Getting an “Old Tired Building” Ready to Market

Hunt Construction Services, Inc. was hired by a landlord to rehabilitate a vacant 15,000 square foot building in Plainview. Previously, the building was sectioned off with various tenants and was in an unsightly condition, inside and out. The exterior property was overgrown with weeds and unwanted vegetation. Miscellaneous debris was left on the site. Concrete was damaged and there was a sink hole in the parking lot.

The interior of the building was partitioned with 45-year-old office space in dilapidated condition. Once vacated, the interior was left with debris, shelving, scrap wood and abandoned furniture and equipment. The building had leaky windows, a dysfunctional alarm system, and large puddles on the roof with improper drainage.

The owner’s objective was to completely renovate the building with a new facade and interior space, and then lease to a new tenant. However, new architectural plans would take six months to complete. We recommended to the owner that we clean and renovate as much as possible during this planning stage so that marketing could begin. After thorough inspection, recommendations were made to the owner on the most economical path to getting the building ready to market. All interior walls and partitions were removed. The building was cleared from floor to ceiling and from exterior wall to exterior wall. Temporary lighting was installed and the concrete slab was swept clean. Knowing that a tenant would have their own requirements for office layout, we recommended building the interior offices at a later date based on the needs of a prospective future tenant.

Outside, brush-cutters were used to remove overgrown vegetation. Chain saws and loppers were used to trim perimeter trees. The site was cleaned of discarded machinery, piles of discarded wood and other assorted debris giving the property a clean more defined appearance.

Upon closer inspection of the building’s brick exterior, it was determined there were areas of failed concrete masonry joints which needed to be addressed. Scaffolding was erected to aid in re-pointing several hundred feet of the building’s exterior wall. A new alarm system was installed. The roof drainage system was repaired with the installation of new drain pipes inside and outside the building. All windows were removed and replaced with more economical energy efficient glass block giving a fresh look to the sides of the building. An area of the parking lot was excavated and after repairing a broken waste pipe, the sinkhole was backfilled and paved over.

The building was now clean enough to market while permits were obtained for full architectural renovation.

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