Commercial construction is a different beast than residential or even industrial work. If you're looking to hire a team of commercial contractors for a project, you should understand how this sort of build will be different. You can expect differences on these four fronts.
Scale of Utilities
Many commercial operations need significantly more utility capabilities than you'll see in a home. A company may need additional plumbing to account for usage by employees and members of the public during peak hours, for example. Similarly, water lines in buildings over two stories often require pumps to counteract the influence of gravity. If you're going to have significant amounts of digital systems like printers and computers at a site, the location will also need a beefier electrical system.
HVAC requirements can be very different. Particularly, you may have to account for the presence of more people generating additional heat. Similarly, some commercial activities generate lots of heat. The HVAC system will operate at an entirely different scale.
Access to Locations
Even if a commercial business doesn't need to allow public access to a location, it likely will at least need access for its employees and contractors. If you do serve the public, there's a good chance you'll need a commercial asphalt contractor to install a parking lot. Similarly, you might require commercial asphalt work to provide drive-through lanes and connect to nearby roads.
Regulatory Requirements and Liability Risks
Particularly when it comes to commercial buildings serving the public, regulators tend to be pickier. You will also take on greater liability risks when you serve the public. Consequently, your commercial construction efforts have to meet higher standards. Materials will have to be more durable, and the overall level of engineering will need to be more resilient.
You may also encounter issues with zoning and usage requirements. If you can't obtain a variance, you may need to tailor your plans to what the zoning laws permits.
Meeting Brand Standards
Many commercial operations have brand standards due to corporate rules or franchise agreements. Commercial contractors need to be comfortable building spaces that meet company specifications. Likewise, they may need to spend more time on seemingly small things, such as accurately matching paint choices to the brand's color scheme.
Right down to the dimensions of specific rooms, meeting brand standards can be challenging. Similarly, a company may require certain facilities and equipment in a building. Even the location and number of bathrooms may come from the brand standards.