Grey Shell vs. Vanilla Shell: What is the Difference?

When leasing or buying new commercial space, you may run across the following terms: Grey Shell and Vanilla Shell. Many people are confused about the difference between the two. While each situation is different, the following are basic definitions of the two and what is most commonly included. The term Vanilla Shell (White Box, Warm […]

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Tenant Improvement: Do I Need a Permit?

The answer is almost always: yes, you need a building permit. Permits are the way the city of San Diego regulates construction. This is designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe – the safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes. The city of San Diego […]

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Design-Builder: The Most Effective Project Leadership

Design-builders provide owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. One entity holds single-source responsibility and contractual risk for every aspect of a build — from pre-construction to architecture, construction and post-construction. This entity manages all contracts with companies, such as subcontractors, equipment vendors and materials […]

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Project Management vs. Construction Management

In the midst of deciding on, and budgeting for, the kind of leadership needed for a commercial real estate project, the question that often arises is: “What is the difference between a project manager and a construction manager?” Real estate project management firms deal in all aspects of the real estate development process from conception to […]

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