A new commercial building for your business is an exciting milestone. A brand new building deserves the very best from the foundation to the drywall to the paint.
Construction on a building for your business can take weeks to months. There are many phases of construction, including different phases for excavation, plumbing, electrical, framing, and so on. Let’s take a closer look at the phases of electrical installation for a commercial building.
Once you have picked out a site to build on, contractors will use heavy machinery to excavate and pour your concrete foundation. A temporary power source will be needed during this time, so your builder may erect a light pole or use a generator. Electrical conduit will be laid before the foundation has been poured. This will be for plumbing and drains.
A smooth flow of traffic is necessary for your commercial building. The interior floor plan will need an aesthetic feel to it as well, which is vital to your tenants if you are leasing or renting this commercial building. However, please keep in mind looks are not everything. Functionality is vital to the success of the site of your building!
HVAC and Plumbing
After a floor plan has been decided on, plumbing and HVAC systems will be installed to support the entire building. Air vents to specific offices are laid out and, if there is heavy machinery being used in any part of the building, you may need to have your HVAC systems geared to emphasize cool air to this area.
Your new commercial building is really starting to look like a home for your business and employees! Lights and ceiling fans are being installed and your thermostat has been connected. There have been lots of other changes like flooring and landscaping.
General Contractor and Permits
There is no shame in hiring a general contractor to build for you instead of doing it yourself. In fact, general contractors have access to a variety of vendors that may not be able to service the public crowd. Whether you are building a shopping mall or a small office building with an average-sized warehouse behind it, a general contractor is a good investment to make sure your project is a success.
Since your building will be open to the public, various permits will be necessary before opening your doors. Industrial and manufacturing settings will go through an intense approval process to receive the permits from local entities such as local planners, the health department and zoning boards.
You’ve made it! You’ve moved in! At this point, all of the electrical work on your new building is complete. You may find that a switch has been wired incorrectly, and your warranty should cover this repair (should it be needed). You may also decide to add an electrical outlet high on a wall, should you want to mount a TV. These are completely normal changes, and your electrical contractor will be happy to help you.
It’s time for you and your employees to enjoy your new building for your business!
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