We have written before about the changing nature of retail projects as retailers look at non-traditional spaces for their next project. The trend continues with our most recent project of converting a former HH Gregg store into a Waterway express Car Wash. Converting a former appliance and consumer electronic showroom into a drive-thru car wash had it’s challenges. We added wash bay entrances into the front and back of the existing structure, new floors into existing space, and many modifications to the structure to accommodate a unique new use. Click below to visit the project's page with photos, details and video.
We enter this year with some room. Well, 745 rooms to be exact! We have several hotel projects under construction ranging from the early stages in the design-build process to preparing for the furniture, fixtures, and equipment. And there are more coming! We have been building hotels through many cycles in our forty-two years of construction. We usually see a burst of new construction and then an inevitable drop off—note the emphasis on usually. This time seems to be different.
If you’re looking to open a new facility or expand one already in existence, there’s a lot to know about how construction of a senior living facility works best, and how to navigate building codes, health care regulations and working with a construction firm. Here, Mitch Lapin, president of Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. a national general contractor that serves a number of different market segments, including the senior living industry, talks about what renovation or construction of a senior living facility is like from the construction firm’s perspective.
We started in retail construction more than 40 years ago and have seen many changes during that time. Recently, all you see are stories proclaiming a retail apocalypse or an historical brand is closing thousands of stores. The catastrophic headlines are alarming, but don’t present the full picture or the potential opportunities for these stores outside of the traditional framework of retail.
Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. was recently provided a challenge by the Arby’s Corporation, remodel a restaurant in 12 days versus a standard schedule of 4 weeks.
We were approached by a potential client regarding a design-build project in an industry in which we had no experience building facilities. The project was a fast track conversion of an existing industrial building into 25,000 square feet of office space and 30,000 square feet of research and development laboratory.
The project was to be done in two phases. The first being the office renovation and the second phase addressed the challenging their Research & Development lab.
The construction delivery method was Design Build with shared savings. We met on many occasions with the clients engineers to develop a plan of action and construction budgets. We learned quickly that the client did not just want function – they wanted a showpiece for both phases of the project. We selected a design team that was a good fit and met on two occasions with the potential client.
Value Engineering and a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contract provided exceptional value to our client Brookdale throughout the project we just completed for them in Williamsburg, VA. It’s an approach that has allowed us to build repeatedly for Brookdale and in the senior living segment.