What Do Banks Like To See When Asking For A Commercial Construction Loan?

What Do Banks Like To See When Asking For A Commercial Construction Loan?


What do banks like to see when asking for a commercial construction loan?


If you’re planning to build a commercial property or undertake a major renovation project, you’ll likely need to secure financing through a commercial construction loan. These loans are specifically designed to cover the costs associated with commercial building projects and require a different set of documentation and requirements than a traditional business loan.

Here are some of the key factors that banks typically look for when considering a commercial construction loan application:

  1. A strong business plan: Banks will want to see a detailed business plan that outlines your project’s scope, including blueprints, architectural drawings, permits, contractor bids, and timelines. This plan should also include a detailed breakdown of the costs involved in the project, as well as an estimate of the property’s value upon completion.
  2. Strong credit history: As with any loan application, banks will want to see a solid credit history demonstrating your ability to make timely payments and manage debt responsibly. A high credit score and a low debt-to-income ratio can help increase your chances of being approved for a commercial construction loan.
  3. Adequate collateral: Commercial construction loans are typically considered riskier than traditional business loans, so banks may require additional collateral to secure the loan. This could include a lien on the property or other assets, such as a vehicle or investment account.
  4. Sufficient cash reserves: Banks will also want to see that you have enough cash reserves to cover unexpected expenses that may arise during the construction process. This could include things like delays in construction, unexpected material costs, or changes to the scope of the project.
  5. Experienced contractor: Banks will want to see that you’re working with an experienced and reputable contractor who has a track record of successfully completing similar projects. They typically require that the contractor be licensed and insured. Completing schematic drawings and understanding the actual construction cost can save time and additional questions from the bank’s underwriters. These documents should be included with your loan application.
  6. Proven track record: If you’re an established business owner, banks will want to see a proven track record of successful projects and profitability. This can help assure the lender that you have the experience and financial stability to manage a large-scale construction project.
  7. Projected cash flow: Banks will want to see that the property will generate sufficient cash flow to cover loan payments and operating expenses once the construction is complete. This could include projections of future rental income, sales revenue, or other revenue streams.

Securing a commercial construction loan requires a thorough and detailed application process. By working with a knowledgeable lender and providing all the necessary documentation and requirements, you can increase your chances of being approved for a commercial construction loan and successfully completing your building or renovation project.

Ancon Construction would love to help answer your commercial construction loan questions and learn more about your vision. A 100% Employee-Owned True Design-Build Construction firm since 1975. 

Let’s get your project started…together.

Learn how Ancon Construction’s True Design-Build process provides risk mitigation

Learn how Ancon Construction’s True Design-Build process provides risk mitigation


Let’s start with the basics

What exactly is Design Build? Design-Build is a project delivery method that combines the design and construction phases of a project into a single contract. This method has gained popularity in recent years due to its ability to provide risk mitigation for project owners.

In general, the Design-Build approach is different from traditional construction delivery methods, such as Design-Bid-Build, where the owner hires a designer and a contractor separately. With Design-Build, the owner hires a single team that includes both the designer and the contractor. This team works together from the beginning of the project to the end, which ensures that everyone is on the same page, and the project goals are aligned.

In this blog post, we will explore how Ancon Construction’s True Design-Build delivery method provides risk mitigation and the benefits it offers.

Ancon Construction is a 100% employee-owned company that specializes in True Design-Build construction services, making it an ideal partner for clients who want to mitigate risks and ensure the success of their projects. Ancon’s in-house team of experts includes both designers and construction professionals, who work collaboratively to provide cost-effective solutions that meet the specific needs of each client. By taking responsibility for both the design and construction phases of a project, Ancon can better identify and mitigate risks throughout the project’s lifecycle. As a result, the team is better equipped to identify and mitigate risks throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Here are some ways Ancon’s True Design-Build team provides risk mitigation:

  1. Collaboration and Communication: Ancon’s in-house Design-Build approach emphasizes collaboration and communication between the design and construction teams. By working together, we can identify potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them. This collaborative approach can help prevent costly delays and change orders down the line.
  2. Cost and Schedule Certainty: With Ancon’s True Design-Build process, the owner receives a fixed price for the project, which helps eliminate cost overruns. Additionally, since the design and construction teams are working together, they can develop a realistic schedule that takes into account potential challenges and risks.
  3. Quality Control: Ancon’s True Design-Build team is responsible for the quality of the project from start to finish. They have a vested interest in delivering a high-quality product, which helps ensure that the project meets and often exceeds the owner’s expectations.
  4. Single Point of Contact: With Ancon’s True Design-Build process, the owner has a single point of contact for the entire project. This simplifies communication and ensures that everyone is working towards the same goals.

Ancon Construction’s True Design-Build team provides risk mitigation by fostering collaboration and communication, delivering cost and schedule certainty, ensuring quality control, and providing a single point of contact for the owner. By hiring our True Design-Build team, owners can mitigate risks and ensure that their projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the desired quality standards.

