There are many things to consider before starting a commercial remodeling project, which can be easily overlooked.
As we said in What Goes Into The Decision Of Your Next Remodeling Project “The more fun remodeling projects are those that come from desire, or, the opportunity to increase the value of your property. And then there is the chance that both of these can be achieved at the same time.” Regarding commercial property, increasing value can be measured in different ways, such as being able to hire a more diversified staff or saving money on utility bills. In any case, when value and desire are both met, the result is positive.
For instance, custom cabinetry has significant advantages. It allows you to include your or own desired function while also giving you full control over the design to match your specific taste.
Some other things to consider are:
- Universal Design
- LEED Guidelines (Daylighting)
- Responsible Design
The primary goals of Universal Design are: easy access and safety. This is very important for having the ability to employ a diversified staff. However, this design style also provides plenty of open space and functionality for everyone.
Seven Principles of Universal Design (from UniversalDesign.com)
- Equitable Use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in Use: The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Simple and Intuitive Use: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
- Perceptible Information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
- Tolerance for Error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
- Low Physical Effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortably with minimum fatigue.
- Size and Space for Approach and Use: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.
LEED Guidelines (Daylighting)
Adhering to LEED criteria and attaining a level of LEED certification offers many environmental, economic and even health benefits.
The LEED is a certification system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is available in four progressive levels, Green, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Points are earned based on the degree of adherence to the LEED standards. The number of points earned determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives.
Even if you do not follow the guidelines closely to attain the certification, the guidelines are still very helpful. Everything from using sustainable building material to the type of water filtration, and HVAC systems can save money on operating and maintenance costs. You will also be reminded to use daylighting design to bring in natural light to work areas. This can save you money on lighting and heating costs.
The consideration of responsible design is a combination of the other considerations. Responsible construction is considering environmental impacts and sustainability in the design of your remodeling projects.
This may be as simple as installing water saving shower heads. Or using the Daylighting design as part of LEED considerations to reduce the need for electric lighting.
Choose a Professional Contractor
The contractor best suited for the remodeling project is one that has experience with commercial remodeling projects. It can be a good idea to develop a positive relationship with a remodeling contractor whom you can use for all remodeling needs. Veri Construction has over 50 years of experience in Commercial Remodeling – We will build new or remodel existing office and warehouse space. Our company will handle all mechanicals of the building including architectural plans and permits up to a move in.