Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAR-APR 2015

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60 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MARCH : APRIL 2015 INDUSTRY EVENTS SUMMIT COVERAGE • Defning the successes and failures of building in South Florida By Steve Bachman and Rick Winkel It is important to be vigilant in following the progress of your project. Today, the GC is re- sponsible for securing all necessary permits required for the project, calling and paying for all of his inspections and the electronic format(s) established by each county. It has not only become necessary to monitor the progress of the initial permit(s), but also all of the subsequent inspec- tions that must be called in/requested, wait for the queue, pay the requisite fee, and obtain, and hopefully pass when the inspector does show up – oftentimes days later. M any contractors/retail tenants typically have engaged the services of a permit expediting company or service. This company helps assist with the plans/ drawings for their new project through the review process within all governmental agencies and departments – building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and eventually fre. The experiences of some contractors found success when the tenant hired the services of a company that the landlord had worked with. Steve Bachman is founder and CEO of Retail Construction Services in Lake Elmo, Minn., and Rick Winkel is president of Winkel Construction in Inverness, Fla. Assuming the inspection(s) pass- es, you are on to the next phase of construction, and next series or set of inspections/fees/approvals. This process is something we all become accustomed to when building in southern Florida. Nonetheless, we still get surprised at how long some of these things take. One possible solution is to engage an engineering/expediting frm that has a relationship within the county you are working. Some of these frms charge a fee, which basically mirrors the fee of the respective building permit. The good news is that they have a certifcation process arranged with the county to perform the inspections and cut down the process by weeks, if not months. Some of these frms have worked with a few national retail/ fast food chains, which has enabled them to perform the construction/inspection process in a 45-day cycle – construction start to completion. This scenario is worth the effort. CCR It is important to be vigilant in following the progress of your project. Sponsored by:

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