieve your goals. These custom solutions and processes are the best in the market, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard. Our team has experience building a variety of structures from apartments to office buildings to specialty commercial projects – we have the team and the experience. This wide range of expertise allows us to bring fresh ideas to different asset types, providing our clients with fresh new ideas in a world requiring them due to increased competition in the industry.
If a building is not built appropriately, there is a foundational problem, oftentimes literally. Florida is located in one of the most structurally risky land climates in the world. Given its location in the Karst region, the grounds below the surface are composed of soluble rock, composed mostly of limestone and dolomite. This region is characterized by springs, caves, sinkholes, and other unique hydrogeology elements. These characteristics make the lands at extreme risk for surface collapses, sinkholes, and other property destroying events. At first glance, you may seem to think you are living on top of swiss cheese, and that is somewhat true, however, more than 20% of the United States lives above some level of Karst. These issues may be much more common in Florida, but they are not unique to this state, region, or country. Because of this, many studies have been done to make property owners safe across the board. Foundation implementation, property design, and insurance policies all have been prepared for years to deal with these issues. The depth of data contained in these industries on how to effectively make a homeowner prepared, physically safe, and insured can be helpful, but only if it is utilized appropriately or utilized at all. You can’t fix something if you don’t use the right tools. We make sure the right tools are used.
Despite the challenges that come with these land characteristics, there are solutions, and proven solutions, you just need to know where to find them. At Florida Engineering Solutions, we are a solutions-based organization, we know where to find them for you. Solutions start with understanding your starting point and to do so, you need to appropriately analyze the macro and microelements of what you are building on. From a macro level, we will inform you where you lie in terms of regional land distress, history of property issues, and area statistics. From a micro level, our studies will allow you to understand the risks within the metes and bounds (or borders) of your property as well as your direct and nearby neighbors. After all, your home may not fall into a sinkhole, but if your neighbors do, their problems and safety risks suddenly become yours as well. This analysis will allow you to understand how to appropriately build your property. Should more fill be brought in to support the ground? Is the ground level? Are wetlands present? Should you even build at all? Do not put a shovel in the ground until you know these basics. Something else to consider looking into, when specifically building in Florida, is natural disasters – but particularly we are talking about sinkholes. Sinkholes can be detrimental to your building and commercial design process, so it is imperative to make sure you assess the area and see if it is susceptible to sinkholes, and NEVER forget insurance.
Understanding this analysis will allow you and/or your professionals to appropriately work together. Your contractors will know how much additional support will be needed for your foundation, how much weight the ground can support, and other key items that will determine how to really set the right foundation for your property. The work does not stop there. Designing the construction of the vertical portions of your property, its materials, weights, finishes, layout, and the entirety of the puzzle pieces which make up the picture of your home will lean on the ground level construction and assessments to ensure the property is built safely and appropriately.
The problems and risks that come with due occur and sometimes are out of the control of the property owner. When they do occur, you need to have the right insurance in place to help you, not hurt you. Today’s modern insurance agencies have a tendency to not help you, but instead, painfully drag out a process that oftentimes ends in a result that is far from helpful. Our company is the opposite. Call us, let us show you how we will effectively provide you with the best start to finish approach to keep you safe and appropriately insured in your new home.
Benefits of Commercial Building Design with Florida Engineering Solutions
One of the greatest benefits of working with Florida Engineering Solutions for your commercial structure design and planning needs is our ability to be adaptable. We give each project we undertake individual attention and work closely with our clients to give them the exact structure they are envisioning.
Our buildings are custom designed to fit the needs of whatever commercial entity will be housed in them, and owners can rest assured that the team who brought the Southeast some of its most notable structures is completing their project with the best technology and software around. Each client will be paired with one of our distinguished professionals to ensure that their needs are met in the most efficient and structurally sound way possible. This personal touch sets Florida Engineering Solutions apart from the competition, giving our clients an advocate they can rely on throughout their project.
We also provide our clients with the option of seeing 3D drawings of the building plans before construction begins. These images are a great asset to those looking to build, as they provide something tangible the client can look to before any unchangeable steps are taken. 3D images and renderings are also a cut above standard blueprints. They allow clients to actually “walk through” their structure while it is still in the design phase, ironing out potential changes they would like made with a real-world view in mind.
The professionals at Florida Engineering Solutions provide top to bottom design service undertaken with the client and end result in mind.