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What Is An Industrial Contractor?
August 28, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Industrial contractors are responsible for managing, overseeing, and handling industrial facilities' construction, maintenance, repair, renovation, and relocation. The types of facilities that these companies work on include warehouses, factories, plants, and more. Some essential responsibilities of industrial contractors include acquiring the necessary permits to build or demolition, coordinating with subcontractors, and maintaining a budget for the project.

In this article, we’ll explain what services industrial contractors offer and what types of questions you should ask before hiring one.

Services offered by industrial contractors

Most industrial contractors offer the following services:

Piping design and installation

In industrial facilities, process piping serves several functions. It enables industry professionals to convey the materials needed for manufacturing processes to various points within the facility.

For facilities that employ piping, standard services include:

  • Pipe routing design and implementation
  • Pipe material selection
  • Manual and control valve selection
  • Piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) development and implementation
  • Pipe installation
  • Pipe design support
  • Pipe testing

Office construction and renovation

Most industrial contractors can help with office construction and renovation. They can work to ensure the spaces are safe, accessible, and functional.

Restroom renovation

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all industrial facilities to have ADA-compliant restrooms. Industrial contractors can ensure that older and non-compliant bathrooms are up to standard.

Concrete foundation and slab installation

Having a solid foundation is vital in any construction project. Weak spots can increase the risk of needing costly repairs or replacements in the future. Most industrial contractors provide the following services:

  • Design and calculation of structural specifications for new constructions or existing building modifications
  • Installation
  • Repair and restoration

Structural steel fabrication and installation

Structural steel is used in many building and construction components, like beams, rails, bars, ladders, support systems, and embedments for foundations. Industrial contractors can offer structural steel fabrication and installation services for various industrial projects.

What are typical project environments?

Some of the industrial facilities that contractors can expect to work on include:

  • Aerospace facilities
  • Battery factories
  • Water plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Cryogenic plants
  • Power plants
  • Power stations
  • Paper plants
  • Pharmaceutical factories
  • Wastewater plants

Questions to ask your industrial contractor

Before you begin working with an industrial contractor, ask questions to ensure they are the right company for you. Some common questions worth asking include:

  • Have you done projects similar to our proposal?
  • Can you put us in touch with past clients?
  • What permits are required for our project?
  • Do you have experience with the local permit process?
  • Can you provide a detailed timeline for the construction process?
  • What subcontractors will be working on the project?
  • Is your bid an estimate or a final price?
  • Is your work warrantied for a particular time? Are there exclusions to any warranty you offer?
  • Is there a penalty for delays? If so, what causes for delays are covered?
  • How are disputes settled? Is there a mandatory arbitration process?

Contact Christiansen’s Contracting to get a quote for your project.

Our team brings over 30 years of expertise in residential, commercial, and industrial contracting to our customers. We do everything in-house, so you never have to worry about unvetted subcontractors on your property. Instead, you get high-quality work completed on time and within your budget.

Whether you’re embarking on a new endeavor or expanding your current one, start with a free quote from the team at Christiansen’s Contracting. We’ll give you all the options for your building’s design and construction. Contact us for a quote today.

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