There has been a steady growth of nightclubs all over the country in the past five years. Building organizations have taken notice of these nightclub’s structural and architectural integrity. Design magazines are starting to feature nightclubs and award-giving bodies are recognizing these establishments for their architecture.
Given this trend, many contractors are extending their hospitality services to nightclubs and bars. This list contains the best contractors who construct nightclubs all around the country. Some of these contractors have worked with the industry’s best architects to create state-of-the-art nightclubs. There are also a few that are capable of designing and constructing nightclub projects.
Portfolio, awards, and experience were taken into consideration when this article was ranked. Though many of these firms do not specialize in nightclubs, they are all adept builders, and many do specialize in hospitality projects. So if you are considering building, or just simply remodeling a nightclub, the contractors on this list are more than qualified for the job.
18) DLD Consulting and Construction
216 S Citrus St. Suite #210, West Covina, CA 91791
Since 1989, DLD Consulting and Construction has specialized in creating luxury nightclubs and restaurants in California. With a knack for accurately visualizing ideas, Pete Davis established the firm as a creative outlet. Through this, he has designed and built numerous stunning residential and commercial spaces. This creative talent is sought after by big names in the hospitality industry, such as the SBE Entertainment Group.
SBE worked with DLD to build The Colony, an upscale dance club with indoor and outdoor spaces that bring the Hamptons to Hollywood. The 13,000-square-foot club features boardwalk flooring and coastal elements complemented by pastel colors. DLD constructed a unique club that brings a bohemian flair to the vibrant nightclub scene.
17) Colasanti Construction Group
407 E Fort St. Suite #104, Detroit, MI 48226
Michigan-based Colasanti Construction Group was originally a concrete flooring contractor, founded in the 1920s by immigrant Rocca Colasanti. Colasanti’s son, Angelo, joined the firm in 1953, and together they expanded its services from installing foundations to providing commercial construction services. Since then, the firm has worked on hospitality, healthcare, education, and historical projects in 25 states. One of its most notable accolades is an excellence award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Z Park in Detroit.
In addition to commercial projects, the firm has built stunning nightclubs in Florida. These include the Ultra Lounge and the LIV Nightclub, which are contemporary nightclubs located in the lively streets of Miami. The LIV Nightclub is a 30,000-square-foot project featuring a luxe dance floor and a curved staircase that serves as the focal point of the vibrant club.
16) Winters-Schram Associates
11845 W Olympic Blvd. Suite #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90065
California-based firm Winters-Schram Associates is known for developing residential and commercial projects in collaboration with some of the finest architects in the country. Founders Pete Winters and Jim Schram have 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and they have proven that a collaborative hands-on approach produces innovative results.
A remarkable outcome of this building approach is The Conga Room, a Latin nightclub owned by renowned artists Jennifer Lopez and Will.i.am (William Adams). Made in partnership with Belzberg Architects, the modern nightclub is a 14,000-square-foot venue with a restaurant, three distinct bars, and a VIP lounge. The Conga Room’s dance floor features a floral ceiling embellished with bright colorful lights, which bring out a lively Latin flair.
15) LGE Design Build
740 N 52nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85008
With over one thousand projects in its portfolio, LGE Design Build is one of the Southwest’s most experienced commercial general contractors. Given the firm’s extensive number of clients, CEO David Sellers decided to create an architectural arm that helped effectively streamline the construction process. Clients looking for a more creative approach rely on LGE Design Group for its architecturally-driven buildings with efficient structural integrity. The firm’s best projects are those in the entertainment and restaurant sectors, with one even winning the best Industrial and Restaurant Project award from AZ Big Media.
One of the firm’s most creative projects is the Maya Day and Nightclub. During the day, Maya is an outdoor Vegas pool party venue complete with beach cabanas and palm trees. By nightfall, the outdoor pool transforms into a DJ haven. The courtyard is illuminated with bright neon lights, which convert the tropical hang-out into a lively techno dance floor.
