Greater Pacific Construction - Who Is The Top Orange County Contractor?

Who Is The Top Orange County Contractor?

The one who successfully completes your job of course! Awards and recognition notwithstanding, the best contractor for one project, may not be the best for yours. So how do you go about finding YOUR best contractor in Orange County? There is no shortage of good contractors around, but to find the best one for you, consider following these simple steps and you’ll be on track to finding the best contractor in Orange County.

Write a Job Description

It only needs to be a paragraph or two (or longer depending on the project) and should include all the necessary details a contractor will need to provide an accurate estimate. As you receive estimates from individual contractors and compare their responses you can be confident they’re working off the same page…your description.

Get at Least Three Estimates

Getting fewer estimates may not give you enough comparable information, more than three and you may be bogged down under an avalanche of numbers. Keep in mind while comparing estimates that price should not be your only determining factor. Extremely low bids should be considered with skepticism, if it’s not evident how a contractor is able to complete the work at a decidedly less amount (one explanation may be that they own the needed equipment while other contractors need to include the cost of leasing the equipment) it’s possible the cost savings will show up in materials or workmanship of lesser quality.

Get Everything in Writing

The best contractors will not hesitate to provide estimates, pricing, and schedules, etc., in writing. This is just a sound business practice and for good reason; it protects both parties’ interests if problems arise down the line.

Know Before You Sign

Verify the contractor’s credentials prior to signing a contract for the project. Licensing and insurance are examples of relevant credentials.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Both you and your contractor need to be kept informed of the project status, changes and any number of issues which can arise during construction (and sometimes even before and after). Don’t wait for your contractor to contact you, if you have questions or concerns contact him or her directly. Your best contractor is a professional and will respond to you accordingly. Encourage them to contact you with any question or concern they may have as well.

Don’t Skip the Final Walk-Through

After completion walk through the project with a copy of your contract and job description and compare results. This is your opportunity to point out any deficiencies, or better yet to appreciate the contractor’s workmanship.

Family owned and operated since 1989, Greater Pacific Construction is considered the top Orange County Contractor for residential and commercial projects.

 

Greater Pacific Construction - What Is A Commercial Architect?

What Is A Commercial Architect?

A Commercial architect is a licensed professional who works as part of a team to design a variety of commercial buildings and structures. They contribute artistic, construction and engineering skills to a project and typically take part in every step of the building process.

In the U.S. a commercial architect must be licensed by the architect’s registration board in the state they’re working in. To obtain a license a person must pass a test administered by the state. In order to sit for the test they must have a Bachelor of Architecture degree from an accredited school and complete an internship (for practical work training). Licenses are state specific, although neighboring states may acknowledge another license through a process called reciprocity.

Commercial architects aren’t purely about aesthetics, they must also consider an array of factors during the design process, such as functionality, building codes, safety regulations and construction costs. You’ll typically find a commercial architect working in an office environment developing construction plans and consulting with clients, however you’ll also find them in the field monitoring the construction process and addressing any conflicts which may arise.

As stated above, commercial architects are part of the entire building process. They typically begin by determining design factors through client consultations, then they are usually responsible for creating the blueprints, coordinating the building process, collaborating with engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and construction contractors. They can also be involved in post-construction activities such as testing and inspections.

Successful commercial architects have a variety of skills beyond the ability to design aesthetically pleasing structures. They must be great communicators, and be able to manage and supervise contractors and sub-contractors involved in the actual construction. Problem-solving, leadership and creativity are all hallmarks of a great commercial architect.

In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average annual salary of $79,650 for architects in general, and $74,560 for those working in nonresidential building construction. The BLS also reported that jobs for architects were predicted to increase by 17% from 2012-2022. For more information visit the American Institute of Architects website, http://www.aia.org/

Family owned since 1989, the design staff at Greater Pacific Construction works closely with Commercial Architects to deliver the most functional work space.

Greater Pacific Construction - Tenant Improvement Contractors And Why You Need One

Tenant Improvement Contractors And Why You Need One

Most new lease transactions contain some type of tenant improvement, or TI allowance, provided by the building owner. A TI allowance allows the tenant to modify or improve a commercial or retail space to fit the needs of his business. TI allowances often come with strict rules for its use and generally cover three areas: 1. design, engineering and project management fees, 2. permit fees and, 3. actual construction costs.

The tenant has sole responsibility to see that the work is completed within budget and on schedule (the landlord is off the hook), but it gives him control over the process and is likely to result in lower cost and a higher quality space. If improvement costs come in below the allowance amount the tenant is often able to use the difference to upgrade materials, add fixtures, etc. The flip side is that any cost overruns become the sole responsibility of the tenant. And of course the impact of an unmet completion date can be catastrophic. With these things to consider the right contractor can make all the difference.

It’s common for tenant improvement projects to require a fast turn-around and the work often occurs around occupied areas. Tenant improvements can also differ from other projects in planning, change orders, and closeouts. But the biggest factor by far is the speed of the work, often completed in days as opposed to weeks or months. One of the best ways to ensure your project is successful is hiring a contractor who is experienced and knowledgeable in tenant improvement projects

Although the tenant improvement approach is necessary when the buildout has specialized needs the landlord is not equipped to handle such as; high-end finishes, laboratory space, or unusually high levels of security or technology it can also benefit a tenant seeking standard quality office space at the most affordable price.

Greater Pacific Construction has been a leading Tenant Improvement Contractor in Orange County since 1989. Family owned and operated, Greater Pacific creates the most functional and affordable TI which improve your workflow and profitability.