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Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction

Drones in Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction 

Drones in Commercial  Real Estate and Industrial Construction? They’re talked about everywhere and their benefits are sometimes far reaching or yet to be tested (I am curious to see how a drone can deliver a package during a MN snowstorm without plummeting to its death due to the added weight of the snow). Naturally, the popularity of drones made us ask; how can drones benefit those of us in the commercial real estate or industrial construction fields? 

(Click on photo at left for more information about this Warehouse Addition and to see more aerial photography taken by a drone.)


We (at APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties) decided there could be some benefit to utilize drones, so we embarked on a mission to learn more. Upon doing some research, we learned it’s important to find someone who is:

  • Qualified to operate a drone, especially in metropolitan areas or near airports
  • Knowledgeable of regulatory laws and keeps current with the changes
  • Carries insurance for the operation of their drone
  • Educated in photography and has the needed equipment to provide high quality photos


After finding a “pilot” whose skills we were confident in, we were able to utilize drones in numerous ways over the past year to:

  • Capture stunning images of buildings post-construction as part of construction photos file.
  • Obtain unique perspectives on commercial buildings and office suites for marketing purposes.
  • Investigate issues with joints, roofs, HVAC and other systems that normally require rooftop access, a bucket lift or a REALLY tall ladder.


Commercial Real Estate Marketing photo – CLICK Here for the VIDEO!

Click HERE to learn more about this Lakeville Commercial Land for sale!

 Why use drones???

The benefits in utilizing a drone allowed a significant cost savings over other methods, such as aerial photography completed by a pilot and a photographer. In fact, we may have just done without the wonderful photos had it not been for the savings using a drone.  In addition to our company having a drone pilot that we hire for imaging, some of our subcontractors also have access to a pilot to provide insightful feedback on existing building conditions.

Structural engineers have learned to utilize drones for inspecting hard to reach places, such as under bridges or high in the air to view windmill or cell towers, smoke stacks and other tall buildings. Interestingly, drones are also being used to assist in mapping of rail lines.

While there is much debate surrounding the use of drones, some practical applications, which are non-obtrusive to the general public, are indeed beneficial to the Commercial Real Estate and Industrial Construction industry.





If you have an existing property you would like to market for sale or lease, or have a commercial building in need of repair or expanding, please contact our team to assist you. Perhaps we may incorporate the use of drones into your next project!





For more information on Commerical Real Estate and Construction,

please visit our “Industrial building construction process” page for additional information on how the construction process works and may benefit you and your company as you consider your future space needs.

A drone was used to view the roof and parking lot of the APPRO Development and CERRON Commercial Properties building. The aerial perspective helped determine maintenance needs and cosmetic improvements to enhance the aesthetics of the property.



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In this blog post, you will learn about the following design build projects:

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  • McDonald Eye Care New Clinic Building Project
  • Lakeview Bank New Addition Building Project
  • Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) New School Building Project

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2017-5-22 FTG Installation  (5).jpgAnother Lakeville Commercial project the team is working on this summer is the expansion project for Lakeview Bank. Our team at APPRO built the original building for Lakeview Bank when they opened their doors at 9725 163rd Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044, in 2004. A dozen years later, they have chosen our team again to build an addition onto their existing building. You may learn more about the project and view photos as the construction progresses, by clicking on the following LINK.

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If you are wondering about what it takes to start a project similar to any of these listed above, please click on the following link to download a Project and Process Timeline. It will help to give you an idea of the necessary time involved to start a design build construction project with our team at APPRO Development, Inc..