Shell construction is a simplistic style of commercial construction where the interior is not completed until the tenant is ready to create their own designs. The idea is that tenants are given the opportunity to style their businesses with their own specific wants and needs. This saves the developers and tenants time and money. Before the advent of shell and core construction, the designers would fill out the office spaces with flooring, walls, electrical fittings, and doors, but then the tenants would end up tearing down or moving certain features of the office to suit their needs. Shell and core construction gives tenants more freedom to choose their office design while the landlord saves on construction expenses.
From a construction standpoint, shell construction is when only the skeleton of the building is built. It’s a shell that separates the exterior from the interior spaces. Main components would include windows, doors, roofing, cladding, and the foundation. A shell construction project may be made with steel, wood, stone, or concrete.
The landlord or building owner are usually not responsible for providing interior materials but will sometimes leave materials for tenants during the fit-out stages. Others will sometimes give free rent instead of free materials. Every tenant is different, so a shell construction plan is the perfect and most efficient method to start working on the structure of your office buildings.
As we mentioned earlier, shell construction is meant to be a basic foundation for tenants to build upon. There are two types of build-out processes in shell construction that best service the tenant and the property owner. It’s all dependent on what works best for either party. There is either Type A or Type B Build-Outs. Each type features different build-out structures:
Type A features a structure that is partially finished by the developers. Type A is different from tenant to tenant, but it would generally contain these elements:
Tenants may also have more complex designs and may be given the opportunity to be involved with the shell construction project to meet their needs. After the construction of the Type A buildout, tenants are then able to complete their buildout.
This type is the standard type. Type B is generally a huge space for tenants to fit their business into without electrical, flooring, or any type of interior finishes. This is the type where the developers leave the build-out process to the tenants after completing the building. This type is perfect for
At Kaminskiy Construction we offer innovative general contractor construction solutions for structural steel, roof & sliding systems, interior and exterior remodels as well as conventional new construction. As San Diego’s premier construction company, we also offer tenant improvement services if you are leasing an existing build.
Whether your project is an industrial facility, an equipment storage solution, or anything in between, Kaminskiy Construction has the expertise and knowledge to figure out the best system for the project. Contact us today to begin your shell construction project!