Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Hillsborough Counties

AKVM’s experienced builders provide shell construction for commercial and multi-residence building owners in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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We Take Pride in Our Work

AKVM’s team of highly-trained building professionals consistently provides quality workmanship that strives to exceed our high standards of excellence. Every step of the way, our focus is on solid building, excellent customer service and jobsite safety. We’re local, based in Bradenton since 2003, so we care about each and every one of our customers and aim to provide personalized service to deliver solutions to your project needs, on time and within budget.

What is Shell Construction?

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To put it simply, the shell is the basic outer structure of a building. The interior is left unfinished as a blank canvas to be built out to the occupants’ needs. This type of construction approach is typically applied to large office buildings developed for the purpose of renting out the individual spaces within. This approach saves time, money and materials, and helps to meet the needs of individual tenants who require specific layouts and functionality.

The shell of a building, which separates the interior space of the structure from its exterior and outer spaces, typically consists of several features, which may vary based on the project specifications:

  • Framing
  • Foundation
  • Building cladding
  • Building envelope (external walls, roofs, glazing, insulation)

Depending on the specific needs of the project, shell materials can include metal, concrete, stone, and wood. Shell construction provides design flexibility, customization options, cost-effectiveness and a solution that works for both the building owner and the tenants.

There are two main types of shell construction: vanilla shell and grey shell.

Vanilla shell, often referred to as a warm shell, is a commercial real estate project that is delivered to the building owner with basic finishings completed. These finishings can include electrical panels and outlets, finished ceilings, lighting, HVAC, and more.

Grey shell, or cold shell, will be delivered totally unfinished - no plumbing, electrical, interior non-load-bearing walls or any other finishings. This allows the space to be built out according to the future occupant’s needs. Depending on local building codes, a sprinkler system may be installed, but is typically not dropped to the finished height of the ceiling until occupant fit-out is completed.

Tenants who require an almost-move-in-ready space find value in a vanilla shell, while tenants with specific needs regarding layout and functionality benefit more from the wider scope of customization that a grey shell provides.

Sarasota & Bradenton’s Shell Construction Contractor

AKVM has the expertise and exceptional service that will elevate your project to a level of quality and safety that only comes with experience, professionalism, efficiency and precision.. When you choose AKVM for your commercial shell construction project, you can be assured that we will get the job done on time, within budget and to our elevated standard of quality. Contact us today for a free evaluation

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Advantages of Shell Construction

Taking into consideration that an ideal space varies depending on who is defining it, there is no way a building owner can predict what future occupants will need as far as unit configuration. This is when shell construction makes the most sense. Other key benefits of shell construction include the following:

Cost Savings

  • The speed of the process is considerably faster, which leads to cost savings.
  • The blank space provides no need for tenants to strip out fittings; therefore, waste is greatly reduced.
  • The typical concrete core facilitates the building’s heat storage, often resulting in more energy-efficient construction.


  • Since the shell has a longer lead time, the interior fittings can be decided upon during construction.
  • The tenants get to start with a blank canvas to create an interior layout that does not affect the overall design of the building.
  • The interior fit-outs can typically be changed to suit new & subsequent tenants without a significant burden regarding financial costs, impact on the overall building construction or structural safety concerns.

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