An Intro to Commercial Architecture Services
This is an Intro to Commercial Architecture. Nearly every company in the world relies on commercial architecture to provide an efficient, profit-maximizing place to do business. The design of these spaces has a very real effect on how successful a company can be at serving consumers and maintaining well-organized operations. As such, commercial architecture is arguably the most economically-important class of design.
In this introduction, we provide a brief overview of some of the challenges, processes, and top solutions in the world of commercial architecture. Read on to learn more about what work goes into creating well-designed commercial spaces, and what tools and strategies are used to achieve the best results.
Commercial Architecture Definition
To start off this introduction, we’ll give a simple commercial architecture definition:
Commercial architecture is a category of design that is focused solely on buildings and spaces that are used for commercial purposes. Consequently, there is a lot of diversity in the types of places that qualify. These include corporate offices, retail outlets, and other facilities where business is conducted.
There are a few ways that commercial architecture differs from other classes of architecture, such as residential. The largest differentiator is the fact that the design must focus on the needs of the occupying business. It must efficiently accommodate operations, as well as consider the behavior and perception of consumers.Commercial architecture should meet the following standards of success:
- Accommodate all business operations in the most efficient way possible. This includes product display, storage, deliveries and shipments, customer service, administration, and staff activity.
- Provide an environment that enables employees to maintain high productivity and meet performance goals.
- Appeal to consumer behavior and psychology to maximize positive and profitable interactions.
- Use value-engineering practices to achieve the best balance of cost efficiency and facility quality.
- Seize opportunities for operational cost reduction with solutions that minimize energy and maintenance needs.
- Accurately reflect the company’s brand and values in both interior and exterior design.
Software, Tools, and Technology Used in Commercial Architecture
Advanced Design Programs
CAD (computer-aided design) software is mainly used for drafting architectural drawings and plans, including the blueprints that will be used for reference during construction. PionArch’s CAD program of choice is Revit. We also use other innovative programs, such as Fohlio and Buildertrend, to present design concepts and manage our projects.
21st-Century Building Tools
Additionally, tech is now leveraged to create “smart” commercial facilities that are more humane and in sync with their occupants and surroundings. Architects and interior designers are starting to incorporate systems that use sensors and automation to monitor business activities and enhance the efficiency of operations and services.
Commercial Interior vs Exterior Architecture
Designing for Consumers
Welcoming New Ideas
Commercial Exteriors: The Face of a Business
As such, commercial exteriors must be designed with marketing in mind. An appealing, brand-consistent look that invites curiosity is the goal. The design should clearly signal that the residing business can meet the specific consumer need(s) that the brand specializes in. Doing so will maximize success in attracting consumers and increasing brand awareness.
Exteriors Impact Bottom Lines
At a minimum, exterior renovations can reduce the number of attracted customers and impact customer experiences. At worst, exterior renovations can require businesses to close for an extended period. Architects that design exteriors to be resilient provide major cost benefits for their clients in the long term. This makes it wise to invest in higher quality materials and construction practices.
Enhancing Commercial Architecture with Sustainable Design
Consumers Value Environmental Responsibility
As a result, a large portion of today’s consumers hold brands to a higher standard of responsibility. They respond negatively to brands that don’t adopt more eco-friendly practices, and respond positively to brands that do. Companies that take action to reduce their carbon footprint and preserve the environment are finding that it is an effective strategy for winning consumer loyalty and improving their brand reputations.
The Government is Tightening Regulations
Sustainability Lowers Overhead Costs
From solar panels to smart lighting and water recycling systems, a wide variety of eco-friendly solutions are being used by businesses to minimize their spending. Even recycling has become a welcome part of the commercial building process, as it can help companies save money on construction materials.
Leading Commercial Architects in Massachusetts
We invite you to take a look at some of our past work in the commercial sphere. View our commercial portfolio to see a variety of successful projects spearheaded by PionArch, including offices, restaurants, and charity headquarters.
If you would like to learn more about the design services that we offer and corresponding prices, please review our design fees and commercial costs. Because we believe in providing needs-based services, our packages offer the flexibility required to fit within your project budget.
Our team is available to discuss the unique needs of your commercial project. We are happy to offer our expert advice and help you determine the best approach to building or renovating your facility. Reach out to us today to start the conversation about how PionArch can make your building a major asset to your business.