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Which Wich® Arrives in Fountain City with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, Studio Four Design
Fountain City Tennessee Which Wich built by Leon Williams ContractorsMaryville-based commercial design-build firm and Knoxville-based architecture firm help bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Fountain City

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – June 26, 2017 – Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, and Studio Four Design, a Knoxville-based architecture firm, has officially opened in Fountain City.

Franchise owner Jeff Hensley, along with his wife Amy and two children, are responsible for bringing the store to the area. The new location was designed by Studio Four Design with Leon Williams Contractors bringing the design to life.

“This is our fourth location in the greater Knoxville area, and a location we’ve had our eye on for quite some time,” Hensley said. “We were fortunate enough to work with the great people at Studio Four Design and Leon Williams Contractors to help bring our large variety of sandwiches and awesome milkshakes closer to residents in Fountain City and North Knoxville.”

Along with his Alcoa store that was opened in April, this marks the second Which Wich Hensley has opened in 2017.

“We worked on the Alcoa location with Jeff, and it’s been great to see his franchise business grow,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “We’re happy to help him and his team bring Which Wich to even more Knoxville residents.”

Along with the Alcoa store, Hensley also has locations in Cedar Bluff and Oak Ridge, making the Fountain City store the fourth opened by Hensley in the greater Knoxville area.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked on three of Jeff’s stores in the Knox and Blount County region,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “Our entire team looks forward to working with Jeff and his family in the future as they continue to grow their business.”

About Which Wich
Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 500 locations open or in development in 39 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors
An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

About Studio Four Design Inc.
Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters, and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their clients’ lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride in and is dedicated to all of the clients they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Building a church can be a challenge, but keep the faith

Leon Williams Contractors offers a design-build solution to Knoxville-area church constructionstockcreek

There are some potential pitfalls and challenges, but Leon Williams Contractors can help ensure construction of a new worship facility goes as smoothly as possible.

Most churches encounter cost-overruns the congregation is unprepared – or unable – to cover. That’s why working with a design-build firm can ensure your project comes in on time and under budget. At Leon Williams Contractors, we’ve been building houses of worship in the Maryville and Knoxville areas for years and we subscribe to the design-build process because of its ability to keep costs in check and produce the facility that is right for the needs of your church and congregation.

Here’s a quick look at common challenges associated with church construction:

Planning and design

Make sure your church planning committee has a good idea of what purposes and needs the new church will meet. You should also know your budget constraints and commit to staying within those guidelines. We can help with this process on the front end to help mold the design to meet both the program and budget.

Cost

Churches typically pay for construction costs through money on-hand; capital fundraising; and traditional borrowing. Needless to say, failure to remain within the financing footprint can wreak havoc on an entire ministry and threaten the very future viability of a congregation. Make sure “soft” costs –such as fees, permits, furnishings, audio, video, lighting, signage – beyond the scope of the building contract are kept in mind.

Contracting

This step is key to locking in a cost and reducing financial risk. Your congregation or diocese should make sure you have a qualified representative in place to negotiate and set terms on your behalf. One advantage to a design-build firm is the streamlining of negotiations. At Leon Williams Contractors, we can contract the designer of the project and walk thru the process as your representative. We also have decades of experiences building houses of worship, and understand and can anticipate the needs and challenges that may arise.

Variables

The cost per square foot of church construction hinges on a range of factors, including location, size, style, and volume. The site of the church can have a big impact on cost, depending on the amount of necessary site preparation, including ease of excavation and utility infrastructure needs. Site preparation can be a big determining factor in the ultimate cost of your worship facility. Ensure your budgeting is liberal to avoid potentially devastating cost overruns. Site assessment is a primary part of our pre-construction consultation.

Master plan

Make sure your church has a master plan – and make sure the project falls within the master plan. The plan should entail midrange and long-range visions for your congregation and its mission. It’s important to ensure your ultimate building plans fall within this master plan.

Building a new worship facility – or expanding an existing one – may seem like a daunting proposition, but Leon Williams Contractors, which has built more than a dozen worship facilities in the Knoxville area, can ensure it blossoms.

If you or your congregation is interested in learning more about how design-build construction can more efficiently and effectively manage costs and deadlines for your new church or expansion, give us a call at 865-982-1734 or fill out our contact form today.

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Straight to dessert: How the design-build method can save new restaurateurs

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More Americans than ever are dining out, and comfort food is a big draw. People want food that harkens back to their childhood, like meat loaf, chicken and dumplings, and pot pie.

Your grandmother made a lot of her best dinners from scratch, but she likely still found ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies without sacrificing flavor or quality.

The same thing can be said of building a restaurant from scratch: A good design-build firm can reduce costs and add value without sacrificing the quality and draw of your new restaurant.

The Leon Williams team has helped design and build multiple restaurants in Maryville and throughout the Knoxville area, ranging from franchise sites to original casual concepts.

Having a single contractor that handles both the design and actual construction offers numerous – and cost-saving – benefits, so you can focus on achieving your culinary dreams.

