Leasehold Improvements: Trends Toward Sustainability

The entire nation has become increasingly environmentally conscious. To maintain our standard of living, we must address the important challenges of environmental sustainability: how can we meet our present demands on the environment without compromising the future generations? Sustainability has become a target goal to reach harmony in the human ecosystem where we can pursue … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Trends Toward Sustainability

Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Mould

Unexpected finding of mould growth can be a major roadblock for construction projects, throwing off the schedule and budget due to added labour, remediation cost, and delayed completion dates. What is Mould? Mould is a microorganism commonly found in nature. Mould spores are present in the atmosphere. It can carry itself into a building through … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Mould

Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Asbestos is a name for a group of popular building materials that was used from 1950s to 1990s. Asbestos was often added to other materials to enhance the overall insulating, long-lasting, and heat resistance qualities. Common applications include spray fireproofing, mechanical insulation, linoleum, flooring tiles, drywall compound, vermiculite, and cement pipes. From past commercial fit-outs, … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements are customized alterations to a rental space for a tenant’s specific needs. These include changes to floors, partition walls, ceilings, custom furniture and lighting, among others. Tenants will be required to vacate areas for construction. One of the challenges of leasehold improvements is in tenant relocation. It is important to meet with the … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

The challenge with building a tenant leasehold improvement project is that you can run into unforeseen site conditions more frequently due to the fact that the performance of the interior is not only affected by elements of the interior but also the exterior. The overall building condition and the existing structure are often overlooked. Structural … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

As with any construction project, leasehold improvements come with their unique constraints. Most leasehold improvement projects are located in a highly populated environment where construction must occur within a fully occupied building. How the project team handles tenant impact can make or break the project. This involves addressing the increased noise, odour, dust resulting from … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Cutting, coring and drilling of concrete is a necessary part of the interior fit-out construction when the project requires new plumbing and electrical penetrations such as sinks or floor monuments. If not conducted properly, it can result in damages to the building structures and conduits. Inadequate preparation can also lead to worker injuries due to … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Leasehold Improvements: Start-Up Documentation (Ontario)

An overview on start-up documentation required for typical leasehold improvements.

Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction and Design Manual

What are Leasehold Improvements? Leasehold Improvements are construction related work within demising walls* of the tenant’s suite for the exclusive benefit of the tenant. Further definitions are included in the tenant’s lease**. *A demising wall is a wall that separate a tenant's suite from another tenant's suite, or separate common areas in a building. **A … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction and Design Manual

Introduction to Commercial Interior Fit-Out and Leasehold Improvements

Commercial fit-out is the process of building out the interior space after the shell and core of a building has been constructed, making interior spaces suitable for occupancy. Generally speaking, base construction builds out the shell and core of a building from casting the foundation to putting the structural components in place and finally separating … Continue reading Introduction to Commercial Interior Fit-Out and Leasehold Improvements