Hotel and hospitality projects require years of construction experience to ensure structurally-sound and beautiful results. From new construction to extensive renovations and upgrades, these projects entail the expertise of qualified and professional builders. If you’re looking to construct a hotel or hospitality project in the city, this list features the contractors behind some of the city’s luxurious hotel projects. Our team has chosen and evaluated these builders based on the number of projects they have built in the city, the awards and recognition they’ve received, their industry affiliations, the years they’ve been in business, their notable clientele, and the quality of their hotel and hospitality projects. These builders have also been recognized not just for their projects in the hospitality sector but for their projects in other markets as well.
8) Brackett Builders
185 Marybill Dr., Troy, OH 45373
Bracket Builders has been in business since 1983, providing Ohio clients with commercial and residential construction services. The company strives to create outstanding relationships with its clients and to uphold the highest possible construction standards. Specializing in preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and post-construction services, the company has more than $80 million in annual revenue and has constructed more than 5 million square feet of commercial real estate.
One of Brackett’s notable hospitality projects is the nine-story Hilton Polaris. The project consisted of 252 rooms, 25 executive rooms and suites, a day spa, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, and a 15,000-square-foot conference and event space.
7) Miles-McClellan Construction
2100 Builders Place, Columbus, OH 43204
Serving Columbus and Charlotte clients, Miles-McClellan Construction has completed an array of complex construction projects since its founding in 1978. Terry McClellan and Lonnie Miles, founders of the company, left a large, international construction firm in order to pursue their belief that there was a better way to deliver construction services. McClellan founded McClellan Construction in 1978, and Miles started his own firm, Concept Construction Company, in 1980. The two then merged their companies to form what is now known as Miles-McClellan Construction.
In 2016, the firm completed the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and Grand Event Center in Grandview Heights. The new hotel features 135 guestrooms, including several balcony suites with views of the downtown Columbus area, an indoor pool, an outdoor courtyard and fire pit, a walk-up bistro, and a 4,500-square-foot ballroom.
6) HiFive Development Services
202 West Main St., Mason, OH 45040
Mason-based HiFive is a design-build architecture and construction firm that serves clients throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the Midwest region. With its in-house design-build capabilities, the HiFive team has the skills and expertise needed to provide clients with outstanding full-service design and construction workmanship including architectural, construction, development, and planning services. As one of the Midwest’s premier hotel and church contractors, HiFive also specializes in constructing assisted living facilities, retail stores, industrial plants, and other special projects.
One of its recent projects is the four-story Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel, featuring 100 rooms, an indoor pool and spa, a meeting space, fitness center, and a business center.
5) Continental Building Co.
150 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Founded by Continental Real Estate Companies, Continental Building Co has been providing design-build, construction management, and general contracting services for over three decades. In its many years in business, the firm has grown extensively, reaching revenues of $275 million annually. Led by Todd Alexander, the firm has grown from 30 to more than 150 full-time associates and has expanded its geographic reach from the Midwest area to both coasts. Today, Continental Building maintains a 94 percent repeat-client rate. The firm takes pride in its real estate roots, which allows it to provide thorough and well-researched estimates and realistic schedules. The firm is regularly ranked among the Top 400 Contractors list by the Engineering-News Record (ENR).
One of the firm’s impressive hotel projects is the Westar Renaissance Hotel in Westerville. The 149,000-square-foot project is an eight-story hotel that has a modern lake house theme. It also has many exclusive amenities like a members-only M Lounge, an outdoor pond with a tiered-seating atrium, and terrace and outdoor function space.
4) Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc.
5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. Suite #300, Columbus, OH 43220
Established in 1945, Ruscilli Construction specializes in preconstruction, program management, construction management, design-build, design-assist, general contracting, trades contracting, and construction consultation services. From a small trade contractor in the 1940s, the firm has grown rapidly in the 1980s while serving the institutional and educational markets. Today, the firm is now one of the largest full-service construction firms in the Midwest, serving clients in various market sectors such as the healthcare market, retail, hospitality, education, mixed-use, commercial, and recreational markets, among many others.
One of the firm’s notable hospitality projects is the 91,000-square-foot Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott. Located near the Ohio State University campus, the hotel features 165 guest rooms, an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness facility, and meeting rooms.
3) Summit Construction
4401 Lyman Dr. Hilliard, OH 43026
Akron-based Summit Construction is a construction management and general contracting firm serving the hospitality, education, healthcare, multifamily, horticulture, retail, office, and industrial markets. Founded in 1992, the firm’s team consists of professional engineers, construction managers, estimators, project superintendents, and LEED APs with a combined experience of more than 100 years. Louis Ciraldo, the founder of Summit Construction, has over four decades of experience in the construction industry.
In 2009, the firm completed the Cambria Suites in Polaris Center. The four-story, 125-suite hotel features an indoor pool spa, an exercise room, and two meeting rooms which can be formed into a large banquet area and a restaurant and bar space. The 89,000-square-foot project was completed in 12 months.
2) Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Ave., South Birmingham, AL 35233
In business since 1921, Brasfield and Gorrie takes pride in being one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country. The firm specializes in general contracting, design-build, and construction management services throughout multiple cities. Brasfield and Gorrie is a successor to the Thos. C. Brasfield company, a general contracting firm that operated as a sole proprietor beginning in 1921. In 1964, Miller Gorrie purchased the firm’s construction assets and in 1967, the firm became Brasfield and Gorrie. The company was the ENR Southeast’s #1 Top Green Contractor from 2013 to 2015. Over the years, the firm has completed over 125 LEED projects and has more than $3 billion in its 2018 revenue.
One of its impressive projects in its collection is the Le Meridien Columbus. The 107,000-square-foot project, ten-story hotel features an art-themed boutique hotel with 135 guest rooms, a restaurant, cafe, spa, meeting rooms, and conference space with a 2,698-square-foot ballroom.
1) Turner Construction
262 Hanover St., Columbus, OH 43215
Serving multiple sectors, Turner Construction has established a reputation as one of the leading builders nationally and internationally. Since 1902, the company has constructed numerous aviation and transportation facilities, commercial, cultural and entertainment buildings, data centers, education campuses, healthcare institutions, industrial properties, religious buildings, hotels, and restaurants. Over the years, the company has earned numerous national industry awards from distinct organizations. In 2016, Turner was ranked as the ENR’s #1 Green Builder in the Country and the #1 General Contractor in the U.S., and was recognized as a top builder in the healthcare, university, hotel, office, and green building sectors in Building Design + Construction’s 2016 Giants 300 Report.
Turner constructed the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The 438,000-square-foot hotel features 532 rooms, a ballroom space, meeting and banquet rooms, a restaurant and bar, a pool, and a fitness center. The project also consisted of the construction of a pedestrian bridge connecting to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
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