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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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