Commercial Construction Trends 2019


Commercial Construction Trends 2019 SLO Roundabout

As 2019 comes to a close, our Central Coast builders are here to break down 5 trends that shaped commercial construction this year. While the use of drones and focus on green practices are fresh in the commercial construction realm, the longstanding skilled labor shortage is nothing new. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in.

Rising Modular Projects 

Modular buildings are going up and for good reason. This trend is growing every year because of the time and materials it saves San Luis Obispo construction companies. From office buildings, stores, and hotels, more and more companies are opting for modular and prefabricated designs that minimize wasted materials and quickly develop a zone with less environmental impact.

Increased Green Construction

Green spaces aren’t just for hippies. More and more commercial design projects are incorporating environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in all phases. From planning, designing, construction and material maintenance, you can expect green commercial construction to expand into 2020.

Drones and Technological Assistants

The use of drones in commercial construction is a game-changer. From video planning footage to surveying, data collecting, and safety inspections, every year these aerial devices become more and more applicable. Although an investment upfront, drones allow San Luis Obispo construction companies to gather information in more cost-effective ways. The prices of these devices are set to drop as the demand increases.

Improved Safety Equipment

One of the most important improvements in commercial construction this year has been in safety tools and equipment. The construction industry has the highest number of preventable fatalities, so the demand for improved hardware is a direct response. Some of the greatest advancements have come in the form of better-fitting personal protective equipment, such as harnesses and vests.

Decreasing Labor Force

Unfortunately, not all trends are positive. There are nearly 250,000 open construction jobs in the United States, and the availability is crippling for some construction companies. Almost 95% of contractors reported difficulty in finding qualified workers. San Luis Obispo construction companies will have to be resourceful and find ways to retain the next wave of workers.

Our Central Coast builders believe in the importance of reflection. We take stock annually to ensure that our building practices are top-of-the-line and take cues from long-standing trends to prepare for the future. In all facets of our San Luis Obispo construction company, we strive to innovate daily. Our vision is simple: to build better.

When it comes time to launch your next commercial project, let our Central Coast builders make it a reality. Reach out to us today at 805-543-7277.

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Modern Industrial Design Principles


SLO Downtown Industrial Design SLO Brew Lofts

Here at Robbins|Reed, we aren’t into templates or one-size-fits-all solutions. We pride ourselves on crafting modern spaces while also pushing the boundaries of creative execution.

Whether you’re launching a local brewery or revving up a new restaurant and bar, our San Luis Obispo construction company is on top of one of the strongest trends in commercial design: industrial features. Today our Robbins|Reed Builders are sharing 5 principles of industrial design, and the way they’re influencing commercial spaces in 2019.

Rough Brick or Concrete Walls

Getting the perfect industrial warehouse look is all about proudly displaying building materials, especially brick or concrete walls. Our builders are stoked to have brought out the best in our latest industrial design project, SLO Brew, by uncovering the gorgeous brick layouts and accenting them with colorful lights and warm wood flooring.

Exposed Pipes and Ducts

Another key feature of industrial spaces is exposed pipes and ducts. Leaving raw elements eliminates the need for further construction, and creates an edgy look. If your commercial space lacks these exposed features, another way to get this style is through exposed pipe furniture with metal tubes and polished brackets.

Wood and Metal Surfaces

Industrial-style interiors call for extra wood and metal, everywhere. Whatever can be exposed is ideal, but this look can also be accomplished through wood paneling, metal bar tables, and through the use of colors such as weathered grey and dark brown.

Vintage Furniture 

Industrial design enthusiasts are all about raw materials, but these edgy features need to be balanced through softer furniture touches. Velvet vintage pieces give a pop of color to a rough space, and other chairs and couches with fur add a stylish flair.

Statement Lighting

Let’s talk lighting. The lighting in industrial spaces should be warm white (especially if it’s a restaurant or bar) to create a more intimate atmosphere. From iron statement pendants to matte metallic chandeliers, go bold with industrial lighting.

Although industrial features are growing more and more popular, our builders are all about making it your own. Our work with SLO Brew and Central Coast Brewing are great examples of ways our builders have crafted unique spaces that our community loves. When you’re ready to make your commercial design dreams a reality, count on our San Luis Obispo construction company to be there every step of the way. Our friendly team is available at (805) 543-7277.

Design Trends in Student Housing


ICON Student Housing

Student housing. For those of us that have been there, it involved anything from brutalist style two bedrooms to bare bones amenities. But the evolving needs and expectations of Generation Z (those born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s) are dramatically changing the design of university housing here in San Luis Obispo, and across the nation. This new generation of students values technology, privacy, sustainability and inclusivity, and expect these values to be reflected in their living situations on and off campus.

