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ORLANDO, FL (October 8, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company is pleased to announce that construction has commenced for the Pegasus Hotel at UCF, the first on-campus hotel for the University of Central Florida (UCF).

The full-service boutique-style hotel, which will carry the Tribute by Marriott flag, will be situated at UCF’s main entrance on North Alafaya Trail. It will be a five-story, 122,000 square-foot facility with 179 rooms featuring more than 10,000 square feet of conference and event space, a destination restaurant, and an active lobby bar.  Additionally, there will be more than 6,000 square feet of outdoor event space on the lawn adjacent to the restaurant and pool, creating a unique venue for seasonal weddings and special events.

“We are delighted to be building such a significant project at the University of Central Florida,” said Duane Alexander, senior project manager for Batson-Cook. “This destination hotel will enhance the campus experience for alumni and other visitors to UCF while also serving the growing East Orlando communities. We look forward to its completion and the arrival of its first guests.”

Construction costs for the project will total $33.6 million. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.

The project is a joint venture between Development Ventures Group (DEVEN), Demetree Global, and Pinnacle Hotel Management. Baker Barrios of Orlando is the project architect.  

Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for hospitality, education, healthcare, multi-family, office, and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm.  We build with passion.  We operate with integrity.  For more information, visit

COLUMBUS, GA (October 2, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce that it has been selected to construct a new VA Outpatient Clinic here that will provide primary care and mental health services to some 30,000 veterans in the Columbus and Chattahoochee Valley area.

The $62.4-million clinic will be a single-story building encompassing 71,000 square feet. It will include areas for primary care, mental health, pathology, prosthetics, radiology, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and women’s care services along with administrative offices. The exterior of the structure will feature brick, storefront, curtainwall, and panels. Surface parking for 302 vehicles is also part of the project.

“We are honored to serve as the general contractor for such a significant project – one which will benefit the veterans of an area that Batson-Cook has called home for more than a century,” said Marty Graves, senior project manager for Batson-Cook. “We look forward to the completion and grand opening of this project, when the men and women who care for our veterans can proceed with their important mission in brand new surroundings.”

Construction is expected to begin in June 2019, with completion scheduled for September 2020.

The new VA Outpatient Clinic will be located on a 12-acre site on Warm Springs Road where Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia was headquartered before relocating to its new campus in 2015. Demolition of the existing three office buildings on the site is also part of Batson-Cook’s contract.

Architects for the project are Hecht Burdeshaw of Columbus, and Lyman Davidson Dooley of Marietta. The developer is The Molasky Group of Companies, Las Vegas.

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Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family, hospitality, office, and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm.  We build with passion.  We operate with integrity.

TAMPA, FL (September 19, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce that Jim Mozingo, manager of preconstruction for its office here, has been selected for membership in Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2019.

Leadership Tampa Bay is a non-partisan, non-special interest, regional program with the goal of enhancing awareness, education, and knowledge of major Tampa Bay regional issues through learning experiences and discussion.

“The Batson-Cook family is pleased that Jim has been selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Conn Crabtree, general manager of Batson-Cook. “He has been an integral part of the growth of our operations in Tampa, and I know he will bring the same level of passion and commitment to this leadership program.”

Mozingo said he is looking forward to meeting professionals from various vocations in Tampa Bay to learn more about the challenges facing the region and how the LTB participants can work collaboratively to help develop solutions. “Three areas of most importance to me are the skilled labor shortage, a lagging mass transit system, and the need for solid role models for our region’s children and youth,” Mozingo said.

Mozingo is actively involved as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 53, Boy Scouts of America; a baseball coach for Palma Ceia Little League; and a member of the “Team Trigger Happy” paintball team. He has been with Batson-Cook since 2005, is a LEED AP professional, and has a personal construction portfolio which tops $767 million.

ORLANDO, FL (September 12, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company broke ground today for construction of a free-standing emergency department on Lake Pickett Road in East Orlando that will be owned and operated by Florida Hospital.

