Bob Jones is a prospective commercial construction client. He has space, money, and ideas and needs someone to put them together. I interviewed him to find out exactly what he is looking for within his project.
Bob, what type of building are you looking to have constructed?
Well, I own several restaurants and am looking to have another one built and designed. In the past, I have always bought old restaurants and remodeled the building. This time around, I want to start from scratch because I have the funding and several design ideas that would be best utilized in a brand new space!
My other restaurants range from farm-to-table type places to steakhouses. For this project, I bought an old warehouse. I thought about converting it into the restaurant concept that I have in mind. However, I found some structural issues that would have been too expensive to remodel so I ended up bulldozing the entire building and am starting from scratch. It is my first big construction project!
This one is going to be an Asian fusion space that was inspired by my latest trip to Korea. I fell in love with Korean food, especially bibimbop and Korean BBQ. I want to have a concept of an outdoor garden, only in the middle of the restaurant. I would like to have a coy pond built in with special wood flooring. The entire building has to be winterized since I live in New York City.
Have you researched local companies to work with?
I was referred to a small company that has been around for a long time called Gregor Industries. I am very interested in working with this company because one of their specialties is building commercial kitchens and restaurants. They are also well–versed in staying within the health department code requirements. A friend of mine used them for their restaurant remodel, and they were very happy with their results. Gregor Industries was very professional and helpful throughout their building process.
Another thing that I am excited about is that Gregor Industries can provide me with a project manager. They can also help me stay within the requirements for adequate plumbing and electricity while helping install all of my equipment. I like the idea of having one company that can work with me from the very beginning to the very end of my project. I have an idea in my head and I want Gregor Industries to make it happen for me.
When are you planning on starting?
I want to begin this project as soon as possible! I have recently finished another restaurant remodel and am eager to begin this new project. Like I mentioned earlier, this will be my first construction project from the start to the finish. I am excited to have a commercial contractor on hand while building my new restaurant. This will alleviate a lot of work on my side since I am very busy with my other restaurants. I am ready to get my designs out of my head and on the ground.