If you’re looking to build a restaurant in Alberta, you’ve chosen to enter a competitive industry with high of start-up costs. The Canada Business Network website by the Government of Canada offers an extensive start-up checklist to be sure you have your bases covered. As far as your building goes, you can buy an existing business, a franchise, or you can build and start your own independent restaurant. No matter which choice you make, a key element (and key cost) is your building – buying or leasing an existing building can give you a good location, but it can also bring a lot of headaches due to maintenance, permitting, and bylaws. Sometimes the more affordable option, over the long haul, is to construct your own building and pre-engineered construction offers many benefits to the restauranteur.


Popular in Alberta construction, pre-engineered buildings are high-quality and cost effective steel structures, and they offer both innovation and versatility for your restaurant project. Contrary to popular belief, pre-engineered steel buildings present “a wide variety of architectural elements to choose from so you can unleash your creativity and achieve the look that you want for your restaurant.” Both strong and flexible, pre-engineered steel buildings tend toward simpler designs, but they also create wide, open spaces allowing for full creative control of the restaurant’s interior.

Particularly known for speedy construction, pre-engineered building components are fabricated offsite and designed to fit together seamlessly, making for quick erection and a quicker project turnaround – not to mention easy expansion if you want to grow your business.

As an owner, another benefit is how well steel stands up to the weather the Edmonton construction industry is prone to enduring: strong winds and heavy snows. Plus, steel does not shrink, split, warp, or burn making pre-engineered steel buildings easier to insure (lower risk) and easier to maintain (less warranty work post-construction).

For your restaurant construction project, the biggest benefit is that steel is completely fireproof: “In an industry where fires cause $172 million in property loss, 75 injuries and several deaths per year, reducing or eliminating this risk can spell the difference between the success and failure of your business”.

At Cormode & Dickson, we can design-build the restaurant you’re dreaming up. Together with our team of experts, we can guide you from your business plan to design and all the way through construction. We are with you every step of the way, ensuring that your project is a success.