Dow Smith Company is pleased to announce the recent completion of Fortress Square, a retail shopping center in the heart of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Construction of Phase 1 of the 17,000-square-foot plaza was begun in February 2018 and was completed in just seven months. The Dow Smith team worked closely with Fortress Square owner Steve Beaty of Beaty Properties, LLC and shopping center real estate agent John Harney to complete their project on time and on budget.
The estimating team’s expertise was recently put to the test with a large commercial medical project. We will soon begin construction on a new 28,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building for Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Both Andrea and Dana were instrumental in the estimating and management of the MMC project. The project scope and size made it a more complicated job than most, but it’s been a success so far thanks to the efforts of the entire Dow Smith team.
There are many factors that influence the cost of construction. Some are obvious: land acquisition, permits and construction costs. Then there are the future costs or life-cycle costs to consider: maintenance, repair, replacement—the cost of keeping the facility and its systems up and running. One of the most effective ways to control construction costs is to establish early involvement on behalf of the owner AND the contractor.
First, let’s be truthful and realistic: there simply is no cheap, easy solution to commercial construction. By definition, building a facility for business operations is going to cost money, regardless of the delivery system you choose. But, hear me now: the #1 way to reduce commercial construction costs is to stay away from the lowest bidder.
310 West Main, a commanding brick building constructed in 1925, has become a local landmark and is a highly regarded presence in Murfreesboro’s central business district. Now given a new life after extensive renovation, the structure reflects the people within: solid, respected, and committed to the community. Today, the 310 West Main building is home to one of Murfreesboro’s most celebrated law firms, McCarter/East (McE Law). Owned by Brock East, the firm is well known for its practice, which includes legal services in criminal defense, family law, construction law, business law, personal injury, and other specialties.
It comes as no shock to the average person that a ripple effect of recent technological advances and the growth of the Internet economy has been a tectonic shift in the labor force. The number of jobs that require sitting behind a desk in a cubicle – or anywhere a computer might be – has risen dramatically over the past 20 years. This shift has transformed our educational system into one that funnels students towards a different set of opportunities. While some of those opportunities offer new and exciting prospects for our economy, the trend has accelerated at the cost of marginalizing vocational and skills-based training – especially in the construction trades.
The Dow Smith team recently completed a new addition at Murfreesboro First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Since moving into their current location more than 15 years ago, the congregation has experienced immense growth and fellowship in their community. Sitting on 20 acres at 265 West Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the church saw the need to make their campus accessible for all parishioners. FUMC’s Executive Director Fred Halfpap states that the church created a new master plan to identify “what we wanted to see in the future and what the church needed. We wanted to correct some of the things we didn’t get to do when we built [our original location].”
Dow Smith Company completed a new, two-story, high-end building for Title Boxing Club at 1311 Greshampark Drive in Murfreesboro’s Gateway district this past winter. Working as the general contractor with Architect Rob McKelvey of McKelvey Architecture, we began the structural steel with masonry façade project last summer. Title Boxing Club occupies the second floor and the first floor is open for retail and/or office space. The new, 4,400-square-foot facility features guided boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts classes. One-on-one coaching is also available. Patrons work with certified trainers and can complement their workout with free weights and exercise equipment.
What business wouldn’t want to choose a building process that offers opportunities to save money, to reduce construction time, to allow customization, to optimize quality, and to streamline the entire experience? No hands raised in the audience? That comes as no surprise to all of us at Dow Smith Company. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients since 1992, and those are key advantages that every one of our clients has valued.
Today, we’re pleased to be regarded as Middle Tennessee's expert in a process loaded with many intrinsic benefits. Known as “Design-Build,” its cost efficiency, time savings, and collaborative nature have made it popular among clients for everything from commercial and municipal buildings to sports facilities, churches, restaurants, manufacturing plants, medical facilities, and more.
It’s not unusual for us to get a phone call from a healthcare provider who is nearing the end of his or her lease and has decided to look at other options. The benefits of owning your own facility are many—being your own landlord, having the ability to customize your workspace, building equity, and even creating an additional revenue stream.