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What is Commercial Construction?

2024-04-11 17:20

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  • There are five types of commercial construction. For each one SERVPRO can help you with building, repair, and restoration.

    There are as many as seven types of construction projects. One of those is commercial construction, which SERVPRO is equipped to help with after storm and weather disasters, property damage, or other destruction occurs. But what is commercial construction, exactly? Can SERVPRO® really help with every type of commercial property rebuilding job? We are Here to Help® explain this and more.

    What is the Definition of Commercial Construction?

    According to SafetyCulture, the definition of commercial construction “involves the construction of buildings and other structures used for commercial purposes. It includes office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, factories, and more.”

    WorkYard goes on to state that commercial construction projects “include creating structures like office buildings, shopping centers, sports arenas, hotels, and restaurants. Commercial construction projects often involve larger teams and extensive planning due to their size and complexity.”  

    What are Common Types of Commercial Construction Projects?

    While not all-inclusive, WorkYard outlines five common types of commercial construction projects, all of which SERVPRO can clean and restore after disaster or property damage strikes:

    • Office Buildings. Housing businesses of numerous types, office buildings range in complexity and size, spanning large, multi-story structures to single-tenant, small office sites.
    • Hotels. Like office buildings, hotels can vary from large, luxury, all-inclusive resorts, to small, boutique locations. Hotels often include pools and workout facilities, restaurants, and conference centers.
    • Restaurants. Ranging from large chain restaurants to small streetside cafes, restaurants are particularly prone to damage (especially fires) due to their large industrial kitchens. The design and functionality of the dining area and kitchen are important aspects of restaurant construction, in addition to following health and safety guidelines.
    • Shopping Malls. Because these buildings are usually large, enclosed, and include a variety of individual food, entertainment, and retail locations, construction services require significant planning and coordination.
    • Retail Stores. Ranging from large grocery stores and supermarkets to small, specialized shops, retail stores must make sure construction elements help attract customers and allow for a smooth shopping experience.

    Commercial Construction: Frequently Asked Questions

    It is understandable to have questions about commercial construction, so we’ve compiled some of the top questions and answers below.

    Q: How long will reconstruction take to return my property to pre-loss condition?

    A: Because every cleanup, restoration, and construction project is so different, the amount of time it will take to complete can vary. Size, scope, and your assistance in making decisions about the project can also affect the schedule. Rest assured, SERVPRO professionals will regularly communicate with you during the job to keep you informed about progress.

    Q: What is “pre-loss condition”?

    A: Pre-loss condition is the state your property was in before damage occurred. During reconstruction, SERVPRO professionals will make every effort to use similar materials and processes that were originally used to return the space to what it looked like before damage. Ultimately, SERVPRO’s goal is to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

    Q: What is non-insured work?

    A: Because some items might not be covered by your insurance, SERVPRO professionals will work with your adjuster to make sure the claim is processed. The scope of work and estimates covered by an insurance claim are normally established by the adjuster on the claim. This represents how much your insurance company has agreed to pay. SERVPRO can also assist with upgrades and changes. However, any amount outside the insurance scope of work is considered non-insured work. (This would be handled under a separate agreement.)

    For Commercial Construction Services, SERVPRO is Here to Help®

    With more than 2230 SERVPRO locations in the United States and Canada, a SERVPRO franchise is available to provide 24-hour emergency services, including on holidays and weekends. Handling every phase of construction after a disaster strikes, including assistance with your insurance claims process, SERVPRO professionals are dedicated to returning your property to pre-loss condition after a disaster.

    Since 1967, SERVPRO has grown to become the #1 choice in fire and water cleanup and restoration* for a reason. Learn more about our commercial construction services, and reach out to your local franchise anytime.

    To learn more about SERVPRO and the cleanup and restoration industry, visit our FAQ and Glossary.


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