The 24-bed emergency department will provide comprehensive emergency medical services, including diagnostic imaging, a full-service laboratory, and pharmacy services, for both adult and pediatric patients.  The one-story building will total 18,000 square feet and there will be parking for 76 vehicles. Construction costs total $10.2 million.

“The Batson-Cook team is always honored to build projects which enhance healthcare services for residents of the area,” said Duane Alexander, senior project manager for Batson-Cook. “We are scheduled to complete the project in the summer of 2019.”

The building, featuring Florida Hospital’s signature spire rising above the entrance, will be concrete tilt-wall construction with metal panels. The site is located at the corner of Colonial Avenue and Lake Pickett Road.

Architect for the project is Hunton Brady of Orlando.  

Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family residential, education, office and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm.  We build with passion.  We operate with integrity.

TAMPA, FL (September 11, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction and EWI Construction together broke ground recently for the long-awaited Ybor Hotel on 7th Avenue in Ybor City.

The full-service boutique hotel, which has not yet been named, will feature 176 rooms and cost an estimated $33 million to construct. The four-story building will encompass 132,000 square feet.  There will be an interior courtyard with a water feature, balconies overlooking the lively streets, and a full-service restaurant. Completion is set for early 2020.

"The Batson-Cook team is delighted to partner with EWI Construction for the building of this significant new project in Ybor City,” said Bob Allen, project executive for Batson-Cook Construction. “The building will reflect the historic architecture of the area,” he noted, “and we are honored to add it to our portfolio of unique Tampa projects.”

Developer of the project is Aparium Hotel Group.  Alfonso Architects is the project Architect.

Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for hospitality, healthcare, multi-family, education and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm.  We build with passion.  We operate with integrity.  For more information, visit

”EWI Construction, founded in 2007, has a unique approach to working as a team to build quality products. We manage construction projects in various sectors, providing input at key project stages. EWI’s strong development background, combined with knowledge of the design process affords a valuable skill set that raises the level of the discussion for all construction projects. EWI believes in building quality products and strong relationships.”

Alfonso Architects Inc. is a full-service Design, Architecture, and Interior Design firm founded in 1988 and is located in historic Ybor City, Florida. The firm has a 30 year history of creating memorable places, and delivering award winning designs and iconic architecture. The vision at Alfonso Architects can best be described as a focused emphasis on Design in order to provide a superior product.

ATLANTA, GA (September 6, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction has ceremoniously topped out construction of Gateway Center II office building by honoring some 75 workers with lunch, prizes, and accolades for reaching this project milestone.

“We are excited to celebrate the topping out of our second project in the Gateway Center development,” said Steve McTighe, project executive for Batson-Cook. “The dedication and skill of the workers on this project have brought us to this important stage of construction, so today’s celebration is all about them.”

Gateway Center II is a four-level, 104,000-square-foot Class A office space and parking garage being developed by Grove Street Partners and Batson-Cook Development Company. The two parking levels, one of which is subterranean, will encompass 56,000 square feet and provide parking for 149 vehicles. The lobby, located on the ground level, will provide entrance to the upper two levels which will feature a total of 48,000 square feet of shell office space.

Completion of the project, which broke ground in April, is slated for January 2019.

5G Studio Collaborative is the architect for Gateway Center II.

(Aerial photography provided by Aerial Innovations of Georgia)




JACKSONVILLE, FL (August 29, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction broke ground today for construction of Normandy Park ER, a free-standing emergency room that will be owned and operated by Orange Park Medical Center.

The full-service, 10,800-square-foot emergency room will feature 10 exam rooms. It will provide both adult and pediatric services and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The site is located at 5773 Normandy Boulevard.

Construction costs total $5.2 million. Completion is set for March 2019.

Architect for the project is Hereford Dooley Architects of Nashville, TN.

“The Batson-Cook team is honored to be part of a project that will enhance the availability of healthcare services to residents of this area,” said Brian Kluge, senior project manager for Batson-Cook. “We are eager to start building!”


