We’ve been talking about construction for the past few weeks. Our first blog of this series offered steps involved in building and the importance of hiring a qualified commercial real estate professional to aid in the process. Last week, we discussed the pre-approval and entitlement process.
Now we have a chance to look at a ‘build in progress.’ Today’s blog features an interview with a builder who is managing a construction project in Harrisburg. Next week, we’ll talk with the owner about the same property in order to gain perspective from both sides.
What percentage of home building, commercial building and renovation makes up your business?
Currently renovation/remodeling/additions make up 75 percent of our business; the other 25 percent is commercial.
What makes Michael Martin Builders different than other builders?
Quality, integrity and value engineering go into every project. We put a lot of pride into our service.
How have the economic conditions affected your industry?
Like most in our industry, we’ve had to adapt to the market. We have gone from building custom homes to performing renovations, building additions, finishing basements, remodeling homes and small commercial jobs.
Pennsylvania adopted a $650 million energy bill was passed in 2008, giving builders access to several grant and loan programs. Have you been able to access these funds for ‘green’ building?
We have been able to pass on tax rebates and discounts to clients on heating systems, windows, etc.
Briefly tell us about the process of constructing a property such as Dr. Beachy’s.
The process involves designing a building that is functional for the client. Once the design is agreed upon we execute a contract and obtain the necessary permits. Construction is a 4-5 month process for a building such as theirs once we have obtained the permits and begin.
Is there anything unique or memorable about Dr. Beachy’s property? For example, something that made it different from other properties?
Each project presents new and exciting challenges, some bad and some good! The Beachy’s is a smaller scale commercial project that is much like building a Ranch home.
Do you have a date for the completion of this job?
We will complete this building sometime in May.
How does your business work with a commercial real estate professional, such as Mike Kushner of Omni Realty?
We rely on and appreciate the work of those like Mike Kushner. Mike was extremely helpful in getting us this project.
If you were to relocate today, would you prefer leasing, buying, or building office space? Why?