Here are five ways the design-build approach of the Leon Williams team can cut costs and not quality:

  1. We can leverage our resources to obtain all permits, submit site plans and receive municipal approvals while you can focus on staffing, eventual inventory and furnishings.
  2. We will work with our pre-qualified subcontractors and vendors to provide a high quality job completed on time and on budget.
  3. We can again leverage our contacts to streamline purchase orders, so you can occupy yourself with the menu instead of your restaurant’s mechanics. We can also help prospective restaurateurs with practical, cost-saving advice on elements ranging from flooring types to ceilings.
  4. The time saved using the stream-lined design-build approach means you can open your restaurant or franchise more quickly – leading to faster opening days, which ultimately means more revenue.
  5. We have vast experience in the restaurant construction realm, so we are already familiar with frequent challenges or potential pitfalls that come with building and opening a new eatery.

 

It might seem that leaving both the design and construction in the hands of one project manager might cut you out of the loop, but according to testimonials from our customers, rest assured your concerns will be heard, your ideas will be welcome, and your dream of restaurant ownership will come true.

 

For more information on how we can assist you with your restaurant construction, contact the team at Leon Williams Contractors today to learn how our knowledge and expertise can be used to your advantage.

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Leon Williams Contractors and Studio Four Design Help Bring Which Wich® to Alcoa

Maryville, Tennessee-based commercial design-build firm and Knoxville-based architecture firm work together to help bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Alcoa

Which Wich Alcoa Tennessee - Leon Williams Contractors - Studio Four DesignMARYVILLE, Tenn. – April 19, 2017 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, and Studio Four Design, a Knoxville-based architecture firm, teamed up with Which Wich® franchise owner Jeff Hensley, to bring their Superior Sandwiches to Alcoa.

The new location, which opened its doors Monday, was designed by Studio Four Design with Leon Williams Contractors bringing the design to life.

“Studio Four Design and Leon Williams Contractors were instrumental in helping us bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to the Alcoa area,” said Hensley. “We had several Blount County residents visiting our Cedar Bluff store and asking when we would open up one closer to where they live. We’re happy to finally be able to offer our large variety of sandwiches and awesome milkshakes closer to residents in Maryville, Alcoa and the surrounding areas.”

Hensley and his wife Amy opened their first Knoxville area Which Wich franchise in 2014, and the Alcoa location marks the third store for the couple in the area.

“We’re proud to work on a project so close to home,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “Jeff and his team have been great to work with, and I’m glad we got to help them bring Which Wich to the Alcoa area.”

Construction of Hensley’s fourth Which Wich location in Fountain City is underway and is expected to open by the end of June.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to work on all of Jeff’s new locations here in the greater Knoxville area,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “I’m proud of our design team and the work we’ve done, and look forward to seeing Jeff and his family continue to grow their business.”

About Which Wich

Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 500 locations open or in development in 39 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters, and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride in and is dedicated to all of the projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Building for your patients: medical office construction tips

medical office construction - Leon Williams Construction - East TennesseeWalk into a medical office these days and you may be surprised. The days of hard-backed chairs and flickering fluorescent lights have been replaced with warm, inviting colors and natural sunlight. Building a design around the needs of your patients is important in healthcare. If you are considering renovation, retrofits or building a new medical office, the team at Leon Williams Contractors can assist you with your requirements.

Although there may be financial or space limitations in place, the design/build, pre-construction consultation and value-engineering services offered by Leon Williams Contractors can work within your requirements for construction of your medical facility in Blount County, Maryville, Knoxville, Lenoir City and elsewhere in East Tennessee.

Utilize these medical office construction tips to maximize your budget and available space:

Understand the needs of your patients

Depending on which aspect of the medical field you work in, planning for the needs of your patients should be your first consideration. The layout of a dental office will be different than the layout for an office that services less ambulatory visitors. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering is studying changes to widths in some medical settings, which may necessitate changes in certain environments. Understanding the needs of your patients prior to beginning any work will help you stay within budget to meet your individual requirements.

Make your visitors comfortable

In most situations, visitors to a medical office have a sense of anxiety. If they are ill, having tests run or undergoing a dental procedure, a soothing medical space will allow them to be more at ease. Bright waiting areas can make patients nervous; instead, create a warm and open space with comfortable seating that offers a sense of reassurance. Adding artwork and ensuring a quiet setting are becoming more commonplace in medical settings.

Think about traffic flow

Traffic flow in your medical setting should be designed around the idea of serving your visitors and patients in the most efficient way possible. Wide hallways, easy to follow designations for rooms and smooth traffic flow will help the medical staff accomplish rounds easier.

Build for growth

While space restrictions may inhibit your ability to build for growth, being forward-thinking about your future will offer significant benefits. Extra exam rooms can seem like an unnecessary expense now, but if your practice continues to grow, you will be able to save on future expansions or moves.

Leon Williams Contractors have been designing and building for the medical and commercial needs of Knoxville and East Tennessee since 1964. If we can assist you with design/build or value-engineering services for your medical office location, contact the team at Leon Williams Contractors today to learn how our knowledge and expertise can be used to your advantage.

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