Commercial Construction Predictions and Trends for 2013

Commercial Construction

Michigan Avenue in Chicago is seeing a mix of high-end retailers and value retailers, a trend that will continue in 2013 in markets across the country. This year, I wanted to use a micro example to highlight macro retail and restaurant construction trends.

Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

Commercial Construction

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10 th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. Let’s Talk About Commercial Construction Tech.

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Flagship Store Retail Construction: 3 Reasons Brands Still Build in a Flagship Location

Commercial Construction

With our firm’s long track record in retail construction, we’ve witnessed firsthand the ebb and flow of activity across this sector over the years. It’s true the retail mix among flagship stores in prime locations is changing.

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Opportunities Abound with International Retailers…for the Right Contractor

Commercial Construction

International retailers are eyeing the U.S. Englewood Construction has done work for numerous international retailers in the last few years, including Marcello’s Delicatessen, a Canadian-based fast-casual dining option. International retailers have been venturing into the U.S.

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From Clicks to Bricks: Retail Construction Tips as Online Retailers Move to the Mall

Commercial Construction

Online retailers opening their first physical stores need to be as well-versed in a shopping center’s holy trinity as proven and successful bricks-and-mortar retailers already are. For retailers, it’s especially important to stay relevant as trends come and go.

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2015 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

It has been another whirlwind year at Englewood Construction and we are happy to report that our predicted 2014 commercial construction trends came true, which has meant a lot of new projects on our end. When more retailers are packed together, some can get lost in the shuffle.

Commercial Hotspots Thrive In Cape Coral

Business Facilities

The city with the second largest land mass—and one of the fastest growing populations—in Florida offers plenty of opportunities for commercial development. Read: Commercial Hotspots Thrive In Cape Coral at

4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

Commercial Construction

As we flip the calendar over to 2018 this month, it’s a great time to share some of the commercial construction trends we predict will shape our work in the year ahead. #1: Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers!

Retail Flagship Store Construction Projects: Challenges and Considerations

Commercial Construction

Flagship retail stores in busy urban shopping districts, such as this Zara location Englewood built out on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, present their own unique set of construction considerations.

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Prepping For Reentry: 8 Facility Maintenance Steps For Reopening Commercial Properties

Commercial Construction

According to Englewood Construction, prepping commercial facilities to reopen should include reviewing mechanical systems and rescheduling missed preventative maintenance appointments (*photo taken pre-pandemic).

Commercial Construction Tips on Dividing a Retail Box into a Multi-Tenant Space

Commercial Construction

As a shopping center landlord or retail developer, you might find yourself with a big empty retail space you need fill – especially if you had Borders or Circuit City as a tenant. became a multi-tenant commercial construction job…. What was once an Ethan Allen store in Wheaton….

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American Girl’s New York City Flagship Store: An Englewood Construction Retail Showcase

Commercial Construction

At Englewood Construction, we’re proud to say we’ve already been “on tour” with American Girl for the last 10 years, working with the popular retail brand to build, remodel and maintain American Girl Place stores across the country.

Viva Las Vegas: CRE and Retail Construction Insights and Trends from ICSC RECon

Commercial Construction

Earlier this month, the Englewood team headed to Las Vegas for RECon , the global retail real estate convention hosted annually by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Big Discussion Around Repositioning Vacant Retail Space.

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Commercial Construction Project Management: Managing What You Don’t Control

Commercial Construction

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a control freak, but as a national general contractor, it’s part of the job description to be the one calling the shots and telling everyone what to do on a complex commercial construction project.

4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019

Commercial Construction

Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and the construction landscape overall – in the year ahead: Senior Housing Communities Woo Workers with Facility Updates. Developers Think Outside the Big Box to Fill Retail Vacancies. Retail news got pretty negative in 2018, with major brands such as Sears and Toys R Us shuttering and leaving behind vacant stores across the country.

2012 Commercial Construction News Review…The Year that Was

Commercial Construction

As we welcome in the New Year, it’s customary for us to look back at what the previous year meant to Englewood Construction and the commercial construction industry as a whole. Prior to 2012, it was almost impossible to find national commercial contractors that were expanding staff.

2014 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

We are coming into the final stretch of 2013, a year that has been rather good for the commercial construction industry. This year, I thought I’d take a look at our lengthy, active bid sheet in making 2014 commercial construction industry trends and predictions in the coming year.

Looking Back at Commercial Construction 2014 – The Year that Was

Commercial Construction

While it was a good year for commercial general construction, it was by no means a record setting year. These are the three most important commercial construction trends I will take from the commercial construction industry in 2014.

Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Rounding the corner into the final weeks of 2016, it’s time for our annual post predicting the commercial construction trends that will influence the industry in the coming year.

New Ideas for Old Shopping Malls: 3 Ways Retail Developers are Remixing the Shopping Center Experience

Commercial Construction

Coming out of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon convention in Las Vegas last month, there’s been a lot of conversation in the media around the future of retail development.

