Our Effective Framework for Commercial Construction Communication

Every commercial construction project consists of many different elements. These include different roles, tasks, meetings, details, and decisions throughout the course of the project. Clear and effective communication is key to ensuring all of these factors work together smoothly. On the flip side, poor communication is one of the prevailing issues that can derail a […]

7 Issues that Can Derail a Commercial Construction Project

A commercial construction project functions like an ecosystem. There are hundreds of individual components, individuals, and decisions that can affect each part of the process. If something goes awry, such as long lead times or unexpected delays, the overall timeline can be impacted. While project delays can stem from a wide variety of root causes, […]

Spotlight: An Interview with JR Howell, Senior Superintendent at Crain Construction

JR Howell was born and raised just 40 minutes from downtown Nashville, but his neighborhood wasn’t packed with houses. In fact, to this day, it remains a peaceful oasis resting on 5,000 acres. JR had the unique experience of growing up inside Montgomery Bell State Park, a vacation destination for thousands of people. His dad […]

5 Timeless Construction Principles We’ve Used Over the Past 90 Years

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2023 is an exciting year for our team at Crain as we celebrate our 90th year as a commercial construction firm in Nashville. Over the decades, the Crain name has been known for a commitment to quality, integrity, and doing business in a way that puts relationships first. While our focus has shifted from building […]

Crain’s Commitment to the Next Generation of Construction Talent

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Labor shortages and the need for training the next generation of construction talent are well-known issues across our industry. According to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), the United States had 430,000 open construction jobs in 2021. At the same time, a survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) […]

Nashville Commercial Construction Trends & Insights for 2023

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As a construction company entering our tenth decade in Nashville, we’ve seen our city change significantly over the years. While we take pride in knowing Nashville and staying ahead of trends within the construction industry, we don’t have a crystal ball that can anticipate all the factors that will impact our city. Given the unpredictable […]

Executive Spotlight: An Interview with Jim Pedigo, CFO at Crain Construction

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As the CFO of Crain Construction, Jim Pedigo was initially hired in 1985 by Lewis Rankin, former CEO of Crain Construction, to replace Crain’s bookkeeper at the time. Taking the position at Crain is a decision that Jim looks back on as one of the best he’s ever made.  “Crain is a great place to […]

9 Memorable Projects and Moments from 2022

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2022 was a memorable and momentous year for our team at Crain Construction. While there have been noteworthy milestones in our company’s history, we can honestly say that this year has been one of the best.  As we look toward 2023 and our 90th anniversary, we are excited about the opportunities and potential for our […]

The Top 10 Crain Construction Articles & Insights from 2022

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2022 marked our 89th year as a commercial contractor in Nashville. We’re proud of our roots here, and we also recognize the exciting opportunities created by Nashville’s growth in recent years. The need for quality craftsmanship, relationships built around honesty and integrity, and a commitment to serve have never been more important in our industry.  […]

5 Pre-Construction Questions to Maximize the Success of Your Next Project

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Every owner and developer wants their construction project to go as smoothly as possible. But to have a successful construction process, steps must be taken before construction begins. At Crain, part of our role is to help set a project up for success before the first shovel ever hits the ground. Pre-construction plays a valuable […]