What is a tenant improvement contractor?
No matter if you want to open a restaurant, a boutique, or gym – or if you are the building owner and you want to lease to any business, there’s a good chance the commercial building will need some kind of work.
A commercial kitchen area may need improved ventilation, improved lighting is a must when selling clothes, or making sure there is enough open space for treadmills. These are concerns not only for the tenants who want to occupy the space, but for the landlords who want to make the space more attractive for potential tenants.
What are tenant improvements?
Basically, any changes needed to the interior of the space can be included in tenant improvements, from flooring to ceilings, heating and air conditioning, partitions, fire prevention, and anything else a business might need. All of these improvements are made with both the tenant and owner alike – Oregon Builders will make the changes necessary without compromising the overall structure.
To make sure all parties are satisfied with the direction of the project, lines of communication are always open. Both tenant and owner have an investment to protect, and Oregon Builders considers both parties throughout the work being done.
Vanilla Shell or White Box Improvements
Sometimes known as White Box, Vanilla Shell improvements are upgrades building owners make to ready a space for a tenant. Drywall, ADA restrooms, ceilings, and basic electrical work are included in these improvements and allow for a wide-range of tenants. If an owner wants to split an open space into more than one area, dividing walls can also be erected.
Tenant Build Out
Once the vanilla shell is complete, and the space is rented or leased, the tenant build out begins. From glass-walled meeting rooms to small kitchens for employee use, Oregon Builders works with the tenant to give them the office space they need. A few questions need to be addressed during the design phase:
- What will the improvements be?
- Who will be paying for these improvements?
- Who is responsible for making sure the work is done?
- What will the tenant be responsible for at the end of the lease?
Once these questions are answered and a final design has been approved, Oregon Builders will begin construction on the office, boutique, or retail space that will transform the building from an empty shell to a thriving business.