When starting a franchise business in a new site location, the specifications provided by the franchise itself are not the only parameters to consider. Requirements set by landlords, local building codes, and other entities must be followed. It is fair to say that trying to meet all of these varying requirements can be a challenge in and of itself.
There is a specific type of professional available that can ensure all these requirements and specifications are thoroughly met, and that’s where MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineers with expertise in franchise fit-outs come in.
1. Meet Local Building Codes Now and Later
Building codes are constantly changing. Many of these changes relate to ensuring that properties are built as safely as possible to the environment and those living in it. This, paired with franchise requirements, can be tough to keep track of.
With an MEP engineer by your side, however, meeting the codes now and even upcoming codes is no problem. They will consider the “now” and the “later” to minimize modifications and ensure that your franchise is as future-proof as possible.
2. Access to Permitting Phase Support
City, state or county plan review, permitting departments and health departments may request completed forms, calculations and other backing information to go along with the drawing set. For the heating ventilating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, lighting and fire protection portions of the process it will be beneficial to utilize support from MEPF engineers.
Many MEP engineering firms offer permitting-phase services along with their construction services. This allows their clients to enjoy an all-in-one solution that maximizes efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Services to Exceed Energy Efficiency Performance Requirements
Many building codes will have energy efficiency performance requirements. As the name implies, these requirements make it mandatory to make your building efficient enough. Unfortunately, this can be tough to know how to do, especially without the proper knowledge.
MEP engineers are well versed in energy-efficiency techniques to make your building meet the codes. Often their designs or recommendations exceed those levels. This extra efficiency will result in cost savings, in the long run, allowing you to save plenty of money.
MEP engineers offer you the expertise you need to set up your franchise successfully. From benefits like ensuring your facilities exceed energy efficiency requirements down to quickly obtaining the construction permits, these advantages are what you want to promptly get your franchise fit-outs done and dusted to start doing business immediately.
That said, take the time to research MEP engineering firms near you. Understand what they have to offer, the projects they’ve done previously, and figure out whether they’re the right fit for you!
MPW Engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering firm offering sustainable and enduring engineering solutions to commercial clients in the US. If you are looking for an engineering firm to build your franchise, work with us today!