Hotel developer Midas Hospitality plans to begin construction of a 170 room Residence Inn in Clayton Missouri business district. The hotel designed by Base 4 Architects & Engineers is located at 8125 Forsyth Blvd at a cost of $47 million. The extended stay hotel will be complete with fully equipped kitchens, with fitness center and 3,300 square foot meeting space with outdoor terrace and bar and laundry facilities. Guestrooms will receive a complimentary breakfast, as well as access to evening social events. The property will be managed by Midas Hospitality and built by Midas Construction.  
 
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Developer Drew Company is set to begin construction April 19th on the 975 guestroom Hilton Signia hotel adjacent to Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta Georgia. The $500 million hotel project on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus is expected to be completed by the fall of 2023. The hotel is being designed by Gensler. Theonie Alicandro is COO of Drew Company.  
 
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What kinds of commercial construction projects are at the top of the list in the U.S. today?

The Beam Team continues to see activity in seven key areas:  Retail, Mobile electronics, Restaurants, Hospitality, Grocery stores, C-stores and fuel stations & Franchises.

Of course, institutional buildings and general industrial building projects persist. Some view these as being driven by a different kind of supply-demand curve. Foundations, for example, may fund the building a new wing to a university hospital or improve campuses. Other projects, like a new stadium, may originate in the private sector—but become quasi-public-private affairs with incentives or tax dollars.

In terms of “bread and butter” projects—driven by consumer confidence and demand—the most common commercial construction projects in the United States hold no major surprises. As reported by Builderspace.com, the primary types of commercial and retail construction echo what The Beam Team is seeing. Hotels, restaurants and retail stores, shopping malls, medical facilities and office buildings are table steaks. Industrial structures, like factories, warehouses, and sports facilities, also involve large budgets and long timeframes for their location and development.

Shopping malls have faced decline, a trend that began even before the COVID epidemic. Today, some of these mammoth structures are being re-purposed in innovative ways, such as mixed-use offices, residences, and retail.

Let us look more closely at the more consistent, traditional commercial construction trends.  7 Trends in Commercial Construction:

1. Retail
The impacts of COVID and stay-at-home accelerated some trends that were already in motion before 2020. Retailers and “anchor store” brands have seen a lot of change over the last decade, and COVID sped up the need to accommodate pick-up services, maximize floor space and integrate more technology to assist customers. These trends are adding up to more remodeling and renovation activity, and outpacing ground-up construction.

Some populations were moving into metro centers for a certain kind of lifestyle, driving changes in the placement of stores and what they sold. But COVID pushed other demographics to the outer reaches of the suburbs. These rapid shifts presented new challenges for retailers as things seemed to flash forward—while also shifting and splitting key demographics.

Today’s activity centers are implementing new technologies to improve the guest experience. People virtually try on new clothes, calling for new systems on the floor in addition to fitting rooms. Other retailers are forging alliances with ecommerce partners, like Kohl’s has with Amazon—accepting Amazon returns and handing out coupons and incentives to keep them shopping.

These pivots are reactions to where demographics are going after the global impacts of COVID—as well as trends that change what belongs on the retail floor vs. online. Refreshes and remodels rank high, such as making more room for displays and reducing storeroom space. This kind of strategy enables consumers to touch and feel more products but order them online rather than carry them out of the stores.

2. Mobile & Consumer Electronics
Like retail, trends in electronics were moving cell phone stores and consumer electronics brands into uncharted—and highly competitive—waters. Major brands like Best Buy carefully test, then scale, their new concepts in consumer electronics. Other device resellers, like Verizon, seek ways to pioneer interactions with shoppers, while honoring social distancing on smaller footprints.

3. Restaurants & QSR
People have been eating healthier, in general, which impacts the menus, refrigeration and many other aspects of how QSRs format their restaurants.

Then COVID came, and the chain of events quickly constricted travel. This placed big bumps in the road for highway-bound QSRs that rely on truck drivers and vacationers to keep their registers humming.

It also challenged mom-and-pop restaurants. The struggle to survive became very real, as some responded by adding drive-throughs or improving how carry-outs get handled. Services like Door Dash helped many of these smaller or regional operators to survive.

Time will tell what each brand decides to do in the final analysis. Meanwhile, innovators like Domino’s Pizza continue to make more out of less space, driving renovations and refreshes nationwide.

