When you hear the word ‘cafe,’ the smell of coffee might be the first thing that comes to mind. No matter where a cafe is these spaces are almost always associated with the comforting scent of a fresh brewed pot. That scent is usually visually complemented with interiors that exude cozy warmth or chic modernity. The best cafes showcase these designs through exceptional lighting or a stunning view. They create an atmosphere of cleanliness and provide furniture that makes studying or lounging a pleasure. Cafes are where you feel at home, even if it’s your first visit.

This article presents contractors who have built and continue to build some of the most marvelous cafes in the country. Some of these contractors have created cafes featured in Architectural Digest’s list of Most Beautiful Coffee Shops in Every State, and they’ve won awards from magazines that feature news or events about coffee or anything related to coffee. Other contractors and their cafes were also featured in publications like Archinect, Bon Appetit, Engineering News-Record (ENR), Architects + Artisans, U.S. Builders Review, and American Builders Quarterly. 

In addition to these features, some of the contractors on this list carry reputable industry awards like the Associated Builders and Contractor (ABC)’s Excellence in Construction Awards, the National Safety Award, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contractor Award, and high rankings in Engineering News-Record (ENR). Some of these firms are also associated with numerous industry organizations like the Chamber of Commerce in their respective states, the AIA, ABC, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

The next time you walk into a new cafe, or your favorite old breakfast place, and you’re greeted with the rich smell of coffee, keep in mind that excellent contractors like these made that experience possible. 

 

 

Alabama

Rogers and Willard 

Website | 251-479-2675 | 451 St. Louis St., Mobile, AL 36602

Rogers and Willard was established in 1988. A 31-year-old firm, the firm is recognized as one of the Southeast’s leading builders. Although the firm has a small group of professionals, its portfolio is full of more than 50 high-value projects. This veteran group has knowledge regarding intelligent, cost-saving opportunities that do not lower standards. Currently, the firm is headed by president and founder Mike Rogers, a builder with 34 years worth of experience in the construction industry. 

The firm has been featured in publications such as Business Alabama Magazine where it was included in the list of top 25 General Contractors in the State of Alabama and Alabama Heritage Magazine. It also won several awards, including three Excellence in Construction awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), ABC’s National Safety Award, and the 2003 Contractor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Rogers and Willard has crafted several commercial, industrial, and institutional structures. But when it comes to cafes, Rogers and Willard’s best work is the Cream and Sugar Cafe. The firm has also built for major names in the restaurant industry such as Starbucks and Taco Bell. The firm is known for its involvement in community organizations. Habitat for Humanity, Historic Mobile Preservation, the Alabama Kidney Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association are just a few of the charitable operations the firm works with.


Alaska

Willodell Enterprises Inc.

Website | 907-561-6064 | 8241 Dimond Hook Dr., Unit C, Anchorage, AK 99507

One great example of the firm’s works is the Terra Bella Organic Cafe and Bakery. Though the cafe already has earth colored walls and hanging gallery lights that provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a few couches are still set before a small, cozy fireplace to complete the coffee shop’s cozy ambiance. Established in 1989, Willodell Enterprises Inc. is known as a leading firm when it comes to custom interiors, all types of light commercial projects, tenant improvements across a wide scope, and class A offices and warehouses.

The firm has also worked on high rise offices, older building renovations, energy-efficient upgrades, warehouse renovations, schools, public building renovations, custom casework, and reception stations. Willodell Enterprises is currently headed by Steve O’Donnell, and the firm has memberships within a number of organizations including AIA Alaska, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), ABC, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. 


Arizona

Pegasus Construction

Website | 602-285-9339 | 2140 W Greenway Rd. #180, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Since 1987, Pegasus Construction has completed over 850 ground-up commercial projects throughout the Southwest, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and California. One of these projects is a Starbucks cafe found in a dual-purpose building that also houses a Smashburger. Designed by Valerio Architecture and Interiors, the Starbucks cafe was a 5,000 square foot project completed in 2016.

Pegasus Construction Starbucks and Smashburger Ground Up Retail Restaurant Construction Project

In addition to new construction projects such as this dual-purpose building, Pegasus Construction also specializes in tenant improvement, remodels and renovations. Such services are usually completed for retail shops, restaurants, warehouses, storage facilities, office spaces, industrial, car washes, and hotels. Along with these many projects, the firm has also constructed buildings for Denny’s, Krispy Kreme, and McDonald’s.


Arkansas

Stronghold

Website | 479-310-6927 | 1136 S Duncan, Fayetteville, AR 72701

In Arkansas, Stronghold is probably best known for its work on the Onyx Coffee Lab. Recognized by Imbibe Magazine—a culinary magazine—as the 2016 Coffee Bar of The Year, this coffee shop has a beautiful white vintage hexagonal tiled coffee bar, mocha color tufted leather sofas, and coffee tables made of fallen tree stumps. The cafe also has wide windows that allow light to pour in, and the ceiling is lined with timberwork that conceals thin lights. With the right natural lighting, the combination of LED lights and timberwork generate a comforting illusion: sunlight appears to be coming from the ceiling. Onyx Coffee Lab was the right choice to represent Arkansas in Architectural Digest’s list of Most Beautiful Coffee Shops in Every State in America. In addition to commercial contracting projects like the Onyx Coffee Lab, Stronghold also does residential contracting, custom stonework, custom cabinetry, and commercial masonry alongside commercial contracting.

Although the firm was only established in 2007, its team members have extensive backgrounds in construction and come from educational backgrounds in architecture, art, and business. Currently, Stronghold has Curt Richardson and Tom Hoffman at its helm.


California

Buck O’Neil Builders Inc.

Website | 415-695-8700 | 1250 Missouri St. #102, San Francisco, CA 94107

Featured in industry publications like Traditional Home, GB and D, and CA Home + Design, Inc., Buck O’Neil Builders Inc. was the firm that built the Saint Frank coffee shop on Russian Hill. Designed by OpenScope Studio, this coffee shop was given a Merit award from the AIA of San Francisco and was featured in several publications like Dwell, Eater San Francisco, SFGate, and the coffee website Dear Coffee, I Love You. It was also featured in The Daily Meal, where it was included on the list of America’s 50 Best Coffee Shops for its delicious coffee, state-of-the-art, under-the-counter espresso machine, and the shop’s open, modern and minimalist design. Buck O’Neil Builders had a number of goals in this project, but most notably it created the chevron at the wall to floor connection using engineered flooring, built custom cabinetry for the bar and back bar and renovated the kitchen, bathroom, office, and storage room to make better use of space. The firm specializes in residential remodeling, home building, large scale renovations, and small design-build projects.

