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How to Avoid Commercial Construction Delays

Construction delays happen, unfortunately. Commercial construction is a fast-paced business and industry. Many projects have tighter schedules as the demand for commercial construction has increased in recent years. With shorter timelines, mishaps and delays can occur more frequently.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we wanted to share some common construction delays and what you can do to avoid them or at least be better prepared for them.

How to Stay on Track During a Commercial Construction Project

  • Allow enough time for the construction permitting process. The local permit process is what it is –no one gets special treatment. Plan for this process so the actual construction time isn’t pressed for time, especially if it takes longer to get the permit than expected.
  • Have a knowledge of the local codes/regulations in the city/county of the project.
  • Drawings/plans can cause delays. Many times, a client, architect, or engineer will not sign off on plans/drawings in a timely manner, which can lead to delay after delay after delay. Without the drawings, manufacturing, ordering, delivery, and installation plans and dates will be stalled. A general contractor needs to make sure drawings are being submitted on time and pushing the appropriate parties to give approvals or comments so the project can move forward into the construction and production phase. Just like the permit, time should be built into the schedule for the drawings/plans to be drawn up and created and for any changes that may occur so that delays won’t occur.
  • Hire quality workers who are skilled, good listeners, and who work hard to get a project done right and on time.
  • Have good communication with all parties (general contractor, client, subcontractors, vendors, etc.)
  • Purchase and use software to track worker and project productivity, as well as finances.
  • Have full financing in place before committing to a project.
  • Plan for extra worker support if needed and have a back-up crew.
  • Plan for long-lead items. Some materials have long-lead times, which are fixed. Some bigger items (elevators, specialty glass, HVAC units) require months in advance for ordering, especially if the order is custom built. You want to make sure extended lead times fit into your construction schedule. You want to make sure the products you’re ordering make sense with the time table of the project. If the lead times are too long, you may need to order different products or talk to the client about extended the length of the project.

Through careful, thoughtful, well-executed planning from the start, you can keep your commercial construction project on track without major delays.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., our word is our bond. We work hard to keep your commercial project on track. Through years of experience, we know the commercial construction process well and know what it takes to keep a project running within budget and on time.

We have extensive experience in commercial construction. Our team provides innovative design and construction solutions to meet your needs and problems.
FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To work with us, click our commercial general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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30 Questions to Ask a Commercial Construction Company

There’s currently a construction boom, so there’s a lot of contractors and construction companies out there vying for jobs. In any industry, there are good, quality people who produce great work and there are bad, untrustworthy people who don’t finish projects or product shoddy work.

Before you begin working with a commercial contractor, it’s totally normal and essential to the contractor questions before you start a project. Not every contractor will be the right match for your project. You may like a contractor’s work but if he/she has poor communication skills, the process could be a nightmare for you. For you to choose the right contractor for a job, it takes research and time. The more information you gather, the easier it will be for you to choose a contractor – knowledge is power.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we wanted to share some questions you should ask a commercial contractor before hiring them for a project. You want to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job.

Things to Ask a Commercial Contractor

  1. How is your business organized?
  2. Who is the owner?
  3. What is the history of your company?
  4. Who will oversee my project?
  5. How big is your team?
  6. How long have you been in business? Doing commercial construction?
  7. Do you have experience with projects like mine? Same scope and size?
  8. Who designs the job? Is it outsourced?
  9. Can I have the contact information for past clients?
  10. What other projects have you worked on?
  11. How you do manage scheduling?
  12. What makes your company/construction process unique/special/better than others?
  13. What technology do you use?
  14. How many subcontractors do you work with?
  15. Who are your suppliers?
  16. How many people will be working on this project?
  17. Who will be in contact with me?
  18. How often will I be contacted/updated about the progress of the project?
  19. Will you give me a timeline?
  20. What happens if there are delays? How do you handle them? Do you build in time?
  21. Who will be supervising my project?
  22. Do you have workers compensation and liability insurance?
  23. How do you settle disputes?
  24. What is your payment schedule?
  25. How soon can this project start?
  26. Do you provide a guarantee?
  27. How’s your safety record?
  28. Do you have a claim record?
  29. Is your bid an estimate or fixed price?
  30. Does this project fit your schedule and the type of projects you do?

Use these 30 questions as a guide to help you decide when choosing a contractor. It’s always recommended that you talk to a few different commercial contractors to find one who bests suits you and your project’s needs.

At FGC, Inc., our word is our bond. We believe in doing the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time. We strive to meet this goal daily through relationships with clients and vendors.

