Negosentro| How Business Buildings Are Made Possible |As anyone who has spent any time building or even renovating a house can tell you, it’s hard work, and it’s expensive. However, this modest level of construction doesn’t hold a candle to commercial construction, an endeavor that is much more costly, time consuming, and complicated, befitting its scale and purpose.
Whether you’re commissioning a building or you’re going to construct it, you’re going to need some information. Here’s what you need to know.
Commercial Buildings Are Huge
Commercial buildings need to be big in order to accommodate the workers and equipment of one or more businesses, and that means that they need to contain a lot of space. Smaller commercial buildings average around 5,000 square feet, for example, whereas the average home is only about 1,700 square feet.
On the larger end, skyscrapers are truly gigantic at around 20,000 square feet, and that’s a conservative estimate. This change in scale is something that affects every aspect of design and construction, as the materials involved need to be sturdy without ballooning the cost too much. These tenets are responsible for the design of modern skyscrapers, despite the fact that they look like they were designed with aesthetics in mind.
Curtain walls, as they’re called, are an economical design choice that provide no more structural integrity than your average window and therefore are an example of reducing cost and weight once structural integrity has been ensured by the steel framing.
While carpentry is done almost exclusively by hand, this is simply impossible for commercial construction. Instead, commercial buildings are assembled from manufactured parts such as steel girders and glass panes, and that assembly is done with the help of large machines. Searching “Chicago riggers,” for example, will give you an idea of the tools that are necessary for this Herculean task, as well as the scale of the buildings and machines themselves. These machines and the heavy parts they’re meant to move result in a potentially dangerous job, which has led to many safety regulations being put into place to protect workers.
Rigging machines and cranes are two of the more common tools of the construction trade, as they help to assemble the massive steel girders that frame commercial buildings. Cement mixers and excavators are also used to create a foundation and to level the construction site, respectively, and many pieces of construction equipment are also used in demolition, as well.
Constructions are infamously chock full of hazards. The aforementioned industrial equipment helps to assemble massive pieces, but they also create a lot of noise that makes a construction sight a confusing place. Likewise, they inhibit visibility. This means that communication is an important part of working safely in a construction zone, and communication is made more difficult by the presence of roaring engines. In order for construction workers to be able to work, they’ll need to go through extensive training in order to operate the equipment correctly and avoid on site accidents, but there are also regulations in place that construction companies must follow in order to avoid hefty fines.
OSHA provides federally mandated safety regulations that apply broadly to several hazardous occupations, while the construction industry itself has bespoke regulations that are tailored to large scale construction operations in particular. Furthermore, building permits are required in order to have the safety of a given work site and the building verified. This also allows for municipalities to make accommodations during construction with time in advance to get these arrangements in place.
Commercial construction is an important part of the business landscape, so there will always be a place for this kind of work. However, it can be quite demanding in terms of time investment, monetary cost, and labor. It’s no small undertaking, but this guide shows how there are systems in place that allow businesses to continually do the impossible to erect these massive structures.