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The Building Construction Process Explained

If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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The Building Construction Process Explained

Altering A Commercial Space To Meet Your Needs: What's Involved

by Edwin Johnston

Commercial spaces tend to be very boxy, with no real walls separating any spaces from other spaces. You really have to use your imagination the first time you walk into a commercial space and dream of opening your own business, agency, office, or firm. Once you decide how much space you need, then you need to decide how to break up that space and remodel it to fit your plans. You might consult an architect for help, and then you will hire a construction contractor. From there, all of the following is involved to alter that commercial space to meet your needs. 

Framing System Construction Services

Framing system construction services provide the steel or wood construction frames for any and all rooms, offices, and/or cubicles you want to create. They will come in, measure and section off the areas per you, or per your architect, and then begin erecting the framework for the walls, windows, and doors. Once the frames are fully constructed and secure, your electrician will come in next. 

Electrical Services

If you have chosen to create individual offices within this commercial space, the electrician will need to wire everything such that occupants of these offices will have outlets and power switches for overhead lighting. This is done before actual wall construction because it is easier to get all of the electrical work in before the actual wood and drywall so that no holes have to be created in the walls for wiring, outlets, and switches after the fact. When everything is wired up, you may need to have the telecommunications technician in next.

Telecommunications Services

These technicians come in either during the same time as the electrician, or just after the electrician, so that they have the electrical power they need to test the equipment that they install for you. They will wire up the entire space and each individual office for internet service, data storage towers, phone service, and if applicable, cable TV. When they are finished and everything is fully functional (albeit hanging out in the skeletal structures of the framing system), the construction crew returns and begins filling in the walls and installing installation. 

Final Construction Services

The walls are covered with plywood, sheetrock or drywall, and then plastered. After the plaster has dried, everything is painted, and trim is added along the bottoms of the walls as baseboards, and sometimes as crown molding along the tops of the walls, if requested. Doors, door frames, window frames, and windows are installed last. Then your commercial space is ready to move in and open for business. 

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