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The Ultimate Reno Guide to Your Office Buildout

BE Builds has put together an office construction guide that will focus on what happens after you choose a location, set a budget, and draw up office design plans. Here’s what to expect in the pre-and-post-construction phases of your commercial office buildout project, from our office renovation team in New Jersey.

The Pre-Construction Phase

This phase can be time-consuming, as it relies on your office buildout team to work with other parties to process important administrative and regulatory requirements. Much of it happens behind the scenes, so it’s important that clients not only understand this process but are kept updated every step of the way. This includes:

  1. Applying for and being granted the building permit – This involves submitting the final plans to the relevant building department, addressing any comments on the plans from the committee, and obtaining final approval to move ahead with the project.
  2. Getting all required insurance in place – This includes workers’ compensation, general liability insurance, and builders risk insurance. This is an essential step in risk management, giving clients, contractors, and workers a financial safety net should anything go wrong.
  3. Vendor bids – This focuses on finding the right subcontractors for the job, not only in terms of the price point but the quality of work and materials to be used in the buildout.
  4. Construction team – Selecting the different team members to manage the construction project, including the project manager, field engineer, contract administrator, and superintendent.
  5. Procurement – Once selected, the project manager can begin procuring all the necessary materials, services, and equipment required for the project. With good organization and the ability to leverage an established network, the right team can hit the ground running when the permits are granted – keeping your project on track with the projected timeline.

The Construction Phase

This is when things really get moving. While it may look messy and chaotic from the outside, the construction phase will be organized to run like a well-oiled machine, with different subcontractors being coordinated to ensure that they’re onsite at the right time with the right materials to get their jobs done.

As with all types of construction, office buildouts move from the outside in. Starting with elements such as wiring, plumbing, or structural repairs before moving onto flooring, ceilings, and walls. Last but never least, office construction teams will move onto aesthetic elements, lighting, furnishing, and final touches.

Inspections will be carried out at all stages to ensure that work is of the highest quality, in line with building codes, and the final design. Regular site visits and meetings will keep you abreast of progress and developments. While some minor changes can occur at this stage, the major elements will progress according to the initial, agreed-upon design.

The Post-Construction Phase

At this stage, you can see your final office buildout in person, with all the important elements in place. It’s standard procedure for the contractor and client to perform a detailed walk-through of the space and create a punch list of any small defects and issues that need to be corrected or completed. The contractor and team will then check off each item on the list until you are satisfied with the end result.

The last step is a final building inspection by a certified building inspector to ensure everything is up to code and in full compliance. After passing inspection, you can sign off your project with the office contractor.

The last step is a final building inspection by a certified building inspector to ensure everything is up to code and in full compliance. After passing inspection, you can sign off your project with the office contractor.

The team at BE Builds are not your average office contractors in New Jersey. With decades of industry experience, we don’t just perform office buildouts – we handle every aspect of your project from the design phase right through to furnishing your space with high-quality, ergonomic solutions, and recycling your old office furniture. With a real dedication to understanding what our clients do and what they want from their renovation, we work with you to help develop a space where your business can thrive.

For more information about our approach to office renovation in NJ, contact us today or visit our website: https://bebuilds.com/

Originally posted at: https://bebuilds.com/the-ultimate-reno-guide-to-your-office-buildout/

Ways to Maximize Health in Your Office Buildout

One positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that there is a renewed sense of importance placed on office hygiene and safety that starts at the very beginning of the office design and construction process. Many industry experts are evaluating popular layouts like the Open Plan Office and figuring out how to make these layouts work safely and successfully in a post-COVID-19 workplace. Here are some ways in which our office contractors at BE Builds can construct a commercial office space that maximizes the health of your valued employees.

A Healthy Workplace – Old Concept, New Ideas

First, it’s important to note that a healthy office is not anything new. Over the last decade at least, we’ve seen a significant emphasis on making wellness a focus for the workplace, from a biophilic design that keeps occupants in touch with the benefits of nature and the maximization of natural lighting to work in partnership with our circadian rhythms, to ergonomic furnishings and corporate programs that support physical and mental health. And it’s an approach that simply makes sense – healthier employees are happier, more satisfied, more engaged, take less time off for illness, and are more productive – making a healthy workplace a real investment with significant ROI1 .

