What is Commercial Construction?

February 3, 2020
Commercial construction high rise building under construction

When we refer to commercial construction, we’re talking about construction in the private sector.

Commercial construction projects are for the building and selling of business structures such as offices, retail centers, warehouses, and industrial buildings. Business owners, managers, and developers hire general contractors to build or remodel their commercial structure.

Commercial construction is a project overseen and built by a general contractor company. General contractors may work in various sectors of construction such as both commercial and residential. The difference in these parts of the construction world is that residential construction projects are for individual housing projects.

A general contractor might be educated and experienced in both residential and commercial construction, but they may only serve one of these sectors of the industry. Some general contractors may only service select industries, so when choosing to hire a commercial contracting company, ask them what type of industries they serve.

General contractors may also hire subcontractors to work on a project if they don’t have the proper amount of workers or knowledge in a specific field of the project, such as plumbing.

8 Common Types of Commercial Construction Projects

Commercial construction is a vast sector of construction that covers a multitude of projects. Some of the most common commercial construction projects include the following.

  1. Restaurants
  2. Medical Facilities
  3. Retail & Grocery Stores
  4. Shopping Malls
  5. Accommodation (Hotels, Apartments, etc)
  6. Industrial Structures (Factories, Warehouses)
  7. Institutional Buildings (High Schools, Universities)
  8. Sports Facilities

Levels of Commercial Construction

There are plenty of commercial construction projects that general contractors build, however, there are various levels of construction. The quote for your project and how it’s handled depends on the scale of the project. We can throw projects into 3 different scales of commercial construction.


Smaller projects such as office space redesigns, structure updates, and many building repairs fall under small-scale commercial construction. This is typically less-costly and requires minimum personnel from the general contractor’s side of things. For business owners thinking of rebranding, opening up spaces, or adding extensions to the structure, these would fall under small-scale commercial construction. Think of it as a facelift to your building or office space.


Over time, buildings start to lose the fresh look and flair they once had. They also start to get old and so do the materials. Medium-scale commercial construction projects are for business owners that are looking for a building restructure, additional structures (expansions), remodels, or other more time-consuming projects.


Large-scale commercial construction projects are those that start from the ground up. Essentially, there is no already-built structure. The construction crew will work with an architect or developer to create a new structure that’s entirely based on the business owner’s vision. Large-scale commercial construction projects require a lot of time, preparation, and development to ensure a successful build. After the purchase of the land and the zoning codes, construction is typically ready to start. There may be some other elements that infringe on the development of construction, such as the demolition of an older structure.

What Are The Different Types of Commercial Buildings?

When choosing a commercial build, clients find themselves looking for the right type of build for their project. The land purchased and zoning codes will dictate what type of structure can be built in that part of the city. Once zoning codes have been acquired, the commercial contractor will have a better perspective for what type of build the client is wanting.

Commercial buildings can be any one of the following:

  • High-rise (skyscrapers)
  • Multi-family residences
  • Office buildings (Class A, B, and C)
  • Warehouse
  • Strip/shopping center
  • Community retail center
  • Hotels
  • Lodges

Hire a Local Commercial Contracting Company

Before you start on a commercial construction project, take the time to perform the necessary steps for a successful build. If you are in the market to start on your commercial construction project in Colorado, contact us at H3 Construction and Design to handle your construction and remodeling needs. We are licensed and insured construction contractors that only use the best materials, handled by the crew with the most experience.

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment for a free estimate on your commercial construction project in Colorado. No build is too big or too complex!

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