Need a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

You need to work with a skilled, talented, quality contractor you can trust – we can offer you that at FGC, Inc. we don’t just provide you a simple bid. We provide you with experience and knowledge every step of the way.

We have extensive experience in commercial construction. Our team provides innovative design and construction solutions to meet your needs and problems. We complete projects on time, and within budget and guidelines – always high-quality work delivered.

FGC, Inc. build commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To get started building with us, click our commercial construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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How to Be More Productive on a Commercial Construction Project

As a commercial contractor, our job is to stay on track with the timeline and budget. We make this promise to ourselves and to the clients verbally but also in a formally-written and signed contract. The contract details the scope of the project. However, bumps in the road happen. Materials could be delayed. Workers could be sick. The wrong item was ordered. There are several reasons a project could be thrown off track. Of course, it’s always a good idea to account for potential problems in the contract (building in extra time).

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in many types of construction, including commercial construction, we wanted to share with you the different ways you can boost your productivity on a job site or throughout a project, whether or not you’ve hit a rough patch or a bump on the road.

Tips for Staying on Time and Budget Throughout a Construction Job

  • Have a relationship with the clients where you share your experience and knowledge from day one to the final day.
  • Recruit employees who are qualified for the job.
  • Invest in technology. Whether it’s construction management software, drones, robots, or tracking systems, technology can help better speed up processes and communication.
  • Ask a lot of questions and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions to your supervisor, employer, employees, clients, vendors, subcontractors, etc. You want to make sure you fully understand what’s going on.
  • Always share updates with everyone involved in a project, whether face-to-face or through software programs you use.
  • Walk around to everyone on the job site to make sure everyone is OK and on the same page.
  • Make sure everyone knows who they need to report to or share updates/information with.
  • Get all your employees properly trained on the equipment and software you’re using in your project.
  • Conduct frequent meetings in-person with your team.
  • Check in with employees and clients often.
  • Monitor progress closely and regularly.
  • Keep updates short.
  • Tell your workers to update as soon as their finished a task.
  • Create a risk management plan.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

If you practice these productivity tips above, your contractor business, team, and projects will flow more seamlessly and will be more likely to finish projects on-time and within budget. For any contractor, staying on track and delivering a project on time and within budget is a challenge, but with the right plan, tools, and communication, you’ll start off on the right foot.

At FGC, we made the investment in web-based software utilized to track, archive and monitor your project minute by minute. When we work with our clients, we don’t just build a building, we build a relationship with them.

Our team has served multiple industries utilizing cutting-edge technology from estimating to the daily management via online based scheduling and archival software where you can see live adjustments to progress, selection changes, and even budget adjustments.

Our team has extensive experience in commercial construction serving in retail, hospitality, industrial, education, food service and many more. We build commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To get started with building with us, click our commercial construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332.

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FGC, Inc Awarded $250K tenant build-out for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

(Jacksonville, FL) FGC, Inc. was awarded a 2,995 square feet, tenant build-out, for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opening at 8221 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Total project value is $251,000. The permit was issued in November 2018 and construction is estimated to be completed January 2019.

For more information, please contact Jason Braughton, VP of Commercial Construction by email at jason@fgcincorporated.com.

Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, FGC, Inc. is a full-service Florida Licensed General Contractor with extensive experience in Residential, Multi-family & Commercial Construction.
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Commercial Construction Industry Trends for 2019

It’s the end of the year, which means it is time to forecast what 2019 will bring for the commercial construction industry. Many 2018 trends will carry over into the new year. As a commercial contractor, we at FGC, Inc. understand and believe in the importance of keeping up with industry trends – we keep up with trends, so we don’t fall behind, but also so we are able to give our clients the latest and best options with their commercial projects.

The construction industry continues to change and evolve each year to meet the demands, values, and needs of the world. From new technology advances to “green” building, there are new trends each year. By being “in the know” of these trends, we can better prepare our company and clients for the future.