COVID-19 has simply fast-tracked and evolved an office design process that is already an important focus – transforming the workplace into a space that offers optimal efficiency and productivity through safety and wellness. Here’s how office construction post-COVID-19 looks.

#1 – A Breath of Fresh Air

Disease and health specialists2 agree that the best way to prevent the transmission of germs and viruses is to increase ventilation, and therefore the volume of air through our buildings. By bringing in more fresh, clean air more frequently, either through the installation of high-efficiency purifying HVAC systems or the simple act of opening up doors and windows (based on season and outdoor air pollution), the concentration of harmful elements in the air is greatly reduced. And this isn’t just sensible for our current times – it’s an effective way of reducing pollutants, allergens, and those pesky seasonal germs and viruses that steal away $10.4 billion3 in medical expenses and $9 billion4 in lost productivity each year.

#2 – A Little Bit of Nature, Naturally

As mentioned, biophilic5 design plays a significant role in mental and physical wellness – one that is more impressive than such a simple concept would first suggest. Essentially, it’s all about bringing nature into the workspace in a way that suits your brand, your office layout, and design. Elements such as living walls of oxygen-producing greenery, glass wall partitions that allow natural light to penetrate throughout a space, garden-based break spaces for informal meetings and lunch hours, and the use of raw natural materials all work together to create an environment primed for supporting health.

Studies have demonstrated how more natural surroundings help reduce stress and high blood pressure, better control blood sugar levels, balance hormone activity, promote better sleep and serotonin levels, and boost the immune system, helping us work more efficiently, with more focus and fewer sick days.

#3 – Reduced Cross-Contamination

Touching a surface that others have touched is an established health risk, whether it’s sharing keyboards and furniture at hot-desking workstations or touching the same door handles repeatedly throughout the day. New office design concepts that bring together elements of flow and spacing, as well as innovative engineering help reduce this type of cross-contamination where germs and viruses can thrive. From easily sanitized furniture that can be wiped down quickly without damaging the materials and sanitizing stations to doorless bathrooms and touchless office entry systems, we can work to significantly reduce this risk throughout the workday.

#4 – Flexible Design for Flexible Times

Many businesses are reimagining how their office spaces will be used in a post-COVID world, weighing between the relatively low-health risk environment of working from home and the established benefits of team collaboration when working in an office environment. What makes the most sense is to create a successful hybrid. A flexible workspace is all about a conscious and thoughtfully designed office buildout that brings together the best of both worlds for employers and employees and involves a push towards another trend that was already gaining ground in many industries.

This evolved hub-and-spoke design offers many employees a sense of autonomy, as well as a more effective work-life balance, which is better for individual health, wellbeing, and engagement. At the same time, it allows businesses to restructure to new locations, reduce office square footage and prioritize specific in-office functions and processes while supporting employee health and safety. Our office designs that focus on a flexible workplace include transitions to multiple smaller locations, designing spaces according to specific functions or processes (multi-use spaces, hotdesking spaces, and collaborative spaces), and designing specifically for the needs of the new hybrid workforce.

Healthier Workspace Design for Post-COVID Productivity

Health and safety in office construction have always been a priority, but COVID-19 has given it an entirely new focus – one that goes the extra mile to adapt to a new, flexible workforce and supports productivity and engagement on a holistic level. BE Builds offers an end-to-end design, furnishing, and office buildout service that focuses on what your business needs from a space in order to thrive. Contact us today or visit our website to find out how our team can deliver the exceptional for your business in New Jersey: https://bebuilds.com/

Originally posted at: https://bebuilds.com/ways-to-maximize-health-in-your-office-buildout/

Sources: 

  1. https://hbr.org/2010/12/whats-the-hard-return-on-employee-wellness-programs
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/business/toolkit_seasonal_flu_for_businesses_and_employers.pdf
  4. https://www.businessinsider.com/2018-flu-season-will-cost-employers-billions-2018-1?IR=T
  5. https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/reports/the-economics-of-biophilia/