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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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7 Reasons to Invest Commercial Real Estate

Thinking about investing in real estate? Real is a great investment, especially commercial real estate. Despite the success of online retail shops, commercial retail brick-and-mortar stores will never go out of style. People need to go to the dentist. Try on a dress. Grab a coffee. There will always be an audience and cash flow coming into a commercial property.

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.

For this article, we wanted to share with you some benefits of building and investing in commercial real estate.

 

Benefits of Building Commercial Real Estate

  1. Income – With a commercial property, you are guaranteed a steadier income at higher rates. Commercial properties keep tenants longer than residential properties, and commercial properties have fewer vacant spaces. Commercial properties have an annual return that is much higher than single family homes (6 to 12 percent versus 1 to 4 percent).
  2. Inherent value – Commercial properties are valuable for their location and space, which means they are a secure and sound investment.
  3. High appreciation – Commercial properties tend to appreciate faster than other investments. If you enhance your property, you will only add value to it.
  4. Tax benefits – Commercial real estate investors receive mortgage interest deduction and a depreciation deduction, which can lower your taxes.
  5. Professional, valuable tenants – The tenants who move into commercial spaces are businesses, so the landlord/owner’s relationship with the tenant is more professional and business-like. These tenants also need to keep up and improve their space to attract business, so they will help you increase the value of your property.
  6. Triple net leases – You do not have to pay any expenses on the property. The renters take care of all property expenses, including real estate taxes. As the landlord/owner, you must pay the mortgage.
  7. Good return – Commercial properties give landlords/investors/owners a better, constant return. You can let the property build equity to sell for profit.

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

These are just a few of the benefits of building and investing in a commercial property. At FGC, Inc., we have served multiple commercial industries; we utilize cutting-edge technology for estimating, daily management, and online-based scheduling.  We use archival software where you can see live adjustments to progress, selection changes, and even budget adjustments on your project. We provide innovative design and commercial construction solutions to meet our customers’ needs and problems. We have the experience and knowledge to handle horizontal and vertical development in many commercial industries.

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FGC, Inc. Breaks Ground on Holiday Inn Express

FGC, Inc participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Holiday Inn Express opening directly west of the highly anticipated iFly and just south of one of Jacksonville’s favorite, Top Golf.

Pictured is the owner, Jyostna, FGC, Inc President and CEO, Glenn Amerson, and VP of Commercial Construction Jason Braughton, Ameris Bank’s Scott Plume and Rob Kowkabany, and Brandon Stanley with Paramount Construction Group and Paramount Hospitality Brokers, Inc.

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8 Commercial Construction Trends of 2018

We may be eight months into 2018, but it’s never too late to talk about commercial construction trends currently occurring in the industry. In 2017, spending was at its highest for construction and that has continued to spill over in 2018. Commercial construction is predicted to have a 12.4% increase throughout 2018.

As a full-service, licensed general contractor in Florida, our team at FGC, Inc. has extensive experience designing and building commercial construction. It’s important to us and for us to keep up with the current industry trends, so we wanted to share a few of these trends with you.

Commercial Constructions Trends to Watch Out For

Labor shortage – Currently, there is a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, especially since the needs for construction have increased the past few years. In 2017, 210,000 jobs were added in the construction industry; however, 78 percent of construction firms are having a hard time filling positions with quality employees.

Modular and Prefabrication construction – Both modular and prefabrication are forms of offsite construction that are popular due to their shortened construction schedule, since they are built in a controlled environment assembly-line style. This type of building style creates a safer work space.

New construction technology – Each year, every industry is introduced to new technology that can make jobs easier. New construction technology is aimed to make workplaces safe and increase productivity. Drones are conducting site surveys and doing inspections. Robots are completing repetitive tasks. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a construction software that worked with virtual related to help contractors visualize projects, better communicate and increase productivity. Virtual reality simulations are helping people train on equipment and look at jobsites or finished projects before the construction even begins. With the labor shortage, technology and robots are helping fill in the gaps where people are missing. Robots are also great for completing dangerous tasks in place of a person.

Green construction – More jobsites continue to go “green” every year as sustainability and environmental concerns are a big trend. Timber projects are popular right now throughout the country. Recycling construction waste from the jobsite and turning into something else that can be used again is gaining in popularity.

Grocery stores – With many people wanting curbside pickup and delivery services from grocery stores, there will be a shift in the need to change the way grocery store buildings are built. Stores are looking to remodel and expand to add more features and services to coincide with the customer demand for better shopping experiences.

Aging population – The large Baby Boomer generation continue to get older, which can easily change how buildings need to be designed. Buildings need to start to accommodate older visitors better.

Malls – Thanks to e-commerce sites, malls are becoming deserted. To fill the space, businesses that aren’t usually “mall friendly” are coming into spaces to attract visitors – this means renovations are needed for these new businesses moving in.

Structural resiliency – Because of all the natural disasters that occurred in 2017 that destroyed many buildings, buildings need to be built to withstand a natural disaster.

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

These are just a few of the commercial construction trends occurring in 2018. As a commercial general contractor, we incorporate these trends into the decisions we make and work we do. We strive to do better and learn more knowledge when tackling each project. FGC, Inc. can help you build a commercial space to fit the needs of the market and customers.

At FGC, Inc. we provide innovative design and construction solutions to meet our customers’ needs and problems. We take pride in the completion of construction projects on time and within budget.  When you work with FGC, you can be connected to realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors, and more, to ensure your project thrives after the construction process with us is done.

