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The Most Important Building Questions To Ask Your Builder: How long will it take to build my building?

Hiring a company to building your building can be a challenging task. Knowing what questions to ask builders can be even more daunting.


Every building is a little different depending on what type of materials you’re using, how long it takes to get the materials, along with certainly in the north country here whether we’re building in winter or summer. But, as a basis to use, most commercial buildings more than 10,000 square feet will take somewhere around four to six months. When you get up into more complex office buildings and larger industrial buildings, say 50,000 square feet or more, they can take from six to eight months. Year-long projects are usually projects that have a dollar value of five million dollars or more.

That gives you a basis of how long it should take to build your building. Certainly, winter and materials play a big part, that’s one of the things we help research, and go through, and get nailed down before we even start construction.


What are the Advantages of a Pre-engineered Building?

blog photoWorking with Rockford Structures Construction Company and a Star Pre-engineered building system is easy. That’s because RSCC is there from start to finish. Below are some of the advantages of building with RSCC and a Star Pre-engineered Metal Building:

Faster Construction
A Pre-engineered building system can cut weeks off of your building construction time, saving time and money.

Lower Life-Cycle Costs
Resulting in greater return on investment

Design Flexibility
A pre-engineered building can be designed to meet your individual needs and requirements. It can be designed to be expanded to fit your needs as your business grows and can easily and affordably provide you with a clear, column-free interior space. This allows complete flexibility in the design of the interior layout of your building.  No other material provides such flexibility.

Strength and Durability
Metal buildings are more likely to survive harsh weather conditions than other types of construction. They are designed to withstand the long-term effects of the elements and pests such as termites.

Low Maintenance
Today’s long-life finishes provide years of care-free beauty. A Star metal building will require less maintenance than similar structures made from other types of materials.  You will be proud of your new facility for years to come.

Energy Efficiency
All structures are easily insulated with fiberglass or rigid board.  An insulated Star building can dramatically decrease heating and cooling expenses. Star insulated panel systems, low profile roof options and cool roof colors can also significantly reduce energy costs.

Star Buildings are produced using only high-grade metal and premium components. You can be sure that your investment will be built to last and will serve you well for years to come.

Environmentally Friendly and Manufactured locally.
Star metal buildings are produced with materials that are 99% recyclable. Many of the mainframes and components are manufactured in Monticello, Iowa. The insulated metal panels are manufactured in Central Illinois.

Cost Savings 
All these features make the partnership of RSCC and Star Building Systems easy on your budget. With fast construction, unmatched durability, carefree maintenance and affordable customization, it is easy to see why RSCC and Star Building will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

How much does restaurant design and construction cost?


Restaurant Design and Construction Budgets – Usually one of the first questions we’re asked by those embarking on restaurant projects relates to budget.  How much does it cost?  Well, budgets can swing dramatically from project to project, but here are some rules of thumb.  Generally, restaurants are built between $25 – $300 a square foot (some mega projects or ultra-high-end projects have gone for a few thousand a square foot), but this also depends on whether we are doing a renovation, or new construction. l_89beefaroo015 The cost for “restaurant design” and planning is often around 5-10% of the construction budget (considering strictly the design phases of the project, not larger concept development issues involved in large scale development projects).  The type of restaurant you are building is certainly a factor – you’ll spend more per square foot for a fine dining restaurant than a fast-casual concept, generally speaking.  Also, you should expect an entirely different financial model in approaching the creation of a new restaurant concept you plan to roll-out nationwide versus a single one-off concept.  The former requires much more planning and development.  An average Red Lobster is believed to cost around $120 per square foot and an average Starbucks around $85 per square foot.  However, these companies have spent millions and millions in design, branding and purchasing planning/efficiencies, so a start-up shouldn’t expect to be anywhere near these ranges in creating a new concept from scratch.  It is amazing how often someone thinks they will be the nextStarbucks within a 10 year period and with a $500,000 investment.  Starbucks has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to perfect what we see today in their latest restaurant prototype.  It’s more than just wishful thinking to think it can be duplicated as a growth concept within the cost of what they can today build a single unit they’ve spent so much perfecting.  Mega chains can afford seven-figure per year Executive Vice President’s and teams of hundreds working on a new concept.  It’s believed well over $10M (“soft” costs) is spent developing just the prototype plans some projects.  So can a new prototype be created for less than $10m?  Of course.  By all means.

l_90beefaroo030It’s less likely though that the next billion dollar brand can be conceived within less than the cost of opening a single unit though.  At a minimum, you can expect to spend a lot more in the years to come correcting the mistakes of the under-funded prototype.  There’s a saying, “Measure twice and cut once”.


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