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What to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Building Site

There is a lot of work that goes into deciding where to build your new business or move your existing one. You’ll want to consider factors such as traffic, ease of access to your customer, and employee commute. However, you may not be considering some other factors that will have a huge impact on the success of your building.

Take note of the environment and topography

You will want to have a commercial site survey done to determine estimates and assessments about the location, which will help determine if the site is right for your business. Consider the topographical attributes of the site. For example, take a look at whether the land is flat or if it slopes down anywhere. That aspect can have a significant impact on construction. Take a look at the soil too. It’s essential to know how much weight the soil will be able to support. You will also want to determine if the location site is large enough for your commercial building project.

Consider your cost and timeline

What is your budget for this commercial project? There are a lot of factors to keep in mind, and several possible hidden costs you may not have determined at this point. That is why getting estimates will help you figure out whether your building site is the right choice. Also, your timeline is another aspect to consider. The local building code can be strict in some areas, making it take longer for your project to get completed. Also, there may be long permit wait times, which can extend the timeline of your construction project. 

Keep nearby facilities in mind

When scoping out a building site, take a close look at the surrounding area. You will want to make sure any neighboring businesses line up with your company’s image. If your building site is going to be a new hotel, you wouldn’t want to start your construction project where there isn’t anywhere for guests to visit surrounding the hotel. Also, keep your employees in mind. You will want to look for amenities such as available public transportation, nearby childcare, commute times, and even places for them to get lunch. 

There are many aspects to look out for when choosing a commercial construction site. With these tips, you will have the best chance of selecting the site that’s right for your business and your budget. Contact Griffin Contracting for your commercial site work.

Helpful Tips to Better Understand Site Preparation

Do you understand what goes into the site preparation process? Do you think it is complex and time consuming? While there are situations where the process may seem somewhat overwhelming, learning more about it can help reduce these feelings. 

Site Preparation Defined 

Site prep is the work that is done on your land before construction. This includes things like finalizing the location details, getting access to the site, drainage, and other factors. With this process, you can easily identify site complications upfront and address them before the actual construction process begins. 

The entire site prep process is designed to set you and your building up for success. While it means more work for you initially, when done properly, it can help you save both money and time. 

Now, let’s dive into the tips to help ensure site preparation is successful. 

Determine the Elevation and Building Location 

It’s a bit of a “no-brainer” that you need to make the final decision regarding where – exactly – your new building or structure will go. When you are making this decision, you should consider the flow of people and the equipment needed for the work that’s being done. If you have multiple buildings, this is even more important. 

Another decision, which isn’t as obvious as the other, is the elevation of your building. You get to make the final decision regarding its elevation because this is going to impact drainage significantly. Don’t worry, if you need help, your contractor will be able to provide you with some guidance. 

Access to the Site 

Even though you probably have plans regarding how you are going to access the final structure, what about your builder? Are they going to have enough room to deliver the needed materials? Is your site free from all types of debris so equipment can move through with ease? Is there enough room for the heavy equipment needed? When the contractor has easy access to the site it will ensure the materials and equipment can be delivered efficiently and easily. 

Perimeter Access 

Perimeter access is different than site access. Site access refers to getting people onto the site with ease. Perimeter access will focus on the people and the equipment once they have gotten on site. You need to make sure the construction crew has plenty of space to move around and get work done. This means keeping a dry and clear perimeter that lets equipment, crews, and materials move quickly

When it comes to site preparation, there are more than a few factors that must be considered. Be sure to consider the factors here to know what you need to do to ensure your construction project moves along smoothly. It’s also a good idea to work closely with your contractor to minimize issues and delays, that not only cost you time, but also money. Being informed is the best way to ensure that the desired results for your construction project are achieved without issue or delay.

A Trusted Heavy Work Partner – Griffin’s Contracting Expertise

A Trusted Heavy Work Partner – Griffin’s Contracting Expertise

At Griffin Contracting, we are proud of our track record as an established contracting company serving businesses and other clients in the Georgia and South Carolina communities.

We’re locally owned and operated, and we have the capabilities to work with gravel, concrete and other materials, to do the heavy work required for utility work, asphalt projects, storm sewer plans or other projects.

