“How can I achieve a successful, profitable commercial project?” If you are a landowner or a commercial owner, you might have asked yourself this question many times. It doesn’t have to be an unattainable dream. We’ve provided many such a project in Toronto and across the province.
As the real estate market and the economy change over time, you will inevitably reach a point when you will be facing investing into a new commercial project or redeveloping / repurposing existing commercial buildings. If you are looking to increase your revenue or to create a new revenue stream, it’s time for some redevelopment of your commercial property. At VArchitect we offer a variety of services that will help you with your needs within your budget, timelines and investment goals.
Avoid Delays from the Start
Additions and changes to your property require a building permit, but getting one can be quite a hassle (find out more about this and other aspects of commercial construction in a series of blogs that will follow). For commercial projects, there are additional municipal requirements (site plan application), specific to the site. In fact, the site application must be approved before an application for the building permit can be submitted.
In case of a fit-out project, it isn’t necessary to do the site plan application, unless there will be a change in building use (a retail store requires much more parking space than an office building, for instance). In that case, you must go through the complete process before applying for the building permit.
Once these are requirements are met, the work can begin… well, in theory – you have to find a whole crew of professionals to do the job, not to mention the architectural and engineering work that needs to be done first.
No Worries about the Teams
For a typical commercial project, two sets of teams are required: a consulting team and a construction team. For the very adventurous, there is a choice of finding and hiring each team separately (an architect, structural, electrical, mechanical, civil, landscape, and specialty engineers, as well as different construction trades, such as framers, electricians, carpenters, mechanical contractors, etc.) – not recommended.
The best option, on the other hand, is to get an architect – who will be the prime consultant and project manager coordinating the work of his/her respective team, and then a General Contractor (GC) who will put together and look after the construction team. Nothing beats having these in-house, as is in our case.
We offer you a one-stop-shop experience (if you choose to simplify your life) – our in-house architects will make sure you get a building permit, as well as meet pertaining municipal requirements, at nominal cost, while our in-house GCs will make sure all the work is done on time and correctly. This way, your project will pass city inspections, which means it will be completed on time and within budget.
Practical Solutions & the Exact Type of Service You Need
You may not need extensive redevelopment of your commercial property, but rather an upgrade of the existing space and equipment. Our design and construction techniques ensure optimal use of space, and savings on materials and cost of installation.
Our experienced professionals will help you find the right solution for you. With our extensive experience in space planning and design, we maximize the size of each space, lowering construction costs through tested design best practices and value engineering.