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


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


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


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 […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Create More Value in Commercial Development Projects

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Every developer or owner wants to maximize the value of their commercial development projects. As a general contractor that prioritizes honest and intentional business practices, we approach our work by putting ourselves in the other person’s shoes. We’ve been in the game long enough to recognize the pitfalls that can decrease the value of a […]

3 Keys to a Successful Relationship Between Owners and Contractors

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Relationships have always been an important part of the commercial construction business. At Crain, we often describe the relational foundation for a project as a three-legged stool that is supported by an equal commitment between the project owner, architect, and general contractor. The best way to guarantee a successful project is to be sure all […]

How to Forge Your Career Path in Commercial Construction

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October is Careers in Construction Month, which was founded by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) as a way to increase public awareness of construction careers and inspire the next generation of craft professionals. At Crain, we strive to be the best construction company our employees will ever work for. We make […]

Client Spotlight: Specialty Dental Brands

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Innovative Build-Out Headquarters for Nashville-Based Dental Company Specialty Dental Brands, a dental support organization, has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Founded in Nashville, Specialty Dental Brands (SDB) has grown from supporting 13 dental offices in 2020 to more than 220 locations in just over 2 years. Their team has also grown to more than […]

3 Keys to a Successful Relationship Between Architects and Contractors

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned after nearly 90 years of construction experience, it’s that relationships matter. This is especially true of the relationship between an architect and a general contractor.  A positive relationship between architect and contractor can help the construction project flow smoothly from start to finish. When contractors and architects work collaboratively […]

Client Spotlight: D1 Training Facility – Spring Hill

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When Gary Fischer became passionate about training and coaching, he was excited to share that passion with his community. He knew the D1 program would be the perfect addition to Spring Hill, Tennessee, as he believed in its training philosophy. The D1 training program, backed by sports science, focuses on the body as a unit […]