With businesses responding to a changing workforce with advancing technologies, the traditional office space is adapting to a new way of doing things. Often a company will look for a new structure to accommodate their changing and growing needs. But, renovating an existing building may be a better alternative. These are our top 5 reasons to consider an existing building:
1. Less Construction Waste
In today’s construction industry, the environmental impact of building construction is often the topic of conversation. Having a project that generates less waste for our landfills is an obvious plus. The shell of the building is already constructed. There is no scrap/damaged steel, CMU blocks, plywood, insulation, drywall, roofing material, etc. to be hauled away. The only waste would be any interior partitions or fixtures not being used in the renovation.
2. Shorter Timeline
With all or most of the work being interior, the construction schedule would be shorter than building a new structure. There is little or no land surveying required for utility connections, no foundations to pour, or roofs to finish before the winter freeze.
3. Reduced Construction Cost
If the shell is existing, the material and labor costs for that phase of construction are reduced to that of repairs and replacements. There is no excavation required for pouring foundations or slabs, or the need for purchasing windows and installing storefronts unless the design calls for a change or the original component needs repair/replacement.
4. Money for Building Performance
In some cases, a reduced construction cost can influence the decision to invest in improving the performance of the building. With countless companies promoting sustainable products and processes, the options can seem overwhelming. Whether you have an interest in solar energy, rainwater harvesting, increased natural lighting, or smarter heating/cooling systems, there are ways to invest in your building that give back in the long run.
5. Little to No Land Development
New construction requires a lot of effective planning. Applications for land development must be submitted and approved, lot size and impervious coverage must be calculated and kept within code. Utility services must be taken from the city connection to the building, and plumbing/sewer lines taken out from the building. The time/material and excavation associated with land development can be greatly reduced when reusing an existing building.
The decision to move to a new building can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Here at JL Architects, we can help guide you through your site and construction options, while working beside you to achieve the best result for your business.