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Reasons to Invest in Commercial Renovation

At FGC, Inc. we take projects on at ANY stage and arrive at a solid concept that makes financial and actual sense. Each job has its own path and after a short evaluation, our combined industry knowledge of over 150 years will provide a clear path for owners to be able to make educated decisions about their project. One such project is a commercial renovation.

Although commercial construction is thriving, there are plenty of commercial buildings out there that require renovations to adhere to building codes, regulations, or to better suit employees or clients.

We provide many types of construction work at FGC, Inc. and we specialize in commercial construction. Below, we’ve shared a few reasons why you should think about investing in a commercial renovation at this current time.
Increase energy efficiency. The average building wastes about a third of the energy it uses, according to Energy Star. With a commercial renovation, sustainable, “green,” and eco-friendly upgrades and additions can create energy efficient solutions into the building, so the building wastes less, and hurts the planet and your wallet less.

Broaden your customer base. Times change. People change. Whether the commercial building is a retail shop or a doctor’s office, you want the atmosphere to reflect the times. The space should be kept up and updated. You will lose current and potential customers if your commercial building/space looks run down and uninviting. A commercial renovation of the space to make it up to date while reflecting its employees and customers’ needs will only help bring you more business.

Maximize production. Like stated above, an outdated space is a turn off. An older building with broken and/or older designs can lead to an unwelcoming environment that people don’t want to spend their time in. Poor commercial spaces can increase turnover rates, especially if the building and space cannot meet the needs of the business. Figure out what style/layout/look is needed for your employees and clients to thrive and put time and money into your business. What can make a space better? New technology, more natural light, and open spaces – just to name a few.

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

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new commercial space that reflects the current needs of your business. With a commercial renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one.

We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any commercial renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.
FGC, Inc. builds and renovates commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. 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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10 Common Commercial Construction Terms

10 Common Commercial Construction Terms

Construction is a booming business right now. Between growing populations and natural disasters, there’s a demand for new structures and rebuilding. In fact, the demand is so high there’s actually a shortage of quality workers available to fill all the open jobs.

There are so many types of construction work and at FGC, Inc. we specialize in commercial construction, residential construction. Within this giant industry, there’s a lot of words and terms used that a non-construction person or client are not familiar with.

Below, we’ve shared some common commercial construction terms that can help you better understand certain parts of the process, whether you’re in the industry or not.

  • General Contractor – This is the prime contractor on a project who is responsible for project oversight, scheduling, budget, and management of subcontractors. etc.
  • Subcontractor – This type of contractor performs services under contract with the general contractor.
  • Design-Bid-Build – This is the traditional model of construction project delivery. An owner contracts with a design firm. After the design is completed, the owner solicits bids from contractors to build.
  • Bid – A price proposal based on design documents and specifications.
  • Request for Information (RFI) – An RFI is used to gather information to help decide on next steps.
  • Purchase Order (PO) – A PO is an official offer issued by a buyer to a seller. The PO indicates types, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services.
  • Punch List – A punch list is a document that lists items that are not completed to the client’s specifications by the end of a project.
  • Field Work Order – This work order is given by the general contractor to a subcontractor to complete work that may be out of scope.
  • Lien – Contractors file a lien, which is a claim on a property, when they have not been paid for work.
  • Job Costing – Job costing is an accounting method for tracking expenses to a project.
  • Subcontract – This is an agreement between the general contractor and another contractor to perform a certain set of construction services.

The above terms are just a few of the common commercial terms used. There are many more – feel free to run any other terms by us for an explanation.

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

If you are confused by any commercial construction terminology when working with a contractor, especially with us, please don’t hesitate to ask us for explanations – we don’t want you to be confused. We all need to be on the same page!

FGC Inc. is a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, as well as residential construction. We have great relationships with our clients, and we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have experience in residential construction, multi-family construction, and commercial construction management. 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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The Importance of Relationships in Commercial Construction

A commercial contractor has a lot to think about to keep his/her business thriving. From deadlines to materials, there’s a lot to manage and keep track of; however, there is one thing that if a commercial contractor, or person in any industry ignores, his/her business will suffer: relationships. Relationships are key to the success of a business in all fields.

A contractor needs to build strong relationships with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more to ensure projects go smoothly and that more projects can occur in the future. Relationships need to be built and worked on throughout every stage of the construction process from consultation to breaking ground to the finished product.

How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

As a commercial contractor, you want to build relationships to help grow your business and open new opportunities for you. With relationships, you can make connections that lead to business and projects you may have never landed otherwise. If you grow your network and maintain great relationships and connections with people, you can grow your business and take on jobs that wouldn’t have been possible before.

With good relationships, people will call on you again and again. If your track record and repertoire with them is a good one, they will go to you first to complete a successful project. How can you keep and maintain a good relationship? Thank clients, vendors, managers, subcontractors, and more for helping you or working with you – check in with these people even if you’re currently not working with them on a project. If you stay in touch and nurture the relationship, you will be on their mind when the time comes for the next project.

You can also potentially grow relationships from good to better to best. If you can serve a client in different ways, you can grow and deepen the relationship with them. At FGC Inc., we don’t only offer commercial construction management, we do residential construction management, development, assessments, residential remodeling, space planning, real estate investments, owners representative assignment, bank inspections, consulting, and more.