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Commercial General Construction 2014 Highs and Lows

Commercial Construction

As we close out another year, we wanted to take a look back at the commercial construction trends that defined 2014 and highlight some of the highs and lows. Nothing gets a national commercial contractor more excited than moving dirt. Low – Retail takes a step back.

Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018

Commercial Construction

After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business – including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole – as we prepare for the opportunities and challenges the New Year is likely to bring. High: Remixing Retail. A strong pipeline of senior living construction was a “high” of 2018.

How to Win the Olympics of International Retail Construction

Commercial Construction

While most of us will accept delayed Olympic news due to the time zone difference, the same isn’t true when working with international brands and new retail construction. Because of the influx of international shoppers to the city, you can expect a rise in international retailers in Chicago.

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Commercial Construction Trends: The Highs and Lows of 2016

Commercial Construction

With December here, it’s time for our annual post reviewing some of the positives – as well as a few of the challenges – that shaped the commercial construction business in the past year. High: Big Opportunities in Big Box Retail.

Retail Construction: Successful Steps in Grocery Store Redevelopment

Commercial Construction

In the depths of a historically cold Midwestern winter, one market has remained particularly hot for Chicago commercial general contractors—grocery store construction. Parking is important with almost any retail construction project, but with grocery, it is even more important.

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3 Reasons to Reach Out to Your General Contractor During the Commercial Construction Process

Commercial Construction

For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward. Here are three examples of when you should reach out to your commercial construction general contractor.

Englewood Commercial Construction News: Two of the Best Words in Business…We’re Hiring

Commercial Construction

As commercial construction news reports say business continues to pick up, we are happy to see some new faces around the office at Englewood Construction. That’s right; we are adding staff to our national commercial general contracting firm in what has been a very robust period of activity.

Shopping Center Development Strategies: How to Win Against Online Retail

Commercial Construction

The rise of on-line shopping has been a boon to retailers, but if we are honest, it has been detrimental to commercial general construction, with the closing of many brick and mortar retail stores. Sometimes, it’s not enough to add new retail concepts.

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2010 Commercial Construction Trends Update: Work for Niche Retail Stores

Commercial Construction

At the end of 2009, I wrote a blog post called “Commercial Construction Trends to Watch in 2010.” With four months under our belt, I think the time is right to revisit one of the trends I mentioned called “Back on Track” and its relevance to the retail construction industry.

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Commercial Construction Trends: Why More Clients Are Choosing the Design-Assist Model

Commercial Construction

Working with a client on a design-assist or design-build basis, as Englewood Construction is with the reimagining of Stratford Square Mall, allows the commercial contractor to provide valuable input during the initial planning stages.

Commercial Construction Real Estate Trends from ICSC 2014

Commercial Construction

If you are a player in the retail world, odds are you spent a few days in Las Vegas last month at ICSC’s “ Global Retail Real Estate Convention ” (RECON). It’s always an exciting event for the retail real estate industry.

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Five Predictions for Commercial Construction Trends in 2011

Commercial Construction

Fast-casual restaurants like Noodles & Company should be a bright spot for commercial construction in 2011. It’s that time of year again, when I dust off the crystal ball to predict commercial construction trends for the following year.

The Most Successful 2013 Commercial Construction Trends

Commercial Construction

With 2013 behind us, we wanted to look back at the year that was in the commercial construction industry. Some of the 2013 commercial construction trends we predicted came to pass, some were more significant than we originally thought they would be and others emerged that caught our attention.

Customer Relationship Management: Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, “bricks and sticks” industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. At first glance, Casey’s resume is a bit unorthodox for a commercial construction company.

Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

Commercial Construction

Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process. Commercial Construction Best Practices Commercial Construction Costs Commercial construction budget

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Retail Construction Trends: Shopping Center Construction Enters Renaissance with Renovation Work

Commercial Construction

It’s taken some time, but shopping mall commercial construction activity is back in a big way, as owners and operators have initiated only what can be described as a renovation renaissance. Of course, all of this commercial construction activity has been a boon to the industry.

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ICSC (RECon) Executive Summary: Four Commercial Construction Trends

Commercial Construction

The tone of the attendees at ICSC’s “Global Retail Real Estate Convention” (RECon) in Las Vegas last month was as positive and energizing as it was in the commercial construction boom years before 2008. Retailers are starting to feel more confident and expansions are on the horizon.

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Commercial Construction Trends: Highs and Lows of 2017

Commercial Construction

As we close in on the final days of 2017, it’s time once again for our annual commercial construction blog post reflecting back on the positives – and the negatives – that have impacted our business and the industry as a whole over the last 12 months.

Chicago Retail Construction News and Trends – 2011 Updates

Commercial Construction

Now that spring is officially here, I wanted to reflect on the Chicago retail construction trends and news we’ve seen so far in 2011. The first round of hhgregg stores in Chicago had eight commercial contractor bids per job, while the second wave of stores is averaging 11 bids per site.

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2015 Commercial Construction Industry Highs and Lows

Commercial Construction

Writing our annual “Highs and Lows” commercial construction blog post was a bit more difficult this year because, on the whole, 2015 was pretty great for Englewood Construction and many others in the construction industry. Low – Retail’s Continued Slump.