A Comprehensive Guide to Financing Your Commercial Construction

A Comprehensive Guide to Financing Your Commercial Construction


Financing Your Commercial Construction Project


Expanding businesses often consider commercial construction projects as a means to create new job opportunities and bring innovative concepts to fruition. However, the cost of such projects can be a major obstacle. Finding the right financing option is crucial to ensure their success.

Luckily, there are countless financing options at your disposal when it comes to commercial construction projects. This article will delve into the most popular methods of financing these projects, with the goal of empowering you to choose the option that best suits your needs.


Traditional Bank Loans
A traditional bank loan is one of the most common ways to finance commercial construction projects. These loans typically have lower interest rates and longer repayment terms than other types of loans. However, they may require a significant down payment, collateral, and a solid credit score to qualify.

SBA Loans
SBA (Small Business Administration) loans are government-backed loans specifically designed to help small businesses, including those in the construction industry. These loans have lower interest rates and longer repayment terms than traditional bank loans, making them a popular choice for financing commercial construction projects.

Construction Loans
Construction loans are a type of short-term loan that is specifically designed to finance the construction of a commercial property. These loans are typically used to cover the cost of materials, labor, and other expenses associated with the construction process. Once the construction is completed, the borrower will need to refinance the loan or pay it off in full.

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to finance commercial construction projects in recent years, bypassing traditional sources like friends, family, and banks.  This method involves soliciting small contributions from many investors, typically utilizing various websites and social media platforms to showcase project details and attract potential investors. While this method can be effective, it typically requires a significant amount of time and effort to raise the necessary funds.

Private Equity
Private equity is another option for financing commercial construction projects. This method involves raising funds from private investors, who will then take an ownership stake in the project. Private equity investors typically require a high rate of return on their investment, so this method can be expensive. However, it can also be an effective way to secure funding for larger projects.

Mezzanine Financing
Mezzanine financing is a type of debt financing that combines elements of both debt and equity financing. This method involves raising funds by issuing debt that is subordinate to other types of debt, such as bank loans. Mezzanine financing typically has higher interest rates than other types of debt financing but may be easier to obtain.


There are many different ways to finance commercial construction projects, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Carefully consider all available options and choose the one that best fits the project’s specific needs. Working with a financial advisor or commercial construction expert can help ensure that the project is financed appropriately and successfully completed. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate this process alone. Ancon Construction is a valuable partner in this process, with extensive experience and a network of experts in commercial construction financing – ensuring your project’s success.

Established in 1975, Ancon Construction has been a trusted name in the construction industry for over four decades. As a 100% employee-owned company, we take immense pride in our expertise, commitment to excellence, and innovative approach to construction projects. When you choose Ancon Construction, you’re not just partnering with a company; you’re partnering with a team of dedicated professionals who share your vision for success. As leaders in the construction industry, we offer comprehensive construction services to bring your vision to life. Our team of skilled professionals will collaborate with you every step of the way, providing expert guidance and delivering high-quality results that exceed your expectations.

Navigating the complex landscape of commercial construction financing requires careful consideration of options, professional advice, and the support of experts like Ancon Construction to streamline the process. Ready to get your project started? Contact Ancon Construction today, and together, let’s build a successful future!


30 years of dedication and hard work

30 years of dedication and hard work

Meet Ken – 30 years of dedication and hard work

Ken is celebrating being an employee-owner at Ancon Construction for 30 years on October 25th. His journey began when he started as a laborer on the concrete crew. Prior to joining Ancon, Ken had a brief experience building furniture after coming home from the military. A year into furniture building, Ken knew the job wasn’t the right fit for him. With the economic recession in full swing, jobs were hard to come by, so he started working for a temp company. One day, when Ken was on break, he noticed Ancon Construction was across the street building a project. Ken decided he’d give them a call. Shortly after that, both he and his brother started working for Ancon Construction.

Ken’s commitment to Ancon Construction is evident in his long tenure and loyalty. He values Ancon’s commitment to its employees. Ken reflects, “Ancon is very good about caring about their people. There is no other company like our company. Ancon wants to make sure you have a future, and they do that with stock – all of us being employee-owners.”

Ken’s role has evolved over the years, transitioning from a laborer to operating heavy equipment after 15 years. Subsequently, he became a finisher and form carpenter, showcasing his adaptability. “My job has changed a lot in 30 years. And I have learned a lot of new skills. Over the years, I have learned how to operate all different kinds of equipment on the job. You can’t be afraid to learn something new and continue to adapt and take on new challenges.”

Ken also appreciates the diverse projects and locations Ancon offers, emphasizing the company’s unique qualities. He takes pride in his work. “I like to do projects the right way – I’m a perfectionist.”

