Bremen First United Church of Christ

Bremen

New Construction

New Construction

Q. Will my project require a building permit?

A. Most probably yes.

In Indiana, projects over a specified minimum size or proposing significant structural, mechanical, electrical changes or what’s called a change of occupancy, will in most cases require that you file for a Design Release from the State of Indiana. Most likely you will also be required to obtain a local building permit once you have received your State Building Release.

Projects that fall below the minimum size required for State permit submittal, will still most likely require that you pull a local building permit.

If you ever have any doubts about whether a permit is required, contact your local building Department, they will be glad to assist you.

Q. Do you do small projects?

A. Determining project cost for any type of building project is not as simple as it might first seem. Many factors go into determining what a building project will cost. Some of those variables in the building site, the size and height, the type of construction (wood, steel, concrete), the type of finishes and the design of heating, plumbing and electrical systems.

Projects can range in cost from $15.00 per square foot for large simple buildings (100,000 sq.ft. and larger) to $300.00 per sq.ft. for smaller more complicated projects.

If you would like some idea of what costs you might be looking at for your project, feel free to contact DJ’s Jason Pippenger and he can assist you in making a first pass at what your building project might cost.

Q. Will my project require a building permit?

A. Most probably yes.

In Indiana, projects over a specified minimum size or proposing significant structural, mechanical, electrical changes or what’s called a change of occupancy, will in most cases require that you file for a Design Release from the State of Indiana. Most likely you will also be required to obtain a local building permit once you have received your State Building Release.

Projects that fall below the minimum size required for State permit submittal, will still most likely require that you pull a local building permit.

If you ever have any doubts about whether a permit is required, contact your local building Department, they will be glad to assist you.

Q. I’m trying to decide if I should renovate my existing space or build new?

A. This is a fairly complicated and frequently asked question. Many times renovation of an existing space is significantly less costly than building new construction (could be 50% less). But then you also must live within the limitations of that existing building as opposed to designing a new facility that can better and more efficiently meet your businesses end goals and needs.

As a partner, our responsibility is to help you get to the best value decision for your particular situation, which can be different for each client. Feel free to call Enos Yoder or Jason Pippenger to learn more about how we can assist you in the evaluation process.

Q. How big of a building do I need? How do you figure out how much area I need to build?

A. The size of any building project is dependent on the need that is trying to be met. The first step is to understand the need so that factors can be applied to determine the area needed. The number of people to seat, the size and clearances around production equipment, the number of staff members and in which location and how big the offices need to be are all part of understanding what the size of the project needs to be.

Our staff can assist you in understanding the need so that we can assign a first step in developing how big your building may need to be. Feel free to call Enos Yoder or Jason Pippenger to have a first conversation about your building and how big it might need to be.

Q. How does one go about starting to think or plan for a building project?

A. Determining project cost for any type of building project is not as simple as it might first seem. Many factors go into determining what a building project will cost. Some of those variables in the building site, the size and height, the type of construction (wood, steel, concrete), the type of finishes and the design of heating, plumbing and electrical systems.

Projects can range in cost from $15.00 per square foot for large simple buildings (100,000 sq.ft. and larger) to $300.00 per sq.ft. for smaller more complicated projects.

If you would like some idea of what costs you might be looking at for your project, feel free to contact DJ’s Jason Pippenger and he can assist you in making a first pass at what your building project might cost.

Q. I’m trying to decide if I should renovate my existing space or build new?

A. This is a fairly complicated and frequently asked question. Many times renovation of an existing space is significantly less costly than building new construction (could be 50% less). But then you also must live within the limitations of that existing building as opposed to designing a new facility that can better and more efficiently meet your businesses end goals and needs.

As a partner, our responsibility is to help you get to the best value decision for your particular situation, which can be different for each client. Feel free to call Enos Yoder or Jason Pippenger to learn more about how we can assist you in the evaluation process.

Q. How big of a building do I need? How do you figure out how much area I need to build?

A. The size of any building project is dependent on the need that is trying to be met. The first step is to understand the need so that factors can be applied to determine the area needed. The number of people to seat, the size and clearances around production equipment, the number of staff members and in which location and how big the offices need to be are all part of understanding what the size of the project needs to be.

Our staff can assist you in understanding the need so that we can assign a first step in developing how big your building may need to be. Feel free to call Enos Yoder or Jason Pippenger to have a first conversation about your building and how big it might need to be.

Q. How does one go about starting to think or plan for a building project?

A. Start with deciding on a partner (contractor or Architect) you trust and who has experience with the type of work you might need done and discuss with them what your goals are for a building project. Find a partner that you trust and you can be comfortable with guiding you through this evaluation process. This is a key decision in the success of any project. Reputable building professionals will not push you to build until they understand your needs that you need met and your goals that you are trying to accomplish

Feel free to contact Matt Schrock or Enos Yoder to learn more about how DJ can help you

Q. Can a building project make my business more profitable?

A. There are a number of factors that may be affecting your company’s ability to be profitable that might be impacted by your current facilities. Your utility bills can have a tangible affect on your profitability and reductions in these type of costs can go directly to your bottom line. How your facility is arranged can impact how often you handle your product or how far an employee has to walk to meet with another employee that becomes unproductive and unprofitable time.

We have found with proper planning and design, operational cost can be reduced and productivity improved that can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Feel free to call Pat Gross or Matt Schrock to learn more about how your building could improve your profitability.

Q. How does the building process work? Should I hire an architect before I contact a contractor? Who should I call?

A. Historically, the construction industry would say that the architect is hired before a builder. In today’s marketplace, that really is just not necessarily accurate. Today many high quality builders can lead you through a successful building project. But the biggest factor may really be the type of delivery process you want to use for your project.

Many times when you select your building partner, you are also selecting your process. An architect will normally lead a bidding process, in other words, they will complete plans and put them out for bid without the Contractors involvement.

A contractor on the other hand will more likely lead you through a more collaborative process with the Designer and Contractor both at the table working together for your project.

So it really depends on both who you might feel most comfortable with and which process you believe brings the most value for your project.

Go to this link to learn more about the different delivery processes available or contact Enos Yoder or Matt Schrock.

Q. How long is DJ’s warranty period on your buildings? What does it cover?

A. The DJ warranty on our completed projects lasts for 1-year from the completion of the project. We do offer some extended warranty opportunities if the client is interested.

The DJ Warranty covers all workmanship and material for work performed under our contract for your new building and includes such things as door adjustments, drywall cracks and re-caulking.

Items not covered under the DJ warranty include normal wear and tear, damage due to forces of nature, or damage due to abuse.