The firm is also experienced in modern architecture, landmark construction, and Victorian restoration while incorporating sustainable building practices. Currently, it is headed by founder and owner Buck O’Neil who founded the company in 2004 with a LEED Green Associate certification and a CGBP. Aside from his certifications, O’Neil has been in the building industry since 1995. He has extensive experience in construction management, a passion for crafting great architecture and design, and a natural business sense.


Colorado

Ivan Stanley

Website | 970-423-3055 | 100 S. Ridge St. Suite #201, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Ivan Stanley is currently headed by founder Jeremy Fischer. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Fischer has a B.A. in historic preservation. Fischer incorporates his passion for classical architecture into all of the buildings the 22-year-old company has built. Among the firm’s many distinguished projects in the Summit-Eagle-Vail regions of the central Colorado Rockies, the firm built a cafe called the Cream and Steam Coffee House by completing some restorations on an 1800s-era cabin. Other projects helped the firm win six Summit County Parade of Homes awards, including the 2012 Best Builder Concept and Workmanship for its work on Keystone Ranch. 

Currently, the firm specializes in small to large custom home construction, full home remodels, and historic restorations that display the firm’s specialized knowledge of high alpine construction. The firm is a member of the Summit County Builders Association (SCBA).


Connecticut

JCS Construction Group

Website | 203-485-9612 | 9 West Broad St., 4th Floor, Stamford, CT 06902

As a company known for its determination, quality, and respect, JCS grew year after year. It is now known as one of the best in the construction and development industry. A great example of its general contracting work is Le Pain Quotidien. This project had JCS Construction Group complete the full-service restaurant from the exterior to the beautiful European style cafe featuring woodwork reminiscent of the designs used by 19th-century European bakeries. Alongside projects such as the Le Pain Quotidien, JCS Construction Group is known for its millwork, residential construction, and commercial construction—services offered since the company’s inception in 2005.

The firm often works in the hospitality, corporate, retail, and restaurant sectors. Although it was only recently established, the firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) of Connecticut, the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) commercial real estate, the Real Estate Finance Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Currently, it is headed by founder Justin Shaw. Before starting JCS Construction Group, Shaw graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Economics and Finance. He then went to work for a commercial real estate brokerage firm in New York. Upon returning to Greenwich, Shaw began building spec homes before extending his abilities to the commercial and residential sectors to include interior fit-outs and ground-up construction. Today Shaw serves as the president and founder of the NAIOP Fairchester Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Recently, he was also recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as one of the 40 under 40.


Delaware

BPGS Construction

Website | 302-691-2111 | 322 A St. Suite #300, Wilmington, DE 19801

Led by firm principal H. Wesley Schwandt, BPGS Construction was established in 1999. Currently, the company serves the Mid-Atlantic region where it has built for the commercial, residential, institutional, and industrial sectors. When it comes to cafes, the firm’s most notable work might be the Starbucks on the Riverfront. 2,200 square feet wide, this cafe has luxurious nautical finishes that pay tribute to the location’s roots through reclaimed wood, an overhead rope featuring porthole paintings, and a large historical painting of the riverfront. Adding to these features is a touch of luxury from the wide fireplace set in one corner of the space as well as the large windows that allow light to pour into the beautifully designed space. 

It may be due to shaping spaces like this that BPGS Construction was featured in Nashville Post and won several awards, including ABC’s Excellence in Construction Merit Awards in 2018, two Excellence in Construction awards in 2017, and one 2017 Merit Award.


Florida

EWI Construction

Website | 813-964-3885 | 1717 E. 9th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

A firm that usually builds residential buildings and restaurants that include cafes, EWI Construction was formed by Casey Ellison and Anthony Italiano, a pair responsible for identifying and developing real estate opportunities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Currently, Sam Ellison leads the firm. With 40 years of experience, Ellison possesses the know-how for pre-construction, project management, and the entire construction process. Aside from leading various international business missions, Ellison is a former chairman of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The firm’s team won Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Contractor of the Year Award and the 2013 Outstanding Achievement award.

 

Wins like this come from team leadership but also from the kind of close-knit work culture that allows a firm to overcome various construction challenges. Of the firm’s most notable cafe works is Buddy Brew Coffee. The spot was featured on Sprudge.com, a website that publishes features that highlight coffee culture, news, and events. This newly expanded space took up the entirety of a building built-in 1955. EWI removed the old drop ceilings to expose the original wood rafters, then added a seating bar where the picture windows could be better appreciated. The original terrazzo floor meanwhile was retained, and the firm used reclaimed materials like scaffolding planks for the retail shelves. The communal table and seating bars were built with salvaged cypress wood reclaimed from the Tallahassee river.


Georgia

Choate Construction

Website | 678-892-1200 | 8200 Roberts Dr. Suite #600, Atlanta, GA 30350

This firm is known for consistently ranking in Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s annual listing of the top 400 general contractors. Established in 1989, Choate Construction has a management style where executive management and field employees have complete accessibility and easy communication that allows for a collaborative exchange of ideas and knowledge. One result of the firm’s expertise is Corso Coffee. An Italian style coffee bar in Atlanta, this 1,590 square foot boutique coffee and wine shop is adorned with custom tiles, brass and woodwork. There is a bar where drinks are served; there is an ice cream counter; there is a large community bench with one-legged tables for customer seating.

Aside from its ENR ranking, Choate construction was also featured in several magazines such as Building Design + Construction, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition to features within these publications, the firm also won two first-place Build GA Awards from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia where it also holds a membership. Currently, the firm is led by chairman and CEO Millard Choate who was chosen both by Ernst and Young, Inc. Magazine and Merrill Lynch as Entrepreneur of the Year. A graduate of Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business, Choate now has three decades of experience in the construction business. He is also an active member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), serves on various Chambers of Commerce, and is a member of the Atlanta Rotary.


Hawaii

Pacific Precision Builders

Website | 808-517-6227 | 509 Pakala St., Honolulu, HI 96825

Consider the industrial styled Morning Glass Coffee + Pastry. An open-air venue where its interior design plays with exposed pipelines, it has the notable feature of copper lighting hanging above a long wooden bar, and its pastel-colored chairs are woven together with steel. Pacific Precision Builders has a large client base filled with repeat clients and referrals, and Morning Glass Coffee is a great example of why. This firm is best known as a design-build improve enterprise that specializes in residential new construction, remodels, additions, and commercial spaces. It is a member of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii and the Hawaii Real Estate Investors and is owned by Jon Mosher. 

Like his company, Mosher has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years. During this time, he has learned how to draft architectural plans, do masonry work, finish carpentry, build homes from the ground up, and create fine woodworking products like doors and cabinetry. Mosher’s experience informs his versatile creativity, and it shows in gorgeous spaces like the one pictured here.


Idaho

HC Company Inc.

