LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system used for green building. It can be used for virtually all types of buildings, homes and communities. LEED provides a framework to assist in creating a highly efficient, healthy, and cost-saving green buildings. Recognized globally, a LEED certification is a symbol of sustainability achievement.
The dark-sky movement is a campaign to reduce light pollution. The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of electric lighting on the environment, improving the well-being, health and safety of both people and wildlife, and cutting down on energy usage.
Pervious concrete (also called porous concrete) is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through, thereby reducing runoff from the site. Pervious concrete may cost up to 25% more to install than conventional concrete, but when lifecycle costs and the savings associated with reduced storm water management infrastructure are considered, pervious is much cheaper.
In 2014, buildings with 20 or more units took 14.9 months to complete from the time of obtaining permits, whereas properties with 10 to 19 units typically finished in , and 5 to 9-unit buildings came in at . Lastly, 2 to 4-unit buildings required only . Obviously, these are ideal, and timelines are easily affected by all parties.
There are many things to consider when estimating the cost of a commercial, i.e., land costs, materials, square footage of the project, etc. The land costs alone can be as much as 70% of the cost. A simplistic plan can run as little as $100 per square foot. Mid-range costs can run $160-$170 per square foot and a project with specialty equipment can run as much as $200 per square foot. For a more accurate estimation consult with your architect.
Only if you believe that quality and value are determined by who is the cheapest or lowest bidder. If you had to have a life or death medical treatment would you get three bids and go with the lowest or middle bidder? Of course not, you would want the most qualified surgeon to perform the surgery. Well, this is your business and you are probably putting your heart and soul into it. Not to mention a considerable amount of money and the success or failure of your business court could have many effects on your wellbeing. You want to open your business as soon as possible and start making money. To do this you need a qualified contractor who will get the construction done on time without complications and at a fair price.
The answer is not much different from how you find the best surgeon. You need to check out the contractor’s reputation in the industry and experience building your type of project. The best way to do this is by asking for references and actually checking them. Call the references and ask them how the contractor did with key issues such as the schedule and the budget. Be sure to ask if the owner would hire them again. Find out if company has experience building your type of project. While a company may do a great job building schools, it may not have experience building restaurants or retail stores.
Hiring the construction team, including the general contractor early in the process, can help you ensure that you have a quality project that is completed on time and on budget. If hired or consulted during the site selection process, the general contractor can help decide on the feasibility of competing sites. For example, working with a contractor might help you determine that a particular site, although more expensive, is better and will save money in the long run because it does not require as much construction work up front. Or could allow you to go back to a potential landlord/seller for a particular site and negotiate a lower lease rate or selling price because of construction feasibility issues.
The general contractor is the manager/boss of construction project. Much like any manager/boss, the contractor is responsible for the final outcome. To insure a positive outcome the general contractor works with the architect to build a project as set forth in the plans and so that it meets the local building codes. The contractor selects the sub-contractors to provide each of the special services needed for the project, such as electricians, plumbers, painters, cabinetry, floor coverings, then coordinates the scheduling of these subcontractors and ensures that they are building to the standards set forth in the plans.
Yes, since 1993 Branco has trained countless apprentices and many have gone on to very successful careers. The apprentice gains knowledge and hones their carpentry craft working alongside Brand journeymen carpenters. Graduates are recognized as Certified Journeyman Carpenters by the U.S. Department of Labor.