The pricing of either a specialized GC or architect can be typically 20 to 50 percent or more than an experienced GC or architect that is a qualified generalist, but does not call themselves “specialized.”
So, what is the solution you ask? Easy. If you have an experienced and knowledgeable dental office Owner Representative on your project, then you can seek an established local GC with a solid commercial construction reputation, who specializes in your industry. This will save you thousands of dollars and time in the long run.
Dental facilities that have varying complexities – nitrous oxide, multizoned HVAC, multiple lighting needs, differing esthetics within varying square footages – can be deceiving and confusing.You can’t avoid references to cost per SF. You can, however, “qualify” assumptions made to avoid assigning unrealistic cost expectations to your project.
A Specialized GC in dental construction will have the knowledge to take on these intricacies. Specialized builders can end up saving you time and money as they will account for a level of detail in their design work that most GC wouldn’t even consider.
When you hire a contractor, you also obtain access to a specialized network of information and resources. Professional builders generally have well-established relationships with reliable subcontractors like electricians and plumbers, and familiarity with the time it takes to complete various phases of the building process, which a novice owner-builder can lack.
Remember, dental-specific contractors are easy to find: Your equipment specialist can likely put you in touch with contractors they’ve worked with, or you can look for contractors at your state annual session. You can also check with colleagues who may have valuable feedback about contractor performance.
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