Website | 208-321-4990 | 12650 W. Bridger St. Suite #100 Boise, ID 83713

Founded in 2002, HC Company Inc. does general construction and construction management services for various sectors including medical, industrial, office, retail, high tech/production, education, multi-family, entertainment, and restaurant. One example of the firm’s diverse projects is the HP Corporate Coffee Shop. Though it carries a simple design with minimal displays, its most notable features are the walls bathed in bright yellow and orange, bright shades that help wake up early visitors dodging in for a quick cup of coffee.

Currently, the firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has Dan Hayes as president. In addition to being a graduate of Oregon State University’s Construction Engineering Management and Business Programs, Hayes also has a LEED AP Accreditation. 


Illinois

LG Construction + Development

Website | 773-227-2850 | 2234 W North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Once known as LG Homes, LG Construction + Development was established in 2008 and serves as Chicago and Evanston’s premier, full-service general contracting and development firm. In 2015, the firm branched out by creating a third sister company,  LG Advantage Group which offers service, maintenance, and remodeling. Founding partner Brian Goldberg currently serves as CEO and for the last 17 years, has been developing, constructing, and renovating over a billion dollars in high-end residential and commercial projects in Chicago. The firm has been featured in several publications which include Construction Today, Curbed Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Architect Magazine, and Eater Chicago. The firm also won AIA’s Small Project Award for its work on Little You, Inc., a single story, solid masonry therapy building in Mt. Greenwood.

Another example of the firm’s impressive work is the Limitless Coffee and Tea Flagship Store at  Fulton Market. Bathed in pure white and bright lights, this 2,500 square foot wide cafe’s most notable feature is the high ceiling where two rows of skylights are set in its center to allow just the right amount of natural light into the space. The shop also has numerous floating tables attached to the white walls, maximizing the space in an aesthetically pleasing way.


Indiana

Capitol Construction

Website | 317-574-5488 | 11051 Village Square Ln., Fishers, IN 46038

Possessing over 20 years of construction experience, Capitol Construction has completed over 10,000 projects and specializes in tenant improvement, ground-up work and new development, specialty work, and restaurants. President and founder Jon Robinson heads this firm with the expertise he has given to his team through a combination of hands-on experience and training. In addition to his expertise, Robinson is also known for valuing teamwork and customer service that keeps him responsive to both client and employee needs. Because he is able to create strong bonds with clients through clear communication and top-notch service, the firm has served repeat clients and has constructed buildings for brands like Panera, Red Robin, and Starbucks. The latter is one of the firm’s oldest clients.

For many years, the firm has helped complete ground-up stores, interiors, and remodels for the Starbucks brand throughout the Midwest. One of these branches was designed by Interbrand Design Forum and was previously a Wendy’s. Capitol provided renovations to its exterior facade and drive-thru in addition to a full 3,000 square foot interior remodel.


Iowa

Kennedy Construction

Website | 319-351-5454 | 931 Maiden Ln., Iowa City, IA 52240

Commercial to residential, ground-up build-outs to interior renovations, pre-construction planning to turn-key completion: Kennedy Construction has been providing all of these services for over 25 years. A locally owned company, Kennedy Construction carries the reputation of a company that works closely with its clients from the design phase to the building phase. Its commercial client list includes national franchises, restaurateurs, and local entrepreneurs. One of these clients is Ray Yutzy and his team. Along with Yutzy and his team, Kennedy Construction was able to design and build the Encounter Cafe – a chic and inviting place. The firm was founded by owner Mark Kennedy. A graduate from the University of Iowa, Kennedy’s Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts help him create beautiful, functional spaces just like this one. 


Kansas

Complete Construction Service 

Website | 913-387-4796 | 5919 Barton Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203

Complete Construction Services lives by the ‘old school’ principles of honesty and integrity. That work ethic has led to the firm’s durability; it’s been in business for more than 50 years. It also led to the 2018 Good Business Award from the Shawnee Economic Business Council. Perhaps most importantly, the firm’s work ethic has also led to strong business partnerships. The firm has the capability to construct offices, retail establishments, warehouses, hotels, medical facilities, and restaurants. One such establishment is Monarch Coffee. With its Parisian aesthetic, the beautiful monochrome color palette creates a sense of cleanliness and tranquility. 

Complete Construction Service was established in 2011 and is owned by Clint Spoor who has been in construction since he was just a child building custom homes with his father. Before Spoor founded his company, he worked for two mid-sized general contracting companies in the Kansas City area. During that time, Spoor gathered experience in building several warehouses, offices, fast-food restaurants, white table cloth specialty restaurants, medical facilities, and numerous other retail concepts from concept to finish.


Louisiana

Ryan Gootee General Contractors

Website | 504-832-1282 | 1100 Ridgewood Dr., Metairie, LA 70001

Ryan Gootee General Contractors has been voted as one of the best places to work in New Orleans no less than five times, and with good reason. Ever since its inception in 2004, the firm has won countless awards, including ENR Texas and Louisiana’s 2018 Merit Award for Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement and another Merit Award for Best Renovation. In the same year, Ryan Gootee General Contractors was also included in the Excellence in Construction and Real Estate Class which recognizes professionals that have created a positive impact on New Orleans. The firm is also Lead-safe certified and is a member of various associations, including the American Concrete Institute, the AGC of America, AIA New Orleans, and the USGBC. The firm has been featured in New Orleans City Business and Gambit where founder Ryan Gootee was chosen as one of the magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Gootee started in the construction industry at an early age where he began working on projects at his father’s company during the summer. He continues a legacy that has spanned four generations. With so many advantages and great leadership, the firm has been able to build multiple educational facilities, athletic complexes, condominiums, apartments, offices, retail developments, historical renovations and restorations, and restaurants. One of these restaurants is a memorable cafe built for the Audubon Institute. Designed by architect firm Cashio Cochran, the Audubon Zoofari Cafe is a new structure made up of a concrete slab on concrete pedestals, steel columns and beams, a glass storefront, ten skylights on a copper roof where the ceiling has a bamboo thatch faux finish, and a stained concrete floor.


Maine

Wright Ryan

Website | 207-773-3625 | 10 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101

Back in 1970, founders Tom Wright and John Ryan merely talked about working with people who cared about each other and shared a commitment to excellence. But after Wright Ryan’s inception in 1984, the firm grew into one of the largest and most respected construction firms in northern New England. The has won countless awards over the years. The Village Center Apartments project won Novogradacs Journal of Tax Credits’ Development of Distinction Award for Rural Community Impact. In the previous year, the firm won Greater Portland Landmarks’ Preservation Award for its work on The Press Hotel. 

