Author: Nancy Dekalb

ALPHARETTA, GA. — Soil issues, delayed materials and COVID-19 challenged Crain Construction while teaming with Chartwell Hospitality LLC to build a new Hilton Hotel in Georgia’s Fulton County. Extreme planning and flexibility kept the project moving forward. With some modifications, the 249-room, eight-story hotel is based on the full-service prototype Hilton Hotel the team built a couple years ago in Franklin, Tenn. The team — Chartwell Hospitality, Rabun Architects, The W Group interior design, Crain Construction...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Commercial construction development and design veteran Lora Markem has joined Crain Construction Inc. as a project engineer. A Dickson County native, Markem has 26 years of experience in construction project management and design development in Middle Tennessee. She holds a degree in architectural engineering technology from Nashville State Technical Institute (now known as Nashville State Community College). “Lora knows what it takes to get a project from conception to closeout,” said Michael Rankin, president/CEO...

GALLATIN, Tenn. — Crain Construction is the general contractor for a new 48,387-square-foot Publix grocery store in the Windsong retail development at the northeast corner of State Route 109 and South Water Avenue in Gallatin. Publix will be the lead anchor tenant of the center, which will offer shopping, dining options and services to meet the needs of Gallatin and Sumner County residents. “We’re honored to have a repeat client like Publix and help expand its footprint...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter has recognized Crain Construction with a 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for its Turnip Truck West project. Crain Construction renovated a 1940s structure on Charlotte Avenue and repurposed it for a new Turnip Truck natural foods grocery store to serve a growing West Nashville population. Manuel Zeitlin Architects designed the building renovation. “We overcame numerous challenges while repurposing the building so having the project recognized for excellence...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Crain Construction is starting the build out for a D1 athletic-based training facility at the Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End hotel, currently under construction by the general contractor. The 3,910-square-foot future home of D1 Training West Nashville is on the main level on the northeast side of the hotel, which anchors the entrance to oneC1TY near Charlotte Avenue on the 28th/31st Avenue Connector. It will be the first D1 Training center in Davidson County. D1 Training...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Crain Construction, Smith Gee Studio and ORI teamed to create a temporary public park in Germantown as part of the Civic Design Center’s annual PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 18. PARK(ing) Day explores ways parking spaces can be transformed into creative public space and calls attention to the need for more parks and open urban space. This year participants spread throughout the city and partnered with local businesses to create auxiliary outdoor seating for restaurants...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Crain Construction volunteers turned their focus from commercial construction to a kitchen renovation so a Nashville homeowner can finally cook her favorite meals safely and independently. The weekend project is part of Crain Construction’s community give-back commitment and an ongoing tradition of teaming with Rebuilding Together Nashville to make critical home repairs for seniors and low-income homeowners so they can remain in their neighborhoods and age in place. Homeowners like Shanae. A longtime Nashvillian,...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Crain Construction Inc. is excavating, pouring concrete and extending a tunnel to help Feintool Inc. prepare for a new arrival this fall. Feintool, an international company that offers fineblanking and precision products for clients in the auto industry and others, is preparing for the arrival of a new 880-ton press for its manufacturing plant in south Nashville. The new, updated press will allow more flexibility and efficient manufacturing. To accommodate the new machinery, Crain...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Michael Rankin, Crain Construction president/CEO, recently participated in a panel discussion about the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the construction industry. Following are some takeaways from this discussion. What permanent changes might the industry see after COVID-19? There will be a renewed emphasis on safety and employee health. Jobsites will be cleaner and safer. Virtual meetings and inspections will be the norm. Project schedules will extend due to loss of productivity and staggering...

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Crain Construction is renovating Lexus of Cool Springs, an auto dealership the general contractor built from the ground up 22 years ago. During the 30-year relationship, Crain Construction has worked on multiple projects for Performance Automotive. The most recent project for the repeat client was a new 50,000-square-foot Rivergate Toyota completed late 2017. Crain Construction also built Lexus of Nashville in Metro Center in 2013. Designed by H. Michael Hindman Architects, P.C., the renovation...