14) PWI Construction
3903 W Martin Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89118
Jeff Price established PWI Construction in 1985 to accommodate Arizona’s commercial construction needs. Today, the company has expanded its services and maintains branches in Phoenix, Austin, and Miami. PWI has worked for some of the most acclaimed hospitality brands, such as the Ritz Carlton, Marriott International, Mandarin Oriental, and TAO Restaurant Group.
The firm’s retail and hospitality projects can be found all over the country, but its most notable projects are found in Nevada, for which PWI received a Business Excellence Award from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with TAO Restaurant Group, the firm constructed Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub, an electronic dance club featuring some of the world’s best DJs and celebrities. The 6000-square-foot club is lit up by a 40-foot LED wall and a caged disco ball. The club also has a secret “Library Room” reminiscent of a vintage study room with classic leather furnishing and books handpicked by the Strand Bookstore in New York.
13) MOD Construction
917 W Washington Blvd. Suite #275, Chicago, IL 60607
One of Chicago’s leading residential and commercial contractors, MOD Construction has worked with some of the industry’s best Fortune 500 companies, including the Waldorf Astoria and Audemars Piguet. The firm specializes in commercial services for clients in the hospitality industry, creating some of the most exciting spaces in Chicago. Its projects generally exude luxury and modern amenities, and its designs have graced the pages of Modern Luxury Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and DNAinfo Chicago. The firm was also given a 2014 Interior Architecture award from the AIA.
The Board Room is one of Chicago’s hottest spots, and MOD Construction made sure it’s a hip and lavish space. The nightclub has a classic wooden finish, which provides a sophisticated elegance to the upbeat surroundings. To spice things up, glass cages and wooden pillars are situated in every corner for the dancers.
12) Built, Inc.
9105 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Designer John Sofio has been designing residential projects since 1995, but when he designed Magnolia Restaurant Hollywood in 2003, it became a defining moment in his career. Sofio then decided to realign his firm’s services to serve more clients in the hospitality industry. Built, Inc. has four divisions catering to clients in every sector of the commercial industry. Interior and brand design for hospitality clients are all handled by Built Hospitality Design Group, while its construction services are executed by Built Design Build Company. These two divisions have become successful in leading Build, Inc. to become one of the most distinguished commercial builders in California.
The Huffington Post and The Hedonist have both credited Sofio as one of the designers that have shaped LA’s modern nightlife scene. He and his team have created the hottest nightclub and bars in LA, including Poppy, The Beverly Nightclub, and Ravine.
11) Shike Design
3222 Tejon St., Unit B, Denver, CO 80211
Shike Design is one of Colorado’s go-to firms for commercial engineering, architecture, development, and construction solutions. Dave Shike’s background in design and sculpture heavily influenced his firm’s style; his knowledge of international trends and cohesive design plans are implemented in every project. Shike has picked up these trends from his styling experience and participation in the 2004 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. With almost 20 years of industry experience, the firm’s restaurant and hostel projects have been featured by Eater, Thrillist magazine, Dwell magazine, and 303 magazine.
In addition to its hospitality projects, Shike Design has showcased its creativity through its standout nightclub projects in Colorado. The Rise Nightclub is the local hotspot for Denver’s dancing scene. Among the bar’s signature designs are the industrial curved lines that flow continuously from the bar area to the ceiling.
10) Ronnisch Construction Group
4327 Delemere Ct., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Ronnisch Construction Group is the product of Bernie Ronnisch’s 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Ronnisch and his team have redefined the building experience by providing a simplified process that develops wide-scale projects with detailed interiors. The firm’s projects have been recognized by distinguished organizations and public sectors for these beautiful structures have brought convenience to the community. Its awards include an AIA Honor Award and a 2015 Oakland County Special Award of Recognition for Business Beautification.
One of the firm’s most remarkable projects is The Morrie, a restaurant-slash-nightclub. During the day, The Morrie is a simple restaurant with a clean, industrial theme perfect for a casual dining experience. At night, it transforms into a rock and roll nightclub with a distinct grunge vibe.