TAMPA, FL (Aug. 23, 2018) –  Stephen Marano, project manager with Batson-Cook Construction, is among the newest graduates of Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2018. 

Marano and his 55 classmates join more than 1,000 alumni of Leadership Tampa Bay, a nine-month leadership training program designed to enhance awareness, education, and knowledge of major Tampa Bay regional issues through learning experiences and discussion. Participants represent a cross-section of the region, both geographically and professionally.

“Through Leadership Tampa Bay, I have been able to further my connectivity within the area and expand my role in organizations that can make a positive impact on this community,” Marano said. “Our class was exposed to all areas of life in Tampa Bay, honed our leadership skills, and built long-lasting relationships with people from all walks of life.”

Marano, who joined Batson-Cook in early 2017, has 13 years of experience in construction. He is an alumnus of the Associated Builders & Contractors NexGen Leadership Class of 2016, and has volunteered for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Build Tampa Bay, and Hillsborough Juvenile Detention Center.

A native of Mobile, AL, he holds two degrees from the University of Florida: a bachelor’s in building construction and a master’s in management.  He and his wife, Alisha, have one daughter.

“Stephen became a valuable member of the Batson-Cook team from the moment he joined the company,” said Conn Crabtree, general manager and senior vice president of Batson-Cook. “I have no doubt that his Leadership Tampa Bay experience will enable him to contribute still further to our company, our industry, and this region.”

Morrisville, NC (August 10, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company is pleased to announce that it will break ground this month on construction of The Residences at Shiloh Crossing, a 318-unit luxury garden-style apartment complex which will cost $44.1 million to construct.

The 407,634 square foot, wood-frame complex is being developed by Dominion Realty Partners (DRP) of Raleigh. It will feature six apartment buildings and a community/leasing center, swimming pool, and other outdoor amenities. On grade parking for 461 vehicles is included in the project.

“The Batson-Cook team is excited to be part of this luxury residential project, which was designed and will be built to be environmentally green,” said Steve Rush, project executive for Batson-Cook.

Overall project completion is slated for November 2020, though some units will be delivered to the owner as early as mid-2020. 

Architect for the project is Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio of Atlanta. Priest Craven & Associates, Raleigh, is the civil engineer.

“This project supports and is a major part of our Wood Frame Division growth strategy to expand our market share and presence in the Southeast. DRP is a customer that is aligned with our business strategy to build lasting relationships with clients that have high potential for repeat business,” said Carl Frinzi, general manager for Batson-Cook.

Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for multi-family residential, healthcare, education, office, and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global construction firm.  We build with passion.  We operate with integrity.  For more information, visit

ATLANTA, GA (July 25, 2018) - Three high school seniors decided during their last semester of school to consider careers in construction, and Batson-Cook’s High School Internship Program is the reason!

Eric Hinton and Chavon Grazier from the Fulton County Schools College and Career Academy, along with Chris Adams from Atlanta’s Crim High School, participated in Batson-Cook’s first-ever high school internship program this Spring. For 12 weeks, each worked alongside several Batson-Cook team members at our Northside Hospital Midtown MOB project to be exposed to various aspects of commercial construction.

The results:

  • Eric Hinton (left) has already accepted with IBEW to pursue an apprenticeship and career as an electrician. He said he thoroughly enjoyed learning about different areas of work at the jobsite, but the electrical trade piqued his interest most. Justin Gilliam was his primary mentor.
  • Chavon Grazier (center) has enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and plans to enter their engineering program.  Teja Velagapudi was her primary mentor.
  • Chris Adams (right) also found the electrical trade to be the most interesting. As a result, Jerry McMichen, Chris’s primary mentor, put him in touch with one of our electrical subs to discuss his possibilities for the future.

McMichen said that construction trades internship programs, especially at the high school level, are needed because students are rarely exposed to the construction trades because few schools offer vocational training. He noted that when he was in high school, one of his vocational classes built a 12x12 shed that was purchased by someone in the community and used for at least 40 years!

