There are many different types of commercial construction across various sectors and industries. One of these is agricultural commercial construction. Within these different sections of construction, there are various industry-specific considerations to take into account.
We, at Chad Fisher Construction, pride ourselves on being able to handle any type of commercial construction. So, if you have an agricultural commercial construction project, here’s everything you need to know about the process.
What Is Agricultural Commercial Construction?
Agricultural commercial construction describes the building and development of anything from structures for livestock, machinery, crops, food processing, agricultural products and more. While best practices for construction differ from one agricultural application to the next, there are several essential agricultural commercial construction practices to adhere to.
There are multiple types of agricultural commercial buildings. Such as mills, agricultural and food processing facilities, and livestock barns.
Agricultural commercial construction differs from other industries in terms of its needs. For example, huge storage spaces are generally required for agricultural projects. These are used to store heavy machinery and items like tractors, corn pickers, balers, rakes, grain bins, excavators, flatbed trucks, and harvesters.
What Does It Involve?
Agricultural construction is a carefully considered process with input from multiple stakeholders. This is to ensure that the process is seamless and smooth.
The Design Process
When a building owner decides to erect a structure for their agricultural commercial needs, one of the first steps is to hire an architect. This is to help plan and design the building. Architect teams of consultants are put together and given tasks. Contractors take numerous aspects into consideration. Firstly, they’ll look at architectural systems and design layout.
In laying out the design, the building owner needs to approve the design before contractors can bid on the project and provide quotes. Before any construction can occur, contractors may require approval from a code enforcement officer. This is to assess whether it is in line with agricultural industry-standard codes for safety. Owners do not always need approval, this need is dependent on the structure type.
Only once this step is complete and the contractors receive a building permit, can they proceed with construction.
What To Consider
Most construction plans require permits prior to building to ensure the compliance of safety regulations. The design and floor layout of the structure is another area where safety standards are necessary.
For example, this involves considering things like exits and the distances between office-spaces and heavy equipment.
One of the first considerations for developing any structure is its foundation. A secure foundation is necessary for a safe building and any compromises during this phase could result in even larger mishaps later on.
When building foundations, plans should aim to build a foundation of high standards so that it can withstand the load of heavy machinery.
Another highly important consideration when planning for agricultural commercial construction is energy conservation and sustainability. An insulated building maintains internal temperature consistency. This is a necessary aspect for the storage of grains and other produce. This aspect ensures that you are not placing additional pressure on the building’s energy usage.
Insulation materials need to be of high quality for the protection of the workers. In addition, a well-insulated building can also mitigate the emerging presence of damp and mold.
Agricultural projects may require more specific materials to suit the client’s specifications. To illustrate an example, a client that wants to build an environmentally friendly farm will need building materials suited to this criterion. This is one instance where a good contractor will make all the difference to ensure that the client is equipped with everything they need.
Materials can also be quite a costly part of any building process. However, clients should not compromise on quality. This is yet another consideration that involves considerable research and effective planning. An experienced contractor is also helpful in this instance to provide customers with their needs.
It is necessary to consider the infrastructural materials when developing buildings. Steel, for instance, is one type of material that provides considerable durability and support. This may be a worthwhile investment for your agricultural construction needs.
Another important consideration is the type of structure your building requires. Storing livestock versus crops or machinery requires different design specifications. For livestock farms, there can either be a multipurpose single-story building or a loose housing system where animals can move freely.
On the other hand, machinery storage requires either a clear-span shed or a metal-framed or wooden shed.
Contact Us For Your Agricultural Commercial Construction Needs
At Chad Fisher Construction, we provide a multi-layered service to clients. From pre-construction services to construction and tenant improvement processes, we can meet your building needs.
Unlike the usual lengthy process that involves speaking to multiple stakeholders, Chad Fisher Construction offers its customers a simpler, all-in-one solution. From the beginning to the end, Chad Fisher works to help customers throughout the process.