3 Areas of Focus for Interior Commercial Construction
By Scott Hamele
Construction DesignWorks Specializes in Second-Generation Space Improvements
KANSAS CITY, MO- While the majority of commercial general contractors target new ground up construction projects, there are a select few that specialize in interior commercial construction improvements like Construction DesignWorks, Inc (CDW). A recent study by CDW reveals that there is a potential of $2.5 billion worth of commercial interior improvements in the next 18 months in the Kansas City area. This includes class A and B office space in the central business district, as well as the suburban office market.
“Only a few general contractors that concentrate in commercial interior improvement projects have honed their skills at addressing the complications that can arise from second-generation space,” says Scott Hamele, President of Construction DesignWorks, Inc. “A customer moving into a space that has previously been occupied will be affected by the countless users that have come and gone, thus inheriting years of modifications and code violations which will influence their new design and costs.”
Second-generation space is a term typically applied to a space that has had some improvements done on HVAC , plumbing, lights, ceilings, and walls by a former tenant that may be reusable, by an ensuing tenant. This differs from first-generation space which is wide open and unfinished and has never been tailored for a tenant.
The following are three areas that experts in interior commercial construction improvements focus on:
A thorough site survey of the property is essential in determining how the design is to proceed. Too many times, architects, engineers and general contractors fall short in investigating what conditions are present before they begin the design. Existing duct work may not be suitable for an open ceiling plan. The customer may want a polished concrete floor but finds out the surface has been roughed up from multiple types of flooring over years and years of use. These are just a few items that need to be evaluated before launching the design.
While a customer might be attracted to an old building because of its location, charm or cost, it will most likely have numerous code violations. Building, fire and energy codes change almost every year and this can quickly turn a 10 year old space into one with numerous non-compliant issues. Items such as ADA restrooms, distance of travel to a fire exit and fire rated corridors are just a few of the hurdles encountered when a tenant takes over a second-generation space.
Incorporating Existing Elements
It only makes sense to try and use some of the existing elements in the space. Try and start with restrooms being left in the same location, and utility rooms which include electrical distribution panels and water heaters. Reusing light fixtures as well as ceiling grid can be incorporated easily into a new design.
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and build professional interior spaces specialized for each customer using the design-build method. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, Inc. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. For more information about interior commercial construction, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website at constructiondesignworks.com.