Opening Up the Landscape for Heavy Work

One of the inherent challenges in doing this heavy work is getting under the surface of either a paved road or an open piece of land.

Utility workers and others involved in roadwork and similar types of projects have to have the right skills and equipment to burrow under existing infrastructure and access the areas where they’re going to need to install piping inlet boxes or other setups.

This is easier said than done, and it takes a contractor with knowledge of industry best practices as well as occupational safety and more. We excel in these types of projects, and we’re ready to go to work with you.

Project Management

There’s also a significant project management component to these jobs.

Heavy site work is not like some other kinds of contracting. For instance, there is interior painting, where projects are pretty predictable, and contractors may even bid without actually seeing the property.

By contrast, the types of contracts that we work on have to have this steady planning behind them. The scope of the project and the timeline need to be clearly established and planned for. To that end, companies and other stakeholders use performance bonds and other mechanisms to make sure that projects get done on time and as planned.

We bring the right credentials and resources to the table to complete these jobs the right way. When it comes to earth moving, we know about the regulatory process (for example, the context of and context for these types of jobs, in order to do them by the book and make sure they don’t run into unanticipated delays and problems.

Sourcing Materials

One project management component of these jobs involves getting the necessary materials from point A to point B. Again, it’s heavy work, but it’s also a complex set of calculations that requires planning and expertise on the paperwork side. Companies need to know where the suppliers are, and what is logistically possible in order to get materials to the site. Just guessing doesn’t work.

Ask Griffin about how to tackle a big project. We bring the muscle to accomplish what has to be done with regard to infrastructure and improvements – wherever you are.

Meet Paving Challenges with Griffin

Meet Paving Challenges with Griffin

In the world of paving, there are certain unknowns. But good contracts run on efficiency and versatility. Contractors have to be ready for a range of challenges and able to maintain schedules and keep projects moving forward. That’s critical to making sure that the services that they provide for clients are effective and don’t turn into a boondoggle.

Here are some of the things that we help customers to work through at Griffin Contracting, Inc. Our paving services are popular because we keep projects on track through thick and thin, and because we value good communications with customers. You’ll see that from the very beginning when you get in touch with our people – we love what we do, and it shows.

Here are some of the challenges that we can help you to work through when project timelines are threatened.

Weather

We all know you can’t control the weather. That’s especially important when winter approaches in the midst of a paving contract. Sometimes it’s necessary to move around people or equipment to accommodate weather concerns and keep the project moving. We are adept at doing that and maintaining our promised schedules for customers.

Pricing

It’s also commonly known to most people in the industry that the price of materials goes up and down quite a bit. Some of this volatility is driven by oil prices, which are vulnerable to political and economic forces. Some municipal customers even utilize escalator clauses and other protections. We help consult on pricing of materials and how to navigate a volatile market.

Delivery

There’s also the logistics of delivery. Maybe one plant is closed, but another is open further away. That raises the question of how delivery costs fit into the final result. Again, figuring this out requires close attention to detail, communications and overall good project management to keep everything going well.

Labor

Another dynamic aspect of paving is labor. These jobs don’t just get done by themselves, and sometimes it’s not easy work. That means companies have to plan for unanticipated labor issues, whether that’s high turnover or anything else.

At Griffin Contracting, Inc., we are experts at paving and associated project issues: we handle certified jobs and keep projects on time, and on budget.

We provide certified contractors and source materials properly, whether it’s topsoil, fill dirt, crushed concrete or seal-coating products.

We perform quality site work, utility work and concrete work, and handle material recycling and more in accordance with state law.

For more, take a look at our website and our blog. In blog posts, we go over some of the other practical aspects of this type of contracting that can be helpful to your planners. Give us a call.

The Importance of a Solid Foundation in Construction

The Importance of a Solid Foundation in Construction

When it comes to building a new house, the future homeowner has many things that they need to consider first. How many stories will it be? What type of material will they use for the roofing? Should they spring for carpeted floors, or is hardwood better? While these are all certainly valid considerations, construction on a new home can’t even begin until a solid foundation has been created. In fact, despite being largely overlooked by many designers and future homeowners, the foundation is arguably one of the most essential parts of a house.