9) Spectrum General Contractor
5135 E 38th Ave., Denver, CO 80207
Spectrum General Contractor has been in business for over 40 years. The firm was established as a small business in the founders’ garage. Today, it is known in Colorado for having unique wide-scale services, like historical restoration, adaptive reuse, and commercial construction. Its portfolio features a wide range of projects, from government institutions to hospitality buildings, many of which have earned accolades from the Colorado Preservation Awards and the Mayor’s Design Awards.
The firm delivers a variety of designs that utilize gorgeous graphics and patterns. Ophelia’s showcases both of these styles while retaining a fresh simple look. The club touts a sophisticated wooden finish and a geometric wooden catwalk. The stage is adorned with colorful pop art portraits that give the space a livelier and creative character.
8) Shear Capponi Management
228-230 5th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Founded by lifestyle developers Michael Capponi and John Gallina, Shear Capponi Management is a general contracting firm known for creating custom luxury residences and commercial projects. Both founders have received awards for constructing high-profile residences in Miami and they’ve brought their signature luxury style to the commercial market. Today, the firm offers a variety of commercial building solutions, working on museums, restaurants, and airports, among others.
Most of Shea Capponi’s works are luxe and sophisticated, but for Louis Nightclub, the firm elevated its style by incorporating stunning graphic designs. Classic paintings are blown up all over the walls and modern sculptures give a stylized edge to the posh interiors of the club.
7) Shawmut Design and Construction
3 E 54th St. 10th Fl., New York, NY 10022
New York-based Shawmut Design and Construction is one of the largest employee-owned commercial construction firms on this list. With branches in nine states, the firm has a vast portfolio that has been featured by The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Eater. The firm’s current CEO, Les Hiscoe, has worked for the company for 20 years. Shawmut has a diverse portfolio that showcases classic historical restoration projects to high-end retail establishments for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Tom Ford.
The company’s most recent hospitality projects have been some of its best. Its nightclub and bar projects show how the firm explores its creativity and style. Its portfolio is flavored with a lively mix of modern and sophisticated themes touting the firm’s versatility. The Ultra 88 Nightclub exudes a sophisticated and modern style, mixing and matching neutral and bold shapes and colors.
6) Dovetail General Contractors
1143 NW 45th St., Seattle, WA 98107
Founded in 1991, Dovetail is a custom builder that crafts fine architectural projects throughout the Puget Sound. The firm specializes in complex, architecturally significant projects, with both a woodshop and metal shop to support bespoke designs. Its architecturally-driven works have graced the pages of several books including Jim Olson’s Building, Nature, Art, and Tom Kundig’s Works. The firm has received numerous awards, including the 2019 Architizer A+Award for the Klotski Building and Trailbend Taproom, designed by Graham Baba Architects; the 2018 Historic Seattle Preservation Award for Harvard Exit, designed by SHW; as well as two distinctions from the AIA, including a 2012 Commendation Award for the Tansu House, designed by Olson Kundig and an Award of Merit for the Rock Box designed by MW Works Architecture + Design.
The Q Nightclub is Seattle’s electronica hotspot, with its state-of-the-art sound system and modern build-out transporting guests into a futuristic realm. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architecture, Dovetail constructed a club with curving organic geometries that contrast with industrial elements of concrete and steel. Radiused shapes dominate the floor of the club with a rounded bar, curvilinear couches, and oval dancing platforms. The spherical theme is completed by walls of white high-gloss paint and exposed board-formed concrete illuminated by colored lights, red upholstered furniture, and colored acrylic paneling.
15 Franklin St., Portland, ME 04101
Consigli is one of the oldest firms on this list, having been family-owned since 1905. Peter Consigli migrated to the States to establish a masonry firm, but as his company grew, the Consigli family expanded its services. The firm now has more than 350 skilled carpenters, laborers, and masons. The firm’s capabilities are sought by those in the private and public sectors, its services catering primarily to government and historic restorations and hotel and hospitality companies.