In 2015, its most notable cafe project—The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft—received a Maine Preservation Award for Excellence in Adaptive Use and was recognized by the Maine Real Estate and Development Association as one of the most notable commercial developments in 2015. Designed by architect firm Clockwork Architecture + Design, this 60,000 square foot historic mill property was renovated and turned into a mixed-use building. It has residences, office space, a boutique inn, and a cafe. The work included sandblasting existing wood, concrete and brick surfaces in preparation for complete restoration and renovation. Currently, the firm has worked in the athletic, civic, commercial, cultural, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, historic, k-12, millwork, multifamily housing, and non-profit sectors. John Ryan serves as its current head. In addition to being the co-founder, Ryan comes from an engineering background and has nearly 30 years of experience in the executive management of engineering and construction projects.


Maryland

Teel Construction Inc.

Website | 703-759-4754 | 3920 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030

Teel Construction Inc. may be based in Virginia but it has become such a well-known construction firm that it also services North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. Established in 1987, Teel Construction Inc. has become a firm where 97% of its work comes from repeat clients. Currently, Parker Teel serves as its CEO. A graduate from Lynchburg College, Teel has done several major projects like the Foxchase Shopping Center, dining rooms and kitchen additions to Chez Francois, and Bethesda Naval’s Special Procedures Unit. Teel is also a member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the ICSC. 

It has also built projects for familiar names like Ralph Lauren, Macy’s Lacoste, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Its most notable cafe project is Vino Volo in Bethesda. A wine bar, a retail shop, and a cafe, this branch of Vino Volo was designed in collaboration with Collective Architecture and carries a country chic design. The project made use of reclaimed barn wood from Missouri for interior millwork components and the storefront. Inside, a 55-seat dining room overlooks a 12-seat customer zinc bar top. Behind the bar, you’ll find a backlit feature wall separating the bar/dining room areas from the retail wine shop.


Massachusetts 

Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp.

Website | 781-938-0008 | 1 Jewel Dr. Suite #322, Wilmington, MA 01887

In 2005, partners Matthew Kilty, Paul Mancini, and David Story established Trinity Building + Construction. The firm’s offices are in Massachusetts and New York, but it has a portfolio of diverse projects that have been built in 19 different states. This firm provides clients with a number of services which focus on hospitality, retail, multifamily, and corporate segments of the commercial construction market. Currently, the firm is led by company president Matthew Kilty who has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality, retail, corporate, and academic markets. As expected, Kilty has an arsenal of impressive knowledge that helped him take an active role in the management and development of Trinity’s team.

When it comes to building restaurants, the firm has the skill in building a range of structures that extend from small, privately owned eateries and fast casual chains, to luxurious fine dining establishments. Some of these projects include several Au Bon Pains in Massachusetts and New York, and the Khofi kiosk at Boston’s 125 Summer Street. Featured here is Caffe Nero in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts. A 2,500 square foot space, this Caffe Nero branch was finished by Trinity on an 11-week schedule. The charming rustic cafe has beautiful design elements that include blackened steel used on the countertop at the service line and on the dual view fireplace. Library shelving stocked with an eclectic collection of books and vintage European furnishings and fixtures complete the cafe’s warm and snug ambiance. To date, the firm has built five locations for the premium European style coffee house brand. 


Michigan

Blackstone Corporation

Website | 586-797-0071 | 2701 Troy Center Dr. Suite #100, Troy MI 48084

Blackstone Corporation is diverse. Established in 1999, Blackstone is a commercial general contractor that has built religious projects, healthcare facilities, salons and spas, coffee shops, and even doggy daycares. Instead of focusing on one type of construction, the organization expanded and accepts all kinds of challenges, giving the firm the ability to do all kinds of construction, industrial or commercial. Biggby Coffee is a good place to start when discussing the firm’s cafe capability. In the last few years, the firm has completed numerous Biggby Coffee jobs. Most can be seen in retail locations at strip malls and are build out projects that range between 1,100 to 2,500 square feet.


Minnesota

Greiner 

Website | 612-338-1696 | 121 South 8th St. Suite #1200, Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Greiner is known across the Twin Cities for its beautiful interior build outs and expansions. Established in 1989, the firm has won numerous awards like the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA)’s 2012 General Contractor of the Year award, and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter’s 2013 Exemplary Service Provider of the Year. Most recently, it was named the Twin Cities Business Journal’s 2018’s Best of Business Reader’s Choice winner. Founder Wolfgang Greiner, meanwhile, has been honored with a place on Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and the President’s Circle’s Risk Control Excellence Award. The firm usually does work on workspaces, healthcare facilities, financial offices, legal workspaces, multi-unit residential, industrial facilities, hospitality units, educational buildings, historic renovations, and non-profit facilities.

One great example of the firm’s work is the Caribou Coffee Minneapolis branch renovation. The first Midwest branch to display the coffee shop’s fresh new look and color standards, this unique space has two separate entrances. Along with a newly installed revolving door, there is ample seating room, tile flooring, tile walls, and track lighting that shows off the warm, inviting colors.


Mississippi 

Advanced Building Specialties Inc.

Website | 601-582-2745 | 213 N Main St., Petal, MS 39465

A firm that specializes in commercial construction, Advanced Building Specialties Inc. was established in 1990, providing new site construction, renovations to existing units, and tenant space improvements. Ever since then, the firm has been involved with several big restaurant projects.

It is best known for its 26 years of renovating projects for NPC International, Inc., the world’s largest Pizza Hut franchise with numerous stores across the nation. The firm currently has firm president Joe McMurry Jr. at the helm. Since the firm’s inception in 1990, McMurry has been at the head. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Construction Technology department and was employed by Joe McMurry Sr. at J and J Electric and Contractors Inc., a construction and electrical contracting company, as a field superintendent before becoming vice president after five years. 


Missouri

Construct

Website | 417-582-2490 | 3435 N 21st St., Ozark, MO 65721

Headed by firm president Rex Winslow, Construct does commercial buildings, land development, and constructs large custom homes. Ever since its establishment in 2009, Construct is known for expertly combining its team’s knowledge and experience with the client’s vision. This is done through a simple approach to the firm’s benchmark work ethics: communication, attention to detail, quality, and staying on schedule and within the client’s budget. This work ethic may have led to the firm being featured on Home Builders Association (HBA)’s Home Show Magazine. But it’s certain that that approach to doing business built over 500 structures, 160 projects, and eight developments since its inception. 

One of these projects is a cafe in Springfield, Neighbor’s Mill Bakery and Cafe. Large and wide, this industrial style cafe’s most notable feature is the line of tall glass windows that bring in natural light.


