10 Things to Ask Your Commercial General Contractor

A commercial building project can be a stressful undertaking, but with the right contractor to help you through the process, it does not have to be! Choosing a company that has the experience and ability to help you from design through occupancy is the key to success. In order to help you with the selection process, we have provided 10 questions that you should ask every commercial general contractor before selecting the company that is the right fit for your project.

  1. How long have you been in business? Enthusiasm is great, but experience is better. Make sure that your contractor has an extensive portfolio that establishes a track record of excellence. With each year a commercial general contractor is in business, they will establish relationships with other professionals in the community, and a good understanding of all the relevant rules and regulations that might impact your project.
  2. Are you Licensed, Bonded, and Insured? Commercial contractors who are properly bonded and insured have coverage that protects their company, their employees and you if something goes wrong. Without this coverage, you may be liable if someone working on the property is injured or find yourself stuck with the bill for property damage that occurs during construction.
  3. What types of construction services do you offer? Some commercial general contractors only tackle the actual construction. Others, like Fraser Construction, can handle both the design and the construction of a project. Fraser Construction can even go a step further and offer construction management services, which means that we handle everything from preplanning, design and construction to engineering and project management. Understanding what services a commercial general contractor can provide and how they might benefit you allows you to make the best choice for your project and many times can save you money in the long-run.
  4. What Changes or Problems Could Impact My Project? In a perfect world, everything would go as planned. In the real world, stuff happens, so it makes sense to be aware of the possibilities so that you can prepare for them. What problems might arise? Discuss these options with your contractor. How might they impact the timing and cost of the project? Contingency plans are quite normal when discussing how to complete a project. Depending on the time of the year, materials and weather might be an issue.
  5. How do you deal with necessary changes? Problems happen; it is how they are dealt with that matters. Be sure to understand how the change order process is handled by your contractor and have a clear agreement about how to handle challenges that may affect your budget.
  6. How often do projects miss deadlines? Deadlines are essential to the building process and missing them can become quite costly. Ask your contractor about the scheduling process and why deadlines may have been missed.
  7. How is your safety record? A company that provides a safe environment for their employees and sub-contractors clearly cares about its people. Check on your contractor’s safety record in order to protect your own liability as well.
  8. Do you offer a guaranteed price? Many contractors offer a guaranteed price, but be sure to cover the details about anything that might not fall under that guarantee. There may be some changes that you will be financially responsible for even though the contractor uses the term “guarantee.” Get these particulars in writing with a detailed contract.
  9. Who Will Be My Main Contact? If you have questions or concerns, you don’t want to waste time tracking down the person in charge. Ask who will be in charge of your project. If it’s someone other than the person you’re speaking with, inquire about meeting them. Talking to this person will give you a sense of the potential working relationship that you’d have with them. What are their qualifications? Do they seem reliable, open and honest? Can you communicate effectively with them? Will they be spending a good amount of time on the project site? What will be their method of communication? Depending on the size of the project, you will be communicating with this project manager for quite some time. Be sure that your communication styles and personalities are compatible.
  10. What Sets Your Company Apart from Other Commercial Construction Companies? This question gives the contractor an opportunity to shine and gives you some insight into the contractor, their viewpoint and their priorities. It may also raise issues that you hadn’t considered, which can be incredibly helpful.

1st Annual Krueger Hat Trick Foundation Fundraiser a Great Success

The 1st annual Krueger Hat Trick Foundation fundraiser sponsored by Fraser Construction raised over $18,000 towards KHT Comfort Kits, pediatric congenital heart defect research, and more.

Bluffton, SC (October 29, 2021) – The Krueger Hat Trick Foundation is a charity in memory of Aiden Krueger. Aiden was a triplet and a Heart Warrior who passed away after his 2.5-year battle with Congenital Heart Defect/Disease. He was a strong little boy who inspired so many. The KHT Foundation raises money to fund research for congenital heart defects, as well as provides hope to Heart Families through comfort kits, financial aid, and soulful experiences to both Heart Warriors and those bereaved families. The goal of the Krueger Hat Trick Foundation is to ensure no one walks the Heart Journey alone.

Every year nearly 40,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Defect/Disease, which is nearly 110 children per day. Despite these numbers, CHDs are not widely known about and research is underfunded.

On October 29, 2021 Fraser Construction sponsored the first annual Bluffton Krueger Hat Trick Foundation Fundraiser at Oyster Park in historic downtown Bluffton, South Carolina. With over 150 people in attendance, the event raised enough funds to donate over $18,000 to the Krueger Hat Trick Foundation. Attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets for items such as a stay at the Bohemian Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, luxury golf packages, fine dining experiences, and more. Guests also enjoyed fresh May River oysters and entertainment from the Lowcountry Boil Band.

The success of the event was largely due to sponsorship from 28 generous companies. Fraser Construction and the Krueger Hat Trick Foundation would like to thank all of those who made this event a great success but would especially like to acknowledge:

  • Coastal Pipe & Fire Solutions
  • Bay Hill Construction
  • Vaux Marscher Berglind
  • Master Steel Fabrication Erection
  • Genesis Construction
  • Southern Palmetto Landscape
  • Superior Heating & Air
  • Healy & Foreit, LLC

The Foundation will announce the date for the 2022 fundraiser in the first part of the new year. To learn more about the Krueger Hat Trick Foundation, please visit their website at https://www.thekht.org/.