In each project, the firm pays significant attention to the urban logistics of its site. The firm’s renovation of the Aura Nightclub in Portland, Oregon, involved large-scale construction phases necessary to transform the club into a concert and events venue. The nightclub was turned into an iconic cultural hub complete with a dance floor and an open bar. This wide-scale renovation was part of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Top Ten Notable Projects.
4) Holt Construction
634 Frelinghuysen Ave., Newark, NJ 07114
After resigning as a Master Carpenter, Fred L. Holt knew that the next best move for him was to establish his own firm. In 1919, he founded Holt Construction, which has become one of Rockland’s most respected construction firms. The firm was the first company to open model homes in the United States. Its current CEO, Jack F. Holt, has helped the firm garner Fortune 500 clients and appear consistently in ENR’s Top 300 Contractors. Under Holt’s leadership, the firm has also expanded to other states such as Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
The majority of Holt Construction’s commercial projects are large establishments with multiple functions. For instance, the Scores Atlantic City is an entertainment complex featuring a nightclub, sports bar, and 21 private rooms. Its nightclub boasts of the most eye-catching design: its walls are adorned with neon LED bulbs, establishing a chill techno vibe.
3) New World Design Builders
261 Madison Ave., 25th Fl., New York, NY 10016
When Chris Kofitsas started leading New World Design Builders, his only vision was to streamline interior design and construction through a single source provider. His 20 years in the business has taught him to create an immersive building process that involves the elements of architecture, interior, furnishing, and lighting. Kofitsas’s designs are heavily influenced by textural elements such as wood, stone, and metals. This influence is translated well in the firm’s projects, with some catching the attention of many publications, such as Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Architectural Digest, Elle Magazine, and Bon Appetit.
This rustic influence is still present in its innovative nightclub projects. Boutique nightclub Brickwood has a chic bohemian interior but its Victorian furnishings are a luxurious contrast to the exposed brick walls. The wrought iron rings attached to the ceiling allow the lights to bounce off in the room, giving the nightclub a more theatrical feel.
2) Turner Construction
375 Hudson St. 6th Fl., New York, NY 10014
Turner Construction is one of North America’s largest companies, completing 1,500 projects worth over $12 billion annually. The firm has been in operation for over one hundred years, with several branches abroad. The firm gained success thanks to its creation of complex commercial projects. Turner Construction was part of the construction team of Dubai’s famous Burj Khalifa, which was built by 12,000 workers from 100 countries over six years. Additionally, the firm has been named by the Engineering News-Record as the number one green builder and by the Building Design and Construction magazine as the Top Contractor in the Country.
The firm often works on hotel constructions, with some projects featuring nightclubs. Its most famous nightclub is the Vapor Lounge in New York. Guests are welcomed by a columned canopy entrance; the club is separated by rustic stone columns. The club has a luxe look, with red carpet finishing and classic wooden furnishing.
1) McCarthy Building
2580 St. Rose Pkwy. Suite #200, Henderson, NV 89074
One hundred fifty years ago, McCarthy Building was a simple lumber business that built farmhouses and barns. Today, it is one of the most respected construction businesses in the country, having built numerous institutions that have been beneficial to the community. The firm is also one of the leading green builders in the country with green projects amounting to over $7.6 billion. It has also received many accolades for its sustainable builds, including a 2016 AIA distinction for its work on the J. Craig Venter Genome Lab and a 2018 Environmental Award of Distinction.
In addition to creating sustainable and structurally-sound projects, McCarthy Building also constructs complex hospitality projects. Luxury interiors and sophisticated exteriors are the common traits of these projects, but when it comes to its nightclubs, the firm explores its creative freedom. The award-winning Hakkasan Las Vegas is famous for its neon interiors. The ceiling and floor detail are stylized webs, complemented by luxurious leather lounges situated strategically near the dancefloor.
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