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June 2013 Newsletter

//June 2013 Newsletter

June 2013 Newsletter

Ed Taylor completes renovation of The Historic Birchwood Hotel

Ed Taylor recently completed its work on The Historic Birchwood Hotel, rebuilding a historic and popular local attraction in downtown St. Petersburg on vibrant Beach Drive. The historic 1920s structure now houses a boutique hotel, upscale restaurant, event space, and a rooftop bar.

Like many historic preservations, The Birchwood project was not without surprises. As one example, in maintaining the original perimeter walls, engineers encountered a potential stability issue. So Ed Taylor built support structures with steel poles running through the walls of the existing building. During the process, the company discovered human hair in the stucco (a practice from the 1920s, added for elasticity).

The building was restored to a style that honors the past, but with modern styles and amenities throughout. For example, a decorative panel in the restaurant features glass doorknobs from the original building, while the hallways to the 18 hotel rooms include small secondary doors that were once used to deliver milk and other essentials when the building was an apartment house in the 1920s.

“Ed Taylor embraces accountability, coordinates the various teams effectively, and is both proactive and responsive in their client service,” said Birchwood Hotel owner Chuck Prather.

Commercial construction in the area is gaining some momentum

As the Tampa Bay area economy improves, you may have noticed that commercial construction is gaining some momentum. It’s a good time to build, since labor costs remain flat and contractors continue to offer competitive bids.

In our business, we are seeing an uptick in construction of grocery stores and bank branches, while we are also seeing more companies looking to build to accommodate their growth.

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times quoting Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, discussed the state of commercial construction in the Tampa Bay area. Click here to read the article.

Commercial construction in the area is gaining some momentum

As the Tampa Bay area economy improves, you may have noticed that commercial construction is gaining some momentum. It’s a good time to build, since labor costs remain flat and contractors continue to offer competitive bids.

In our business, we are seeing an uptick in construction of grocery stores and bank branches, while we are also seeing more companies looking to build to accommodate their growth.

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times quoting Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, discussed the state of commercial construction in the Tampa Bay area. Click here to read the article.

Q & A: Mark Weaver

Q: With the economy improving, are commercial construction costs starting to rise?

A: We are seeing costs for labor staying relatively flat, but there are definitely some rising costs in materials, particularly materials that are petroleum-based, or require shipping, due to the higher cost of gas.

For some materials, such as metal studs and door-frames, we have seen prices increase as much as 5 to 10 percent over the past year.

When customers ask us about these increases, we recommend that they release us to order materials quickly, so that we can lock in prices to ensure the lowest possible cost for each project.

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