5-Minute Interview with Sylvester Brockington on the Beaufort County Courthouse

Fraser Construction is currently in the throes of the Beaufort County Courthouse renovation. Here is a five-minute interview with Superintendent Sylvester Brockington on that project.

What is your role in the project?

SB:  I’m the superintendent in charge of the exterior and vertical walls. I’m working with two other superintendents, Wayne Gray and Mike Abendshein, who are overseeing the interior.

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Beaufort Council Approves Mossy Oak Fire Station

On January 20th, Island Packet Staff Writer Erin Moody Reported that After years of discussing and revising plans -- and discussing and revising them again -- Beaufort is getting a new fire station.

With little fanfare Tuesday night, City Council unanimously approved a $2.55 million contract for the new Mossy Oaks station with Fraser Construction, although Councilman Phil Cromer had legal questions and Councilman Mike McFee asked about some of the materials and fire codes.

But "I figure, since they're a fire company, they can put that out," he quipped.

The total project cost is expected to be $3.3 million, which includes land acquisition and improvements, an alley access road and a stormwater project. That's more than $1 million more than originally anticipated.

The project has its roots in a 2008 plan to renovate the existing fire station. More than $2.2 million was set aside from low-interest bonds sold at the time to raise money for projects, including the new City Hall and a courts and police building.

The plan was set aside in 2009 because of the recession.

In recent years, project goals changed to focus on replacing the 45-year-old Mossy Oaks station, at 2519 Mossy Oaks Road, with a building at 1120 Ribaut Road. What the city will do with the old building hasn't been determined, according to city finance director Kathy Todd.

The plan for the new facility is for a 10,000-square-foot neighborhood station that could be renovated into a joint Port Royal and Beaufort headquarters, if desired.

The two-story, red-brick fire station will face Ribaut Road, so engines can pull directly onto the main thoroughfare. Parking and vehicle access will be to the south through a rear alley.

As plans moved forward, problems including sandy soil, drainage and access pushed back the start date and pushed up costs by $570,000.

Fraser, one of five companies that bid on the project, originally bid $2.79 million. That was reduced by about $250,000 through additional project review.

With those additional costs, the project overran funding by more than $550,000, which City Council chose to take out of the $765,000 in the assigned capital projects fund.

"These are your dollars to go to for these types of things," city manager Scott Dadson told council members last week.

Other funding came from: $2.27 million from the bonds; $109,000 from the stormwater fund; $360,000 from the committed fund balance set aside for the purchase of land; and $3,750 from a fund related to an S.C. Electric and Gas agreement.

Fraser will have 250 days to complete the fire station, after it gets the go-ahead from city officials in the coming weeks.

Beaufort County courthouse renovation underway

Fraser Construction is underway on the $13.4 million renovation of the Beaufort County Courthouse and the Beaufort Gazette has taken notice. On August 10th the newspaper published an article showcased our crews underway and explained how the renovation came about after the county won a three year legal settlement because of faulty stucco on the building.

Beaufort Jasper Volunteers in Medicine Opens Dental Clinic

Ten years ago, Pam Toney founded the Beaufort Jasper Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Bluffton, SC to serve those in need of medical care. And for ten years, Pam Toney dreamed of adding a dental clinic to the Beaufort Jasper Volunteers in Medicine offices. “Each month, I send 25 patients to one of our local dentists at a cost of anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. So, I know there is a huge need, most definitely ... this will allow us to do some primary care. And also, with our panoramic x-ray machine, we’ll be able to take those x-rays and send them to the dentists, alleviating a little of the cost to us,” stated Toney.

The clinic is 100% free to patients who qualify and is supported and staffed by the Bluffton community. In December of 2019, the clinic was approached by William and Sheryl Magro asking how they could help start the dental branch. The initial donation by William & Sheryl Magro started an effort that helped to secure several other grants and sponsors including Delta Dental, Truist, SC Family Physicians, and Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. In total, the clinic raised $250,000 towards the project of adding the Dental Clinic to the facility.

Fraser Construction completed the renovation necessary for the clinic to open. The now state of the art facility is equipped with contemporary designed dental chairs, wide screened computers, and panoramic x-ray equipment. “Fraser Construction was amazing to work with from start to finish. We were so pleased with how Fraser could see our vision. They were so thoughtful and accommodated our needs by working on the weekends so that our regular medical working hours would not be disrupted by the noise,” said Toney about the renovation.

Dental hygienist Pattie Swanson will get the clinic started this summer providing cleanings and dental education. Currently, the biggest need for the clinic is additional Dentists to volunteer. “Even just once per quarter would make a huge difference,” stated Toney. “We just want to be able to help those that have had to be referred in the past.”

For more information about the Beaufort Jasper Volunteers in Medicine Dental clinic, visit their website at https://bjvim.org/ You can also view a full interview and news story with Tim Guidera of WTOC here.

Belfair Announces New Addition

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care assisted living community.

We chose Fraser Construction because they clearly have the ability and expertise to realize our continues vision for exceptional memory  care with our built-by-design concept,” said Lara Williams, executive director at Belfair Gardens.

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care

Bloomfield Senior Living announced in the Bluffton Sun on June 19th that they have selected local contractor Fraser Construction Company to serve as the lead contractor on its new 25-apartment addition to Belfair Gardens, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care

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