Falling in Love with Your Facility Again

    Renovation can be an economical option for businesses

    Once a facility starts aging, it can be tempting for business owners to consider moving to another location or start looking into new construction.

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    Another option to consider is renovating your current business facility to incorporate best design practices and improve its usability. At Leon Williams Contractors, our team has decades of experience helping business owners manage office renovations, which can be cheaper than new construction and can be accomplished in less time.

    Office Renovation Trends

    Renovation can be a cost-effective way to restore your business facility to full functionality while upgrading it according to the latest design trends. Some of the trends we’re seeing in modern offices include:

    • Branded identity. Businesses spend a lot of time and effort establishing their brand. Your facility can be renovated to reflect the company identity through the use of logos and official color schemes.
    • Adaptable space. The days of cubicle farms are coming to an end. Offices are being designed with adaptability in mind, allowing easier rearrangement of partitions and layout.
    • Audio privacy. One concern with more open office designs is the noise level. Another concern is privacy. Your office can be designed with noise reduction in mind, utilizing sound-dampening materials and adding private call rooms.

    Site Assessment

    Before you start a renovation, the experts at Leon Williams Contractors can assess the site condition to make sure there are no costly surprises. You might need to bring your current facility up to code or perform remediation if hazardous materials like asbestos had been used in the original construction.

    Design-Build Construction Experts

    When you’re ready to renovate your facility, Leon Williams Contractors can help you from start to finish.  Contact the design-build construction experts today about our Knoxville-area renovation services.

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    5 Trends for 2019 Healthcare Construction

    The methods for healthcare delivery in America are changing, almost on a daily basis. Factors like an aging population, changes in cost and funding, and evolving best practices affect every aspect of the healthcare industry, including facility design and construction. Leon Williams Contractors stays on top of these trends to make sure your Knoxville or East Tennessee medical facility reflects the modern standards for excellent patient care.Leon-Williams-Healthcare-Facility-Construction

    Here are five trends that will affect healthcare construction in 2019.

    1. Patient-focused spaces. Healthcare facilities will continue to become more patient-focused in 2019. Stark, institutional spaces are a thing of the past, with calming colors, customizable hospital rooms, and plenty of space for family coming to the forefront.
    2. Smartphone-friendly waiting rooms. What are your patients doing while they wait? They’re answering emails, checking Facebook, or posting on Twitter. Waiting rooms are starting to accommodate the smartphone revolution with built-in charging stations and even high-backed, private seating cubicles.
    3. Versatile design. Healthcare technology is advancing at a startling rate, and no one knows what the future might hold. Diagnostic spaces are being created with flexible, modular design to make space for the equipment and healthcare models of tomorrow.
    4. Micro-hospitals. As a whole, health systems aren’t building many large-scale, centralized hospitals anymore. But they are attempting to reach the communities around existing hospitals with small-scale inpatient facilities that offer an ER, labs, pharmacy, radiology, and a smaller number of beds. This is a boon for rural communities since patients won’t need to travel as far for care.
    5. Staying home. Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a problem, and with evolving remote diagnostic technology, it makes sense for some patients to receive care and monitoring from home. The inpatient model is changing rapidly, meaning fewer hospital beds and overnight stays.

    Whether you’re building new or remodeling an existing space, our design-build construction experts at Leon Williams Contractors can give you a top-of-the-line facility created for quality patient care, so contact us today.

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    A Look Back

     

    Leon Williams Contractors celebrates a year of milestones in 2018

    It’s been a busy year for Leon Williams Contractors, and we’re proud to look back at our biggest projects of 2018.

    Foothills Church

    In March, we completed construction of the new 33,000 square foot Foothills Church (FC) building in Maryville. By attendance, FC is the largest church in Blount County. The new space serves as an auditorium and creative space for the congregation’s Sunday services.Foothills Church built by Leon Williams Contractors

    Constructing a church with such a large capacity and with advanced technology provided several challenges. LWC had to work with Foothill’s Church’s audio/video consultant to ensure that the piping and conduit placement for the state-of-art audiovisual system was considered during every step of the building process. As with any addition, the flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic connecting the new spaces to the existing was a big concern to ensure the two buildings are used efficiently.

    LWC has been a construction partner with Foothills Church since 2011 when the church purchased a building formerly known as Thunderworld, helping FC transform the facility into a place of worship.

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    In August, we completed two projects at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, including three new dining options at the school’s West Campus Housing building and a complete renovation of Crossroads Dining Hall.

    In August, we completed the renovation of the 13,000-square-foot UTC Crossroads Dining Hall. That project included replacing all the furniture, food stations and fixtures in the facility and adding a Mongolian grill concept and sushi machine.

