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FGC, Inc completes design-build on hotel now open in Jacksonville, FL

FGC, Inc. recently completed construction on Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at Jacksonville Town Center! This 65,000 SF four-story hotel with 800 SF function room and 99 units is just north of Top Golf and iFly in the St. Johns County Town Center. Construction began June 2018 with the value of the project totalling $10.1M.

FGC Inc. was the lead general contractor. Ameris Bank is the lender. Paramount Construction Group was a subcontractor and worked with the interior. Jyostna Jerripothula is the owner.

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About FGC, Inc.

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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10 Common Commercial Construction Terms

Construction Industry Trends Coming in 2020

We’re in the last month of 2019, so what better time to look at the new year’s construction trends? We not only are entering a new year, we are entering a new decade, so it’s exciting to see where residential and commercial construction will be headed in the future. 

At FGC, Inc., we are a full-service licensed general contractor who takes pride in offering the best services, materials, equipment, and skillset to our clients. We believe in growth and enhancing our business through the latest technologies and methods. 

Here are some construction industry trends expected in the new year:

  • More design build – Design-build is becoming the industry standard. 47 states use design-build for public projects as it has lower costs and shorter timelines. About half of the U.S. nonresidential spending came from design-build and this is predicted to grow. 
  • More technology helping workers – It’s believed new technology will continue to help the construction industry by supplementing workers and not replacing them. Technologies are being created to work alongside people and eliminate redundant tasks while increasing safety and workflow. The new technologies are also attracting younger generations into the construction industry, which is a good thing since there is a skilled labor shortage. 
  • More use of BIM, AI, and VR – The tech industry is becoming more involved in helping develop technology for the construction industry each year. These tech advancements are helping contractors with planning, design, safety, budgeting, and more. 
  • A change in labor force – There has been a skilled labor shortage since the 2008 recession. It is predicted that more initiatives than ever will be put out to increase the labor force by focusing on the younger generation to pursue a career in construction. 
  • More drone usage – Drones are becoming more affordable and accessible, which means more contractors can use them for aerial photography, mapping, thermal heat imaging, and volumetrics analysis. By using a drone, a contractor will know more about his construction site with far more accurate information. 
  • More off-site work – The amount of work contractors can do remotely is increasing each year. Modular construction and computer software have allowed a lot of work to be done faster, more accurately and off site. 

This is just a small glimpse of some trends we see for the construction industry in 2020, and we’re excited to see what new ideas and concepts emerge. It’s promising for the construction industry to find more workers as better technology and robotics are being used, which are attractive to a younger-aged group. These new trends are revolutionizing the way contractors work, which is helping projects go faster and safer while not compromising quality. 

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

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a residential or commercial space. We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential or commercial build or renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in residential construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.  

From project to project, we provide more than a simple bid to build. FGC, Inc. continues to provide experience and knowledge to our clients from inception to completion every single time, whether it’s a residential or commercial build. 

FGC, Inc. builds and renovates residential 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 residential general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332.

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How to Reduce Material Costs During Residential Construction

At FGC, Inc, we deliver residential construction projects with various price points based on client needs, industry demands, and location.

One of the more expensive parts of a construction project is the cost of materials. Unfortunately, each year, material costs are rising about 3 to 4 % and some as high as 7% — these rising costs can make future clients weary of starting a project. Luckily, there are things you can do reduce your material costs, while still providing a quality projects, during a residential build. 

Choose prefabrication – Prefabricated components nearly eliminate waste and reduce labor costs as you only purchase and use what you need. For a residential project with prefabricated materials, you do not need as many workers on the job. The workers you do have can focus more on building rather than moving or measuring materials. With lower labor costs, you will be able to offset rising material costs on other materials that can’t be prefabricated or need to be specially made. 

Choose lean design and construction – With a lean design and construction method, design and construction teams work together using software and tools to increase productivity and reduce waste, safety hazards, and increase profits. 

Use Building Information Modeling (BIM) – BIM is the latest construction software that can help save you money as it helps you analyze all steps of a residential construction project, so you know what to expect. At all times, you will know how much materials you will need and how much they will cost, even if a change occurs. BIM allows you to better accurately create a budget and quote while also reducing material waste. 

Use Construction Field Management Software – This type of software gives everyone (contractors, laborers, property owners, designers, stakeholders, etc.) access to drawings, blueprints nots, budgets, and other details. Everyone can always be on the same page. With this system, there is less chance of misunderstandings, so labor costs are reduced. 

Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid using certain materials you need, but you can offset the costs by reducing your costs in other ways like we listed above. 

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

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the currents needs of your family. 

We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential build or renovation project of any size. We are a Florida-licensed general contractor with extensive experience in residential construction. We have great relationships with our clients, vendors, subcontractors, and more, throughout the entire construction process.  

From project to project, we provide more than a simple bid to build. FGC, Inc. continues to provide experience and knowledge to our clients from inception to completion every single time, whether it’s a residential or commercial build. 

FGC, Inc. builds and renovates residential 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 residential general contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach contact page or call us at 904-685-6332.

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How to Pick a Residential Contractor

You’ve decided to renovate your home. Do you know how to find a contractor to make it happen? After you’ve decided on your renovation, you start a completely new headache of finding someone to make your vision come to life. Not everyone knows what to do when selecting a contractor. It’s a lot more complicated than buying a new piece of furniture or finding a landscaper. You have to be actively engaged in the process. When looking for a residential contractor for your home here are some things to keep in mind.