Montana

Langlas and Associates 

Website | 406-585-3420 | 1019 East Main, Suite #101, Bozeman, MT 59715

After 46 years in the construction industry, Langlas and Associates has been featured in several publications including U.S. Builders Review, American Builders Quarterly, Mountain Living, and Big Sky Journal. It also has a long list of awards. Most recently, it won the 2018 Excellence in Environmental Achievements award, the Outstanding Community Partner award, and took first place at the 2017 Concrete Excellence Awards. The firm has been around since owners Steve R. Langlas, Steve T. Langlas, Bill Langlas, and Catherine Bergman founded it in 1973, and it is a member of the Montana Contractors Association (MCA) and the USGBC. With numerous awards and publication features, 85% of Langlas and Associates’ work comes from repeat customers and referrals. Though the firm gets a lot of recognition, the firm also has a lot of highly motivated and energetic people in the industry. 

With 135 committed employees, Langlas and Associates is capable of management, field supervision, field engineering, and labor for each of its projects. The firm is able to craft unique buildings like the Feed Cafe, a cafe built inside a big red farmhouse in Bozeman.


Nebraska

NGC Group

Website | 402-261-5489 | 1935 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510

NGC Group is also known as New Generation Construction. Living by its name, the firm is known for innovative solutions that allow clients to be hands-on with their projects. The firm’s work ethic and project approach have led it to win multiple project awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors Cornhusker chapter. Established in 2009, NGC Group provides general construction along with construction management, pre-construction, and post-construction services. The company also has extensive experience in commercial construction projects in the education, energy, healthcare, historical, hospitality, industrial, retail, multifamily, office, and restaurant sectors.

NGC has offices both in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska but builds across the Midwest region. Recently, the firm completed The Mill Coffee and Tea project in Lincoln’s new Telegraph District. In this project, NGC established a finished shell and a demising wall to define the tenant’s space. The Mill Coffee and Tea has a chic, nostalgic interior complete with vintage furniture and designs. 


Nevada

Nevada General Construction

Website | 702-254-0262| 4121 Wagon Trail Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89118

For over three decades, Nevada General Construction has been known across Clark County as a contractor that builds medical, educational, industrial, office, retail, gaming, and restaurant facilities. One example of the firm’s diverse projects is Cafe Rio. True to its name, this cafe exhibits bright pastel colors that capture the exciting energy of Brazil. This firm has planned, managed, and constructed projects since 1981. Since then, it has cultivated relationships with developers, property owners, tenants, local and state governments, and private educational boards across Southern Nevada. These cultivated relationships could be due to the leadership skills possessed by the firm’s three founders, Lloyd Manning, Thomas Dunton, and Paul Frederickson.

Current firm president Lloyd Manning is a construction industry veteran with over 40 years of experience. He also has experience as a commercial developer and holds a general contractor’s license in California. Over the years, he helped the firm build projects for brands such as the Howard Hughes Corporation, Thomas and Mack, Hines Corporation, and American Nevada. Thomas Dunton meanwhile has worked in the construction industry for over 19 years. Alongside his ability to give his undivided attention to the management process, Dunton has also worked as a commercial estimator for one of the largest general contracting firms in Nevada. Dunton was also responsible for a team of more than 25 employees.

Adding to Manning’s experience and Dunton’s management skills is Frederickson’s 30 years of experience. Responsible for overseeing the day to day operations in the construction field, Frederickson has the ability to methodically coordinate projects. Thanks to the leadership provided by these founders, this firm is known as one of the state’s premier contractors.


New Hampshire

Dew Construction

Website | 603-352-3070 | MacMillin Building, 17 Elm St., Keene, NH 03431

In 2018 and 2019, Dew Construction was named by Vermont Business Magazine as one of the best places to work in Vermont. This reputation could only come from the 22-year-old firm’s highly effective team is known for possessing individuals with exceptional track records and a capability to bring remarkable results to each project. Alongside this team is firm president and CEO Don Wells. Through the 45 years of his career, Wells has been able to work every position in the construction industry needed for him to be involved in projects that total over $2 billion. With a combination of a capable leader and a skilled team, the firm was able to win ENR’s 2013 Merit Award for Best Project and AGC-TV’s Best Builders Award. Along with these awards is another feature in New Hampshire Business Review. 

Dew serves multiple industries as well. These include but are not limited to healthcare, K-12 and higher education, and green building. Just one example of the firm’s facilities is Saratoga’s Healthy Living Market and Cafe. Completed in 2013 with architect Stewart-Nosky Architects, ltd., this 35,000 square foot natural foods market also features a bake shop and a cafe.


New Jersey

Wohlsen Construction

Website | 973-440-2464 | 400 Lanidex Plz. Suite #4104, Parsippany, NJ 07054

A firm that does work for a wide variety of commercial and residential facilities, Wohlsen Construction has 125 years worth of experience; 16-year-old carpenter Herman F. Wohlsen established the firm in 1877. The firm is a member of numerous organizations including the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), the Green Plus Institute for Sustainable Development, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), USGBC, the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA), and the ABC. It has also collected wins like ENR MidAtlantic’s 2018 Best Project Award of Merit and nine other awards from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This firm was also featured in publications such as ENR, Central Penn Business Journal, Delaware Business Now, and Lancaster Online. 

During this time, the firm has also completed additions and renovations for the Masonic Village at Burlington’s cafe. Located in an occupied senior living facility, the cafe required preconstruction and construction management services to convert a cafeteria into a modern cafe and to install food service equipment. This project earned the Award of Excellence from the ABC New Jersey chapter. Currently, Wohlsen Construction is headed by firm president Gary Langmuir. Aside from serving as president and CEO since 1990, Langmuir also takes active roles in the community. He has a board position at Messiah College, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors, and Lancaster Country Day School.

He is also chair of CMS Financial Services Corp and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Langmuir’s dedication and character have been recognized with various awards including the 2017 Lancaster Chamber’s Exemplar Award for his contributions to the local business community and for his help in the improvement of Lancaster County’s state of life.


New Mexico

Hart Construction

Website | 505-345-4001 | 2919 2nd St., NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hart Construction has been around since childhood friends Andy Hart and Jim Pekin founded it in 1989 making integrity, ingenuity, and efficiency fundamental to the firm’s culture. The firm has maintained a strong reputation as a leading and reliable construction company in New Mexico. That reliability, as well as its style, has been featured in publications like the Albuquerque Journal and Indian Country Today where its work on the modern and rustic Sixty Six Acres restaurant was featured. The quaint and cozy Slate Street Cafe is a good example of their style. In 2012, the firm also won Project of the Year Below $5 million from the American Subcontractors Association of New Mexico.

The firm has also completed work for other major establishments including Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. In addition to doing commercial work, the firm also provides large retail, shopping center renovations, tenant improvements, multi-family construction, and custom homes.


