What's So Hot About Cold Shell Construction
Construction DesignWorks, Inc. Can Clarify Your Tenant Finish Questions
"A building owner who has requested commercial construction companies to provide preliminary pricing for a commercial office renovation starting with a cold shell, will likely not be able to receive apples to apples bids because the contractors have different ideas of what cold shell really is," says Scott Hamele, President of Construction DesignWorks, Inc. "Understanding the basics of tenant finish construction is imperative in order to offer a highly competitive building to the public."
Cold shell construction is also known as dry box, vanilla box, vanilla shell, base shell, cold dark shell, bare shell, grey shell and grey box. It is a space or building that is sufficiently protected from the outside weather elements such as rain, snow and wind by way of the building structure, exterior walls, exterior windows, exterior doors and a roof. Thus assuring that weather-sensitive materials or indoor work can begin without suffering weather damage.
For multi-story buildings dry-in can, on occasion, be confined to just that portion of the building where interior work is anticipated. For any construction project, the general contractor can provide temporary building protective measures to attain temporary dry-in status to allow specific interior work to begin.
Understanding cold shell construction is an important part of what an owner may make available for a future tenant. Adding items such as an HVAC system, electrical power, plumbing and a concrete floor may actually require an additional tenant finish to substantially rework these items if undersized, oversized or not located properly. We advise providing only these basic cold shell components when the future design of the space is unknown, which will save all parties thousands of dollars in possible rework.
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and build professional interior spaces specialized for each customer using the design-build method. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, Inc. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. For more information about interior commercial construction, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website at constructiondesignworks.com.
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