Commercial building design is very different from residential buildings, although both are required to meet specific regulations for safety and structural integrity as well as building codes set by the city or municipality. Here are the key ways in which these projects differ, from a leading commercial building architect in NJ.
- Building needs: While residential projects focus on meeting a single need – providing living space – commercial projects have many different purposes, sometimes within the same project. Retail buildings require storage and delivery space as well as a design that suits stores and promotes easy access for shoppers in addition to restaurant space, movie theatre space, easy refuse collection and restrooms. Hospitals will have different requirements to this, as will schools, libraries and offices. This means not only being able to design a building that looks good, but one that also meets these functional needs and makes them easy to use.
- Unique requirements: Not two commercial building projects are the same, so commercial architects have to be able to incorporate unique differentiators into these high-volume, high-use spaces. This may include lifts, escalators and moving walkways, cafeterias, commercial kitchens, gyms, high-tech conference rooms and large-scale bathrooms, all of which are subject to their own building codes and restrictions, making it a complex design job. Certain commercial spaces like medical offices, dental offices and hospitals have further design specifications unique to patient care and creating a sterile environment.
- Scale: Large-scale buildings like high-rise offices, retail malls, warehouses and schools are more complex to design than smaller buildings, as size has a direct impact on design. This makes meeting building codes and structural regulations more complex and more challenging, and vital to ensuring the integrity of the structure and the safety of people within it.
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The New Jersey architectural firm of Seth A. Leeb offers full-service solutions for commercial building design projects in the New Jersey area. With 20 years of experience in the commercial architecture industry in restaurant, hospitality, office and dental office design, we can provide the expertise, skills and innovative thinking you need to create a workplace that fits your vision and embodies your brand. For more information on working with us to develop your commercial office building design plans in NJ or to speak to a medical office architect, please contact us today or visit our website at https://leeb-architecture.com/