“Breaking ground,” or starting the physical part of the commercial construction work, is often seen as a build’s official beginning. After all, big backhoes and bulldozers tend to be what comes to mind when most of us think of the industry!

But quite a lot goes on before the first machine even pulls up to the construction site—architectural design, of course, but also lots of legwork that’s not all that expected if you haven’t gone through the process before.

We at Miller want you to feel completely comfortable with everything that’s undertaken surrounding your new build, so we’ll walk you through a few pre-construction happenings below.

Paperwork Aplenty

During the pre-construction phase, your commercial contractor will do what’s called “pulling permits.” This means that they’ll contact local and any other applicable authorities to obtain permission to build on a piece of land. It tends to pertain to safety codes and practical matters.

It’s quite a bit of paperwork, and it can take weeks to be approved, but the process is often quicker if your commercial contractor does it for you. They can often do in hours what would take you days of stress and phone tag.

Extenuating Entitlements

Entitlements differ from permits in that the former concerns zoning—how a structure’s future use will interact with and fits with the city’s designation of the land. They also can affect how your future build may look. The necessary entitlements must be obtained before breaking ground, and this process can be a touch more nuanced and lengthy than obtaining a permit.

The Practicalities of Procurement

“Procurement” is just another fancy way of saying “obtaining the materials needed.” Indeed, your construction management company will carefully plan out shipments before work truly begins so that they’re never without the resources needed for a successful project.

Though this might seem as simple as clicking a button to toss the required supplies in a cart, it’s hardly ever that easy! Procurement professionals often hear out bids from a variety of suppliers and review them all thoroughly before they make their decision.

If your commercial construction company is worried about potential lateness with any of their supplies, they’ll also discuss this and make plans to overcome any delays.

Miller Architects & Builders: Quality Construction Every Step of the Way

We’re proud to provide our clients with nothing but stellar service and construction work, no matter what that means given the stage of the building process. Contact our Saint Cloud office today at 320-251-4109.