4. Hospitality & Hotels
Hit hard by COVID, the hotel industry focused on health and safety—and perhaps less so on expansions or major remodeling. The vaccine seems to be leading America back into the air and out on the roads. In turn, hospitality seeks ways to bounce back, to compensate for dwindling events and conferences revenues while also winning back traditional business travelers and families.

Those who put off remodeling or upgrades will be doubling down. This is a rare opportunity to capture market share—winning new travelers who seek new experiences (and safety). Hotel operators may view this as opportunities to remodel or refresh certain portions of their properties—to win over businesspeople and families returning to the road.

5. Grocery Stores
Grocery store chains and regional groceries reacted nimbly to COVID. After all, they were among the stalwart essential businesses.

Continued work is being done to formalize social distancing, traffic control, checkout lanes, aisles, and other footprints. This promotes activity for remodeling and fixture installations.

Grocery stores always seek economical ways to advance trends in “experiential shopping”—such as in-store delis and cafes. Consumer sensitivities to social distancing and other factors impacted those kinds of in-store experiences, but much remains to be seen in a post-vaccine world.

6. Convenience & Fuel
Among the essential businesses during the worst of times, c-stores continued investing in fresh interiors and integrated shopping and quick-serve experiences. Many are adding more SKUs in small footprints, predicting they can keep some customers they earned during the pandemic.

RaceTrac and other innovators in the c-store space have remodeled some properties, upgraded formats, and expanded their brands into new geographies.

7. Franchises
American workers have experienced a more fluid, less stable career environment. Trends already showed that millennials and Gen Z have wanted to explore careers that are independent from traditional employment—the rise of the side hustle. Today, we see more and more individuals leaving “corporate America” to open small businesses or a franchise.

Commercial builders like The Beam Team view franchises—with their proven business models—as increasingly important to the construction industry (not to mention, the U.S. economy).

Corporate-owned franchises also drive regular projects, serving as new models or testing grounds for new products and new experiences. Generally, the franchise must hit certain notes to maintain the brand and ensure a successful format. The right commercial contractor brings expertise to see those notes get hit—on time and on budget.

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Developer Sunroad Enterprises is planning to build a $160 million hotel project at Harbor Island in San Diego, California. The 450 guestroom hotel will break ground in 2023 and will be completed in 2025. Sunroad’s plans call for two hotels, a 198-room extended-stay hotel and a 252-room limited-service property varying in height from 12 to 15 stories. The developer has yet to work out an agreement with a hotel brand. Planned amenities include a walk-up restaurant and bar area, swimming pool, jacuzzi spa, retail space, conference space, and a 15-foot-wide waterside public promenade.  
 
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Work is set to begin on the luxury Newbury Hotel and event center in downtown Coxsackie New York. Developer Aaron Flach is building the hotel and Wire Wedding Event Center on South River Street to be completed May 2022. The project will contain 45 guestrooms and cost $15 million including a $2 million grant from Empire State Development. The project was designed by 3t Architects.
 
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A new Hampton Inn is planned to be built across from First Street Beach in Manistee County Michigan. The proposed Hampton Inn hotel would replace the current Lake Shore Motel at 101 S. Lakeshore Drive. Peter Beukema is owner of the Lake Shore Motel who is developing the Hampton Inn. The hotel would be five stories and have 108 guestrooms. It would include a restaurant and bar, indoor pool, indoor/outdoor hot tub, and an outdoor patio with fire pits.  
 
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A new four-story, 92-unit Avid hotel is planned to be built on the former Wendy’s property on US-31 in East Bay Township. Lake, Michigan. Hospitality 31 LLC is listed as the development group for the project, with Bowers + Associates of Ann Arbor overseeing architectural and design services. Hotel construction and property improvements include a new gated fence on the south property line to screen the development from neighboring residents and the TART Trail that would all be completed in one phase. The site was chosen for an Avid hotel because the project fits well within the character of the US-31 corridor, as well as within the layout of the Wendy’s property footprint.
 
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A former funeral home on Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura Florida could be redeveloped into a retail/hotel tower. The city will consider a rezoning application by Centtral Aventura LLC, owned by Jacobo Cababie Dichi, for the 1.55-acre site at 20955 Biscayne Blvd. The developer filed plans for an 11-story building designed by Behar Font & Partners. It would have 40,000 square feet of retail on the first two floors, with an escalator to reach the second floor, parking on levels three through five, and 129 hotel rooms on floors six through 11. There would be a lounge and pool deck on the sixth floor.
 
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