Construction is no place for amateurs.
When tackling renovations or new builds for small- and medium-sized charities, there are many factors to consider. Often times, not-for-profit organizations are dealing with a limited budget and time constraints – this can ultimately affect the quality of the work if an inexperienced contractor is hired simply based on a cheap quote. While an organization may save costs initially, many things can go wrong, and mistakes can be very costly.
Hiring a Project Management Professional as well as an experienced contractor well versed in charity projects and the Passive House building philosophy assures the best utilization of funds while ensuring project quality. They must consider building codes, building permits, zoning codes, inspections, health and safety requirements, and toxic materials which may be disturbed during construction. They must also be familiar with the Department of Labour and WSIB requirements and potential liability issues. An experienced contractor will:
Listen and understand the space and expectations of the project.
Choose an architect who can design the type of space required, and
Budget according to the funds available.