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Five initial steps in new construction or remodeling projects

Leon Williams Contractors will be there every step of the way

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Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to remodel your facility or build a new home for your business. What’s next?

In previous blog posts, we touched upon reasons why a Knoxville or East Tennessee business should remodel, expand, or construct a new base of operations. Now that you made your decision, it’s time to start planning.

Here are five of the most important stages of the planning phase before remodeling or new construction can begin:

  1. Scope/financing: We work with you to develop a clear and concise scope of work document so you can apply for financing. You need to have solid financing in place before work begins. This is for your protection.
  2. Guidance: We will work with you and our external design team to finalize any renderings and specific building design specifications. We can make tweaks or adjustments if site constraints or issues influence design.
  3. Preconstruction consultation: Our experts and those who design our work will meet with you early in the process for preconstruction analysis. We can locate and evaluate properties and negotiate with owners. We’ll identify any potential issues with the property that may affect the project’s budget and timeline.
  4. Value engineering: We want to maximize our clients’ budgets, not just cut costs. We will look at every part of the project to see whether they make economic sense, ranging from site preparation to roof materials and utility needs.
  5. Construction: Once the construction phase begins, we will continue our value engineering and review progress and provide updates regularly on your project. We can also account for weather delays and stay on top of the budget and materials.

You still have a ways to go before you and your employees can get settled into your new business space, but the project will be done before you know it.

Contact Leon Williams for more information on renovating existing businesses or building a new one from scratch.

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Five things to consider for a church expansion or new construction

Leon Williams Contractors can help you answer your calling

Leon Williams Contractors has been building state-of-the-art houses of worship for more than two decades. Knoxville church construction  and expansion is one of our specialties, and we can help church leaders navigate the many aspects of building a new church. One question we can help answer: Should a church renovate or build a brand new worship facility?

There are many considerations and variables to church construction. What’s the size of your congregation? Do you want to add a large fellowship hall or merely expand your sanctuary or auditorium? Here are some basic considerations to get you started.

  1. Space constraints. What are the limitations of your current space? Sometimes there is wasted or underutilized space that could be used for your expansion purposes.
  2. What’s your congregation’s calling? If you have ambitious plans to expand your ministry, such as offering daycare or other children’s services, then a new building might be the best option.
  3. How old is your current worship space? If your HVAC system is undersized or outdated, that could also be a sign it’s time to move the flock. HVAC upgrades can be disruptive and expensive. If your church was built prior to the 1970s, then you may also encounter asbestos or other toxic materials that need to be encapsulated or removed. That’s another substantial cost.
  4. Take a hard look at your church finances. Can the church afford a new building or will a few cosmetic and internal design changes meet your needs for now? You don’t want to saddle your congregation with a large construction loan payoff or mortgage if you aren’t absolutely certain it’s within budget.
  5. Desired design. Your preferred design and layout could influence how much space you need. If it can be accommodated within your existing building, or with a reasonable expansion, that might be the best route to follow.

We can make any number of recommendations, but ultimately, it’s up to church leaders and members to make the tough choice of whether to rebuild, remodel or expand a church. Be prayerful and thoughtful, and you’ll make the right choice.

Contact Leon Williams Contractors for more information on how to answer your calling.

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Should you renovate your Knoxville business or construct a new building?

Seven ways new construction can benefit your business

In an earlier blog we examined some of the benefits and challenges of renovating a new office building or retail location in the Knoxville area.

While there are advantages to renovating an existing structure to accommodate company growth, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. These include disruption to your business, challenges bringing old buildings up to current code, and the future economic vitality of your current neighborhood or part of town. Our design-build construction services and preconstruction planning will help guide you through these challenges from the get-go if you decide to go this route.

There are clear advantages to new construction, however, and we can put our design-build construction expertise to work for you on this front, too.

Benefits of starting from scratch and building a new office, clinic, restaurant or retail space include:

  1. Relocation: An opportunity to move your business to a more robust part of town.
  2. Utility savings: Increased energy efficiency and utility savings can be realized with modern building materials and new windows.
  3. Functionality: If you aren’t happy with your current facility’s layout, flow or design, starting fresh offers you the chance to create a space that’s right for your business.
  4. Tech integration: Modern wiring and integrated technological systems such as security and digital cabling or conduits are easier to install in new construction.
  5. Better parking: Revamping your parking lot to better accommodate employees and customers.
  6. New infrastructure: Less maintenance and extended warranties on new building features such as HVAC systems.
  7. Less risk: Fewer concerns about the discovery or release of hazardous materials such as asbestos that may be present and disturbed by renovation of an existing structure.

