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Teamwork for Successful Commercial Office Upgrades
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Commercial Office Building RenovationsPt. 2: Commercial Office Upgrades: Cost ConsiderationsPt. 3: Commercial Office Upgrades: Timing MattersPt. 4: This Page
The time to assemble a project team for renovations of commercial office buildings is during the planning process, not once construction is ready to start. Ideally, the project team will include the designated project manager, members of the staff who are familiar with the operation and maintenance of the existing space, staff members or outside personnel who have managed similar renovation projects in the past, and representatives of those who will occupy the renovated space.
For the project to succeed, decisions made early in the process must include input from the project team. Among these decisions are what to include in the renovation, what systems and components of the existing construction can and should be kept, what outside design help is needed, how much of the work is to be done in-house and by contractors, what the renovated space will look like, and how it will operate.
Unforeseen issues will crop up during the renovation process, but by careful planning and by putting an experienced design team in place, managers will have the tools to deal with them.
— James Piper, P.E.