If you have a great, trusted relationship with someone, they will choose to work with you for other services or refer you clients for more business.

You aren’t just providing a service as a general commercial contractor, you are a partner that your clients, vendors, or subcontractors rely on throughout the process of a project. Sure, your team needs knowledge, skills, and experience but without communication and relationships, you will not have successful projects or even a successful business down the line.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we don’t just take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

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

We pride ourselves on assisting in any way possible to ensure success or a project, and a major way to do that is through developing great relationships with all parties we work with. We are a faith-based company looking to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason – we strive to meet this goal daily through relationships with clients, vendors or even the trades that partner with us.
At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our yeas of service.

FGC, Inc. builds residential commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family and commercial construction management. 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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Commercial Construction and Building Aesthetics

Commercial Construction and Building Aesthetics  

Commercial contractors need to work with business owners not only to design and build a functional space that reflects the needs of a company but create a space that is appealing and comfortable. Building aesthetics greatly affect a customer’s perception of the services and products of that business.  

Whether building or remodeling, you need to keep building aesthetics in mind during the project. As a commercial contractor, our team at FGC, Inc. has built many different types of commercial projects in different industries, so we understand the importance of building aesthetics attracting clients.  

A commercial location’s physical appearance matters, according to several surveys. These surveys showed that consumers formed an opinion on a business based on its physical presence, which can sway the consumer’s decision on where to shop or go to for services. In fact, 95% of consumers reported that the exterior appearance is important in selecting a place to shop or give business to, and more than two-thirds of consumers don’t go into places if they do not like the outward appearance.  

Tips for Improving Your Building Aesthetics

As a business owner and commercial contractor must work together to create a space, inside and out, that will attract customers and keep them coming back – you want to leave them with a positive feeling and impression. Our team at FGC can help building owners through the building or renovation process from lighting and roofing to painting and flooring.  

We wanted to share some tips on improving building aesthetics:  

  • Choose large, expansive windows.  
  • For an elegant feel, choose soft, white lights.  
  • Choose a front door color/material that contrasts with the rest of the building.  
  • Plant vegetation around the front door.  
  • Install/incorporate characteristics of your brand to the exterior of your building, not just the interior.  
  • Install railings and easy-access and useable walkways, ramps, and staircases.  
  • Make sure your company name/logo is large and legible.  

You should always evaluate the external presentation of your business. Take a look at your space is try to think what message it gives off to potential or current customers. Ask yourself if you think if your appearance is turning people away.  

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

FGC Inc. is a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction. We take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrive long after the construction process is complete.  Through these relationships, we can help create an aesthetically-appealing building, inside and out, for your potential clients.  

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our years of service.   

FGC, Inc. builds commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family, and commercial construction management. 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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How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

A commercial contractor has a lot to think about to keep his/her business thriving. From deadlines to materials, there’s a lot to manage and keep track of; however, there is one thing that if a commercial contractor, or person in any industry ignores, his/her business will suffer: relationships. Relationships are key to the success of a business in all fields.

A contractor needs to build strong relationships with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more to ensure projects go smoothly and that more projects can occur in the future. Relationships need to be built and worked on throughout every stage of the construction process from consultation to breaking ground to the finished product.

How to Grow and Build Good Relationships as a Contractor

As a commercial contractor, you want to build relationships to help grow your business and open new opportunities for you. With relationships, you can make connections that lead to business and projects you may have never landed otherwise. If you grow your network and maintain great relationships and connections with people, you can grow your business and take on jobs that wouldn’t have been possible before.

With good relationships, people will call on you again and again. If your track record and repertoire with them is a good one, they will go to you first to complete a successful project. How can you keep and maintain a good relationship? Thank clients, vendors, managers, subcontractors, and more for helping you or working with you – check in with these people even if you’re currently not working with them on a project. If you stay in touch and nurture the relationship, you will be on their mind when the time comes for the next project.

You can also potentially grow relationships from good to better to best. If you can serve a client in different ways, you can grow and deepen the relationship with them. At FGC Inc., we don’t only offer commercial construction management, we do residential construction management, development, assessments, residential remodeling, space planning, real estate investments, owners representative assignment, bank inspections, consulting, and more.

If you have a great, trusted relationship with someone, they will choose to work with you for other services or refer you clients for more business.

You aren’t just providing a service as a general commercial contractor, you are a partner that your clients, vendors, or subcontractors rely on throughout the process of a project. Sure, your team needs knowledge, skills, and experience but without communication and relationships, you will not have successful projects or even a successful business down the line.

As a full-service, Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in commercial construction, we don’t just take pride in nurturing our relationships with our clients, we also have vast relationships with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors and other key people to ensure our clients’ projects thrives long after the construction process is complete.

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

We pride ourselves on assisting in any way possible to ensure success or a project, and a major way to do that is through developing great relationships with all parties we work with. We are a faith-based company looking to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason – we strive to meet this goal daily through relationships with clients, vendors or even the trades that partner with us.

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction and have developed many relationships in our yeas of service.

FGC, Inc. builds residential commercial spaces in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida area. We have extensive experience in residential construction, multi-family and commercial construction management. 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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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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