Steps Involved In A Typical Commercial Building Construction Process

Commercial construction can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t have ample experience dealing with similar projects. Since projects of this scale require a huge monetary investment, handing the process over to experienced contractors will not only give you peace of mind but will also ensure the project reaches its completion in the best possible way.

An experienced project manager helps you share all the responsibilities like planning, coordinating, and overseeing your project from start to finish. The team is trained to ensure your project gets completed on time and within budget. Moreover, acquiring materials and worrying about licenses and permits will not be your headache anymore.

If you are planning to hire a general contractor to take care of your commercial construction project but are not sure what their course of action will be, keep reading. We have compiled a list of some vital commercial construction steps from start to finish to help you better understand the entire process.

Commercial Project Planning

The success of a commercial project greatly depends on effective communication between the project manager and the construction team. The first step of any construction project is planning.

A construction plan can make or break a project. Hence, your first step after hiring a general contractor will be to create a plan for the structure. Make sure you put across all your requirements upfront so that the scope of the project can be properly defined.

At this point, you also have to identify the ideal site for your building and determine the budget and schedule of your project. The contractor will probably have a design team on board that will help you come up with the most viable structure for your needs.

Once the design process is completed, the general contractor team will help you identify all the requirements for the construction of the design, project scope, project duration, and the required budget.

Design Requirements

After you have gone over all the design requirements with the team, the design team will move on to the designs development, feasibility analysis, and create digital drawings. Your initial design requirements sheet should include the following:

  • Outline of the rooms and common space sizes and functions.
  • Clear building orientation and connection to various utility systems.
  • Building codes and regulations.
  • Forecast of the project’s timeline and costs.

The first draft will be rough sketches to explain basic design concepts and schematics to get an idea of materials, sizes, textures, and colors.

Feasibility Analysis

The feasibility analysis of a construction plan involves considering factors such as amenities and site requirements. This will help you determine the viability and sustainability of your project. It will also highlight on-site access, utility connections, building orientation, and more.

Design Development

The design development phase is crucial to ensure efficient functionality and development of the building. The designer understands and details every tiny detail of the space to make it more functional.

At this point, you will be kept in the loop to ensure all the changes are being made with your consent.

Work Drawings

This is the final step as far as the design of the commercial building is concerned. At this point, all stakeholders finalize a building plan, develop the detailed specifications for construction materials, assemblies and finishes.


Once the design process is complete you will move on to the pre-construction phase. Here all the subcontractors and vendors are hired. Your general contractor will ask for quotations. It is advisable that you receive at least three quotes before making the final choice.


At this point, the contractor procures the required labor, machinery, materials, and other requirements for the construction process. Generally, the contractor and seller create a contractual purchase between them to ensure the quality of the obtained products as per expectations.

Construction And Analysis

As soon as the procurement process ends, the construction of the project starts. The main tiers of this process are:

  • Excavation and installation of underground utilities
  • Foundation and building erection
  • Interior wall & ceiling construction
  • Mechanical and electrical systems
  • Interior finishes (flooring, walls, and ceilings)
  • Millwork, equipment, and furniture installation

The last step is the careful analysis of the building to ensure everything is up to the mark.

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