Ottawa Commercial Construction 2017 Crystal Ball

So what should we expect for 2017 in Ottawa commercial construction and general contracting?  While our friends to the south focus on making things “great again,” we’re continuing to thrive in Ottawa!  Here’s a few trends we’re predicting for North America (even Trump country) in 2017 for the commercial general contracting and construction.

“Sticky” Shopping Experiences
As retailers continue to work to combat e-commerce, one of the top strategies is to drive traffic by creating a unique and engaging experience that gives shoppers new reason to head to the mall – and stay when they are there. In today’s market, food-entertainment concepts have emerged as one of the most popular ways to make new and existing shopping centers an entertainment destination in and of themselves.

This emphasis on food-entertainment is part of a larger trend wherein clients are transitioning under-performing shopping centers into full-service entertainment districts with retail, multiple restaurants, theaters and more.

Golden Age for Boomers 
It;’s not hard to predict an increase in commercial construction in the senior housing sector next year and for the foreseeable future. Aging Canadians are looking to downsize and move into communities to live out their golden years. Across the board, the residential experience at these communities is changing. Rather than large, sterile facilities, new and renovated developments are incorporating a new mix of amenities with a hospitality feel.

Upgrade Me!
Hospitality Ottawa commercial construction projects continue to look for upgrades as hotels look to stand out from competition with a strategic mix of amenities. A recent survey by Hotel Management magazine found that 70 percent of respondents plan to allocate budget toward renovations in 2017, and amenity areas are especially ripe for remodeling work as existing hotels reallocate their space based on guest priorities. Often, that means less square footage devoted to a spa area or pool, and more emphasis placed on the amenities guests say they use most – a fitness center, comfortable lounge areas and food and beverage offerings. Many of these projects echo the focus on social interaction we have seen in other sectors, as even value-based brands add amenities they have not traditionally offered – including lobby bars and dining options within the footprint of the building.

Wed love to hear from you and help with your Ottawa commercial construction services with our Ottawa design-build and general contracting services… but for now, Happy New Year!

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