Two months ago, we published an interview from the perspectives of both the builder and the owner of an office construction project in Harrisburg. The project is nearing completion and we thought it would be a good time to check in on their progress.
David Martin (Builder):
When do you anticipate completion of the property?
Our goal is to deliver the project the last week of May (after Memorial Day).
Has the recent rain impacted this project’s timeline at all?
The rain has hindered our progress this past week and is forecasted to do the same this week.
How else does weather impact the progress of constructing a property?
Rain can really slow down the progress at this point in the project. Typically this is the time when we are doing the exterior finishes like curbing, parking lot paving, sidewalks, etc. This work cannot be done while it’s raining.
Have any significant unexpected challenges arisen in this project?
There have been a few, some of them were related to constant changes being made to building codes and ADA requirements. Getting a sewer hookup to the property has been the biggest challenge on this project.
For you, what’s the most enjoyable part of the construction process?
For me, the entire process is rewarding. If I had to pick one part it would be the design phase. Creating a plan that works best for the client is a challenge that I enjoy.
Bob Beachy (Owner)
Is this property turning out the way you envisioned it when you began this project?
Yes, for the most part with some minor differences such as having to change some of our kitchenette cabinetry to comply with ADA guidelines. We had also hoped to have two windows in the basement but had to change it to one window because of the grade of the lot.
What do your existing clients think about the re-location?
No one has been in the space yet but clients that have driven by the building say it looks very nice and several of them commented about how nice the stone exterior looks.
What value would you place on the role of a commercial real estate agent in the process of completing a new build?
It was very helpful to have someone knowledgeable about the building process to advise us and who had prior relationships with other agencies and professionals that we needed to involve in our project.
Now that the property is near completion, what are you thinking and feeling about this experience?
We are pleased with how the project is turning out, but we’re also glad to be nearing the end!
What recommendations do you have for others who might be looking to build?
Spend time developing a thorough project budget with the assistance of a commercial realtor/developer. Know someone who has a lot of connections with other agencies and professionals. Be patient. Check on the progress of your project regularly. Hire a good builder with an excellent reputation.