It Supports the Entire House

It goes without saying, but houses are extremely heavy. The final weight of a building is actually quite variable when you consider both the “dead” (the weight of the house itself) and the “live” (the weight of the house, plus furniture and inhabitants) loads put upon it. When building a home, the foundation must be able to withstand both the dead loads and the live loads without buckling or cracking. Any issues with the foundation can harm the house, making it unsafe to live inside it. A strong and sturdy foundation, therefore, is key to a long-lasting, dependable home.

It Protects the House from Acts of Nature

Many people don’t consider the effect of weather and other natural disasters upon their home when they decide to start building it. This could be a dangerous mistake. A well-built foundation, however, is designed with all of these considerations in mind. While Georgia doesn’t see too many earthquakes, we do occasionally encounter them. We also get our share of hurricanes here, too. By creating a foundation that can withstand these events, you can help protect your home the next time we have one occur in our community.

It Safeguards the House from Settling

Over time, a house can slowly start to sink into the soil upon which it was built. This is called “settling,” and it can seriously damage your house. While a certain degree of settling can typically be anticipated, failure to recognize the risk of settling on your home can cause lasting harm to the structure. The right foundation is built with this knowledge in mind and will help offset the effects of settling on your home.

We here at Griffin Contracting are your trusted foundation experts. We are pleased to offer nearly two decades of unmatched service to the greater Georgia area, delivering sound, sturdy construction work across a wide range of building projects. To learn more about our services, or to inquire about an estimate for your next construction project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

4 Ways Griffin Contracting Can Improve Your Property’s Asphalt

4 Ways Griffin Contracting Can Improve Your Property’s Asphalt

Many of the elements that influence the usefulness and functionality of a property are easy to overlook. From landscaping choices to where people park, the decisions property owners make will influence if people choose to visit your location and how they feel about what they see. Believe it or not, the asphalt on a property can significantly affect the functionality and beauty of a property. If you want to improve your property’s exterior, Griffin Contracting can help. Here are four ways Griffin Contracting can improve the asphalt on your property.

Asphalt Paving

If you need to add asphalt to a portion of your property, Griffin Contracting can help. Some properties end up with areas that are heavily used by vehicles in a way that wasn’t initially intended in the property’s design. For example, if a lot of people are driving through a grass area to reach a part of the building, there will be a worn tire path that distracts from the property’s beauty. Having that area paved with asphalt by Griffin Contracting will make it easier for people to reach that area without damaging excessive wear on their tires. Similarly, if people have turned a space into an impromptu parking area, you should consider having the area paved with asphalt to make it an official parking area.

Asphalt Painting

In many situations, it’s a good idea to paint asphalt surfaces to share information with people driving or walking on the path. A typical example of this are the lines you see on roads. They ensure that everyone knows where their lane is and where they need to stop. You can use asphalt painting from Griffin Contracting in a similar way. You can paint areas to show where you want people to walk or set up danger zones where unauthorized people aren’t allowed. The contrast between the dark asphalt and the paint makes it hard for people to miss the message.

Asphalt Patching

Asphalt can last a long time, but it will begin to wear over time without proper upkeep. People experience this problem every time they run over a pothole in the street. If these issues aren’t addressed, driving on the asphalt surface can become more dangerous. What should have been a smooth ride down a paved road becomes a hole-filled obstacle course where huge bumps can knock over cargo being carried or even damage the car due to wear on the suspension system. Not to mention that such holes make the property look worse. Griffin Contracting can address this problem by patching asphalt, so it’s good as new.

Asphalt Seal Coating

Griffin Contracting can also perform maintenance duties that can keep asphalt surfaces looking their best for more extended periods. By applying asphalt seal coatings, Griffin Contracting prevents the formation of potholes or the degradation of the paint job on asphalt surfaces. We use GSB 88 and coal tar for sealing purposes, so we can let you know which sealing material is best for your asphalt and the way you intend to use it. Using an asphalt seal coating ensures that the exterior of your building looks beautiful and pristine for a more extended period.

If you need any asphalt work done for your home or business, Griffin Contracting can help. Whether it’s paving, painting, milling, or lining, our team of experts no what do to improve the asphalt surfaces on your property. Send us a message online to learn more about our services and to request an estimate.