Curious to learn more? Our Central Coast builders and housing developers are sharing six ways the progressive needs of Gen Z is influencing student housing design in 2019.

1. Unit Variety

One bedroom bunk beds are a thing of the past. Gen Z expects options. The blueprints for today’s residence halls include diverse unit types to satisfy different living styles. Blending a variety one to four bedroom units within a building lets students live on their own terms, while also fostering a sense of community.

2. Coed Housing

Coed housing is here to stay and Gen Z is all about it. Exclusively male and female halls are becoming more and more scarce as students and universities embrace gender inclusivity. Coed residential floors, units, and sometimes even bathrooms are increasingly incorporated into student housing design plans.

3. Luxury Amenities

Gen Z wants the most bang for their buck, and this means luxury amenities. Outdoor pools, in-suite laundry, TVs, spa-style bathrooms and hip coffee shops, just to name a few. Modern spaces for entertainment and study will soon be musts in all masterplans. Our Central Coast builders recently completed an amenity-filled student residence here in San Luis Obispo. Check out The Academy at Chorro for total luxury living inspiration.

4. Innovative Common Spaces

A generation born with smartphones, Gen Z values connection and closeness more than you’d think. That’s why common spaces at today’s universities not only encourage academic success, but also support social engagement and relationship building. Spaces within residence halls must be desirable, that means comfortable furniture, lightening fast WiFi, and fun additions like ping pong tables, makers spaces, and study cubicles.

5. Green Features

LEED doesn’t cut it with Gen Z. Growing up in an era where climate change makes for small talk, they expect their university experience to have a minimal environmental impact and maximum green features like solar panels, smart lighting, and efficient appliances. This also includes eco-centric design choices like natural woods and open outdoor green spaces. And of course, hanging plants.

6. Community and Residential Assistants

The transition from living at home to living on their own is a tough one for Gen Z. On and off campus residences alike are adopting an old practice: residential assistants. These paraprofessionals are key in fostering healthy student living, as well as academic success.

At Robbins|Reed, pushing the boundaries of creative execution is our passion. Our housing developers thrive when it comes to building better communities that meet the needs and changing values of end-users across generations. For more information about our student and community housing projects, reach out to our housing developers today at (805)-543-7277.

Multi-family Real Estate Trends: All About Amenities


The Mix SLO Mixed use building

New multi-family properties are on the rise here in San Luis Obispo, and it’s hard not to notice. In the past, the realtor’s adage was: “location, location, location”. But with bike paths, short commutes, and commercial developments like coffee shops and restaurants spread throughout town, homebuyers and renters alike are setting their standards higher. Our commercial contractors are here to break down the latest it-factor in multi-family properties: amenities.

In the past, tenants would be excited over a swimming pool and high speed WiFi—these factors simply don’t cut it anymore. With more millennials starting families and investing in their own space, demands are high. 

Tech Upgrades

Smart home-features that can be controlled through an app are the latest craze in modern multi-family units. Thermostats, doorbell cameras, door locks and mood lighting are all features that residents want to control through their phone. Furthermore, sonic sound systems, big-screen TVS, and built in apps like Netflix are becoming standard practice for unit media systems. 

Community Focused Spaces

Long gone are the days of cold neighbors and isolated units. Both baby boomers and millennials alike are seeking community where they live. This includes updated common areas for socializing like coffee shops, outdoor kitchens, and open work spaces. Remember when barebones apartment complex gyms where a thing? Now wellness centers are the new normal, with yoga and pilates classes offered daily. 

Convenient Features

A millenial ideal that is here to stay: convenience. Commercial contractors are appealing to this by including bike storage and repair facilities, along with smart lockers for package deliveries. Baby boomers seek concierges that can cater to their whims, from arranging taxis to facilitating in-house repairs. 

Pet-friendly provisions

According to a recent survey from, pet owners can account for anywhere from 20% to 70% of tenants in a multi-family property. While pets used to be a no go for many building owners, modern residences are starting to capitalize on them. Dog wash and hydration stations, pet gardens, and special community events for pet owners are just a few of the many features that attract pet owners. Concierges that schedule inhouse pet grooming and dog walks are an added plus. 

When it comes time to renovating your multi-family property, know that our San Luis Obispo Builders and commercial contractors will be by your side every step, from planning and design to building and beyond. Get in touch with our Robbins|Reed Builders online or by calling 805-543-7277 today.