For as long as I’ve been in the commercial construction business, which is 30 years, there have been two conflicting trains of thought about clients hiring a general contractor who also works for a competitor. If you did retail construction for Hollywood Videos then you couldn’t build Blockbusters. If you worked for Auto Zone, you […]
As 2011 comes to a close, it’s time for us to look back on the commercial construction building trends, news and projects of this past year and share our thoughts on the highs and lows in the industry.
HIGH – Everyone was submitting drawings in 2011. We saw drawings for new Chicago restaurant projects, retail construction work, office renovations, school construction and learning center additions – you name it, we saw it. In fact, our commercial construction budget work was back to 2008 levels. It was optimistic and certainly gave us a lot of commercial construction news to talk about around the water cooler.
It’s that time of year when our team predicts the 2012 commercial construction trends – from what’s on tap for Chicago retail construction to national restaurant construction and hospitality construction. We’ve compiled the list below based on conversations with clients and fellow commercial construction experts, upcoming bid work, economic projections and observations in the field.
The Keys to Making Big Box Retail Construction Projects Successfully Fit Smaller, Urban Footprints like CityTarget on State Street
With the recent Chicago commercial construction news of Target moving to State Street and Wal-Mart opening its Neighborhood Market store at Presidential Towers, it begs the question of what other big box retailers might take advantage of current commercial construction costs and available space to introduce a smaller concept store to downtown Chicago. Is this a new retail construction trend? Probably so.
hhGregg is certainly creating buzz in Chicago retail construction with a number of retail retrofit construction projects in Chicago’s suburbs, so perhaps they are a likely candidate to penetrate the city’s urban retail market.
As suggested in my 2011 commercial construction trends blog post, there seems to be a rise in new restaurant construction, particularly among franchise restaurants. In fact, Crain’s Chicago Business just reported that Moe’s Southwest Grill has sold restaurant franchise agreements to open 10 new units in the Chicago market. So I thought I’d devote a […]