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Commercial | CRAFT CONSTRUCTION - AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT

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CRAFT CONSTRUCTION'S LOCAL EXPERIENCE HAS MADE IT A GO-TO HOTEL BUILDER. BY TIM O'CONNOR

B

arry Craft and Stephen Harden are
used to working with their hands.
The two began their careers in the
construction industry as carpenters, and as the principals of Florida's Craft
Construction they still want to touch every
part of a project, from laying the foundations to completing the finishes.
"What we market and sell to our customers is Barry's and mine involvement in
the project personally," says Harden, vice
president of field operations.
That hands-on approach makes Craft
Construction an invaluable contributor
even before construction begins. The firm
prefers to become involved during the design phase before the final plans are set so
that it can provide feedback on the budget
and functionality of the end product.
In some cases, that design input can

Cra Construction -
AC Hotel by Marrio
www.cra construction.com
* Location: Aventura, Fla.
* Employees on-site at peak: 150

"We're extremely versed in
building and what it takes to
get a building done wi quality
and peed in ou Florida."
- Steven Harden, principal and vice president
of field operations
continue even after breaking ground. Take
for example the AC Hotel by Marriott in
Aventura, Fla. The overall look and concept
of the new brand were in place, but many
details, such as the finishes, were not finalized before site work began in fall 2015.
The project needed flexibility so that it
could stay on budget while implementing
the design decisions that would occur later
in construction.

By staying in south Florida and sticking to
a modest project load, Craft Construction
can promise personal service to clients.

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To make it work, Craft Construction
received concessions from Marriott that
helped the owner finalize aspects of the
building as the AC Hotel brand standard
was still being defined. "We used our
knowledge of the local industry to give our
owner options that would maintain the
standard of the brand," Harden says.
To stay on deadline, site preparation had
to get going as those key design decisions
and permits were awaiting approval. The
project had a site plan but had not yet
received its foundation permit by September 2015, when workers started the lengthy
soil remediation process to address ground
contamination caused by years of the
property being used as a garbage depository
for surrounding developments. Crews had
to dig down to the water table and ended
up removing 7,800 cubic yards of soil before

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