Commercial construction projects in Ontario are vastly different process than residential construction or projects. The scale is completely different, and the permitting process is unique. There are more factors to consider and more environmental impacts to account for at each step along the way. There are some special components to contemplate when it comes to commercial construction – let’s take a look at some of them.

  • Tip #1: Make sure a professional architect or estimating engineer to work on your blueprints. It might be OK to build a home off of sketches, but a commercial project can’t run that way in Ontario. You will need to submit your prints for approval from the local authorities and you will have to present these to your construction project manager and contractors. Professional construction plans will ensure that your project team is on the same page and that you (the builder) will get the project you want in the end.
  1. Tip #2: Make sure that all of the permits you need are taken out and that necessary inspections are taking place on the right schedule. A project manager can be very helpful to manage this task. It can be financially devastating to have your construction project shut down because an inspector is not satisfied with an aspect of your progress, or worse, that he or she sees something dangerous.
  1. Tip #3: Take the time to make sure that your plans are complete and that your specification are all-encompassing. The bit of time spent at the beginning can pay of big dividends, sometimes literally, down the road. Conversely, making changes late in the project’s progress can be more costly than if they had been incorporated at the beginning – have a project manager can be very helpful in minimizing project changes.
  1. Tip #4: Arrange your construction finances before a single shovel is picked up, or else things will be delayed mid-project. Delays can end up costing you more than the project would have originally, even though the actual number of work days is the same. Having full financing sources to keep you going all the way to the end of the project will also help you be successful.
  1. Tip #5: Finally, be sure everyone knows what the timeline is. Each phase of the project should have a deadline, and a cushion should be built into each phase so if there is one delay at an early stage, it won’t negatively impact the entire project and make it run past the completion date. Having a project a manager can be very helpful in managing project timeless and progress.

Toronto’s Michael Beattie is a highly innovative and experienced construction professional with expert-rank as a Structural Designer and Project Manager. Michael is dedicated to producing results, completing construction projects with leadership and integrity.  Some of his most recent commercial projects include:

  • Construction Manager- Southcore Financial Centre Toronto Development
  • Construction Manager- Delta Toronto, a next generation, 45-story premium 4-star hotel.
  • Construction Manager- Art Gallery of Ontario—Transformation AGO project
  • Construction Manager- Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital