What is Commercial Engineering?
Commercial engineering is one of the essential professions in the world. It is also one of the hardest to understand for the average person.
Few realize it, but without engineers, our modern society would not be possible. Buildings, bridges, roads, public transit infrastructure, and other day-to-day essential elements of contemporary life could not exist without today’s complex commercial engineering. Engineering professionals make sure all constructed properties are built safely, do not collapse, do not catch fire, do not flood, and are designed to stand for many lifetimes. Without the engineering profession, properties of all sizes, large and small, could not effectively exist for a sustained period of time. Ever wonder how a new large building is built amongst other large neighboring buildings and somehow seamlessly exist without causing issues with wind, flooding, foundations, or other elements? How is a new skyscraper built in the middle of several other towers amongst a city? The answer is engineering.
Engineering is complicated, meticulous, and detailed. There is a reason years of extensive education is needed to be able to perform engineering work. The profession is demanding, and there is no room for errors. The average person cannot just step in and “become” an engineer. It takes years of education and training. If the average person attempted to work on a modern engineering project, you would see buildings collapse, fires, and other catastrophes. There is a reason you rarely see these events in the United States but often see them in under-developed countries. In these countries, the codes and compliance standards to construct a building are not what they are in our in the United States. Many builders, developers, and property owners complain about the substantial work, cost, and time required to meet modern code standards. However, these sophisticated engineering regulations allow any new construction developments to be safe new projects for both the builder, developers, occupants, and the surrounding citizens – ensuring these properties will be in place for an extended period. The practice of sophisticated engineering is our bread and butter. They are our strengths and the real value we add to our client’s processes.
In Florida, engineering is as essential as literally any profession in the state. The state we call home has many beautiful beaches, beautiful weather, and an inviting atmosphere. It also has its fair share of challenges with unstable below-ground elements, hurricane threats, and other nightmare challenges for any building structure. Florida Engineering Solutions has extensive experience in navigating these unique challenges. We have worked hard to become a trusted resource throughout the southeast for companies looking for a strong track record of premier engineering in difficult geographical areas. Below are some of the areas that Florida Engineering Solutions excels at:
Commercial Engineering Building Construction
Amongst the riskiest ventures in engineering is commercial building construction. Building a skyscraper can be a terrifying endeavor for a novice. In some cases, so can the supposed simple construction of a small commercial building or a home. Regardless of property size, there is liability involved along with market reputation. How do you safely build a massive structure? The right qualified professionals ensure safety. The stakes for engineering projects are too large to risk the work to inexperienced or unknown firms. Large developments take years to process, set up, and become approved – much less the lengthy timeline of construction once it begins and the massive expense required to make it all happen. Many of these expenses occur before a shovel even touches the ground. You must be sure you know what you are doing and have the right team to execute a project that will create the proper end product at a reasonable cost. Overall, the risk is immense from start to finish throughout a project. After a project is completed, the risk does not stop. The building will need to face a massive variety of natural stressors.
Whether you are building a restaurant, an office building, a hotel, or another development – if the property is not completed on time or on budget, people can lose millions before the final property starts producing income. With so much at stake, you need the right team, and we have it. We have a long track record of this work, and our work speaks for itself, along with our reputation. Hire us, we will get the job done, on time, on budget, and as envisioned.
Construction projects are loud and noisy. Unfortunately, most projects of significance and worth tend to have neighbors. You want to have a friendly experience with your neighbors, but that can be difficult to do when building a project of any size. Regardless of building a skyscraper or a small home, construction involves trucks, hammering, welding, jackhammering, and other loud construction elements. Our engineering team knows how to keep this sound away from the neighbors to avoid possible conflicts. Our detailed tactics allow us to provide both materials and guidance for construction laydowns/setups to absorb sound and deflect it in certain specific directions to avoid creating issues for your neighbors and your other tenants. Noise barriers will keep your relationships strong while providing the most peaceful construction atmosphere possible.
Today’s modern construction often uses elements built prior to their placement on site. Instead of building properties “brick by brick,” properties are usually partially constructed in different areas then the pieces of the puzzle are placed together to form the building. Sometimes these pieces are built in factories and assembled on-site in fewer components than a lego set. This modern construction technique shows itself in various types of construction, from modular elements to specific smaller pieces, such as precast concrete. Precast concrete can be challenging to create and put together, but it can provide cost savings and an effective, affordable long-term material solution. This type of construction has become popular for those reasons and is a technique that we regularly employ.
Every material has a weakness, even concrete. With so much time and money at risk, no project can afford to have any risk or weakness that is not accounted for. Talk to any concrete professional, and they will tell you it is all but guaranteed to crack. While concrete is generally a strong material, its strength evaporates quickly if it is broken apart into pieces. Cracks feed on cracks, creating more cracks, and before you know it, the issue has extended far beyond the initial damage. This is where prestressed concrete comes in. A detailed process is used to “prestress” the material, resulting in a material with high strength concrete characteristics. This process strengthens concrete pieces, so it is more robust against outside forces that will exist on-site and in its final function within the larger property. These processes are complicated but integral for optimal material performance. Effectively prestressing concrete is essential. However, it needs to fall into the right place within a larger puzzle, or it will be ineffective. Prestressed concrete is only as strong as the project’s design and layout, where the prestressed concrete will be used. We have extensive experience designing and implementing these materials to create the most effective material possible for your construction design.
Many commercial engineering projects in today’s world involve construction components the typical person never thinks of or even knows exists. Medical facilities have unique requirements that other projects do not face. These requirements open them up to increased risk and liability. Medical companies and employees are constantly at risk for lawsuits and safety concerns. Whether the legal threats are frivolous or legitimate, the threats are real and apparent. Our team provides solutions to protect against them.
One of the necessary techniques that hospitals use to help protect both staff and patients is radiation shielding. X-ray shielding and lead shielding design have become critical factors to improve the safety of medical facilities. Correctly engineered radiation shielding serves the secondary goal of liability protection. We have extensive experience in creating and implementing radiation shielding. You will be in the right hands to ensure your facility and its protective measures function at peak capabilities.
3D Renderings & Drawings
Explaining your project vision to others poses a real challenge. How do you look at a vacant building shell or an empty lot and see a final product and articulate that thought and vision to different audiences with the same message? The answer is modern technology. Our in-house resources provide drawing and rendering vision products that will allow you to see the finished project and plan for every little detail before construction starts – from building façade to a small outlet’s location. We can design it all and show you in photos and videos how your project will look. After all, a picture says a thousand words, and we have plenty of visual options to provide you.
Now that you have a little more insight on commercial engineers and what we can do here at Florida Engineering Solutions, let’s converse on your needs for your future endeavors and projects.
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