For this article, we wanted to share with you some of the predicted trends for next year

Major trends predicted for the Construction Industry

  • Better construction project management software. It’s becoming easier for contractors to manage projects, change schedules, order products, and more.
  • Drone usage will become more popular. Drones will be used to survey an entire site. Drones can reach places a human may not be able to as easily. Drones can also increase safety at the work site.
  • Other robots are also being used for certain tedious tasks like laying bricks.
  • More green technology will be built into construction projects. More companies are building environmentally-friendly buildings to reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Construction projects will also continue to be more sustainable by building structures that run on less electrical, use recycled materials or water.
  • More modular and prefabricated construction projects. Modular construction companies can build commercial buildings (office, hotels, etc.) at a faster rate. Modular construction can save contractors a lot of time and money because the units are built in a factory to the project’s exact specifications quickly.
  • Material costs will continue to increase. There is currently a decreased supply and a high demand, which is why the costs are still rising.
  • There will continue to be fewer workers. There are many positions open, but not enough workers to fill positions.
  • There will be better safety equipment, since there has been a rise in accidents and deaths in construction. For example, there are work boots that connect to Wi-Fi that can tell if a person is tired or has fallen. It is believed products like this will eventually become common on job sites. There are also new safety mobile apps created to in increase workplace safety.
  • Building information modeling (BIM) is creating and managing a computer-generated plan of a project – it’s a model. BIM can predict if s project will be successful and the costs that go with it. More people are using BIM, which is helping to create better projects.
  • Augmented reality continues to grow in popularity. Through a camera lens and software, a contractor can visualize a project before it begins.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

For the most part, the trends for 2019 are promising. These advancements will help contractors save time and money on their projects.

When you work with us at FGC, we incorporate the latest industry trends as best we can. Over time, we continue to integrate more into our daily work. We made the investment in web-based software utilized to track, archive and monitor your project minute by minute. Our system has been used by other companies around the globe to ensure not only a footprint is left but the retrieval of documents can be maintained.

When we work with our clients, we don’t just build a building, we build a relationship with you, which is why we like to be on-top of trends. We want to deliver the best for our commercial clients.

Our team has extensive experience in commercial construction. We build commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To get started with building with us, click commercial construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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FGC, Inc Awarded $1.7MM design-build contract for Overkill Motorsports new Headquarters

(Kingsland, GA) FGC, Inc. was awarded a design-build contract valued at over $1.7MM for the construction of Overkill Motorsports new headquarters. Located at 1800 Village Dr. Kingsland, GA, the project consists of design and construction to Overkill Motorsports 20,000+ SF headquarters including their showroom, retail, service department, offices, and more.

The land is estimated to be cleared mid-December with construction commencing the first quarter of 2019.

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How to Find the Right Commercial Contractor

With a building boom, there’s a lot of demand for construction these days, which means there’s a lot of contractors out there bidding for work. In any industry, there are good, quality people and there are bad, untrustworthy people.

If you’re looking for a commercial contractor for a new project, you’re looking for the best. You want a quality project built. Your job is to hire a responsible, respectable, reliable commercial contractor. FGC Is a Florida licensed general contractor serving multiple commercial industries, including retail, medical, industrial, education, food service, hospitality, and many more.

For this article, we wanted to share qualities with you that you should be looking for when hiring a commercial contractor. You don’t want to end up working with someone who isn’t good on his/her promises or who ends up suing you later.

Qualities of a Great Commercial Contractor

  • Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Unlicensed contractor work is illegal in the state of Florida. An unlicensed contractor can be harder to go after legally. He/she can also sue you if they harm themselves on your property if they are not carrying insurance.
  • Thoroughly examine the company’s portfolio to see if their work goes along with your vision. You also want to see if they’ve had a lot of quality, successful projects.
  • If you’re hiring a commercial contractor, make sure they have experience with ADA compliance, permits, fire suppression systems, etc.
  • Vet this contractor’s references. Find out if the company is good with communication, timelines, budgets, and promises.
  • Ask the contractor about their subcontractors and vendors and how they choose them.
  • Pay attention to how the contractor interacts with you. Does he/she take time to address your questions and concerns? Does he/she ignore you? Does he/she have poor communication skills?
  • Inquire about the contractor’s ability to innovate and keep up with the times. See if there’s anything new he/she would be willing to implement in your commercial project.
  • Ask about their safety precautions.
  • Find out how your contractor manages projects and how he will communicate with you, his workers, and vendors throughout the process.

We recommend taking to a few different commercial contractors to find one who bests suits you and your project’s needs. The above list are just a few things to keep in mind as you research and meet with commercial contractors. At FGC, our word is our bond. We believe in doing the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

When we work with you, we don’t just build a building, we build a relationship with you. Our team provides much more than a standard general contracting firm. We provide resources to our clients for a long list of needs far beyond our contracted scope.

We have extensive experience in commercial construction. With every project we take on, we provide more than a simple bid to build. We continue to provide experience and knowledge to our clients from inception to completion.

