Determining the Cost

The old saying goes that “it takes money to make money.” This adage holds true in all aspects of business, especially in the world of commercial construction. Commercial construction applies to buildings that are designed for making money.

From small businesses to the skyscrapers that make up the glorious skylines of metropolitan cities worldwide, all buildings that were created with the purpose of generating income fall under the banner of “commercial construction.” Just like any project, commercial construction projects have a target budget and deadline. In order to accurately determine the cost of construction, expert commercial contractors must be consulted, and certain questions need to be asked. The next question is, “What are the right questions?” 

It is essential to note that the price of commercial construction is never the same. There are various factors to consider when estimating the cost.


For starters, “location, location, location!” As property availability dwindles, the demand for property goes up. As the demand increases, so does the price. Land in major cities will always be more expensive than in more rural areas with a smaller population. Another aspect of cost to consider is the climate of the region where the building will be constructed. Physics and other sciences need to be taken into account when constructing any type of structure. The weight, flexibility of the metal, thickness of the windows are all determined by the climate and type of weather that is going to be incurred day in and day out.

Lastly, and most obviously, “what type of building do you want?” Just like the difference between a minivan and a Porsche, you get what you pay for. Fancier buildings with more bells and whistles will obviously cost more than a “Plain Jane” type of structure that is constructed with a minimalist design. The purpose of the building also comes into play as buildings with different needs require different types of construction and amenities, all varying in price.

For example, when building a single-story office building you will generally pay more per square foot than a store with a wide-open floor plan.  The store requires less construction material and time because it will not require as much internal construction for offices and partitions, plumbing and electrical materials, and installment time.

Whatever your building needs may be, the expert contractors at Division 9 Commercial Construction know exactly how to get it done with the best materials and labor money can buy, at the best price. For more information, please visit