When a homeowner decides to start a new home renovation or room addition, they must first bring in a general contractor to inspect the existing structure and draw out building plans. But if the project is a new home construction or geared toward creating a new roadway and access point, then a civil engineer is needed. Likewise, a civil engineer’s expertise is necessary prior to the start of large-scale commercial or industrial construction or expansion projects.
A question you may have is whether you really need to consult a civil engineering company for your commercial project. The answer is “yes”—especially if you want to get started down the right path and not run into legal roadblocks along the way. A civil engineering firm’s specialty is to make sure that, from design to construction completion, every phase that needs a civil engineer’s eye gets one. Taking on a huge project—like work for retail sites, industrial facilities and school campuses—is a complex process. Without the right industry-specific knowledge, experience and organizational skills, your project could falter.
Before you do anything, first get all your ducks in a row. Here are three rules to follow when choosing the right civil engineering company in Idaho for your commercial or industrial project.
Rule 1: Hire a firm, not an individual
While hiring an individual civil engineer might seem easier to do than interviewing a company, projects are shown to fare better when multiple minds are involved. A good rule of thumb is to hire an entire team with different skills to work on your construction project from start to finish. With a single individual, you run the risk of your project falling apart due to unforeseen circumstances. The civil engineer could get sick, injured or called away on a family emergency. But a civil engineering company has many people ready to fill in or contribute to the plans.
Rule 2: Look for expertise in your project type
You should also only consider a civil engineering company in Idaho that has experience working on construction or industrial projects that are similar to yours. From project to project, each will have a different set of needs and local, state and federal regulations to follow. A civil engineering firm must possess enough experience to complete your particular project right and on time.
Rule 3: Look for a firm with high standards
This last rule calls for you to do some legwork in order to select the best company for your project. On top of being experienced, they must also be established in their field and show that they hold themselves to a high standard. Furthermore, check that the firm has excellent client feedback, and read the testimonial page on their website. This feedback will give you a good idea of the company’s work ethics, if they are up to date with local land and infrastructure development laws and if they’re truly goal-oriented.
If your commercial or industrial project is in need of a civil engineering company in Idaho, then contact the professional team at Mason & Stanfield, Inc. We have the experience to back up our services!