Skender completes interior construction of Equity’s Chicago Office

Skender, serving as general contractor, recently completed interior construction of the 75,000-square-foot Chicago office of Equity Residential, an owner, developer and manager of rental apartment properties. Equity Residential occupies two floors at Two North Riverside with private access to the building’s roof terrace that was built out by Skender as part of the project scope. The renovated office space features a new atrium with a connecting staircase; a mix of open workstations and private offices, conference rooms and board rooms; new bathrooms; and custom millwork throughout.

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Hollywood & Highland gets $100M makeover, new name

A $100 million renovation at California's Hollywood & Highland shopping center will transform up to half of the property's space into offices. The mall will be renamed Ovation Hollywood and will be updated with a more navigable layout, new art pieces, expanded outdoor space and a simplified facade. Read the Los Angeles Times story here

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St. Paul, Minnesota forges ahead on RiversEdge

The coronavirus pandemic may alter plans for a $788 million mixed-use RiversEdge redevelopment planned for downtown St. Paul, Minn., but Ramsey County leaders say they're still "100% committed" to the project. A bonding bill that would provide some of the funds has yet to be approved by the state Legislature. Read the Star Tribune story here

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Mixed-use project planned for San Jose

A major mixed-use project is proposed near downtown San Jose and a light rail line on North First Street. City documents indicate the development would add 244 apartments, 61,000 square feet of office space and about 5,600 square feet for retail. Read the San Jose Mercury News story here

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Austin, Texas, backs $7.1B for transit initiative

The Austin, Texas, City Council has supported a $7.1 billion transit funding plan that could come to a public vote in November. The plan is geared toward extended and improved service on light-rail lines and an underground tunnel to separate rail from car traffic. Read the KVUE-TV story here

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Water park resort proposed for Hollister, Missouri

Imagine Resorts & Hotels announced plans to open an 88-acre water park resort in Hollister, Missouri, with construction slated to begin in 2021. The project will include a 100,000-square-foot themed indoor water park, a 40,000-square-foot family entertainment venue, up to eight themed restaurants, 30,000 square feet of convention space, retail space and 450 cabins and guest rooms. Read the Branson Tri-Lakes News story here

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JE Dunn proceeds with Steak 48 project in Charlotte

JE Dunn’s is moving apace with a $5.75 million interior buildout for an upscale steakhouse, Steak 48, to Apex SouthPark, a luxury mixed-use development taking shape in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the first floor of the Apex SouthPark complex Steak 48 will occupy approximately 9,600 square feet and offer diverse, fine-dining experiences featuring a collection of intimate dining rooms including patio seating. The fully exposed kitchen, with its floor to ceiling glass walls offers diners a unique view into the culinary experience.

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September debut planned for Luminary Hotel in Fort Myers, Florida

Construction projects have a life of their own. But getting a hotel built during a pandemic has been a different kind of undertaking. Read The News-Press story here

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Rare new hotel in Ocean City, NJ, to open next month

Christopher Glancey stepped out on the pool deck of what will be the first new hotel built in Ocean City in more than 20 years and admired the panoramic views that his guests will enjoy, too. Read the OCNJ Daily story here

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Hotel proposed for idle storefront in Charleston, SC

A King Street building that once housed a women’s clothing store could be turned into a small hotel and retail development if a request up for review this week gets city approval. Read The Post and Courier story here

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