Type “epic construction fails” into any search engine, and you will find countless poorly planned designs, mismanaged resources, and unthinkable mistakes. While these mishaps provide an entertaining afternoon of scrolling through the internet, we assure you they were anything but entertaining for the clients.
Client need is our number one priority at Loder Construction. Our team exemplifies professionalism during every stage of your project, and our commitment to quality construction is unwavering. Our success as general commercial contractors in Sacramento is attributed to the extra care we provide to ensure the success of each industrial project we work on. Our overwhelming client satisfaction drives us to continue to strive for excellence.
With every project, Loder Construction is committed to performance, and we aspire to prove our mastery of industrial building construction improvement. If you don’t want your project to end up on someone’s ‘epic fail’ list, read on for the latest trends in industrial construction improvement.
The Evolution of Construction Technology for Industrial Building Improvement
Technology has become a hot topic among industrial builders. As new technology reshapes construction sites globally, a number of trends are improving construction building and increasing profit margins.
When you think about technology, you might think of digital and smart devices. And you’re right. However, the technology that industrial builders rely on today also includes nail guns, pick up trucks, and hydraulic excavators. These tools may not sound new or cutting-edge, but they weren’t around 100 years ago!
Just imagine building your project without the use of power tools or heavy equipment. We’d have to dig up old cutting boards and drill holes by hand. Now that doesn’t sound like affordable labor.
The point is technology has always been used to construct more robust, more energy-efficient structures while improving the safety of laborers. With the help of digitized technology, we have excelled in productivity improvement and collaboration across various industries to tackle more complex projects.
Construction improvements have been accelerated by new technologies. We are now using and are reliant on tech that was deemed futuristic just a few years ago. Tools such as telematics, autonomous heavy equipment, robots, and drones are taking industrial building to new heights. The use of augmented and virtual reality and 3D printed structures are no longer futuristic ideas. This type of technology is being deployed and used on job sites across the globe.
Industry Trends That are Improving Industrial Building Construction
Globalization has led to new technological use in industrial building construction.
Efficiency-improving technology is making waves when it comes to construction. Drone use, for example, is a fast-growing trend. From generating thermal images and aerial heat maps to mapping large areas over long distances, drones are streamlining the entire construction process.
Augmented reality has also found a place on the construction site for improving industrial building. From efficient project staging to automated measuring, augmented reality provides a fast and affordable simulation of complex infrastructure changes. Additionally, building information modeling has improved industrial building construction efficiency by allowing users to construct visual models of buildings.
Innovative building materials are now being sought after as well. Materials such as light-generating and self-healing concrete, 3D graphene, and transparent aluminum ultimately provide more savings for users in the long run.
A Profitable Operation Begins With Intelligent Construction
The first step in beginning a successful venture is pre-construction planning. We know you’re in a rush to get up and running. However, taking the time to carefully choose the right location for operational success is time well spent. As the saying goes, “measure twice, cut once.” There are no shortcuts in construction. You either get it right the first time, or you have to start over. Poor planning and mistakes cost time and money.
Whether your site will be developed from the ground up, or you’re converting an existing building to suit your business needs, pre-construction planning will reduce delays and costs later in the process.
Industrial building construction and improvement of pre-existing structures require highly specialized facility features. Business facilities developed in existing buildings often require work beyond ensuring code-compliant construction. Sophisticated lighting, advanced HVAC systems for air purification, and water management systems are essential.
Intelligent construction also requires taking into account the possibility of future regulation changes. For example, facilities designed based on specific laws will need to undergo significant renovations to be compliant for evolving laws. Future-forward decisions during the design-build phase will save time and money down the road as well as pave the way for a smooth transition. Working with Loder’s knowledgeable team helps ensure construction improvements align with your operational needs both now and in the future.
Improving Pre-existing Industrial Buildings For Your Facility
When looking to convert an existing structure to suit your business needs, construction improvements are typically required. Business owners who choose to go down the path of retrofitting should thoroughly consider which building improvements will be necessary.
To begin, examine a structure’s integrity. Major repairs can be costly and time-consuming. To determine if any structural deficiencies exist, a structural engineer should survey the building. Existing utility services also need to be considered. This will require coordinated efforts between the project architect, and the civil, electrical, and plumbing engineers. Together they will need to determine utility needs. This should be done early on in the design phase to prepare you for evaluating sites.
Also, keep in mind that pre-existing structures may have been built with noncompliant materials according to today’s standards. Improvements will be needed to abate or encapsulate contaminants such as asbestos, lead paint, and mold.
Optimizing for efficient operations will be one of the most crucial design aspects. When working with an existing structure, restrooms, offices, building entrances, etc. are not guaranteed to be placed in ideal locations. Decisions to make construction improvements on such elements need to be decided in the beginning phase of the project in order to save time and money.
Compliance For New Construction When Improving Industrial Building Sites
All new construction done to improve your chosen site must be compliant with current building codes. This means converting an existing structure to meet the needs of your business will most likely be considered a “Change of Occupancy.” This code provides guidelines that require construction improvements for the building to meet current regulations.
Primary issues that will need to be addressed include:
Building height and area. If the current height and area are not compliant, improvements to meet requirements will be needed.
Exit locations will be assessed. Once the number and locations are worked out, the building layout will be developed around them.
All restrooms and paths need to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. This can lead to ramp or lift additions.
Local ventilation and odor-control requirements must also be met.
Why You Need Loder Construction for Your Industrial Venture
Marrying compliance with code regulations while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing layout requires construction creativity. The Loder Construction team is made up of experts who have experience in solving compliance challenges. As responsible general contractors, we work to meet the exact specifications of our Sacramento clients.
Loder Construction employs a group of dedicated, licensed commercial construction professionals. Our decades of experience in commercial building and construction improvement extends to all facets of our team.
We pride ourselves on our unparalleled ability to bring diversity to our projects. From manufacturing, assembly, and production, we specialize in innovative and industrious approaches to industrial building and construction improvement.
Loder Construction accommodates client needs by building, remodeling, retrofitting, or modernizing warehouses, cold storage, and distribution facilities. In addition to offering complete conversions, we specialize in custom facility builds from the ground up.
We continue to strive as we pursue new industries. Over the years, we have become leaders in our industry by taking painstaking efforts to track ever-evolving California Building Codes within the City, County, and State permit approval process.
We cater to commercial facilities of all sizes and industries. Our extensive knowledge of various industry standards, including requirements, pitfalls, and idiosyncrasies, make Loder Construction a must for your next industrial construction project. From seasoned executives to first-time entrepreneurs, we’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure your goals are met.
Contact us today to get started on your construction project.
He received his first hammer at 4 years old, not that he wanted one but, because he kept “borrowing” his father’s. Construction has been a part of his life and being raised as a six-generation carpenter, it came naturally. As a boy he visited his father and grandfather on their construction site, and he learned what was being built. High school and college summers were spent soaked in sweat, at the end of broom as his apprentice skills improved. After graduating from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2008, he started running small Tenant Improvements for Loder Construction and excelled in keeping projects on-time and on budget.