    We also built out facilities for three new dining options – Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Dippers southern fried and grilled chicken, and a Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) quick-serve store – inside UTC’s new West Campus Housing building.

    The West Campus Housing project and the Crossroads Dining Hall renovation were the 13th and 14th projects we’ve completed at UTC.

    Allevia Technology

    In September, we began renovating a former bank branch building in a commercial district near downtown Maryville for Allevia Technology, a local computer repair and business IT company. When it’s completed, the 2,700-square-foot modern, open-design office space will provide a fluid work environment for Allevia’s 10-person staff.

    While we’re proud of our accomplished in 2018, we’re looking ahead to an exciting 2019. Contact Leon Williams to learn how we build or renovate facilities for your church, business, or educational institution.

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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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    Three traits of smart retail design

    Think about your favorite places to shop and ask yourself what they have in common. Many people would say that there should be plenty of parking spaces, the interior should not be cramped and everything inside the location should be easy to find. While this may seem like common sense, a number of retailers often overlook the human component that makes a retail location successful. If your retail business needs a new look or wants to update an existing space, the team at Leon Williams Contractors can help you understand the best ways to take advantage of your retail design.

     

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    While some franchise retail locations may be limited to what they can do from a design position, the design/build, pre-construction consultation and value engineering services offered by Leon Williams Contractors can work within your requirements to create an amazing retail experience in Blount County, Maryville, Knoxville, Lenoir City and East Tennessee.

    What are the traits of smart retail design? Some of the best ideas include:

    Analyze your potential traffic
    A great retail design might be wasted if potential customers are not able to easily access your location or if the parking lot can’t handle a heavy influx of traffic. The design/build services of Leon Williams Contractors can help determine ease of access and available parking during your site selection process. From building orientation to parking designs, our teams can help you make the most of your retail site investment so you don’t have to lose customers because of traffic flow and parking issues.

    Make your customers comfortable
    Having customers linger may not be a good thing for restaurant owners, but for retail, building for comfort can encourage your customers to linger and shop longer. If your retail design is cramped for space, customers may not want to stay as long, minimizing your opportunities for additional sales. Similarly, if you don’t have a checkout design that encourages quick transaction times, customers may decide to skip on a purchase instead of waiting to pay. Having a design that maximizes your current retail space while allowing for a comfortable retail experience can drive higher sales and customer loyalty.

    Blend your budget with function
    While it may be great to have an unlimited budget to work with, many retail locations need to find a way to manage their budget while still offering an inviting, functional environment for their customers. The value engineering services that are offered by Leon Williams Contractors will help blend the retail design requirements that you have in mind with the budget that you have to work with to create a functional, enduring, affordable design that will hit all of the check boxes that you have for your retail design.

    If you need assistance with creating the perfect retail location or redesigning an existing retail space to meet your needs, contact the team at Leon Williams Contractors today to learn how our knowledge and expertise can be used to your retail advantage.

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    A beginner’s guide to office renovation

    For many businesses, the idea of renovating an office space offers excitement about the possibilities that can be accomplished. From expanding an existing space to prepare for new employees to renovating a new location to meet the demands for products and services, the team at Leon Williams Contractors have worked with business owners to design and manage office renovations that have helped drive growth for our clients. Office Renovation

    A company that is looking for an office renovation partner may be beginners when it comes to planning out the extent of changes for their office designs. The design/build, pre-construction consultation and value engineering services offered by Leon Williams Contractors can help ensure success for your office renovation in Blount County, Maryville, Knoxville, Lenoir City and East Tennessee.

    Before you get started on an office renovation product, there are a number of factors that you need to keep in mind to help drive success for your renovation, including:

    Plan Ahead
    Before starting on your office renovation project, the best advice is to plan ahead for what your business is trying to accomplish. Are you designing the renovations to add staff, to offer more products and services or are you simply tired of the way that your interior looks? Planning ahead for the future of your business in one year, three years and even ten years in the future can help you determine the best plans for your office renovations. The design/build services of Leon Williams Contractors can be incorporated into your planning to help decide the best use of your office space to meet the future demands of your business.

    Assess your current property
    If your current business property is older, having the team at Leon Williams Contractors engage in a site assessment can help save you money in the long run. Your existing building may not be up to code, which will necessitate updating of your plans for your office renovation prior to the beginning of work. In addition, while using existing systems might save you money in your upfront costs during a renovation, your business may be better served by updating to new systems to lower long term operating costs in your renovated office space.

    Determine your budget
    While it may be exciting to think about all of the changes that you could implement during your office renovation, determining your budget for your office renovation can help you prevent over-extending what you want to accomplish for your business in the long term. Extensive renovations to your office space need to be prepared with your future business goals in mind, especially if you determine that growth in your business means that you move to a larger space in the future. Decide if the renovations that you are making will make your building more likely to sell if you decide to expand your business operations and incorporate value engineering services from Leon Williams Contractors to find the best use of your office renovation budget.

