Common Custom Commercial Design Elements

In commercial construction, it’s important to have a contractor who knows the construction process and stays with you from start to finish. However, at the end of the day, this is your project and when it comes to design it’s important to understand the differences between a commercial construction project and a residential construction project. At ASI Contractors, we have decades of commercial construction experience to backup our knowledge. We strive for excellence for each one of our clients in general contracting, design and building, and construction management services. In this blog, we will touch on the differences between commercial construction and residential construction when it comes to design elements.


When it comes to residential construction, the aim is to fulfill the needs of the homeowner. In general, there are different considerations compared to commercial construction. Safety is one of them. Residential buildings have safety codes and requirements that must be taken into account by the builder. This includes the design of the basement, stairs, attic, electrical lines, and plumbing. In addition, it’s important to design the home to be stable and safe for people to live in.


In general, residential and commercial building design require similar planning and infrastructure integrity, and sound infrastructure that meets local building code regulations, but there are key differences that distinguish the two. Commercial building design is focused on many different purposes that the building serves, rather than residential construction design’s purpose of accommodating people living inside the structure. There are specific design elements to consider for commercial construction which include, storerooms, offices, and meeting rooms.

Because more people will be inside a commercial building at any given time than a home, commercial buildings are made to be larger, demanding a greater responsibility for safety and structural integrity. Additional design elements that are important to consider are elevators and escalators to take people up and down to various floors, parking structures to accommodate both regular employees and visitors, cafeterias, gyms, restaurant kitchens, large bathrooms to accommodate employees and visitors, and conference rooms among other things.

Commercial buildings encompass anything from schools to hospitals to police stations and government buildings, as well as businesses. When considering the design of a particular commercial building, it’s important to consider what it will eventually be used for. Each different purpose requires different architecture and design to accommodate different needs. For example, hospitals need operating rooms and to have plans to keep the area sterile and protect patients, while schools need a gymnasium and retail businesses need a space to display their products. Each of these buildings additionally needs different electrical and plumbing structures.

The design process of commercial construction projects is arguably one of the most important parts to any new construction project. In order to build a structure that can accommodate all it needs to, the design needs to be solid. It has to take into account all of the needs of the future building and be precise. At ASI Contractors, we take each and every project seriously. We structure and design your building to meet your specific needs, objectives, timeline, and budget. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our commercial construction services.

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