Our Dos and Don’ts of Commercial Site Selection

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Finding the perfect commercial construction site can be challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Location considerations, space constraints, and budget are just a few of the many factors you have to weigh when making a site selection. Importantly, you also have to think about the building’s existing brand positioning and what you want the new space to convey going forward. Here are few dos and don’ts as you make your next site selection.

Do consider the existing site’s infrastructure and how that matches up with future needs.

Many sites can be multi-purpose and easily transformed from a residential property to a retail space, for example. Others need more consideration. If the space will be reconfigured for a restaurant, will additional venting be required? Or what kind of plumbing or water lines need to be considered? If a significant overhaul is required, it may be worth considering a different site that better aligns with new infrastructure requirements.

Don’t assume that a big blank canvas means it’s the best choice.

While big open spaces can be appealing because they offer seemingly endless options for reconfiguration and design. Upon closer inspection, the financials may not add up. The building and business purpose of the new site need to be considered at the outset, and if significant work needs to be done in order to accommodate the end goal, perhaps another site makes more sense. Moreover, it’s useful to consider things like the building’s character and location. Is there alignment in goals between the site’s history and culture of the area and where the project wants to go as a business or residence?

Do partner with an experienced commercial construction firm.

Experience goes a long way when it comes to knowing what to look for in a site selection for a new build or renovation. Contractors with established relationships in the community are also valuable, as they have connections with local partners who know when new spaces may become available. The best way to ensure your project goals are met is to partner with someone who knows the industry and the area.

As you embark on your next site selection, give us a call. We have nearly 20 years of experience building in South Florida and can help you find the perfect location for your next build.

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