Here are some trends and predictions experts are thinking will happen in the landscape of commercial construction in 2017.
As we turn the final pages of 2016, many experts are attempting to predict trends for 2017 using observations and data collected from this year. Looking back at the past twelve (12) months, we have seen a tremendous variety of opportunities ranging from restaurant construction to senior housing development, yet there has been one common thread that experts have come by no matter where they analyze: creating an exceptional experience for the end user is more important now than ever.
Many retail center developers are attempting to fight the very real effects of e-commerce. One of their strategies is to create a unique and engaging experience that gives shoppers new and amazing reasons to get out of the comfort of their own home and head to the mall. Food-entertainment concepts have emerged as the most popular way to make new and existing shopping centers the premier spot for an entertainment destination.
Golden Age for Golden Girls (and Guys)
As baby boomers continue to live and age, many senior housing developers will work to match the expectations of this aging generation. Rather than large, sterile facilities that look like something out of a horror movie, new and renovated developments are now incorporating a hospitality feel. They will include lounge areas, entertainment spaces, and even bars (where do I sign up?).
Shrinking Hotel Spa
Spas are decreasing in popularity and that means that hotels and other hospitality services will have to start investing less in that, and more in what their guests want to use. Things like fitness centers, lounge areas, and food/beverage offerings.