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Frontier Building Completes Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ First Chili’s

FRONTIER Building has completed its third Chili’s Grill & Bar. Built from the ground-up, the 5,000-square-foot casual dining restaurant is located at 555 Hubbard Avenue in the Berkshire Crossing Shopping Center in Pittsfield, Mass. It is Pittsfield’s first Chili’s Grill & Bar.

The fast-casual eatery’s 10-seat bar features the latest interior prototype design, which brings a modern twist to the timeless franchise. The restaurant’s interior features brick, wood and stone details creating a warm dining experience.

“We’re grateful to have been selected to build out this new restaurant design concept for Chili’s Grill & Bar,” says Andrew Goggin, director of construction at FRONTIER Building. “The project was completed successfully and efficiently, and we’re proud to add it to our roster of completed projects across the country.”

To read more about this project, visit Retail & Restaurant Facility Business.

SoLé Mia’s Free Construction Training Program Addresses Labor Shortage in Construction

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In today’s tight labor market, construction firms are facing higher costs, longer time spent on projects, and more work for their builders. But some firms, like SoLé Mia, have setup pipeline programs in South Florida high schools to keep good recruits coming into the industry.

SoLé Mia partnered with CBT College to provide free construction training to North Miami Senior High School students, as an example of addressing the labor shortage in the construction industry. Much of their time in the program is spent doing hands-on training in not only construction, but also technology, plumbing, HVAC systems and REVIT 3D modeling.

The goal is for students to earn college credits, as well as a diploma in Building Construction Technology so they are inspired to get a head start on their careers in the industry. To read more on how CRE companies are facing the labor shortage, head to Bisnow South Florida.

SoLē Mia Continues Free Construction Training Program with CBT College for High School Students

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Earlier this year, Oleta Partners, developer of SoLē Mia, launched a free construction training program with CBT College for North Miami Senior High School seniors. After five months of hands-on training, a total of 10 students successfully graduated from the pilot program in August with diplomas in Building Construction Technology. Due to its success, Oleta Partners is continuing the program with 15 new NMSHS seniors.

The program is part of Oleta Partners’ commitment to providing opportunities that support the local North Miami community and that promote the growth in the industry. The program will help address the shortage of skilled laborers plaguing the construction industry by fostering a new generation of qualified construction workers.

For the next six months, the students will take courses in Plumbing, Electricity & Systems, A/C Systems, Building Construction, and REVIT 3D Modeling, among others that will introduce them to the construction industry. Students will learn from experienced faculty and receive at least 50 percent hands-on training time in the school’s laboratories.

Once students have completed the program, they will have earned a total of 21 college credits and will receive a diploma in Building Construction Technology. With their training and diploma, they will be prepared to enter the workforce as building construction technicians or assistants.

FRONTIER Building Breaks Ground On New Krispy Kreme

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Be on the lookout for that famous “HOT NOW” Krispy Kreme sign. FRONTIER Building has broken ground on its first Krispy Kreme project. Construction is underway for an updated storefront to replace the existing location.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) broke ground Monday on a new North Miami store.

The doughnut and coffee chain company aims to replace its store at 590 N.E. 167th St. with a new one at 530 N.E. 167th St. Once the new store is completed, the current location will be redeveloped as a Wawa gas and convenient store.

Miami-based Frontier Building is overseeing the development of the 3,576-square-foot store. Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, the store will feature a drive-thru and 11 parking space.

To read the full story, visit the South Florida Business Journal.

Photo by: Willy de la Cruz

Stambul Acquires the Historic Walgreens Building in Downtown Miami

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Stambul, a family-owned and operated, full-service boutique construction and development firm, finalized the purchase of the historic Walgreens building in Downtown Miami for $19.75 million. Located at 200 East Flagler St., the building was owned by the Alonso family and was once home to La Epoca Department Store. Stambul plans to transform the approximately 50,000 sq. ft. building into a multi-level entertainment complex, which will serve as a catalyst for Downtown Miami’s resurgence.

The iconic Walgreens building at 200 E. Flagler St. in downtown Miami has a new owner with big plans for the future of the historic property.

The Miami-based construction and development firm Stambul paid $19.75 million for the 50,000 square-foot building. The sale closed on Friday.

The building was put up for sale in June 2016 by the Alonso family, who owned the department store La Epoca that had operated out of the location since 2005. The store closed in November 2016.

The five-story building, which was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and cannot be torn down, will be turned into a multi-level collection of high-end restaurants, retail and entertainment venues.

“We are meticulously and thoughtfully curating and overseeing vendors, spaces and activities that will integrate to provide an organic experience,” Stambul’s Principal Daniel Peña Giraldi said in a press release. “Stambul wants to be a key player in the rebirth of Downtown Miami and its evolution into a culinary and entertainment destination for locals and tourists.

To read more, visit The Miami Herald.

Construction at SoLē Mia Picks Up

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Construction is rapidly picking up at SoLē Mia – a community that will rise at 15045 Biscayne Boulevard. As the largest project in North Miami’s history, SoLē Mia is set to become South Florida’s next iconic neighborhood blending the serenity of open spaces with the vibrancy of an urban center.