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial construction. 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 tel:+19044183937

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Building Retail Space for Younger Generations

The large Baby Boomer generation is aging, and their retail demands and needs are now coming second to another large generation: Millennials. The way Millennials shop is different than preceding generations. Millennials love convenience, trends, discounts, and engaging environments with experiences. Retailers and retail spaces need to adapt to this younger generation’s needs. We’re seeing shorter leases, more pop-up stores, and temporary locations appearing. Landlords, along with developers and contractors, need to start refocusing and researching their project demographics and identify retailers who will draw in these Millennials. Retails spaces need to be designed with the Millennial shopper in mind.

As a full-service, licensed general contractor in Florida, our team at FGC, Inc. has extensive experience designing and building commercial construction and commercial construction management. From project to project, we provide more than a simple bid to build.  Since it’s important to consider the Millennial/younger generations when designing and building commercial retail space now, we want to share some things to keep in mind when designing/building retail space for this generation.

Retail Space Designs and Trends Millennials Will Love 

  • Millennials like spaces that transition between the indoor and outdoor areas. They like patios, porches, decks, large windows and doors, indoor plants, etc. Bringing the outdoors in helps keep people in stores longer.
  • The younger generation like easy-to-navigate stores.
  • This generation likes stores integrated and connected to technology.
  • Stores that feel like “home” or reflect the neighborhood/area in their design are liked more than stores who are “colder” or cookie-cutter looking.
  • Millennials love engagement and want experiences in the stores whether it’s a touchscreen or gaming stations.
  • Millennials love convenience so creating a store that has space for different types of retail items is attractive to them.
  • Millennials like unique store design that makes the store different and special from other brands and competitors.
  • Younger generations like mixed materials. For example, mixing old materials/furnishings with modern things. They also like combining things that don’t traditional go together, or blended styles such as brick with marble.
  • Copper is becoming a popular thing to use instead of gold or silver in retail spaces.
  • Younger people like raw, unfinished materials, stainless steel and the handmade look.
  • The younger generation loves monochrome color schemes, exposed beams, patterned wallpaper, chalkboard walls/signs, stonework (real or fake), and concrete flooring.
  • Lighting can draw in consumers and help them stay longer. LED lighting and different lighting technologies incorporated into a retail space can make your space eccentric and appealing.

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

If you’re ready to build and looking for a commercial general contractor, FGC, Inc. can help you build a commercial space, specifically a retail space, to fit the needs of the market. At FGC, Inc. we believe in providing innovative design and construction solutions to meet our customers’ needs and problems. We take pride in the completion of construction projects on time, within budget.  While working with us, we can connect you with realtors, bankers, architects, engineers, vendors, and more, to ensure your project thrives after the construction process is done.

At FGC, Inc., we have extensive experience in commercial, residential, and multi-family construction. 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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Things to Consider When Building a New Home

Things to Consider When Building a New Home

You’ve decided to build a new home! This is an exciting time in your life, and a big step. There are so many pros to building your own home including having everything customized, brand new, and up to code. When you build a new home, you’re creating a space that suits your needs and wants and will be a long-term investment for you and your family.

Although an exciting time, building a home can be an overwhelming experience. Even if you’re working with a professional contractor, you have a lot to plan and a lot of decisions to make. By working with a full-service licensed general contractor, they can make the process less stressful, and smoother for you –this should be a happy experience for you!

What to Remember When Building a Home

At FGC, Inc., we strive to do the right thing for the right reason at the right time when working with our clients and vendors. For every project we take on, we take pride in our experience and knowledge to create impressive homes for our clients. Since there is so much to think about with a new home, our team at FGC, Inc. wanted to share with you some things you should try to remember when building a home.

  • How big (or small) do you want your home? How many people will be living here regularly? Will you be living in this house year-round/full-time?
  • Do you like an open-concept home? Or, small rooms?
  • Work with the contractor and plan as much before the build starts, so there will be less to worry about later.
  • Be specific and vocal about what you want in a home or what you don’t want. You always want you and the contractor to be on the same page, so you don’t get any surprises.
  • Let the contractor know if you don’t like something, change your mind, or want something changed. You don’t want to live with something you hate or regret.
  • When designing the layout of your home, try to imagine how furniture would fit. The contractor and designers can help you.
  • What do you want for/in an outdoor living area or backyard?
  • Research lighting, appliances, colors, doorknobs, cabinets, flooring, tile, carpeting, countertops, and more as early in the process as you can. You want everything purchased and installed on time, but you also want to make sure you like these items in real life. You also want to know if the exact things you like are available or can fit in your design.
  • Dream big but understand that certain ideas may not be plausible or fit in your budget. The contractor will work with you to get to as close to your vision as possible.
  • Listen to the contractor when it comes to building codes, materials, wiring, and what’s possible or not. They are professionals in building and know what will work and what won’t.

The above list are just some general things to keep in mind when building a new home. By remembering these things, our hope is that you can focus your attention more on enjoying the process!

Looking for a Residential Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

If you’re ready to build and looking for a residential contractor, FGC, Inc. can help you build your dream home. At FGC, Inc. we believe in providing innovative design and construction solutions to meet our customers’ needs and problems. We take pride in the completion of construction projects on time, within in budget.

We are a full-service Florida licensed general contractor with extensive experience in residential, multi-family, and commercial construction. We build homes in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. To get started with building with us, click residential construction in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332.

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FGC, Inc awarded $10.1M design-build hotel coming to Jacksonville, FL

(Jacksonville, FL) FGC, Inc. was recently awarded a design-build contract for a new Holiday Inn Express coming to Jacksonville, FL. This 65,000 SF 99 room hotel will be built just north of Top Golf and the future site of iFly in the St. Johns County Town Center.

The Holiday Inn Express will be a four-story hotel with 800 SF function room and 99 units. Construction begins June 2018 with an anticipated project completion of Fall 2019. The total value of the project is $10.1M.

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