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Commercial Structures

We all know, Commercial buildings are the obvious way to obtain the aesthetically pleasing, long span, column free, future-proofed, flexible spaces that the users of modern buildings expect is to use constructional steelwork. When some 70% of multi-storey buildings are constructed using steel frames year after year the clear message is that we are getting many things absolutely right. That much is obvious, and the real challenge is not only to continue giving developers and designers compelling reasons to build in steel, but to maintain continuous improvement, and invest to ensure quality and productivity improvements that will make designing and building in steel even easier than before.

The structural steelwork sector looks forward to seeing, and to constructing, the iconic commercial buildings of the future.

The commercial buildings market has been well served by steel construction for decades. It is hard to envisage what our cities’ skylines would look like if it weren’t for steel’s ability to allow architects and engineers to fully exercise their vision and skills.

It is also impossible to imagine our most iconic commercial buildings of the past 30 years or so without steel construction.

One of the certainties for those who would invest in buildings is that the India will continue to be served by a world leading steel construction sector that has the capacity to respond to any likely increase in demand.

A commercial property is defined as a building, structures and improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate intended to generate a profit. Touring different properties and considering their use can help prepare you to accurately price and develop a general procedure for your commercial property inspections.

Below is a list of the different types of commercial properties and their subcategories.

Industrial: These buildings typically have considerable square footage, loading docks for trucks, several HVAC units, and several points of electrical distribution, an easily accessible flat roof, and other installed features. Some industrial buildings may also have large refrigerated spaces.

Manufacturing Facility: This type of building is used to produce goods or materials and is categorized as either a heavy manufacturing facility or a light assembly facility. A heavy manufacturing facility tends to make heavy-duty products and has large machinery and equipment. These facilities are typically renovated and customized for specific owners and tenants. A light assembly facility tends to be smaller and simpler than a heavy manufacturing facility. These facilities also produce smaller goods.

Warehouse: This type of building is used for general storage and distribution of goods. The layout tends to be an open space, where the ceilings open to the roof’s interior structure. This helps to accommodate high freestanding or installed rack systems. Some warehouse spaces may be dedicated truck terminals, where goods are loaded from one truck to another, and have less square footage for storage space

Flex: A building that combines more than one use in a single facility is considered a flex commercial property. There is always more office space in flex buildings than in other types of industrial properties.

Retail: This type of property is where goods and/or services are sold to customers. An inspection of this kind of property could entail evaluating just one unit or an entire retail complex. Most retail spaces have ample parking areas and bordering sidewalks, while some may have escalators, elevators, and covered parking structures.

Mall: This type of retail space is an enclosed shopping center that has many different outlets that may include department stores, food courts, and movie theaters.

Shopping Center: This is type of property is also commonly referred to as a shopping plaza or strip mall and can vary greatly in size and tenant type. These are open storefronts that have several units under one roof or within one complex. Shopping centers are often home to big-box stores (like Home Depot and Target), along with other smaller shops, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Pad Site: A pad site is a standalone building, commonly in front or within a shopping center, and its business types often include fast food chains, banks, and restaurants.

Office: A commercial office is a property that is used by business professionals, medical and dental professionals, tech firms, and more.

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