Commercial

A newly reopened office building in Towson, Md., is already a hit with tenants. All but two floors of the Towson City Center were leased to commercial tenants before the building’s formal completion in June, according to developers and owners Caves Valley Partners (CVP).

North Point Hospitality Group is developing Atlanta’s first dual-branded hotel and has called on the Atlanta division of WG Yates Construction as the general contractor. Yates broke ground on the $44 million project in August 2011 and recently topped out in late May, placing the final beam on the highest exterior structure. The contractor is slated to complete the job in November 2012, a month earlier than scheduled.

Stadium developments are some of the most challenging projects to work on. They can take years to come to fruition and often entail unique and innovative construction materials and design techniques. After many stops and starts, the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers have finally begun construction on a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and a Turner-Devcon joint venture is hard at work to ensure it is ready for football by 2014.

For Erland Construction, easier doesn’t necessarily mean better. “We perform a lot of projects that are logistically challenging or involve a tight schedule,” explains Eric Greene, western region vice president for the Burlington, Mass.-based construction management firm. “We gravitate toward more difficult projects that showcase our staff’s abilities and allow us to provide value to our clients.”

It’s the first major private office development to come to Halifax, Nova Scotia’s downtown district in 20 years, so why wouldn’t it be a showstopper? The Waterside Centre, which will be renamed the RBC Waterside Centre once its anchor tenant the Royal Bank of Canada moves in, is a nearly 100,000-square-foot, nine-story Class-A office building set to open by late 2013 or early 2014.

To create the perfect ballpark, builders and designers not only have to consider the needs of athletes, but also the fans who pay to watch them play. The new Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, Texas, does exactly that, Mark Schuster says. “Our job as the owner of the club is to really make people smile and have a good time,” he states.

A busy hotel isn’t the most hospitable place for a construction site, but the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa has been just that for the past year. The hotel and casino, however, has kept construction quarantined for the safety of its employees and customers and is close to completing a 55,000-square-foot expansion that, when open, will be the exact opposite of what it was during construction – a welcomed convenience.

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