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In 2017, visitor spending in Charlotte, North Carolina hit a record high of $7 billion. More than 28 million tourists visited the region — an increase of 500,000 visitors from 2016. With this high number of annual visitors, hospitality is the fourth largest industry in the Charlotte region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the city continues to see a growth in tourism, the hotel and hospitality industries need to be able to keep up to accommodate the city’s tourists.
Featured on this list are Charlotte’s best hotel and hospitality contractors. These contractors have been chosen and ranked based on the number of projects they have in the area, the awards and recognition they have received, their industry affiliations, their years in business, and the quality of their hospitality projects. These contractors have built some of the area’s most luxurious hotels and have also been recognized for their projects in various market sectors.
4140 Mendenhall Oaks Pkwy., High Point, NC 27265
Established in 1977, Kirkland has built a reputation for quality construction projects, resulting in a high percentage of repeat clients. Due to this excellent reputation, 75 percent of the firm’s employees have been with the company for more than a decade. Kirkland provides pre-construction, sustainable design, construction management, and general construction services, and has constructed numerous establishments in different market sectors, including the hospitality, industrial, commercial, and medical markets.
Among the firm’s notable hospitality projects is the Hampton Inn and Suites in Toringdon. The 120-room hotel features a business center, an on-site convenience store, a fitness room, a pool, a business center, and a laundry room.
5) J.D. Beam, Inc.
1812 Tillery Place, Suite #100, Raleigh, NC 27604
For over four decades, J.D. Beam has been one of the most reliable general contractors in the Research Triangle area. The firm was established with the goal of creating a firm that will provide clients with high-quality construction services. What started out as an interior general contractor has now become a leading commercial contractor for mid-rise office buildings, hotels, and industrial parks. Today, the firm is still a locally-owned and managed company that serves clients throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte Uptown is among the firm’s hospitality projects. Located next to the Bank of America Stadium, the hotel features spacious suites, an onsite restaurant and bar, a full-service business center, an on-site laundry facility, and a 24-hour fitness center.
4) JM Cope Construction
1069 Bayshore Dr., P.O. Box 4047, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Offering clients a variety of construction services, JM Cope Construction has been among the region’s most established commercial construction and program management firms. The firm was founded by Marty Cope, who initially worked at a general contracting firm before owning and operating his own construction business. For more than four decades, the firm has served clients in the commercial, education, faith-based, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing, interior, medical office, and municipal sectors. Today, the firm manages around $60 million of construction volume annually.
In 2015, JM Cope completed the Hampton Inn and Suites in South Charlotte. The $8 million project features 100 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool and lounge area, a fitness center, laundry facilities, a business center, and two meeting rooms. The seven-floor hotel also includes mobility accessible rooms for guests with disabilities. The 40,000 square-foot project was completed on time and on budget.
3) Barringer Construction
4020 Old Pineville Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Barringer Construction is an individually-owned firm that provides construction management, pre-construction service solutions, program management, and design-build services. With offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, Barringer serves the commercial, corporate interior, healthcare, institutional, hospitality, and mission-critical sectors. The firm’s focus is on providing clients with products of the highest quality as well as innovative building solutions. Additionally, the firm offers LEED services and has already completed $450 million in LEED projects. As an active member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Barringer promotes sustainable building methods.
One of the firm’s impressive hospitality projects is the renovation of the Charlotte City Center Marriott in uptown Charlotte. The renovations consisted of upgrades for the 19-story hotel’s 443 guest rooms and the relaunch of the hotel’s public spaces, including signature restaurants, the wine bar and lounge, the new open space lobby, and meeting spaces.
2) Cleveland Construction
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite #A275, Charlotte, NC 28277
Cleveland Construction is a family-owned construction firm that offers construction services for commercial market sectors. Specializing in general contracting, construction management, design-build, and self-performing interior trades services, the firm has completed numerous projects in multiple markets including aviation, corporate office, education, healthcare, and hospitality. In business since 1980, the firm has been a recipient of many industry awards, including the Mixed-Use Award of Excellence for the construction of Skye Condominiums and Hyatt Place Hotel from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Northern Ohio Chapter.
The Skye Condominiums and Hyatt Place Hotel features 67 luxury one- and two-bedroom condominiums with two penthouse suites, as well as a 172-room Hyatt Place Hotel consisting of a multistory hotel lobby area, an 8,000-square-foot restaurant, a ground-floor retail space, and 187 parking spaces.
1) Matthews Construction
3411 Oak Lake Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208
Founded by Bobby Matthews in 1955, Matthews Construction specializes in pre-construction and general contracting services. Throughout the years, the firm has built an impressive portfolio of projects in numerous sectors, and has served clients in North and South Carolina. Today, the family-owned business has nearly 70 full-time employees and accredited LEED professionals who are all highly skilled and experienced in all phases of construction, from the design phase to completion. The firm also takes pride in its more than 50 percent of annual volume from repeat clients.
In 2017, the firm completed the 105,150-square-foot, seven-story Hilton Garden Inn hotel with 141 guest rooms. The project consisted of more than 3,500 square feet of meeting and event space, a 24-hour business center, a large outdoor terrace, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a lobby bar.
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