All construction projects begin with a feasibility study. Depending on the complexity of your metal building design, this could be as simple as having your local building department sign off on your project, or it could be a multi-layered process. If you’re planning on starting a business in your new building, chances are it’s the latter and it would be wise to solicit the help of pre-construction professionals. Lets take a look at what it takes to effectively plan a project and how General Steel’s design package is unlike any other planning solution.
Evaluating Your Pre-Construction Services Options
If your business is growing, professionally planning your expansion project is just as important as how you run your business. This is true whether you’re starting a mini-storage business, expanding your home brewery or evaluating whether it’s best to buy an auto shop for sale or a new auto repair shop. An inexpert plan cannot only derail your operation, it can act as an anchor hindering your business’ ability to grow in the future.
Unless you’re a construction professional, you have two options if you want your preliminary planning done right.
1. Hire an Architect
2. Use General Steel’s Design Services Package
Option 1: Architectural Services
Architects and their plans have been around for thousands of years. Architects have planned some of the most impressive construction projects known to man from the Roman Colosseum in Italy to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The problem is, you’re not planning on building the 8th wonder of the world! You simply need a comprehensive outline of construction costs and some help designing your new facility so you can get financing or start raising capital. Full architectural plans are not only comprehensive they’re costly! Here’s how a typical architect bills for their time and an idea of what you would be looking to spend if you decided to hire an architect to plan as well as oversee your project.
Hire an Architect: Example Final Costs
Here are the estimated associated costs for an architect to plan a 5,000 square foot construction project:
|Fee Structure||Cost Range||Cost Factor||Final Cost|
|Construction Cost||8%-15%||$30-$120 per sqft* ($150k-$600k)||$12,000-$90,000|
|Per Square Foot||$1.25-$5.00||5,000 sqft||$6,250-$25,000|
Option 2: Pre-Construction Services with General Steel
Our pre-construction services package will provide you with enough detailed information to determine the feasibility of your project without engaging an architect. Not to mention that in most cases, a metal building design package through General Steel costs about half as much as you’d spend hiring an architect and is enough to secure financing.
With as little as a hand-drawn sketch or verbal description of what you intend to build; our team will thoroughly research the construction options available to you according to local zoning. We will produce final floor plans, 3D renderings, and a complete cost analysis detailing what it will cost to complete construction as designed.