Most often the choice between new construction and renovations is based on the cost factor. Which would meet your requirements at the lowest cost? Even though this might be the ultimate ‘deal breaker,’ there are other things to consider as well. Whether you are the administrator of a commercial project or public building, don’t let cost be the only driving force. Utility is extremely important and if you negate its importance, you may find yourself right back to square one. Here are some of the considerations you may need to make.

Available Space

In terms of space, this is a huge issue. Do you have the space required to build a new building or at least an addition to an existing building? Quite often commercial and public buildings will have the appropriate amount of lot space to build a new building or at least an addition as is often the case with hospitals. Most cities you go through will have one or more hospitals undergoing building as the population is exploding and there are greater needs for specialized medical wings.

Suitability for Needs

Next you need to think about if the space you have available is suitable for your needs. Going back to the example of a hospital, some existing structures aren’t suitable for the needs of the new department or wing. Would your hospital be able to house a new state-of-the-art imaging department without undergoing major structural renovations to guard against infiltration of damaging ‘rays’ that may harm those in adjoining rooms? Also, is the area you have available structurally sound enough to house extremely heavy and large imaging equipment? In this case, an additional wing or separate building may be called for.

Zoning Ordinances

Most often new builds and renovations are only allowed if they meet with zoning ordinances. You see this more often in residential properties but there are also strict zoning ordinances in commercial properties as well. Would your zoning allow for a new wing or addition to your existing building? If so, this may be the best option as it would be just too much in terms of cost and time to move to an entire new property. This is why you often see hospitals with construction underway, simply because patients can still be seen in other departments while the new wing is being built.

Finally – Cost

The bottom line is always going to bring you down to cost. Which is more cost effective, a new building or a renovation of space you already have available? However, don’t let cost be the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to materials being used during the construction or renovation. Hospital door hardware will see a huge amount of traffic in and out of those busy doors so it is vital to choose the very best, the top-of-the-line, so to speak. Stanley Hinges are known in the industry as being durable and long-lasting. They are manufactured to outlast even the doors they are hinging.

So then, cost may be the final deal-breaker, but it shouldn’t always be the only consideration. Utility is a huge consideration and if you are working on a busy building, better materials and hardware are a must. If you run with standard materials you will be making repairs way too quickly. Buy the best and you can expect them to last. It’s more cost effective to use quality in the long run, so make that part of your decisions and you will be rewarded in the long run.