The Village of Oregon, Wisconsin had been trying to attract a hotel to serve its growing community for more than a decade. At the end of December 2017, Adam Coyle and S&L Hospitality brokered a development deal to create a new 66-room Sleep Inn & Suites at 1120 Park Street, just a block from the Highway 14/138 Interchange on the Village's southeast corner. In addition to the 60 regular guest rooms, the project included six extended-stay suites, a large meeting and event space, an indoor pool with an indoor/outdoor swim-through hot tub, a 24-hour business center, and a fitness center. When the project was finally approved by the Oregon Village Board in late December, it created an "all hands on deck" situation, as part of the development agreement called for the new hotel to be substantially complete by the end of 2018.
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, construction productivity has fallen by half since the 1960s. While there are many factors at play, one of the biggest threats to this labor-driven industry is the growing shortage of young, qualified workers. When the recession hit in 2008, nearly 600,000 workers left construction jobs never to return.
Faced with an endemic shortage of skilled laborers—coupled with the short construction window dictated by frigid Wisconsin winters—Friede has adopted an innovative approach: panelization. This method of manufacturing wall panels in an off-site factory and delivering them to the jobsite to be assembled has shaved months off projects, while allowing us to send smaller crews into the field to get the work done.