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Retail Building Construction and Tenant Improvements With Southwest and Midwest Design & Construction

At SWMW, we specialize in designing and constructing retail commercial spaces and overseeing tenant improvements across Western Canada.

We’re proud to have over 40 years of experience within the construction industry. We’re among the leading design-build building contractors, with locations in Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, and Inuvik, NT.

Managing A Retail Property Build Or Renovation

When it comes to retail property construction and renovation, our clients can range from restaurant owners, shop owners, and fitness facility owners to landlords or government entities looking to either build or upgrade a retail property.

There is often a more intricate chain of command when it comes to project ownership and points of contact, as many of these clients will not own the physical location – but will own the company and all of its associated brand assets.


With this in mind, our team will always make sure that any branding comes through in a meaningful way and that our clients’ vision for the project is realized. We also ensure that communication is smooth and the project remains organized throughout the build or renovation process.

Material Procurement

When it comes to procuring materials for tenant improvements, this can also be a more intricate task. The responsibility may fall on the property owner, the tenant, or our team – but of course, we work diligently to ensure that all parties are aware of any timeline constraints, and that barring any supply chain issues, that materials are delivered when we need them.

Tenant improvements can encompass a wide range of upgrades, from simple cosmetic changes like paint, light fixtures, or following to move extensive renovations like adding new walls or plumbing work.

The SWMW team has the expertise to manage all aspects of tenant improvements, including coordination with sub-trades and ensuring that work is completed on time and on budget.

Recent Retail and Tenant Improvement Projects

We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work on a plethora of different retail construction and improvement projects within the last 2 to 3 years. Our experience ranges from building state-of-the-art dental offices to kickboxing gyms!

The scope of work ranges from client to client, of course, but we have plenty of experience working with either our clients’ in-house design teams and are committed to upholding brand standards for each and every project.

We have several retail improvement projects in the works currently. These projects below are just a sampling of our expertise:

Redrock Dental in Medicine Hat

Completed in February 2023, we were hired to handle tenant improvements for a modern, professional retail space that we also completed the base building for.

We worked closely with the owner of the property in a design-build project delivery method to ensure a seamless experience.

The building was designed to be efficient and scalable, with ample natural light and a functional layout.

9 Round Fitness in Lethbridge, Alberta

Completed in 2018, this project was a full interior renovation and tenant improvement overhaul for a kickboxing gym! The second of two locations, the owners of the property were a part of a large franchise of gyms.

As such, we needed to strictly adhere to corporate design standards and an approval process. Our team worked closely with the in-house design team to ensure planning was smooth and the gym space was as optimized as possible.

Want to see other projects that we’ve worked on? Check out the Feature Projects section on our website!

What Our Clients Get When Choosing SWMW

  • Our clients enjoy a custom design-build approach that ensures projects are completed on time, within budget, with a focus on executing client vision in a meaningful way.

  • Our clients have access to a dedicated project manager and over 40 years of construction industry experience, which means that our client projects are always in expert hands!

  • Our clients get a full service experience with our full range of services, from design to administration to procurement. Project management is easy and efficient with SWMW!

  • Our clients benefit from our long history of excellent customer service experience. We prioritize building long-lasting and fruitful relationships with our clients!

Get in touch with the SWMW team today!

Whether it's a custom design built to specification or a pre-engineered structural design, our team has you covered. Get in touch with the Southwest and Midwest Design & Construction team - and we'll bring your project to life.