Monthly Archives: October 2014

6 Reasons Why An Interior Designer is Critical To The Success of Your Commercial Building

Reinhart Working With Interior Designer

The words ‘interior design” may conjure up images of floral wallpaper patterns and designer furniture. What relationship do these things have to a steel building?  None. That said, an interior designer is critical to a successful project, which is precisely why we have worked closely with several professionals over the years.

Reasoning for this includes:

A Shift in Expectations

In the 1950s, people were happy to work out of their garage with nothing more than the bare necessities like tools and a roof over their head. Expectations have evolved. Employees both expect and work much better in a clean, separate office and an aesthetically appealing workshop, resulting in a happier, more productive staff.

The Before and After Difference

Clients often say they are not happy with the appearance of their current space.  When we show them some of our buildings where interior designers have worked their magic, before entering the building we say:

“Remember, this building is made with the same materials as used on the inside of your building.”

Their reaction is all the confirmation we need to support our theory regarding “interior design”.

Savings in Materials Costs

Interior designers are always on the lookout for new, interesting and cost effective materials.

When the Time Comes to Lease Your Property

If and when the time comes to move from your building, you will have to sublease or sell.  If you are unable to do so for whatever reason, it could end up costing you dearly when paying unnecessary rent or mortgage payments for a building you no longer fit.

How much easier would it be to sublease or sell a building offering potential tenants the ‘wow factor’ from the moment they walk through the doors? How much easier would it be, should you  want to find someone to take that space?

Making Sure You Get What You Sign up For

While it’s true interior designers are creative people, a good one will see the clients vision and implement what is requested without indulging unnecessarily in their own creative whims.

The result will ensure the finished product is your vision, that it works to suit your needs and that nothing is lost in miscommunication.

Maximizing The Use of Space

A professional interior designer will work closely with the architect to ensure no square meter is wasted. While the use of space is primarily the concern of the architect, the interior designer is the other side of the same coin and strong communication between the two will result in a more efficient and effective use of space.

In summary, having someone who is skilled at interpreting the vision of the client, and creating an effective industrial environment will make a world of difference to the end result.

3 Company Relocation Insights that Will Save You a Fortune

Relocating a business or factory production line can present a daunting prospect but the light at the end of the tunnel offered by monetary savings and the prospect of streamlining your business is an enticing one. The truth is, a lot can go wrong. Here, we share three insights to ensure these transitions are as seamless as possible.

Get a Clear Vision and Secure Your Permit Early

We start off with arguably the most painful process. When a decision has finally been reached to make the move you must inform your current landlord, or if you own the property, put it up for sale. This immediately gives you a deadline.

It is frightening how quickly time passes and so you must secure prints for the new building ASAP. Failing that, securing any necessary financing and permits required to move forward will not be possible. One week fades into another and soon, all the contractors you were promising to use are ready to start work, are expecting payment and you have not received permission to proceed.

Key takeaway: Start with a clear vision, a clear timeline and at the top of your schedule, ensure securing prints is an absolute priority.

Always Ask WHY Before Relocating

Relocating is a complex undertaking and it is easy to lose sight of original reasons for doing so.  An  example of this would be a growing company looking to expand into a larger space. Going through the process of securing land, designing, building and relocating drags out resulting in  the company having outgrown the space before they move in!

The same can be said for engineering requirements. A larger or different type of yard and any other potential predicted change in company needs can result in an inadequate facility and/or yard.

Key takeaway: Be crystal clear about the reasons for moving, ensuring  the new space meets both immediate requirements as well as any foreseeable future needs for growth. Always factor in build time.

Amalgamating Company Properties

Companies with several locations often find it favorable to amalgamate into a central location to reduce costs and increase efficiency. While it is true rent can be more expensive in a larger location, the decrease in other costs, including management, will offset this and save money in the long run.

Key tips for calculating cost savings::

  • Logistics will be easier to track, organize and maintain
  • If your city has a ring road, opting for a location outside of town will save time as compared to a central location where traffic is more dense.
  • Having related production lines under one roof can mean less floor space is required and often less machinery as well.

Key takeaway: When planning out required yard and floor space, think about the bigger picture and be sure not to simply use the same space requirements you have at present. Often less space is needed so request a quick consultation before doing the math. Always factor in traffic, bypasses and ring roads when calculating travel times.

3 Advantages of Moving To An Industrial Park

The move to an industrial park is a common consideration for companies working out of steel buildings. There are several strong points in favor of industrial parks and in this article, we will cover off what some of them are.  We will also discuss some of the benefits of moving into a park owned by a company where a 1-stop shop for steel building construction exists.

Lease Amendment Due to Fast Company Growth

Rapid company growth is a one reason for exercising  early break clauses in a lease and one major benefit of industrial parks in general is that a short distance move will result in minimal disruption to your business.

Because we own the land and we create buildings from scratch, we are always expanding our holdings to help thriving companies grow within our parks. If a move between buildings to accommodate expansion sees an amendment in the timeline because possession is pushed forward … no problem! Because we manage both your existing and new construction, we have you covered.

Purchasing a Building Only When it’s Ready for You

Using numerous contractors when building a warehouse or steel structure, means hiring different contractors for the dirt work, the sewer lines, the general contracting and all other aspects.When your building is finished and these people are paid, they are gone.

Every new building requires a little tweaking in the first 12 months. So, what is our philosophy? We get the building ready for you and you can lease it for six or even 12 months if you prefer and then buy, after all the necessary tweaks and adjustments have been completed to your exact specifications.

Getting Your Storage and Movement Details Right

Traffic movement around your building is important and the same can be said for storage. If you hire a 1-stop company who owns the industrial Park, you will enjoy the luxury of sitting down with a CAD designer to properly map out and visualize your traffic movement and storage requirements thus ensuring they are accurate. It can be difficult to visualize these things without seeing them laid out right and that is precisely what we do to avoid future space issues. It is our site, so we are accountable for your company needs.

Drive-through buildings are proving to be very popular these days and, while a little more yard space is required, the benefits for easy movement of equipment and many other logistic factors merit an article of their own. Moving equipment around within a shop to make way for a broken unit in the middle of winter when it is cold, icy and snowing outside is no easy task when you have deadlines to meet.

Again because we own the site and build to suit, we can pass the luxury of customizability on to you, the client, at no additional expense.

The Importance of Accountability in an Industrial Park

Every time we build, there is an investment in our company as well as yours. This translates into us being 100% accountable for every single structure that goes up, from the underground and sewers to the roofs and gutters.

Fire, safety, leasing and all other regulations will be dealt with because they must be met. There is no passing the buck so if something goes wrong, it will simply get fixed without any involvement on your part.

If you are considering moving to an industrial park and this sounds like a solution, feel free to give us a call to find out more.