Turnkey construction and commercial metal buildings construction constitute a booming industry in Texas, especially given the state’s economic prominence, expanding oil-and-gas sector, healthy public and private construction business, and diversified services sector.
Commercial Metal Building Applications
The Federal Emergency Management Agency defines a metal building as a structure that is primarily metal cladding linked to a metal frame. Applying that FEMA definition to the wider commercial metal building construction industry, specialists say the sector covers a wide array of structures constructed and maintained with metal, be it base, ferrous or noble metal. In Texas, commercial metal building runs the whole structural gamut, from aircraft hangers and building centers to commercial offices, distribution centers and maintenance offices. Looking around Houston, Dallas or Austin, and you would see metal-built commercial structures, such as factories, warehouses, offices and residential abodes, recycling centers and car dealerships. Other structures are as diverse as transfer stations in the oil-and-gas industry, shopping centers and schools.
Turnkey construction means building a structure that can be sold directly to any purchaser as a finished product, or built-to-order per the requirements of a business owner or property development company. In Texas, the turnkey construction sector is lively, but, as with everything else in the real estate sector, often bows to the headwinds of the economy and unemployment trends not only in the Lone Star State but throughout the United States. A typical Texas-based turnkey construction company provides services as varied as selective demolition, foundation installation and framing, as well as electrical, plumbing, roofing, siding, interior blocking and carpentry. The construction company usually builds on land the developer owns and for which they already had secured financing, not only for the parcel but also for the construction process.
Turnkey construction and commercial metal building construction are distinct sectors, but they often interrelate to the broader scope of the construction industry, utilizing architectural, mathematical and engineering prowess to construct solid, durable structures. Both sectors also operate under the same regulatory building codes. For example, the Texas Real Estate Commission establishes standards for real estate construction in the Lone Star State, covering professionals operating both in turnkey construction and commercial metal building construction. These professionals specialize in various aspects of the construction process. In Texas, as in any other state, the design team consists of civil engineers, surveyors and fire protection engineers along with structural and mechanical engineers. People, who operate on the financial side to get a construction project off the ground, include mortgage bankers, cost engineers, estimators and accountants – not to mention the legion of investors and other financial intermediaries that often contribute their intellectual wealth to connect all relevant parties, such as the developer, the financier and the buyer. Real estate lawyers, especially those specializing in zoning and building codes, also contribute to turnkey construction and commercial metal building construction projects.
Turnkey Construction Corollary Services
A turnkey construction project includes a variety of commercial services, most of which are handled by subcontractors or, when circumstances dictate, the primary construction company. These trades include utility installation, paving and plumbing as well as demolition, excavation and concrete contractor services. Utility installation involves installing or upgrading sanitary sewers, gas lines, electrical lines, power lines, communication cables and storm drains. Other services range from foundation contractor, commercial painting, paving contractor, waste treatment system setup and liner installation to waste recovery systems, environmental disposal, tank services, shoring and piling, and wetland mitigation.