Robbins|Reed Builders: 3 Commercial Construction Trends

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Robbins|Reed Builders is a top commercial building company in San Luis Obispo. Today we’re sharing the latest in commercial construction trends from retrofitting historical buildings to green construction and mixed-use commercial projects.

1. Retrofitting Historical Buildings

Retrofitting an existing building uses far fewer resources than a brand new commercial build. This trend presents owners with a valuable opportunity to upgrade the energy performance of a commercial building in the long-term. Energy efficient retrofits not only reduce operational costs (especially in historical buildings) but can help entice tenants too. Design wise, it’s possible to keep the historical integrity of the building while updating it with modern amenities. The aesthetic factor is particularly important in communities recognized for their historic value. At Robbins|Reed, our team has extensive experience with successful retrofitting projects.

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2. Green Construction

New technology from solar panels to recycled building materials and energy efficient home appliances are changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, built, maintained, and operated. Robbins|Reed clients are increasingly concerned with going green – and for good reason. Sustainable and green efforts appeal to owners since improved energy efficiency can save on costs and attract renters. Being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified can save clients valuable resources while being environmentally responsible. LEED certified buildings are more resource efficient because they use less water and energy on top of reducing emissions from greenhouse gas. LEED works for all buildings, from custom homes to corporate headquarters, at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The green commercial construction trend has become so popular that LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with over 2.2 million square feet being certified every day.

3. Mixed-use Commercial Buildings

Mixed-use commercial buildings are trending in the commercial construction industry. These projects are typically found in a prime location and appeal to a broad marketplace. Mixed-use commercial buildings often feature a combination of retail/restaurants, office space, and residential living in one thoughtfully designed building. These projects have absolute curb appeal. Imagine walking from your residence to shopping before dinner and drinks – all without getting in your car. Diversification of uses in mixed-use facilities also makes them more efficient. Mixed-use commercial buildings are able to achieve a higher density from a residential and commercial retail standpoint by vertically stacking uses. A solid example of our mixed-use commercial construction work is The MIX @ Monterey. Built in 2011, The Mix is a four-story environmentally designed building dedicated to both commercial offices and loft apartments. The 1,600 square foot project was the very first mixed-use infill project in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Robbins|Reed was built to build. Our San Luis Obispo commercial construction team frames creative solutions to complex construction challenges by pushing the boundaries of creative execution. Our passionate commitment to innovation makes us better builders. Contact us today – (805) 316-5046.