The basic definition of commercial construction is that of a project where the end result of the activity is a commercial property instead of a residential or industrial property. Examples of commercial constructions are warehouses, hospitals, sports centers, shopping centers, hotels and historic buildings that require reconstruction and refurbishings. Note that a commercial construction company may not take full responsibility of the whole aspects of the commercial property from start to finish, but rather other groups of skilled people may be involved, although other well established construction firms can take full control of all areas of the construction project.
Be aware of the fact that commercial properties have different rules, needs and regulations, as compared to residential properties that have their own set of guidelines. Therefore, if you have a residential property which you wish to turn into a commercial property, you are then required to get a different planning permission before conducting the project. Note that any work done on the property will be asked to be removed if you have not obtained the special planning permission before starting your project.
Be aware of the different kinds of commercial construction companies available today. One type of commercial construction company will be available after planning permission is received and survey has been done to the place where construction will be done, and usually has outside investors. The other type of commercial construction company takes charge of the whole activity from planning to the completion, where they designed and funded the project themselves with the goal of selling or leasing the property afterwards.
Among the responsibilities of a commercial construction company is to comply all local regulations of a commercial building, and if any of these regulations is not adhered to, the company will be liable for any damages. Be aware also of the changing environment standards set for all commercial properties in the recent years for practically many countries.
Be aware that the commercial construction company is responsible for the health and safety of its workers while construction is going on, as well as those who will occupy the commercial property once completed. Any project site is hazard to be and this is a concern that every commercial construction company has to be prepared of by understanding rules and regulations and abiding them to ensure safety and health of the workers and future occupants. A very important matter for a construction company to do is to teach its construction workers to wear the correct protective clothing while working at the site, or using the right gears when using the building equipment that will save their lives, like hard hats and high visibility jackets.