Choosing where to construct your building is the first and most important step in the commercial construction process. Your building location will directly impact many things during construction, as well as after the building is finished. Therefore, it’s imperative to take the following into consideration when choosing a construction site.
Double Check the Building Code
Since area building codes can vary, it’s important to look into the local building code and make sure your project will fit within guidelines. On top of that, inspection and permit wait times vary depending on what the city or county. Work with an experienced design build firm that knows the area to assist with both verifying building codes and making sure you get an inspection and permit on time.
Budget Construction Costs
Another factor you need to consider when choosing a construction site is how much it will cost to build there. The location can impact your budget if the land needs grading or excavation before construction can start. Whether water and sewer lines are already in place or not is also be a factor to consider. Consider costs of building materials and labor when creating a budget. Getting estimates on everything before you sign on the dotted line will help you complete your project within your budget.
Inspect the Topography and Soil
Inspecting the quality of the soil and the topography of a piece of land is an essential step when choosing a construction site. Moist or loose soil is a poor foundation for any type of building. Rocky and clay soils require specialized equipment to make them safe for construction. It’s important to know what type of soil you’re working with can influence the decision of where to break ground.
Inspecting the surface features of the land is vital to determine not only if the location is fit for a construction site, but also if it will maintain its current condition depending on erosion risks. Make the future of your project bright by knowing exactly what type of natural landscape you’re working with.
Is it Accessible?
Lastly, it’s important to look into accessibility options for the construction site. Different sized vehicles carrying various materials and utilities need to get in and out of the construction site without any obstructions. Access to the site also needs to be safe and convenient so the job can get done in a timely manner. Cross site options that require creating accessibility off your list.