New York

New World Design Builders

Website | 212-216-9783 | 261 Madison Ave., 25th Floor, New York, NY 10016

A firm featured in well-known publications that include Architects + Artisans, NYC Architects, Architectural Digest, and Bon Appetit, New World Design Builders has been in the construction industry for over 25 years and is known for its work on imaginative interior design and construction. With this type of approach, New World Design Builders has helped push the spa and hospitality industry by creating and building several captivating spaces. One of these spaces is 60 Beans in Astoria. A coffee shop with a rustic theme and a warm atmosphere, it has mosaic tiles and terracotta walls with iron details. Reflecting the diverse set of customers that visit the shop, it consists of an eclectic combination of a tin ceiling, wooden floors, and marble countertops. At the front of the shop are swing windows that encourage interaction with the outside. A lit pergola hung over the outdoor seating helps to define the exterior look. 

The firm’s success comes from the dedication and passion of current firm president Chris Kofitsas who was selected by Architectural Digest as one of the Five Must Know Restaurant Designers in NYC. Holding over 20 years of training and experience, Kofitsas has experience handling architecture, interior, furniture, and lighting design. He loves inspiring interior designs that actively contribute to human health and wellbeing. Most of the firm’s buildings reflect Chris’s love of nature, incorporating natural materials such as wood, stone, metal, and even water elements. 

Because of his skill, he has been included in the 40 Under 40 list and won New York Magazine Best of New York’s Best New Salon for the Mark Garrison Salon and the best New Spa for Silk Spa. In 2011, he won ABC Kitchen’s 2011 James Beard Award for the Best Restaurant in the U.S.


North Carolina

ARC Building Concepts 

Website | 910-678-0700 | 345 Devers St., Fayetteville, NC 28303

Even though the firm was established in 2000, ARC’s team carries over 100 years of experience as a design-build and construction management firm. The firm has built banks, schools, medical and dental offices, residential, convenience stores, and restaurants. When it comes to restaurants, the firm has completed projects for Subway, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. It also built the Coffee Scene cafe. Currently, the firm has Ronnie Ratley to guide its projects. With over 30 years of experience, Ratley has extensive experience in commercial construction which includes building churches, schools, banks, office buildings, convenience stores, and restaurants.

From 1982 through 1999, Ratley was able to serve as Superintendent and Project Manager over a geographic area that included several states. ARC Building Concepts’s continued success is not only the result of being a long-time leader giving his experience to the firm as an advantage, but it is also the result of the firm’s strict adherence to schedules and the establishment of long and productive relationships. Due to these work ethics, the firm sees many repeat client on its clientele list.


North Dakota

Roers

Website | 701-356-5050 | 200 45th St., S. Fargo, ND 58103

A family-owned, financially stable company, Roers has been successful in the construction industry since its establishment in 1976. Since then, the firm has evolved into a company that serves its community in a number of ways. In 1997, the company formed Roers Development which widened its portfolio for commercial and multi-unit residential owned properties. In 2018, the firm won the ABC STEP Award. One of the firm’s many projects is a new Starbucks constructed in South Fargo’s growing community, with other Starbucks chains under construction as well.

Within its 40 years of success, Roers has worked on construction projects all over North Dakota. CEO Jim Roers has created a strong team of nearly 120 employees who are helping the company build success. Roers not only took the risk of expanding the firm’s services, he also mentors the firm’s employees and empowers them to develop their skills and grow. Along with his dedication to the company, Jim Roers is also committed to the community as a state senator. He along with the employees are involved with local universities and other non-profit organizations.


Ohio

Compton Construction

Website |614-949-4712 | 691 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

A design-build company focusing on commercial structures, Compton Construction has built an array of buildings which include spaces for healthcare, industrial/manufacturing, assembly, retail, data centers, and restaurants. One example of the firm’s restaurant work is Brioso Cafe in Long Street, Columbus. The space was renovated to enhance the original building features, including the hardwood floors and brick walls. The renovations for the coffee shop itself meanwhile included the installation of a 15-kilogram roaster and a coffee laboratory that not only provides coffee but could be used for training and quality control. It could be projects like Brioso Cafe that led to the firm earning a place on Columbus Business First’s 2018 Fast 50. In 2015, it was also featured in The Columbus Dispatch where its expertise in building craft breweries was highlighted. 

Compton Construction was established back in 1974 by Harold Compton Sr. After many years of experience and challenges, Harold Jr. became a partner and vice president of Brexton Construction. Eventually, his son Blake Compton was brought into the fold, marking the third generation of builders in the Compton family.


Oklahoma

Lingo Construction

Website | 405-602-2100 | 123 NW 8th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73102

In Oklahoma, Lingo Construction is known for building several award-winning architectural landmarks in the region. Established in 1998 by Stan and Renee Lingo, the firm thrives on a range of projects which range from the unique 500 square foot interior remodels to tens of millions for block revitalization and development, and they are known on both the local and national stage. One example of the firm’s award-winning work is Cafe 501 located in Classen Curve. Designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, this restaurant expresses the mood between the atmospheric characteristics of day and night. In 2011, this project earned three awards: the AIA Oklahoma Merit Award, the Gold Key for Excellence in Hospitality, and Interior Design Best of The Year.

Another one of its most notable works is Kitchen 324 designed by Rogers Partners Architects. Located in the historic Braniff Building, this cafe and bakery’s refined architecture retains the original historical details while still holding a modern, minimalist design. In addition to these awards, the firm was also featured in Architect Magazine. Projects such as Cafe 501 and Kitchen 324 are possible not only because of great leadership but also because of a team that is over 80 strong. These employees are true builders and creative thinkers who are experienced project managers, designers, engineers, superintendents, carpenters, ironworkers, and laborers.


Oregon

R & H Construction

Website | 503-228-7177 | 2019 NW Wilson St., Portland, OR 97209

Established in 1979, R & H Construction focused on the kind of slow, steady growth that ultimately resulted in the firm building successful commercial construction projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Over the last 30 years, R & H Construction has achieved a staggering rate of repeat clients. Currently, the firm is headed by John Ward and has been featured in Oregon Business Magazine and Portland Business Journal. In addition to features, the firm has also won numerous awards such as the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work 2014 to 2019 Gold Certifications and the Associated General Contractors 2015 PRIDE Award for Safety Program Excellence. In 2013 and 2015, it was also the local and national recipient of the 2013 and 2015 ROSE Award for Safety Excellence.

The firm’s portfolio ranges from small remodels to large-scale corporate headquarters, and it specializes in adding value to already complex, quality driven, and time-sensitive jobs. One example of these projects is Portland’s Glyph Cafe. A cafe built from 1,550 square feet of light-filled space, Glyph Cafe is located on the ground floor of the ArtHouse student housing building in the Pearl District, offering relaxed dining alongside art and cultural exhibits and events.


