Florida Construction Blog

Walk-In Freezer or Cooler
8Nov
Key Components To Evaluate When Purchasing A Restaurant Walk-In Freezer or Cooler
By: Max Tripodi

Determining what walk-in-freezer or cooler you want for your restaurant can be overwhelming. When deciding on a new walk-in freezer, cooler, or chiller for your restaurant, there are several pieces of equipment that should be evaluated before making this very expensive purchase, including: The Shell Although the shell of a freezer or cooler itself doesn’t […]

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Renovating a Restaurant
6Nov
5 Roles Of A Restaurant General Contractor
By: Max Tripodi

General contractors have a variety of responsibilities throughout the process of renovating a restaurant. Below are 5 common roles that general contractors perform with when renovating an existing restaurant. 1. Project Plans, Bidding, Permits and Scheduling Before a general contractor will bid a restaurant renovation project, he or she will review the shop drawings to […]

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Restaurant renovation
1Nov
What Are The Responsibilities Of Restaurant Owners During A Restaurant Renovation?
By: Max Tripodi Tags: , ,

The Importance Of Construction Safety For Restaurant Owners For years, restaurant renovation construction safety has been one of the most common discussions between restaurant owners and contractors. Who is responsible for what on the job site? Restaurant owners believe that it’s the project manager or contractor’s duty to secure the safety within the construction site, and […]

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restaurant renovation
30Oct
Minimum Requirements For Restaurant Plans
By: Max Tripodi

Preparing For Plan Submittal To State And Local Health Authorities In order to receive a food service permit, state and local health authorities require plans and specifications for restaurants to include how venues are constructed and equipped.  Minimum Construction Standards In fact, all food establishments are required to have an initial inspection for permitting prior […]

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acoustic challenges
25Oct
Acoustic Challenges In Commercial Spaces
By: Max Tripodi

Acoustic Issues in Restaurants and Open Offices General contractors are often called upon to reduce acoustic challenges in modern commercial spaces. For example, common design elements such as large pane windows offer increased daylighting and views of nature, but they also significantly increase the percentage of hard, reverberative surfaces in a space. Open office plans […]

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Plumbing Connections in a Restaurant
23Oct
10 Common Restaurant Plumbing Connections
By: Max Tripodi

Over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a Plan Review for Food Establishments to describe the processes for reviewing plans for the design and construction of new food establishments, as well as the redesign, remodel or conversion of existing establishments. FDA Plan Review guides set guidelines for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing […]

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commercial design
18Oct
Common Reasons Why Commercial Building Plans Are Disapproved
By: Max Tripodi

Gaining approval from local and state governments on a commercial construction project can pose quite the challenge. Meeting building code elements such as fire safety and accessibility requirements can put a project on hold if not incorporated correctly. In this article, RCA Contractors Inc. will discuss some of the most common reasons why commercial building […]

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concepts for restaurant design
9Oct
Concepts for Restaurant Design That Serve Different Types of Customers
By: Max Tripodi

Different Customers, Different Experiences: Mixing Concepts for Restaurant Design The paintings for sale in the café. The barroom next to the dining room. The gift shop on the way out of the ice cream parlor. Mixed-use concepts for restaurant design aren’t new, but they are taking on a renewed spark with a postmodern flair.   […]

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Restaurant Construction Standards
28Aug
What Are Florida’s Restaurant Construction Standards?
By: Max Tripodi

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is the governing body that creates standards regarding preparing, processing, or selling food for human consumption in the state of Florida.  They also provide guidance on basic standards for restaurant construction in Florida. All food establishments are required to have an initial inspection for permitting prior […]

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walk-in freezer maintenance issues
20Feb
Walk-in Freezers & Walk-in Coolers: Maintenance Issues That Lead To Violation Notices
By: Max Tripodi

In South Florida, walk-in freezers, coolers and chillers are essential to any successful restaurant, cafeteria, or commercial food store. However, this equipment can be the source of many headaches because of their large energy usage and the reason for many issues with state and local food and safety inspectors. Common Violations with Walk-in Freezers & […]

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