Can you introduce Shawmut to our readers?
Shawmut Design and Construction is a national construction management firm with 11 offices nationwide, including in South Florida’s Miami and West Palm Beach. Shawmut has been active in South Florida for the last 25 years and has thoughtfully executed countless signature projects for the region’s top hospitality groups.
Please explain to readers about the services/solutions that Shawmut provides to clients.
Shawmut is a construction management firm that is dedicated to providing clients a better building experience. Throughout the entire journey—from pre-construction to the grand opening—we act as a true partner, becoming an extension of our client’s team to ensure flawless execution. We help bring our clients’ visions to life, utilizing our deep expertise in the market coupled with best-in-class construction management practices, innovative technology, and a unique ability to facilitate upfront collaboration with all stakeholders that enables diversity of thought. (Pictured: Tim Barges, Director, South Florida, Shawmut)
Can you explain trends in “maximizing and monetizing every square foot of a business?”
In result of the pandemic, hospitality industry leaders have been evaluating their service models, figuring out ways to become more efficient, and finding new ways to drive revenue. That is why we are seeing new creative strategies emerge to maximize and monetize every square foot of a property. In particular, hotels are examining the effectiveness of their used—and unused—space. For example, extra lobby space is being used to accommodate food and beverage, and existing amenity space is being transformed to be flexible and multi-purpose so revenue can be generated 24 hours a day.
Shawmut is employee owned. Can you discuss how this business model improves quality?
Being 100% employee-owned means every employee has an invested interest in the success of the company and the success of their projects. Shawmut team members bring an owner’s mentality to everything they do to consistently exceed expectations. Because of this, we deliver an unmatched client experience and finished product.
Would you share some of the projects that you’ve worked on in Florida, and also some of the memorable hospitality projects that Shawmut has managed?
I’ve been working in Florida since 2014 and some of my favorite projects have been for The Diplomat Beach Resort and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami. Currently, our Miami team is working on the completion of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina’s new event center.
Shawmut has been involved in South Florida’s hospitality industry for almost three decades, completing projects that span from fine dining restaurants to fast casual chains to upscale hotels. We played an instrumental role in developing the Miami Design District into a vibrant high-end retail and hospitality haven; built some of Miami’s most iconic, high end, and trendiest restaurants; and completed work for award-winning hotel groups. Notable clients and projects include Soho Beach House, Le Jardinier, The Surf Club Restaurant at the Four Seasons, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Smith & Wollensky, and Pink Taco.
What are you seeing in industry trends for 2023 and beyond?
- The guest experience will remain top priority, but business models will pivot to reduce operating costs without sacrificing experience.
- Sustainability practices such as making buildings self-sufficient and energy independent will be implemented.
- There is a renewed focus on wellness in hotels and resorts.
- Hotels will capitalize on remote/hybrid work by generating revenue from rooms in new ways. For example, rooms that would normally be empty during business hours will be rented out as an alternative to working from home.
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