When one normally thinks of a bar, they think of a hole-the-wall dive with little light and less aesthetic appeal. Times are changing, however, and bar construction plans are becoming much more complex. As bars become more than just a place to have a drink, bar construction plans have become a great deal more advanced. In fact, some bar construction plans in places like Miami and Las Vegas have become so complex that having a low bid may not be enough to get you the project.
During the traditional bid process, the contractor’s bar construction plans covers the amount it would cost a general contractor to build a project, pay its employees and make a small percentage of profit. The plan covers the cost of items like concrete for the foundation, cables for electrical wiring, flooring, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). In this case, bar construction plan does not cover the cost of building or project design, as an architect has been hired by the property owner through a separate contract process.
In the design-build process, the role of the contractor in the bar construction plans is more involved. In this process, an architect and general contractor combine as a team and present a building or project design and construction contractor services in one proposal. The design-build process is used by those who believe an architect-contactor team with a past history of working together would be more efficient and, as a result, cheaper than an architect and contractor working together for the first time.
The contractor’s role in bar construction plans as part of a construction manager at-risk (CM at-risk) project falls in between the two. The architect is hired separately from the general contractor, but the contractor is involved in the project from the pre-construction process all the way through completion. The estimate comes in the form of a guaranteed maximum price, which covers all services rendered from pre-construction through the building process.