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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Tenant Improvements for Restaurants: The Basics

Tenant improvements can be the most expensive part of outfitting a new restaurant. Restaurant kitchens must be plumbed to code and must have ventilation systems that effectively remove heat and odors. In addition, restaurants typically require electrical upgrades and cosmetic improvements such as paint, flooring and light fixtures. The best case scenario would be to lease […]

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