We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.
Traditional industry might be waning in many Western countries, but high tech industry--making specialist components and cutting edge gadgets--is still going strong. Fuelled by crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, it's never been easier to get your ideas out there and start turning your dreams into reality.
To get going, though, you'll need to hire some contractors to help you set up your space--and if you're new to the business world, that can be more easily said than done! So how can you figure out who the right contractor for you is going to be?
Figure out what makes your needs unique.
A small startup tech industrial company is likely to need some things that are a little off the beaten track to help them produce their products. Make sure you know exactly what is unusual about the construction job you're contracting for by visiting some other similar factories and doing some research into your niche.
Do your research before meeting with a potential team.
Don't hire a construction team blindly! Ask around, read reviews, get recommendations and do your research. Different industrial construction services may have different specialities, so make sure you're looking for companies that specialise in tech work, and meet with more than one builder before you make your final decision. Just so long as you're clear that you haven't decided yet and you're speaking with more than one company, this is expected by most potential teams.
Seek outside advice regarding the work as it's being carried out.
See if you can get a second opinion on the bits you know less about personally. Other local small industrial business owners might be willing to help out, or you can hire a project manager who specialises in your niche to take a look at things for you.
Don't be afraid to change your mind.
If it's not working out with a particular construction firm, be honest about that and don't be afraid to explain the situation to them. Be firm but fair, explain what your issues are and give them a chance to fix the problem before you go with another team--but don't let a desire to be polite keep you from doing what is best for your business.
With just a little effort, finding the right construction team for you needn't be a difficult task. Start locally to help support other business ventures in your area, too--a better local economy is a help to everyone, yourself included.