CCR Issue 9

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Hospitality in Commercial Construction

and finishes. For instance, instead of traditional booths, we might put in cushioned, couch-like seating, or we’ll install more stylized chandeliers and light fixtures rather than the typical commercial fluorescents. This trend is making its way into office design, as well. We are now collaborating on these commercial projects with our residential department, and Dowdle Construction has had the chance to learn more about residential work through this intriguing trend.

Embracing local design narratives

In rapidly developing cities like Nashville, there is a lot of change happening and many outside influences coming to the market. New concepts are being imported and, in some ways, transforming the city’s fabric. The pandemic has brought a lot of confusion, and locals are increasingly wanting to hold on to “what used to be.” Designers and builders are taking that to