Look at their Experience
Consider how long a contractor has been in business. The more experience they have, the more likely they are to be reliable. Experience ties into what your renovation or build is. You want a contractor who is experienced in the type of work you want to be done. You can look at the contractor’s information and history through the Better Business Bureau.

Look at Reviews
One of the first things you should do when considering a residential contractor is to look at their online reviews. Note what people who have worked with them before are saying about payment, the time frame of the project, and the character of the contractor. Reading reviews from others will give you an idea if the residential contractor is right for your renovation or build.

Ask to See Previous Work
Most contractors will have a portfolio of past work. This will include pictures and floor plans. You will be able to see the finished project and determine if the quality and style of their work is what you’re looking for. While reviews can show you the character of the contractor, seeing their previous work will allow you to vision if the residential contractor is right for your project.

Consider Their Design Style
Some Contractors are better working in a particular style. It’s important to note their design style and consider if it matches what you envision for your renovation. You want your home to flow together seamlessly. Your contractor should be able to make that happen while also giving you the home you dream of.

Check their Licenses
Residential contractors should be licensed. In Florida, there is a requirement to be licensed to be a residential contractor. Going through the licensing process ensures that the contractor has the expertise and the ability to complete a residential project.

Need a Residential Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs
We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential 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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4 Questions to Consider When Picking a Location For Your Business

When deciding on a place for your business, there is a lot to consider. Most of the overall construction depends on the location you pick for your business. Location is one of the biggest aspects of your business that you need to consider. Location can make or break a business, so you want to make sure you pick a space that works for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself, and to discuss with your contractor, when deciding on a location for your business.

What’s Your Budget?
How much money are you willing to put up for your location? There are a lot of expenses when starting a business such as furniture, licenses, and staff. You must decide pretty early how much money you can use for your location and how much you are going to save for future expenses. Whatever location you chose there will need to be further construction or renovation to make the space yours. While location is important, your furniture and how you chose to decorate can help build the aesthetic of your business without a costly renovation. Your contractor will help you use your budget to maximize your space when you’ve chosen your location.

Do You Want to Build or Renovate?
Your budget is a big deciding factor in picking your business’s location. If you have a large budget and are willing, you may consider building. A contractor will help you actualize what your business needs in a location and if your needs could be easily modeled from an existing space or if they need special construction. If your business is unique and would require special rooms or construction to run properly, building could be your best option. On the other hand, if you don’t have a large budget to construct your own building or don’t want to own your business space, renovating could be the best option for you.

Who is Your Customer Base?
Who are you trying to attract with your business? Are you a new business or an established one? These are all questions you need to consider when deciding on a location for your business. You need to figure out where your customers are and find a space that will attract them. You need to be easily accessible to your customers. You don’t want to be far away from where your customers are.

What Are Your Business Needs and Goals?
When deciding on a location, you need to figure out the needs and goals of your business. When looking at spaces, your contractor will help you visualize what is possible for each space and what the limitations are. Construction and renovation can make your space meet your business’s needs. When going through this process, you must keep in mind the needs and goals of your business. The last thing you want to do as a business owner is get stuck in a space that doesn’t work for your business.

Need a Commercial Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs
We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential 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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4 Benefits of Hiring a Residential Contractor for Home Improvements

In the age of do-it-yourself and youtube tutorials, you may think you don’t need to hire a residential contractor for your home improvement. If you’re adding a room, taking down a wall, or even adding a kitchen island, a residential contractor can make sure your renovation goes smoothly. Residential Contractors have the experience and expertise to make your renovations go smoothly and benefit your home.

Make Your Vision Come to Life
When it comes to renovating your home, you have a vision for what you want. A Residential Contractor can make that vision come to life. You want your home to be perfect for your needs and so does your contractor. They want your home to work for you which is why they will put in the work to make a design plan for your home that will leave you satisfied.

Rework Plumbing and Electrical
If you are doing any renovations that involve electrical or plumbing work, a contractor can ensure that these renovations are done right. Inexperience in these areas can lead to mistakes that can show up later. If your plumbing or electrical work isn’t done correctly it can lead to issues and even damages down the line. Your Residential Contractor will make sure everything is done correctly so you won’t have to worry.

Finish Faster
When you have a residential contractor on your side, your project will get done a lot faster than if you do it yourself. A Residential Contractor will be able to work on your renovations with professionalism and experience. If you’re renovating your home in your free time, your house will be a construction zone for a while. A Residential Contractor will be able to do the work for you so your renovations won’t fall behind.

Save Money
Contractors have connections to suppliers and subcontractors. Their relationships can help save a lot of money during renovations. Contractors are also insured. If something goes wrong during renovation, a contractor’s insurance will cover the costs of the damage and repairs. If you’re doing renovations yourself, you alone will be responsible for financing damage and repairs. Having a residential contractor on the project ease your mind as you make renovations to your home.

Need a Residential Contractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl?

At FGC, Inc., we will work with you to design and build a new residential space that reflects the current and future needs of your family. With a residential building or renovation investment, you will see big returns as a renovated space is far more appealing and useful than an outdated, rundown one. The space will also be more beneficial to you and your needs.

We have the background, skills, and expertise to handle any residential 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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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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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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