Construction on the site went vertical at the end of 2017 with SoLē Mia’s first two residential towers and the Warren Henry Automobile Dealership consisting of Land Rover, Jaguar and Infiniti. The site’s Costco is quickly moving along and will be a tenant of The Shops at SoLē Mia. The development will reshape the North Miami landscape and transform the area into an exciting destination for guests and residents. When completed, SoLē Mia Miami will feature 4,390 residences, approximately 500,000 square feet of lifestyle shopping, emerald green community parks, chef-driven restaurants, entertainment venues and office spaces.

With construction on the SoLē Mia site pushing forward, SoLē Mia’s Local Preference Office is offering City of North Miami residents short- and long-term job opportunities in various construction trades.

Stantec Breaks Ground on Atelier in the Dallas Arts District

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Global architecture and design firm Stantec has broken ground on Atelier, the 41-story residential building located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Atelier, which means “artist workshop”, is designed to support the District’s local artists and residents with an appreciation for the arts and urban living.

The mixed-use high-rise will feature 364 luxury residential units and 52 mixed-income artist’s lofts that include 43 affordable artist residences. The project also includes an amenity deck with a pool, 15,000 square-feet of retail and gallery and exhibit space.

“Atelier is being built on the idea of patronage. The building’s modern design will integrate with its neighboring performing and visual arts venues, while also supporting local artists, residents and community members who share a common need to create beauty,” said Andrew Burnett, principal at Stantec’s Miami office, which is leading the architecture and interior design of Atelier.

After years of waiting, developers are set to break ground today on Atelier, which in its most recent incarnation is a 41-story luxury high‐rise in the Dallas Arts District.

The mixed‐use development, which is marketing itself as the tallest rental tower in the Dallas area, will be comprised of 364 residential tower units with sweeping views of Uptown and downtown Dallas.

The project between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center will have over 26,000 square feet of amenity space and 15,000 square feet of onsite retail.

Atelier is also planned to be home to Flora Lofts, 52 affordable artist lofts developed by DFW architect Graham Greene.

In addition, there will be 157 hourly‐fee public parking spaces in the underground structure and 553 resident spaces in a 10‐story parking garage.

Orlando-based multifamily developer Zom Living is developing Atelier in partnership with affiliates of Daiwa House Texas Inc. and Itochu Corp.

To read more, visit The Dallas Business Journal.

17 West Mixed-Use Development in Miami Beach Tops Off

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Architecture and design firm Stantec, Grycon, Turnberry Associates and Elion Partners celebrated the topping off of the five-story 17 West mixed-use development, which includes residences and Miami’s second Trader Joe’s grocery store. Located on 17th Street between Alton Road and West Avenue in Miami Beach, the 185,388 square foot project will include 23 residential units, a rooftop pool deck with a gym, ground level commercial space and a public garage with 193 parking spaces. The residential units range from one bedroom to three bedrooms. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2019.

Midtown 8 Residential Development in Midtown Miami Tops Off

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Architecture and design firm Stantec, Kast Construction and developer Wood Partners celebrated the topping off of the 28-story Midtown 8 residential development located on a two-acre site at 2901 and 2951 NE 1st Avenue in Midtown Miami. The mixed-use development includes 387 residences, retail space and parking.

When completed in May 2019, Midtown 8 will feature 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, an amenity deck above an attached 519-car garage, 27 Citi Bike spots, a clubhouse, a landscaped linear outdoor space with dog walk area and a colorful mural art wall expressive of the neighborhood. The residential units range from studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedroom penthouses with elevated ceilings.

Other residential amenities include a co-working space in the lobby, spacious hammock garden, a rocking chair lounge area, yoga studio, demonstration kitchen and juice bar. The outdoor amenity spaces will have lush greenery and green walls creating an inviting and relaxing oasis for residents.

OBR’s Newest Client, FRONTIER Building

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations (OBR) is proud to announce the addition of FRONTIER Building to its premier client list. FRONTIER Building is a national general contractor, construction management and design-build services firm that specializes in providing turn-key construction projects for its clients.

Helping their clients transform imagination into reality, FRONTIER Building focuses on the unique needs of each of its clients in each particular market. Their well seasoned and carefully trained project managers, estimators and superintendents have market-specific expertise, which translates into seamless and successful construction projects for their clients.

The OBR team has been working to rebrand FRONTIER Building and deliver new marketing tools. Although FRONTIER Building has thrived over the years by consistently delivering for its clients and fostering valuable relationships, in today’s world, businesses need to leverage different tools to manage relationships, stay ahead of the competition and accelerate growth. To optimize effectiveness, we’ve created an improved modern, relevant image for the FRONTIER Building brand that stands unique in the national, commercial construction market, while also appealing to the high-end interiors clientele. In the coming weeks, OBR will be delivering new corporate websites and materials and launching a national public relations campaign. Stay tuned!