With more than 150 embassies, event facilities, and the 2.3-million-square-foot Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C. offers endless opportunities for meetings and events. As one of the leading destinations for meetings and conventions in the country, D.C. attracted nearly one million visitors in 2016. It’s no surprise, then, that the demand for hotel and hospitality accommodations is also on the rise, making D.C.’s hospitality industry one of its strongest sectors.
This high demand for quality hotel accommodations also creates a strong market for general contractors with the skills, expertise, and experience it takes to build complex, luxurious, functional hotels. Our team went looking for Washington D.C. contractors who have built some of the finest hotels in the country. We considered the number of projects a firm has in the city, the awards and recognition they have earned, their industry affiliations, their notable clients, their years in business, and the overall quality of their hotel projects.
7) Stoehr Construction
5292 Enterprise St. Suite A, Eldersburg, MD 21784
Since 1987, Stoehr Construction has provided full-service commercial general construction services for numerous sectors throughout the Washington area. The firm is part of the Stoehr group, along with Stoehr Telecom Construction, Stoehr Properties, and Stoehr Development. Since its founding, the firm has delivered quality workmanship to clients throughout the Metro Washington and Baltimore areas. Stoehr Construction specializes in general contracting, construction management, design-build, and sustainable construction services.
Among Stoehr’s projects in the hospitality sector is the Embassy Row Hotel on Massachusetts Ave. The boutique lifestyle hotel features a seasonal rooftop pool, a modern fitness center, and a 24-hour business center.
6) BPGS Construction
3321 12th St. NE Suite #3, Washington, DC 20017
Since 1999, BPGS Construction has provided clients with design-build, procurement, and construction management services. Based in Wilmington, the firm serves the Mid-Atlantic region’s hospitality, residential, office, commercial, retail, sports and entertainment, and higher education sectors. The firm’s “ownership mentality” allows its team to think like an owner and commit to delivering impressive results in the most efficient manner. For its construction excellence, the firm has been a recipient of numerous Construction Excellence Awards and Historic Preservation Awards.
One of the firm’s remarkable hospitality projects is the Hampton Inn and Suites in 1st & N Street SE. The new 13-story, 92,600-square-foot hotel features 136 rooms, a rooftop bar, and a 2,000-square-foot event space. Completed in 2015, the project is located near Nationals Park and the Washington D.C. Navy Yard.
6305 Ivy Ln. Suite #800, Greenbelt, MD 20770
For over a century, Whiting-Turner has provided general contracting, construction management, design-build, and integrated project delivery services to over 30 locations nationwide. The company takes pride in employing efficient processes and the latest technology in each project to ensure successful results for its clients. In its many years of being in the construction business, the firm has completed numerous projects in multiple sectors including the cultural market, energy, entertainment, federal, healthcare, higher education, historical, hospitality, retail, and more.
Among Whiting-Turner’s notable hospitality projects is the renovation of the eight-story, 175-room St. Regis Hotel. Originally opened in 1926, the luxury hotel underwent renovations including the replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems, cosmetic repairs in the hotel’s public areas and meeting spaces, new public restrooms, kitchen renovation, roof replacement, and elevator upgrades.
4) Hensel Phelps
1600 Tysons Blvd. Suite #800, Tysons Corner, VA 22102
For more than eight decades, Hensel Phelps has provided top-notch construction services to its clients across the United States. The firm takes pride in its collaborative approach that blends innovative technology and communication in each project. The firm is guided by four pillars: people, process, partnership, and technology. Hensel Phelps has built long-standing relationships with its clients and industry partners. Its many decades of experience in the construction industry has enabled the firm to construct numerous aviation facilities, commercial buildings, education campuses, government facilities, healthcare facilities, hospitality infrastructures, and more.
Completed in 2014, the Marriott Marquis is a 1,261,861-square-foot project located in downtown Washington D.C. The four-story hotel features 1,125 guestrooms, 46 suites, and a concierge lounge. The hotel project received a LEED Silver certification.
3) HR Construction Group
10200 Old Columbia Rd. Suite K, Columbia, MD 21046
From constructing retail and office projects to hospitality and multifamily complexes, the team at HR Construction Group provides cost-effective and value-engineered solutions to its clients. With its commitment to providing excellent customer service, the majority of the firm’s projects come from repeat clients. Among the famous brands and clients that the firm has worked with include Hilton Worldwide, Autograph Collection Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Grand Hyatt, Marriott, and St. Regis, among many others.
Among the firm’s noteworthy projects is the Mandarin Oriental. The firm completed a six-month renovation of 323 guestrooms and 46 suites. The renovation also included the demolition of pre-existing hotel guestrooms and the construction of 19 hearing-impaired accessible rooms.
2) Clark Construction
7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
Clark Construction is an American-owned and operated construction firm that has been serving multiple states across the nation since 1906. The firm started out as a small local excavator and is now one of the leading construction service providers with a national reach. Over the years, the firm has built an impressive portfolio of projects of various sizes and complexity. An experienced contractor in multiple markets, the firm has constructed numerous projects in the aviation, education, healthcare, hospitality, mass transit, mixed-use, retail, and office markets. Many of these projects have received a number of awards and recognition from distinguished organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Engineering-News Record (ENR), and Design-Build Institute of America.
Clark Construction completed the Marriott Courtyard U.S. Capitol in 2009. The 160,000-square-foot hotel project features 218 rooms, top-of-the-line amenities, and an exterior glass elevator which connects to a pedestrian overpass to the New York Avenue Metro Station.
1) HITT Contracting
2900 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042
With more than seven decades of award-winning construction services throughout the nation, HITT Contracting is a regularly recognized commercial construction leader with multiple offices across the country. The firm’s diverse experience ranges from performing small jobs to full-base building renovations and shell construction. Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia and with offices in Atlanta, California, Charleston, Texas, New York, Raleigh, Richmond, Seattle, and South Florida, the company’s national presence has caught the eye of award-giving organizations. In 2018, Hitt ranked #43 on ENR’s list of Top 400 Contractors and second Largest General Contractors in Greater D.C. by the Washington Business Journal.
In a joint venture with studio3877 Architecture, HITT renovated the Phoenix Park Hotel. The project consisted of major interior renovations to update the historic hotel’s 149 guestrooms. The project also included the replacement of all roofing, elevators, heating and air conditioning systems, and the vestibule entrance.
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