Pennsylvania

Wohlsen Construction

Website | 717-299-2500 | 1295 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

With over 125 years of experience since Herman F. Wohlsen, Wohlsen Construction has seven full-service offices in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut. From these offices, Wohlsen Construction does pre-construction, construction management, and design-build services for sectors including senior living, healthcare, higher education, retail, historic preservation, and commercial sectors. In addition to its many capabilities, the firm is also a member of numerous organizations including the National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA), and the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. Since the inception of ABC’s award program in 1990, Wohlsen Construction has also been nationally honored 17 times, and regionally recognized 243 times, including three Project of The Year Awards. Additionally, the firm’s craftsmen have been awarded four National ABC Craft Championship Gold Medals and over 40 Craftsmanship awards.

One great example of the firm’s work is Panera Bread Bakery Cafe. Designed with SmartDESIGN Architecture, this fit-out is a part of the 126,000 square foot Lime Spring Square commercial development. The Panera Bread Bakery Cafe includes a bakery, front counter areas, and a cafe.


Rhode Island

Site Specific

Website | 401-632-4400 | 141 Gano St., Providence, RI 02906

Founded in 2004, Site Specific is a collaborative effort led by principals Peter Crump and Matt Dempsey. A firm that’s always client-focused, it has a notable reputation in the campus, commercial, healthcare, life sciences, historic, hospitality, retail, museum and gallery, and residential markets. So far, the firm has built projects for names like Virgin Pulse, Johnson & Johnson, and Harvard University.

But one of its most notable projects in the hospitality sector is Cafe Pearl at the RISD Museum. Serving both students and museum visitors, the project includes a layout for a kitchen cafe and dining areas, refrigeration, new tile walls and flooring, paint schemes, furnishing, and MEP systems. 


South Carolina 

Hill Construction

Website | 843-884-6888 | 295 Seven Farm Dr. Suite #301 Charleston, SC 29492

Established in 1956, Hill Construction has been known for its exceptional commercial construction work and outstanding hands-on service. Since its inception, it has also been known as a leading provider of construction services in the Lowcountry and has done amenity clubhouses, corporate, education, financial, healthcare, historic, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, municipal, non-profit, religious, retail, sports, and recreational upfits. One great example of the firm’s work is Palmetto Cafe at Charleston Place. While the hotel and adjoining spaces were occupied, the Palmetto Cafe was transformed into a modern, high-end dining space with an open design that let in a lot more light. 

Projects like the Palmetto Cafe are possible because of the firm’s long years of experience. The firm’s preconstruction department is able to quickly develop budgets, advise on constructability issues, and plan schedules. Aside from the firm’s expert management skills, the firm has CEO Chip Crane at the helm. With a master’s degree in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Crane has a comprehensive perspective on the estimating and value engineering process and a cost-savvy approach to estimating.


South Dakota

RCS Construction

Website | 605-342-3787 | 1314 Fountain Plaza Dr. Rapid City, SD 57702

RCS Construction has been building in Rapid City and the surrounding areas since 1992. Since then, the firm has provided its clients with preconstruction and construction phase services and operates under a variety of project delivery methods. These include sum bid, general contractor, construction manager at risk, and design-build. Today, it is known for building projects of $30 million or more. Soon enough, it was recognized with a feature in Black Hills Pioneers.

Most recently, the firm was voted as one of the top 50 Places to Work in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota by Prairie Magazine. Aside from features in such publications, it has also won awards such as the 2017 AGC Build South Dakota Award – Category I, and in the following year, it won the Build South Dakota Award – Categories I and II. One of the firm’s most impressive projects is the Inferno Food by Fire located in Common Cents. 


Tennessee

RTC Construction 

Website | 865-966-8999 | 10425 Cogdill Rd. Suite #100, Knoxville, TN 37932

After thousands of construction projects for a variety of commercial, institutional, and industrial clients, RTC Construction is known as the company that pays strict attention to detail and is dedicated to client service. Since its inception in 1981, it has experienced rapid growth due to its ability to understand and meet client needs. This firm was founded by Richardson V. Turner who has 36 years of experience in a wide variety of commercial construction. During his time, the firm was included in the 1988 Inc. list of 500 Fastest Growing Companies and the 1994 Knoxville Future 50 Fastest Growing Company. Currently, the firm is headed by firm president Jeffrey A. Denton who has a total of 37 years of experience with 31 of those years spent at RTC Construction. During these years, he gained the experience to do design-build, office buildings, medical facilities, banking facilities, hotels, educational buildings, warehouse facilities, and restaurants. 

One example of the firm’s notable projects is the Pigeon Forge Starbucks branch which was built to mimic the architecture of the Christmas PlaceHotel located directly next door.


Texas

Case and Associates General Contractors

Website | 713-789-5530 | 6315 Skyline Dr., Houston, TX 77057

Founded in 1988 with the goal of becoming a successful hospitality construction company, Case and Associates General Contractors was soon highly recognized for its renovation work on the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. By the 1990s, the firm had a number of high project demands from various major establishments like Colorado’s St. Regis Aspen Resort and The Houstonian hotel. Soon, the firm was also known for constructing public areas and restaurants. In 1997, the firm was placed on Inc.’s list of 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and was featured in Houston Business Journal. One of the firm’s most notable restaurant works is the 2,000 square foot POV Coffee House in Bryan. Completed in 2017, this coffee house sits directly in front of The Stella Hotel and is a part of the Town Center of Atlas, a communal area comprised of retail, office/health, wellness space, and restaurants.  


Currently, the firm has principals Allen Case and Gary Connolly guiding the firm and its projects. In charge of managing pre-construction, construction, design development, and estimating, Case’s broad knowledge gives him insight into every aspect of the construction process. Connolly meanwhile oversees performance and quality. In a period of over 29 years, Connolly has worked throughout the hospitality industry. He gained knowledge about a range of issues, including ethical management, subcontractor relationships, personnel, and most importantly, customer needs. Thanks to his attentiveness, the firm has numerous repeat clients.


Utah 

CRC Construction

Website | 801-568-3545 | 7011 South 700 West, Midvale, UT 84047

Currently led by firm president Lee F. Baumann, CRC Construction is recognized as one of the premier general contractors in the Intermountain Region. Established in 1974, the firm provides quality interior tenant finish, ground-up construction, and renovation services for various commercial structures. Through the years, the firm has built countless spaces for national franchises like Panda Express, Chipotle, and Burger King. Thanks to the team’s perfect blend of technical skill, experience, and shared commitment, projects like this are easy to build and result in projects finishing on-time, within budget, and on-target. 

One notable project that was born of this work ethic is the Nauvoo Cafe in Salt Lake City. You can find Nauvoo Cafe in one of Temple Square’s historic buildings and has a bright, cheery atmosphere. The intricate moldings and columns are topped with flamboyant details that enhance the cafe’s historic feel.


