Understanding Construction Costs

How to Make Sure Your New Building Is Up to Code

Building codes can be costly for your business. Not only will a building-code violation possibly lead to a fine, but your business will also need to pay to have the code violation rectified. If you are hiring a contractor to construct your building, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk that your building will have code violations. 

Make Sure There Is a Plan 

Make sure that your contractor submits plans or drawings. Most contractors will submit detailed sketches or drawings before the project begins. If these are not mentioned, it is likely that your contractor is not getting the proper permits. The contractor should also ask for details on what you would like done for the project. The process of obtaining a permit requires that detailed plans be submitted, and you must provide the contractor with the information necessary to write these plans. Building codes are very specific, and a reputable contractor will be contacting both you and the city to make sure that he or she is will be executing the project while staying up to code. 

Get an As-Built Survey

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your business is following building codes is to use an as-built survey. These are conducted while the building is being constructed so that you can put the regulatory agencies' minds at ease in knowing that your building will be constructed using best practices. In addition to ensuring that the building is up to code, as-built surveys make it easier to adjust schedules for a project as different aspects of the construction project end up ahead of or behind schedule. While they may seem like simply more work, they can actually make the entire project much more efficient.

As-built surveys require surveyors who are experienced with this type of survey, since they are 3-D, rather than with a flat map. A contractor who provides these services, such as Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc, will reconcile the drawings and site plan information with the actual condition of the project and construction site. 

Inspect the Building

After the project has been completed, pay attention to the quality of the facility. If the section that the contractor worked on does not seem to be of as much quality as the rest of the building, it is likely that the contractor did not follow building codes, as codes usually force contractors to use high-quality materials. However, in the end, you will only know for certain if you hire an inspector.