Embarking on a commercial construction project can seem daunting, but that’s why it’s important to hire an experienced commercial contractor who will oversee the entire project from start to finish. This includes hiring everyone needed to get the project done on time and within your budget.
That makes the process of choosing the right contractor for your project oh so important. So if you’re looking to find the right commercial contractor in the St. Cloud area, here are some tips:
- Consider a company that offers design-build
Design-build means one commercial contractor will handle everything involved with the project, from working with architects on the initial architectural design phase through handling post-construction. This helps make the whole process seamless because there’s only one contract; therefore, there are no conflicting recommendations from other contractors. This will help keep the project on time and on budget. Here are a few more reasons why Miller Architects and Builders’ design-build services are so successful.
- Find a contractor that offers both construction management and at-risk construction management.
There are advantages to both traditional construction management and at-risk construction management, so finding a contractor that offers both options is in your interest as a client. Here’s why:
A traditional construction manager will manage the project on your behalf, but you will be the central decision maker in all aspects of hiring for the project, including the architect and subcontractors — so you hold all the contracts for the project.
There are several advantages to choosing this method, including: the construction manager helps with your responsibilities and acts in your best interest when making decisions, you’ll have complete freedom to choose the subcontractors you prefer and those that fit into your budget, and Miller Architects and Builders will work in your best interest, so throughout the process we’ll make sure the project stays on schedule and on budget.
Construction management at-risk is different than the traditional construction management method in the fact that you, the client, would hire a construction manager to oversee and handle the entire project, including hiring all the necessary subcontractors, and act as an advisor to you during the development and design phases of the project.
Among the advantages of using this method: risks associated with the project are on the contractor, which reduces your potential risk; you won’t have to worry about what subcontractors to hire, instead you can rely on the expertise of the contractor; and when you hire the construction manager prior to hiring an architect, it will allow a budget and timeline to be set before other pre-construction tasks begin.
Miller Architects and Builders offers both construction management and at-risk construction management, so it gives you, the client, more freedom to choose what method works best for you. Plus, because we are a design-build company, we’re able to handle both the design and construction phase of your project, regardless of which management method you choose.
- Check out a contractor’s experience.
Be sure to look at a company’s previous work to see if it jives with what you’re looking for in your commercial property. It’s also important to make sure the commercial contractor you hire has experience working on the type of project you desire, so it’s smart to check their references, licensing, and to make sure they’re properly insured.
Fortunately, at Miller Architects and Builders, we have successfully completed a wide variety of commercial contract and design-build services for our customers. Therefore, we have an extensive portfolio and a long history of satisfying our clients’ needs.
If you’re looking for an experienced commercial contractor in the St. Cloud area, look no further than Miller Architects and Builders. We’ve been leading the industry for nearly 150 years, so we have the know-how to complete whatever commercial construction project you desire using our variety of services, including architectural design services, construction services, and design-build services.
We’d love to chat with you about your next project. Contact us at 320-251-4109.