Commercial construction contractors saw Hurricane Harvey’s impact on business almost immediately.
The customization of commercial builds are raising concerns for contractors, like finding the right materials and skilled workers to get the job done.
“When we reached out to get material replaced, some of our vendors are from Houston, Texas. They were affected by Hurricane Harvey as well. Those lead times affected our project schedules,” said Robert Morris, Project Manager for South Texas Building Partners.
The Coastal Bend is eager to see businesses opening their doors following Hurricane Harvey, but it’s going to take some time. Commercial contractors say they’re going to see longer than usual lead times on doors, hardware and other materials.
“It’s usually custom made material in the commercial world. It gets fabricated on order, it has to be run through structural and windstorm engineers,” said Matt Ezell, President of South Texas Building Partners. “Everything has to be vetted and verified through the state.”
For business owners, it means a lengthier wait to reopen.
Contractors say it’s worth the wait to do it right the first time.
“Don’t rush it,” said Ezell. “If you go with a fly by night guy, you may end up with a building that’s non compliant. That might not be an issue today, but if you ever go to sell, it could be a problem.”?