It’s never too early to start planning your new commercial construction project, especially if you want to get started in the spring. Spring and summer are considered the busy season in the construction industry, so now is the perfect time to start planning your project. If you wait until spring, your project may not start until the end of summer.

That’s because the commercial construction project can be long, with dozens of steps to go through before crews can even break ground. Here are several steps you can take to get the project rolling so construction can begin when the snow melts:

Hire an architect

To start, think about what you want your building to look like. Hiring a company that offers a variety of architectural design services, such as Miller Architects and Builders, can help you narrow down your vision for the facility, as well as design a building that meets your needs and budget.

Find your location

If you haven’t already, it’s time to find the perfect site for your future building. Be sure it meets the city’s zoning regulations, and if it doesn’t, apply for a zoning permit. The good news is if you’ve already hired a design professional, they’ll work with you and your hired surveyor to assess the location to make sure it works with your vision.

Finalize the design plans

After your site is picked, it’s time to begin the initial pre-planning for your building. This is where the architect will start developing rough sketches of the building’s exterior, which includes structure design, entrances, window placements, and other details.

The architect will use these initial sketches to develop the schematic designs of the building, which will be used to get the proper approval by local jurisdictions. This process can take a few weeks and require the plans to go through several rounds of revisions to make sure they meet all of the city’s requirements.

Get that building permit

After your plans get the final stamp of approval from the city, it’s time to apply for a building permit. The permit can take weeks or months to get, which is why it’s best if you start the whole planning process now.

Hire a construction company

If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to make sure to hire a company that will actually be doing the building. You’ll also need to hire any needed subcontractors.

If the idea of hiring all these different people sounds a little overwhelming, sometimes you can find a company that provides all these services in one place, which helps the entire process go seamlessly. That’s the case with Miller Architects and Builders in St. Cloud. We offer a variety of services to meet your needs, from development to planning to construction, including architectural design services, design-build services, and construction project management.

Contact us today!

As mentioned above, some of the steps in the pre-construction process can take weeks or months to be completed. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to contact Miller Architects and Builders so we can begin working with your on your project. We have the experience needed to help you through the entire process, from planning to post construction, so give us a call today at 320-251-4109.