Considerations for Commercial Construction

Commercial construction projects can occur in a wide range of markets, such as theaters, banks, hotels, breweries, retail spaces, and everything in between. Whether it’s a new build or renovation, some factors will ensure your specific requirements are met.

Before breaking ground

In the pre-construction phase, you need to make choices that will significantly affect the overall project and its outcome:

  1. You will need to select a site if it’s a new building and the firm to design the project.
  2. All permits and financing must be in place.
  3. You need to choose the best project delivery system.

A project delivery system is used to organize, design, and construct the project. The three basic project delivery systems are Design/Bid/Build, Construction Management, and Design/Build. All have advantages and disadvantages, and you will need to determine which fits your projects and needs best.

Bringing the team together

Most projects need a team that consists of the owner, design firm, and construction provider to work with the team through the design phase, bid the project out, and complete construction. The contractor can help you choose the appropriate delivery system, and if they specialize in specific systems, could help you decide which to hire. The construction company should have established relationships with local subcontractors and suppliers to get a quality job done safely, on time, and within budget.  

Expertise in building your project type

A design firm and contractor with experience in different sizes, scopes, and complexity of projects in your industry are essential to a successful project. Understanding the critical demands of your industry can significantly reduce costs, issues, and delays. Additionally, construction providers with the knowledge to suggest options and solutions, the flexibility to meet tight schedules, or workaround existing operations bring value to the project. An experienced contractor may be able to evaluate the design plans to avoid costly change orders and employ value engineering to ensure that proper materials are used.

Gundlach Champion has helped clients with a wide variety of commercial projects across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin through the initial steps of a construction project. The GCI team brings over 350 years of combined experience to every commercial construction project, from new buildings to renovations. To discuss your next project, contact us at

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