New World picNew World Design Builders delivers a fantasy world in Hollywood and dips its toes into the Northeast residential market.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

New World Design Builders is known for creating “Insta-worthy” environments for its clients in the hospitality industry and has begun translating that imaginative design into the high-end residential sector. “We build everything that we design,” founder and CEO Chris Kofitsas says. “We are not only the architects, but also the interior designers and general contracting company.”

Kofitsas started the New York City-based design/build firm 23 years ago. His goal was to eliminate the typical finger-pointing that plagued the construction industry, and to provide seamless integration of all aspects of design and construction. “I always thought it was unusual, even going back to when I worked in a firm in Manhattan right out of college, to have someone else build your design,” he remembers. “I realize it was the industry standard, but I just didn’t understand it and I wanted to be able to provide both seamlessly.”

Latitude Development picLatitude Development aims to deliver its client a high-quality product with its latest project.
By Bianca Herron 

Founded in 2003, Latitude Development is a partnership between Principal Dave Kessler and Kevin and Darryl Donovan, the owners of Donovan Brothers Construction. The company’s goal is to develop quality, institutional-grade projects throughout the Puget Sound region.

Whether developing property held for investment or developing for third-party companies, Latitude is committed to providing a high-quality, cost-effective product. “We’ve built the company by primarily focusing on office, industrial and retail development,” Kessler says, noting that Latitude will celebrate its 15-year anniversary this year.

“It’s been a successful partnership,” he says proudly. “The relationship between Latitude Development and Donovan Brothers Construction has been mutually beneficial.”

CBCMarriott picContinental Building Company nears completion on first-of-a-kind hotel in Ohio. 

by Kat Zeman

Expected to increase tourism and give the local economy a bump, a new full-service Renaissance Columbus Westerville Hotel is preparing to open its doors in Westerville, Ohio.

Developed by Continental Real Estate Companies in partnership with Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, construction on the $50 million project should be completed in spring. The 170,000-square-foot hotel, which broke ground in 2015, will be the first full-service hotel with a ballroom and conference rooms in Westerville.

“I think this hotel will bring a lot of weddings and conferences into the area,” says Jeremy Ayres, Continental Building Company (CBC) project executive. “Plus, there are a lot of businesses surrounding this hotel that are looking to use it for their meetings and conferences. They will be able to assemble large groups of people into a room.”

Snavely Group picSnavely Group’s Quarter project is leading redevelopment efforts in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
By Jim Harris

In the past 20 years, Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood – located just west of the city’s downtown and the Cuyahoga River – has seen a great deal of positive change. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Ohio City today is home to more than 9,000 residents and more than 250 businesses, including many of Cleveland’s trendiest restaurants.

Even amid the new development, however, the intersection of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue in Ohio City remained mostly underutilized. “This was an inactive part of the neighborhood with lots of potential,” says Zoe Adams, marketing director for developer The Snavely Group.

The Snavely Group in 2014 began an effort to transform the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection. “We are performing the largest development this neighborhood has seen since its revival,” Adams says. “We are making a big change on this corner that will lead to a lot of other redevelopment.”

CSI ConstructionCSI Construction diversifies its portfolio and strengthens its presence in western states as it marks its 40th anniversary.

By Tim O’Connor

One of the best signs that a company excels at its job is when its customers want to work with it again. By that measure, Colorado’s CSI Construction is among the tops in the industry. Ninety percent of the company’s work is for repeat clients.

“We really emphasize trying to build a team relationship with the developer or clients, letting them know they are our first priority,” Senior Project Manager Gary Kiger says.

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(Photo credit: Courtesy of Gensler)

Forney Construction is overseeing the construction of Camp Strake in Texas.
By Alan Dorich

When Camp Strake in San Jacinto County, Texas, opens in 2019, it will offer Boy Scouts summer experiences that they will always remember. “It will be a well-used camp for sure,” Thomas Franklin declares.

Franklin is the COO for the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America (SHAC), which is building Camp Strake as its flagship camp. With its location surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest, “It is a truly outdoor experience,” he says.

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Rendering credit: DIGSAU 

Yards Brewing Company maintains its commitment to Philadelphia.

Yards Brewing Company is “Philadelphia’s Brewery.” So when owners Tom Kehoe and Trevor Prichett decided it was time to expand, they chose a new location in Philadelphia’s growing Northern Liberties section, even though Yards received lucrative offers to move outside the city. In the spirit of its “Brew Unto Others” philosophy, an approach established with the firm in 1994, Yards also insisted the new brewery be neighborhood and eco-friendly and involve the Philadelphia community. Green energy resources, self-contained and closed cycle systems and repurposed materials – such as bar tops made from old bowling alley wooden lanes – all would be integrated into the design and operations.

Yards chose the former Destination Maternity building, just 10 blocks from its existing facility, as its new home - knowing it would require architectural genius to transform the stark brick veneered steel structure into the sleek industrial look Kehoe and Prichett envisioned. Philadelphia based architect DIGSAU was chosen for the task. Bohler Engineering, Chestnut Engineering and Conn Shaffer Consulting were added to the design team to provide site/civil engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, and structural engineering, respectively.

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