Vermont

Naylor and Breen

Website | 802-247-6527 | 191 Alta Woods, Brandon, VT 05733

Established in 1978 by Robert Naylor and Peter Breen, Naylor and Breen was previously known as a firm that completed construction and renovation services for residential projects. But as the firm grew, it started building projects in the commercial, educational, healthcare, municipal, restaurant, metal building, industrial, historic restoration, multi-family housing, and retirement sectors. By 1980, Naylor and Breen expanded the firm’s service to general contracting. When it comes to commercial development, Naylor and Breen topped $40 million in volume by 2016. A notable example of the firm’s work is the Center Street Bar and Cafe in Brandon. 

Owned by Chef Robert and Line Barral, this home styled bar and cafe was previously the Cafe Provence Restaurant before the existing second-story restaurant was expanded. Now, it includes two street-level spaces—The Center Street Bar which was previously a Chinese restaurant—and the Cafe Culinary Theater which was once a bridal shop. Another notable structure is Sugarbrush Resort’s Gadd Brook Residences project. A multi-million dollar project, it was one of the most complex projects the firm has ever completed. Naylor and Breen soon gained an EPA Lead-Safe certification while its annual volume and single project size continued to grow under careful management. Currently, this firm is managed by firm president Robert Naylor. His extensive experience in all aspects of construction and expert administrative management keeps the firm organized and clients informed.


Virginia

Independence Construction

Website | 757-490-1500 | 301 Cleveland Pl, Suite #103, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 

Independence Construction was established in 1986 and so far, the firm has designed, renovated, and developed a wide range of projects in 44 states and has built 700 restaurants from fast food dining, owner-operated shops like Chipotle, Starbucks, Burger King, Wendys, and iHop. One great example of the firm’s work is Virginia’s Starbucks which carries a snug cottage style exterior that reflects its warm and quaint interior and has a drive-thru. Along with restaurants, Independence Construction has built shopping centers, retail stores, gas stations, office buildings, airports, and religious facilities. 

It is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) due to its desire to help build and retrofit whenever possible and do so in an environmentally sensitive way. It is also a member of Rotary International, and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). 


Washington

Plumb Level Square 

Website | 206-327-9127 | 701 South Lander St., Seattle, WA 98134

Though only recently established in 2014, Plumb Level Square was already featured in industry magazines such as Architectural Digest, Architect, Seattle Business, and Bon Appetit, and the online coffee news and culture website Spurge. One example of the firm’s well-known works is Seattle’s Sound and Fog Cafe designed by architecture firm, Allied 8. Against a white and gray palette, the design focuses on the black wooden bar topped with white marble that takes up about a third of the space. Along with ample seating, the cafe has giant windows that open into what would become a future park offering lots of light and a refreshing view. Since its establishment, the firm has completed more than 100 different commercial and residential projects with well-known designers such as Distinctive Kitchen’s Allison Scheff, and Union Adorn’s Lauren Caron.

Such designers stood alongside leading architects Allied 8, Weber Thompson which designed another one of the firm’s restaurant projects, Homer, and SHED which designed the Ghost Cabin. Projects like these are successful usually because the firm has a commitment to sticking with its clients and their projects. Thanks to this ethic, Plumb Level Square always has an open line of communication with its clients. Currently, the firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Master Builders Association (MBA) of Washington and has Edward A. Pierce as firm principal. 


West Virginia

Phoenix Associates

Website | 304-485-3255 | 501 East St., Parkersburg, WV 26101

Founded in 1985, Phoenix Associates is capable of building structures for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. With a group of craftsmen experienced in all onsite general construction trades, the firm can provide design-build services or work from the plans and specifications provided by the client. Such projects are known to exhibit high quality yet still have a fair price. Through the years, Phoenix Associates has done projects for numerous retail establishments including 7-Eleven, Burger King, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Thanks to the firm’s 34 years of experience, Phoenix Associates is capable of cleanly reflecting the establishment’s signature appearance. In order to showcase its numerous projects and the details spanning the site, the firm has its own Youtube channel where some of its notable builds and their spaces are shown.

The firm is a member of numerous organizations including the Contractors Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia Chapter ABC, the AGC of America, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce. Currently, the firm has Scott Stephens servings as its president, project manager, and operations manager.


Wisconsin

Hoeft Builders 

Website | 715-833-1761 | 2423 Rivers Edge Dr. Suite #1, Altoona, WI 54720

This firm was established way back in 1983. During those 35 years, Hoeft Builder became known as a corporation that has completed services for various project types. Among these projects are spaces for restaurateurs. The Coffee Grounds Cafe at Eau Claire is a great example of these restaurant projects. A 9,726 square foot structure that required tenant improvement services, it is a casual, European style cafe carrying a warm and snug atmosphere. 

This cafe is nestled inside a food/coffee/beer/wine/cigar shop and was featured in Volume One magazine. Projects like these helped the firm win the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business of the Year award. Alongside this cafe project is a hundred other completed projects that are either design/build, construction management, or real estate development projects done throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, and Colorado.


Wyoming

Dohn Construction Inc.

Website | 970-490-1855 | 2642 Midpoint Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Though based in Colorado, this firm has built over 245 buildings across Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming and specializes in both residential and commercial work. This firm has over two decades of experience in the Northern Colorado construction industry and has built many amazing projects. Just one worth mentioning is a Starbucks coffee shop done in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Completed in 2016, this was the only Starbucks in the capital city with a drive-thru. As a result of that unique feature, this shop was featured in Wyoming News and KGAB Radio’s online site. Aside from this project that easily captured the establishment’s signature look, Dohn Construction Inc. was also responsible for Ginger and Baker at Fort Collins, Colorado. A three-story, 106-year old building was renovated to make room for this new facility. Ginger and Baker has a pie-shop, two restaurants, a retail/coffee shop, a private wine cellar, a dining room, and a rooftop restaurant/bar. 

Due to projects like this, the firm was featured in Denver Post and was able to win awards like the BBB’s 2008 Torch Award Business Ethics, an award that honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character, ensuring that their business practices meet the highest standards of ethics. Alongside projects like Cheyenne’s Starbucks and Fort Collins’ Ginger and Baker, Dohn Construction Inc. is also known to build offices, senior housing/assisted living, multi-family institutions, and industrial structures. Currently, the firm is headed by firm president Doug Dohn who started the firm with his wife in 1992. Dohn has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the construction industry. As firm president, he is responsible for overall construction work and business development but he also serves as President of the Board for the Food Bank for Larimer County, as a committee member of the AGC of Northern Colorado, and as a committee member and stakeholder of University Connections.