CCR Issue 9

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Hospitality in Commercial Construction

heart. Some are creating spaces that hyper-localize the experience in, and echo the character of, a city. For example, we recently completed a hotel project for which we brought in over 50 local creative partners and artists to contribute to the concept, art, furniture and finishes. Our goal was to make sure every finish and decor piece spoke to the city’s environment, culture and history, so visitors

and locals alike could make a personal connection. People appreciate that spirit of community in a time of so much instability. Just as the pandemic has changed our personal lives in many ways, it has also affected how many industries, including hospitality, are operating. We believe many of these recent, pandemic-related trends in operations, construction and design will endure. Thankfully, both industries

are rebounding: The restaurant industry is on track for double-digit growth by the end of 2021, per the National Restaurant Association’s report, and the hotel industry is slated to see 200,000 jobs return in the coming year, according to AHLA’s report. We believe this is partly because restaurants and hotels have become more equipped to keep their customers safe, comfortable and well-fed.

Glynn Dowdle is a principal at Dowdle Construction Group, and Nick Dryden is a principal at Dryden Architecture + Design. The duo have worked together on many hospitality projects throughout Nashville, including Martin’s BBQ downtown, 404 Kitchen, Upbeet, Dogwood Saloon, and Olive and Sinclair.