Choosing a Contractor for Your Tenant Improvements

choosing a contractorAs with architects, I could probably formulate a list of 20 quality contractors in Seattle that perform office T.I.’s.  None of them have a perfect record for customer happiness (nor do I), but below is a list of 5 contractors who I feel comfortable recommending:

  1. Metropolitan Contracting. Start with contacting the owner, Joe Peterson, whose knowledge combined with his communication style makes him great to work with.
  2. Gateway Construction Services.  Gateway did the tenant improvements project for my company.  Jason Jensen is a good person to start with there.
  3. UNIMARK Construction Group.  Andy Harmer is a project manager who I have worked with many times.
  4. Foushee.  Foushee might be considered for bigger jobs and a principal who I have worked with many times is Mark Stillwell.
  5. GLY Construction. Mark Kane is a recommended contact there.

For more specific contact information for each of the people above, here is a link.

Any space user in Seattle can call on these contractors for a job of any size.  They won’t paint your walls but will be willing to refer the subs they use.  Please note that some buildings have specific lists of approved contractors, so you can’t necessarily use who you want.  Always check with your building management contact before performing improvements to leased space.  There should also be an ‘Alterations’ clause in your lease with more language regarding tenant improvements.

When I have the opportunity to use a contractor I always consider the following:

  • the building type(s) being considered
  • the building approved lists
  • contractor current projects or recent experience in the building
  • the size of the project
  • the personality types of the decision makers
  • the overall goals of the project
  • the bid/cost (duh)
  • my client’s desire for a cheap & quick job vs. high-end & thorough

Managing an office buildout/remodel project can be a time consuming, but rewarding process (and a pain in the A$$).  Good luck!

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