We build commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. To get started with building with us, click commercial construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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Four Things to Think About When Choosing a Commercial Building Location

Looking for a new commercial building location? Maybe you’re just starting a new business? Outgrew your current space? Creating a sister store? Whatever the reason, you’re in the market for a new location.

Looking for a location is an important decision. The location is as important as the business you do inside your commercial space. Why? Well, the location can make or break your business. Your location can help you be more successful.

There’s a lot of factors to consider when selecting a site. You want to make an informed decision, so you’re setting your new business location up for success.
Our team at FGC, Inc. has served in multiple industries including retail, food service, industrial, and many more. For our commercial clients, we can connect you with realtors, bankers, vendors, architects, and engineers to ensure your project thrives even after the construction process is complete.

We take pride in assisting our commercial clients in any way possible to design and build properties that reflect their needs and their clients’ needs. Regardless of your industry, we can design and build a space for you on the location you desire.

For this article, we wanted to share with you some things to think about when choosing a commercial building location.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Building Site

  • Commercial site survey – You may ask the builder or contractor, like our team at FGC, to do a commercial site survey which tells the physical characteristics of the site – this includes the size and topographical features. You want to know what parts of the land can be built on and what parts cannot. You want to know what the soil composition is. You want to know what the local average temperature is at the site. You want to know if the location is in a high-wind or flood zone. You want to know the local building codes
  • Look at the Surrounding Area – Does moving to this location fit with your business? Does the neighborhood or area reflect the values of your company? What’s the traffic like? Is the location easy to get to? Local crime rates? Is the building near public transportation and highways? Are you building near businesses that are competing with you or supplementing your business? For example, a restaurant would love it if a move theater opened next door as opposed to another restaurant.
  • Look at the Local Labor Market – Are there workers around this location that can work in your business? Do qualified people have to travel far?
  • Price – You may pick the location based on the price. Not only does it cost money to build the building that will house your business and/or other commercial spaces, but it costs money to do a site inspection. The site inspection may reveal more “hidden” costs with the construction. Taxes (income, sales, and property) vary in states and cities. You may make your decision on a location based on a tax break or a site that comes with less cost to construct.

As you can see, there’s a lot of factors and things to think about when deciding on the location for your commercial business. For many of the above things, you’ll want to consult with your contractor to help you with your decision-making process. Your contractor can tell you a lot about a site and the costs.

Looking for a Commercial General Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

If you’re ready to build a commercial space on a certain location, our team at FGC, Inc. can help you make it happen. We are a full-service, licensed, general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. With every project we take on, we provide more than a simple bid to build. We continue to provide experience and knowledge to our clients from inception to completion.
Once you choose your location, we believe in developing innovative design and construction solutions to meet your needs and problems. At FGC, we complete our construction projects on time, within budget, and at the highest quality possible.

We build commercial spaces in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. To get started with building with us, click commercial construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332

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FGC, Inc Awarded a $1.6M Quad Townhouse Development Project

FGC, Inc. was recently awarded a $1.6M contract to develop a quad townhouse located at 223 11th Ave. Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250. The total SF of the property is over 12,000 SF with each of the four units at 2,718 SF.

This three-story floor plan designed by Mark Macco Architects features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Construction is anticipated to begin mid-November with 6-8 months of total development time.

 

Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, FGC, Inc. is a full-service Florida Licensed General Contractor with extensive experience in Residential, Multi-family & Commercial Construction.

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Hotel notes: Holiday Inn Express breaks ground near Town Center

Ground was broken for the Holiday Inn Express next to the iFly Indoor Skydiving center under construction along Brightman Boulevard near St. Johns Town Center.

The 93-room, four-story hotel is expected to open in July.

FGC Inc. is the lead general contractor. Ameris Bank is the lender. Paramount Construction Group is a subcontractor and working with the interior.

Jyostna Jerripothula is the owner.

Notes

• Hotel Development Partners LLC bought property near Mayo Clinic to build a 155-room, seven-story Residence Inn by Marriott. Through San Pablo RI LLC, the developer paid almost $2.8 million for 2.64 acres at 4915 San Pablo Road S. It bought the land from Steinemann San Pablo LLC. Hotel Development Partners CEO Allen O’Brien said previously the group expects to break ground early in the first quarter of 2019 and open in fall 2020. The site is part of a development at San Pablo Road and Dixie Landing Drive owned by Steinemann San Pablo LLC. Steinemannco.com shows San Pablo Place as a 16-acre site for “upscale mixed-use” to include hotel and retail space.

See full article online at Jacksonville Daily Record

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