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TWA Hotel rendering MCR Development copyMCR Development takes inspiration from the golden age of aviation as it converts the JFK Airport’s TWA Flight Center into a modern hotel.

By Tim O’Connor

When the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York opened in 1962 it was a modern and forward-thinking design. With its Jetsons-style Googie architecture and sunken lounge, the Eero Saarinen-designed building became an icon of mid-century aviation and was eventually granted landmark designation by the city and state. So there was a sense of loss when the terminal closed in 2001 following the end of Trans World Airlines.

A portion of the flight center was used to expand JetBlue’s terminal at the airport, but the signature gull-wing building remained unoccupied for years as local officials tried to find a new use that would honor the structure’s history. In 2015, MCR Development announced it would convert the TWA Flight Center into a lobby and retail space for a new hotel that would rise between the historic building and JetBlue terminal.

The TWA Hotel will embrace the flight center’s style to invoke the golden days of aviation, when flying was still an event and passengers had a sense of wonder about the whole experience. “When people talk about this building and reference this building you can see people’s eyes light up,” says Jason Garone, vice president of construction for MCR. “It’s an architectural marvel.”

Sprung Construction picSprung Construction’s latest project draws inspiration from historic buildings in Denver.
By Alan Dorich

When Sprung Construction takes on a project, it takes a unique collaborative approach to building it. “We like to get all parties involved together early on in the design process, and come up with solutions that work for design, construction and performance of the building,” Senior Project Manager Jordan Dame says. “We challenge the initial concept and attempt to come up with the best solutions possible.”

The company has brought this philosophy to The Ramble Hotel for Gravitas Development Group, which specializes in urban infill projects within Denver. “We have a great working relationship with Gravitas, and have built and maintain the majority of their projects,” he says, noting that the two firms office out of a mixed use project made from 29 stacked shipping containers directly across the street from the Hotel site. Gravitas Development owns the container project and Sprung Construction built it.

When finished, The Ramble Hotel will be a 50-room boutique hotel in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood. “It’s a very exciting location in Denver right now,” Dame says, noting that the area is seeing a substantial amount of development.

HemmingwayHemingway Development’s Link59 project fills several needs for Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor of Midtown.

By Tim O’Connor

For decades, Cleveland had two urban cores: downtown and University Circle, a neighborhood that’s home to several museums, hospitals, cultural institutions and university hospitals. In the 2000s, the city began to think hard about how to connect those cores to drive economic development, culminating with the Euclid Corridor project, which included the installation of a bus rapid transit line and $197 million worth of renovations.

Ridgemont pic copyRidgemont Commercial Construction holds architects, subcontractors, clients and itself to high standards.

By Tim O’Connor

The moment Ridgemont Commercial Construction sets foot on the project site it takes control of the entire process. The company collaborates with the architect and owner to design the building and develop the construction plan, but once the actual work begins  Ridgemont’s takes the lead. It’s how Ridgemont ensures that decisions are made quickly and project issues are taken care of immediately so that the entire process runs smoothly.

“Our brand promise for Ridgemont is complete client confidence,” Vice President Joey Johnson says. “In order to provide that, we need an appropriate level of interaction with the client and the design consultants. What we want at the end of every job is to feel like we’re their in-house contractor.”

Hourigan pic copyHourigan|Clayco aims to deliver its latest project on time with the help of its partners and innovative technologies.
By Bianca Herron

After more than two decades in the industry, Hourigan Construction has earned a reputation for managing complex projects and delivering them to the highest standards. The key to the Richmond, Va.-based company’s success is its commitment to investing in its people, processes and the technology required to build smart – not only for today, but also the future.

Hourigan Construction’s latest project, 600 Canal Place, is no exception. The company has teamed up with Chicago based Clayco to provide design/build services for Dominion Energy’s new office tower in downtown Richmond.

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