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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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