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Innovative Ways to Navigate Rising Commercial Construction Costs

The commercial construction industry is experiencing a perfect storm of factors that have spurred rising costs. First, there was the COVID-19 pandemic and the labor challenges and shortages it created. Next, supply chain disruptions during a time of unprecedented demand increased commercial construction costs and cut profit margins worldwide. Inflation has become the most recent...

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Executive Spotlight: An Interview with Mike Gribble, Vice President, Operations at Crain Construction

We’ve all heard the question: “Do you see the glass half empty or half full?” Mike Gribble would probably say he’s just happy to have the glass. As Vice President of Operations at Crain Construction, Mike’s unique perspective serves him well in an ever-changing industry and makes him an integral part of the leadership team....

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Lessons Learned from Decades of Commercial Construction Experience in Nashville

The Nashville skyline has changed dramatically in recent years as the city has grown both commercially and residentially. When Crain Construction began as a family-owned business back in 1933, the main city post office (now home to The Frist Center) was just being completed on Broadway. Nearly 90 years later, our team at Crain Construction...

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Giving Back to Nashville: How Crain Construction Gets Involved in the Community

  Crain Construction was built on a foundation of prioritizing people over profits and community over competition. While this has obvious implications for how we work alongside clients during a construction project, it also impacts the way we serve those around us. Giving back isn’t just something we do, it’s part of who we are....

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Pre-Construction: How We Build a Solid Foundation for Projects

Construction is a complex business. There are hundreds of factors that impact whether or not your project is a success. In the past, these factors were primarily decided during the planning and design phases and given to contractors to complete. However, these plans were often designed over budget or didn’t take into account constructability factors...

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3 Ways We Create Strong, Reliable Relationships with Subcontractors

Crain Construction was built on a foundation of doing business differently. For four generations, we’ve put relationships first. That value spans every area of our business — from employees to clients. Our relationship with subcontractors is a core pillar that supports the reputation we’ve built, the projects we’ve constructed, and the trust we’ve developed with...

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4 Keys to an Effective Urban Development Construction Project

Over the past ten years, cities like Nashville have been the site of unprecedented levels of new urban development construction projects. New construction is always exciting, but it also produces new challenges for stakeholders, real estate investors, and commercial construction professionals to navigate.  At Crain, we’ve embraced this growth as an opportunity to lean in,...

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What Makes a Sustainable Construction Project?

Sustainability has become an increasingly important and popular topic in commercial construction, especially in urban development. It comes up in nearly every new project conversation we have as a general contractor. We consistently hear from owners and developers who are looking for ways to reduce waste and lessen their environmental impact.   As we collaborate with...

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