Building reconstruction services in Kansas City require due diligence
By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC
You wouldn't think that a commercial general contractor that provides tenant improvements has much to do with building reconstruction services in Kansas City. Reconstruction services are typically associated with catastrophes such as water and fire damage and mold remediation. However, after the initial cleanup, a general contractor is employed to rebuild or reconstruct the building to its original condition as well as provide construction management services.
In most situations a design professional and building permit is required. The damaged building was most likely constructed in accordance with older building codes. Pulling a new permit typically requires the new work to be in accordance with current building codes which are more stringent than the old.
Typical disasters requiring building reconstruction services
Once the restoration is completed, the design professional and general contractor will encounter a list of building code issues in which they must comply, these typically add costs and time to the project.
Building reconstruction service is not only a specialized type of service offered by a general contractor, but requires a thorough understanding of building codes and how they will affect the overall acceptance by the jurisdiction in which the project resides. Otherwise, there could be time and money wasted to rebuild components of the building that may never pass inspection, thus obtaining a certificate of occupancy becomes impossible.
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