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Commercial | CONTINENTAL CONTRACTORS Doing More for Less Natural light has a strong presence in the new Marriott Dallas City Center Hotel. CONTINENTAL CONTRACTORS FOCUSES ON QUALITY FOR HOTEL RENOVATIONS. BY MARTA JIMÉNEZ-LUTTER he average life of a hotel room is between six or seven years before the brand initiates plans to renovate,” says Pete Welch, Continental Contractors’ founder and CEO. The wear and tear on the rooms, conversions, and property improvement plans combine to create a consistent need for the services provided by Continental Contractors, founded in 2003 with a focus on the hotel industry. Continental Contractors works with all the major hotel chains, from luxury to economy brands, in the continental United States. “We do everything from small, select service jobs to 1,000-room renovations,” Welch explains. “While some contractors might focus on one segment of the industry, we cover all of it.” The 2008 economic crisis and ensuing drop-off in construction work prompted Welch to divide the company into two divisions: select service and full service. Select service hotels fall typically in the budget or economy group. These are usually smaller hotels, with spacious and comfortable rooms, usually less than 200 rooms, basic guest services and no restaurant on premise. Full-service hotels are mid-range to upscale or luxury establishments, with a wide variety of amenities on site, such as restaurants, gym and spa services , valet services and luxury furnishings. “When the economy is down, select services still does OK, while the economy and full service [sectors] are pretty much non-existent,” Welch explains. “When the economy picks up, that select service piece is really good and full service also increases. By doing both, we’ve not only expanded our product base, but we’ve also expanded our client base.” « ‘T Continental Contractors renovated the bar at the Hyatt Windwatch in Hauppauge, N.Y. « Challenging Growth The past several years have been tough for the entire construction industry, but Welch says Continental Contractors began to see some signs of growth about 36 months ago. However, he cautions, “There is still a lot of compression in the market. Projects are much smaller than they were prior to ’08 so the scopes are limited. We are finding that we have to do more work to get where we need to be, because the projects are so small.” The other challenge the company faces is the increase in material costs. “The cost [of materials] continued to go up, it never stopped or went down,” Welch says. “So even though there is more work out there, the margins are much smaller.” The hotel industry is slowly reaping the benefits of the economic rebound, which is having a positive impact on Continental Contractors with more work, and a new set of demands. “Occupancy has come up,” Welch explains. “The average daily rate has been increasing, but there is a huge amount of pressure for the hotels to maximize their revenue per available room. What that means for us is that we have less time to do what we need to do, so the proj- The new restaurant at the Marriott Dallas City Center has a contemporary design. « 144 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - November/December 2012

Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

Construction Today - November/December 2012