    When your business has determined that the time is right for an office renovation, leverage the experience and knowledge of our teams to help you prepare your business for your future needs. For more information on how we can assist you with your office renovation requirements, 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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    Finding the right space for your restaurant is key

    Leon Williams Contractors, a commercial and residential design/build company, has developed many commercial, residential and retail buildings in Blount County, Maryville, Knoxville, Lenoir City and East Tennessee, in addition to building and renovating existing spaces for many of the restaurants throughout our area. If you are thinking of starting your own restaurant or other food and drink-based establishment, the design-build experts at Leon Williams Contractors can help you find the best location for your restaurant construction needs.

    Leon Williams Contractors restaurant construction

    We provide a full range of construction services, pre-construction consultation and site assessment, construction management, value engineering, and construction management. We can also help you obtain an existing structure and remodel it if that approach makes more sense to your budget and design plans. The main considerations in Maryville, Blount County and East Tennessee to consider for your restaurant planning include:

    1-Location
    You can’t beat a good location. Our familiarity with Maryville, Blount County and East Tennessee can be leveraged to help you find a high traffic location with access to utilities and other amenities to help maximize your opportunity in the restaurant space. The team at Leon Williams Contractors is experienced in finding the right place for the right business throughout our area and can leverage our experience on your behalf.

    2-Space

    Our wide ranging capabilities related to existing space renovation will allow our team to adapt nearly any space to accommodate your restaurant plans. If we deem the existing spaces aren’t useable, we will design and build your space to appeal to you and your potential customers to help create the best possible result for your restaurant location.

    3-Infrastucture

    Is parking nearby? Is the restaurant easy to get to? Are there attractive sidewalks and scenery? Are other restaurants and businesses nearby that attract strolling and walk-by foot traffic? We’ll find out if the building codes in Maryville, Blount County and Knoxville will allow a restaurant space to be created and to ensure that there is adequate water, sewer, electrical and even internet connectivity to accommodate your restaurant design plans.

    We know that starting a restaurant is tough, but when you work with Leon Williams Contractors, we can offer expert restaurant construction and build out advice, assist with planning your space for success and we will can design, build or renovate your new restaurant in your chosen location to help you attain your business ownership dreams.

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    Century Harvest Farms in Greenback Expands Operations

    Leon Williams Contractors recently completed construction of expanded facilities

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. December 2, 2014 – Century Harvest Farms, a family farm in Greenback, partnered with Leon Williams Contractors, LLC, a commercial construction company serving East Tennessee, to complete construction on a new USDA kitchen facility. The new facility was constructed on the main farm property in Greenback, TN .

    Century Harvest Farms provides families and restaurants in the greater Knoxville area with wholesome, East Tennessee-raised 603215_438940302824623_824536663_n100-percent grass-fed beef.

    “This facility means big things for the future of Century Harvest Farms,” said Christopher Burger, co-proprietor of Century Harvest Farms. “It will provide us with the capabilities to expand our reach, and bring our grass-fed meat and organic products to the greater East Tennessee region.”

    The new facility is 4000 square feet and features a commercial kitchen, dry storage and a cut and wrap facility, which allows the space and amenities to package products for resale.

    “The mission of Century Harvest Farms is to provide our East Tennessee community with direct market access to the highest quality locally and sustainably farmed foods,” said Burger. “We trusted Leon Williams Contractors to help us expand that mission.”

    This is the second project that Leon Williams Contractors has constructed for Century Harvest Farms.

    “We believe in the mission of Chris, and his wife Shona, and their passion for what they do is contagious,” said Jimmy Hawkins, senior partner of Leon Williams Contractors. “We’re grateful to have been a part of helping them expand their mission and we’re excited to see what the future holds for the farm.”

    For more information about Century Harvest Farms, visit www.centuryharvest.com.

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    Project Profile: BucketHead Tavern

    We served as construction managers of BucketHead Tavern (BHT), a unique sports bar located at 8039 Ray Mears Boulevard in Knoxville.

    We oversaw the renovation and coordinated and completed the electrical and plumbing throughout the building, in addition to modifying structural issues and guiding the owner through the process of making sure all aspects were up to code.

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    The BHT melds old and new, featuring Old English design with dark wood, stone and architectural tiles throughout the space, a large fireplace for cooler East Tennessee evenings, in conjunction with 10 large plasma TVs and a digital jukebox with surround sound.

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    BucketHead Tavern is the only sports bar of its kind in the area, and we enjoyed being a part of bringing this unique gathering place to the Knoxville community.

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