Ultimately, you make the decisions and call the shots. Our construction professionals and design partners can help you with a cost-benefit analysis to help determine whether renovation or new construction is right for you. Once you decide, our design-build construction experts will be with you every step of the way to help grow and expand your business from the top down or bottom up.

Contact Leon Williams today to get started on this exciting new phase of your East Tennessee business.

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5 ways Leon Williams Contractors can make your medical clinic patient-centered

5 ways Leon Williams Contractors can make your medical clinic patient-centered

Our design-build process leads to health facilities that soothe and cure

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Even in relatively benign settings, health care consumers can be frightened and homesick. Leon Williams Contractors can make sure your clinic renovation or construction is patient-centered and puts them at ease. Design, colors and flow plans are all important aspects of healthcare facility design.

Here are some things to keep in mind as we lead your design-build process for Knoxville-area medical facilities.

  1. Facetime is key. All health care facilities should be designed in such a way that doctors, patients, advocates and family members can interact in a comfortable setting. This can ease anxiety and empower patients to participate in their health care outcomes.
  2. Streamline spaces. We can help ensure your medical facility — ranging from eye clinics to dental clinics and primary-care offices — has ample storage to reduce clutter. Square footage is at a premium, so it’s important to accommodate space for medical devices and equipment. Streamlining your space puts patients even more at ease. Medical equipment should have a home to avoid being a distraction or cluttering up free space.
  3. Make it personal. Generic, clinical and antiseptic medical spaces can increase stress. Allow patients and family members to personalize their space with ample room for books, clothes, personal effects and ports for tablets and smartphones. Consider speakers so patients can stream their favorite music while waiting for or undergoing a procedure.
  4. Bring family together. Make sure waiting rooms have ample space for families, and consider offering a portioned space for private discussion. Make a space for water coffee and snacks.
  5. Colors count. Choose hues with care. You don’t want a patient facing a stark or overly bright wall. Facilities that cater to children should offer more varied and brighter colors. Various shades of blue can be calming. Artwork can also add great accents, but choose accordingly for the context.

If you are a healthcare provider, your primary concern should be providing your patients the highest level of care. Our health facility design-build process can help guide you to the perfect ambiance and environment for doing so. Contact us for more information.

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Business owners: Should you remodel or rebuild?

Six considerations when determining the best course of action for your growing business

So your office or retail space is getting a little old, or maybe you’ve added more employees and need more space. At any rate, a need to expand your office or shop is generally a good thing. But deciding whether to renovate or build a new space from scratch can be a tough call.

Leon Williams Contractors can do the job regardless of your decision and can even help you decide whether to remodel or erect a brand new structure. In this and upcoming blog posts, we’ll share our East Tennessee design-build expertise in weighing the pros and cons of each option.

Here are six considerations if you are leaning toward a renovation of your office or retail space:

  1. Cost. It can be cheaper in the short-term to remodel or expand an existing structure. What you are sacrificing, however, is the ultimate longevity of your building. A new building will last much longer.
  2. Hazards. Some bad surprises can accompany a remodeling project. If you find asbestos or other hazardous materials during remodeling, it could drastically increase the cost.
  3. Time. Renovations can generally be accomplished in less time than building a completely new structure.
  4. Significance. Does your existing building hold historical or architectural significance that can be retained with renovation or remodeling? If it does, it may be worth more than you know, and you could be abandoning an asset if you decide to construct a new building.
  5. Economic factors. What is the economic pulse of your current location? Is it on the upswing or stagnating? If you are in a booming part of town, it might benefit you to stay put and remodel your existing building. The contrary may be the case if your neighborhood is in decline.
  6. Disruptions. What is the scope of your plan? Can remodeling or renovations be done without drastic disruptions to your office functions?

Deciding between a renovation and a new building is a good problem to have. It means your business is growing. There are many variables to consider. Our design-build experts can help you decide the right course, and we’ll be with you every step of the way regardless of your decision. Contact us today about our Knoxville-area renovation services.

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