There are two things Ken shared he really likes about this type of work:

  1. Each project is different. You might be pouring another footing, but it’s not the same footing you did on the last project.
  2. You are in a different area and a different climate.

Ken said his most memorable project was the Ross Laboratories (formally Abbott) built in Michigan back in the early 90’s. It was a huge project, and he remembers how bitterly cold and snowy that winter was. The project was long, work hours were long, and the project involved a lot of concrete work.

Ken’s 30-year journey at Ancon Construction reflects his dedication, adaptability, and appreciation for the company’s values and opportunities for its employees.

Thank you, Ken, for 30 years of being a dedicated, hard-working Employee-Owner!

Ancon Construction: Leading the Way in Dental Commercial Construction

Ancon Construction: Leading the Way in Dental Commercial Construction

Ancon Construction: Leading the Way in Dental Commercial Construction


Welcome to an insightful journey into the realm of dental commercial construction, where the vision of creating modern clinics that cater to both the practitioner and patient is an art in itself. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the dental industry in the United States employs approximately 120,740 general dentists (May 2022), many of whom aspire to establish their own dental clinics after gaining experience. However, the process of designing and constructing dental clinics goes beyond standard commercial projects, demanding a unique blend of creativity, compliance, and collaboration.

Since 1975, Ancon Construction has been at the forefront of the construction industry, continuously evolving its service lines to provide innovative solutions for its clients. Founded by Andy Frech, Ancon Construction’s journey took an inspiring turn in the ’80s and ’90s when Andy made a momentous decision to sell the company back to its employees. This move laid the foundation for the unique culture of Ancon Construction – a culture that revolves around our employees and their ownership, empowering them to thrive and take ownership of every project.

Designing a Dental Clinic: Beyond the Ordinary

Designing a dental clinic requires a team to listen to understand the specific requirements, distinct from typical office spaces. Plumbing and electrical designs play a critical role in dental clinics, demanding expertise from architects well-versed in this specialized space. You want an architect who ensures an environment that caters precisely to your needs and those of your patients. “A successful dental project is a result of a team effort of qualified professionals focused specifically on your vision, culture, and equipment for the practice,” shares Ben King, an in-house architect with Ancon Construction.

Dental Care Alliance
South Bend
Granger Dental & Orthodontics
Granger, IN
ABC IN/KY Award of Excellence
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre
South Bend, IN
ABC IN/KY Award of Merit
Four Flags Family Dentistry
Niles, Michigan

Innovation and Collaboration: A Winning Combination

Ancon Construction’s True Design-Build is a one-stop-shop approach that allows us to work closely with you, our client, utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as 3D modeling and virtual walk-throughs, ensuring a seamless transition from design to construction. Our commitment to affordability, aesthetics, and constructability ensures that each project meets your needs and surpasses your expectations.

Crafting the Ideal Space: Fusion of Vision and Practicality

As a dentist envisioning your clinic, you may have specific ideas for your primary treatment room’s layout and equipment. Collaborating closely between you (the dentist), our in-house design-build team, and your equipment supplier is crucial, as it fosters a constructive dialogue that allows the fusion of your vision with construction. While you can offer precise guidance for treatment rooms, open dialogue with our design team facilitates innovative solutions for the overall clinic organization, ensuring optimal functionality and aesthetic appeal.

A Pioneering Legacy of Employee Ownership

For over the past two decades, Ancon Construction has proudly been 100% employee-owned, marking an exceptional achievement that speaks to its commitment to fostering a culture where every team member thinks like an owner.

A Shared Vision of Excellence

Ancon Construction’s mission is to surpass client expectations by delivering quality solutions and superior service through its commercial buildings, embodying a vision of becoming the premier commercial design-builder in the Michiana community. Our core values reflect a steadfast commitment to excellence, prioritizing customer satisfaction, integrity, community support, and the transformation of clients’ dreams into reality. With a team of highly skilled employee-owners, Ancon Construction takes great pride in constructing buildings that enable their partners to reach their maximum potential.

The world of dental commercial construction offers a fascinating blend of artistry and practicality. Designing modern dental clinics requires specialized expertise, an open dialogue between dentists and architects, and a comprehensive understanding of regulatory requirements. By partnering with experienced professionals like Ancon Construction, dental practitioners can embark on their journey toward a state-of-the-art clinic that serves both their professional needs and the well-being of their patients. So, take the first step toward crafting your dental clinic with confidence, and let’s get your project started together.


About Ancon Construction:
Ancon Construction is a leading commercial design-build contractor offering services such as planning, architectural design, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Headquartered in Goshen, Indiana, the company is 100% employee-owned and has been a cornerstone of the Michiana community’s architectural and construction landscape since 1975.

For more information about Ancon Construction, contact Amy Self, Ancon Construction’s Marketing Manager, at 574.533.9561, aself@anconconstruction.com, or visit anconconstruction.com.