Velagapudi was impressed by Chavon’s diligent approach to the tasks she was asked to do. “It was her first experience with construction, but she was 100-percent focused on getting everything right,” she noted.

Workforce development was among Randy Hall’s core initiatives during his tenure as president of AGC Georgia and continues to be at the forefront of Batson-Cook’s endeavors. Under Jimmy Kennedy’s leadership, the company spearheaded the renovation and equipping of a construction trades classroom at Crim High School in Atlanta. The Jacksonville Office provided a tour of its Baptist Medical South project for construction students at University of North Florida. It was the first visit to a commercial construction site for a couple of them. These are just two of many opportunities Batson-Cook offers to young people with an interest in our industry.

Dela Rakestraw, Batson-Cook’s human resources generalist, recruits on college campuses and spearheads the company’s internship program. She expects another high school internship program to take place in the near future.

TAVARES, FL (July 13, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company is pleased to announce the completion and grand opening of Fountain Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a new $22-million, 120-bed healthcare facility situated by the banks of Lake Etowah on the campus of Florida Hospital Waterman.

The new 85,000-square-foot facility, owned and operated by Adventist Care Centers of Orlando, is a two-story building with 60 private rooms on each level and high-end finishes and furnishings throughout.

“It has been a pleasure for us to build this beautifully-appointed nursing home with its resort feel, welcoming atmosphere, and lake views,” said Chris Shepherd, project executive with Batson-Cook. “It will enhance the long-term care experience of residents, their families, and guests, and that is very rewarding for us.”

Occupational and physical therapy services will be provided on the first floor, which includes a therapy gym with a therapy tub and a mock residence for patients to prepare for their return to independent living. There is also a bistro-style dining area for residents and guests, a community area with a fireplace, a commercial kitchen, and a hair salon. The second floor is dedicated to skilled nursing care services.

Surface parking for 130 vehicles was also included in the project. The facility will employ about 150 people.

Architect for Fountain Inn was Lantz-Boggio Architects of Englewood, CO.


CARY, NC – Batson-Cook Construction, along with development partners BCDC and The Spectrum Companies, recently celebrated the topping out of the six-story Regency Woods II office building project with the raising of the highest beam, lunch, and prizes for construction workers.

“We are excited about reaching this milestone and working with The Spectrum Companies and our sister company, Batson-Cook Development Company, on Regency Woods II,” said Curt Rigney, senior vice president and general manager of Batson-Cook Construction. “It is an honor for us to be part of this high-caliber suburban office building project.”

Regency Woods II, located on 17 acres on Symphony Lake, will encompass 159,000 square feet of Class A office space. Two anchor tenants, Chiesi USA and Black & Veatch, have leased all but 50,000 square feet of the space available in the building.

Also included in the project is a single-level, 289-space parking deck, also currently underway.

Completion of Regency Woods II is slated for yearend 2018.  LS3P is the architect for the project, and WithersRavenel is the engineer.


CONNERTON, FL (May 31, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction and Florida Hospital Connerton broke ground today for a $13.7-million project to expand the hospital’s Long Term Acute Care facility here.

The expansion will add 25,074 square feet and 30 beds to the existing 9-year-old facility, increasing capacity to 75 beds.  At present, the facility serves more than 600 chronically- and critically-ill patients annually.

Also included in the project are an expanded lobby, a multi-purpose education room, a staff lounge, and an expanded board room, and additional parking. Accommodations to allow patients’ family members, including pets, to stay with them will also be implemented.

“We are honored to be part of a project that will enhance healthcare services for medically-complex patients in this part of the state,” said Evender Spradlin, general manager and senior vice president of Batson-Cook. “The new building, along with renovations planned for the existing space, will enable the hospital to further its mission ‘to extend the healing ministry of Christ’.”

The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2019.

Architect for the project is HuntonBrady of Tampa.


COLUMBUS, GA (April 16, 2018) – Tours of the new Emergency Department at Piedmont Columbus Regional Medical Center Northside on Frist Court were the order of the day as Batson-Cook Construction and Piedmont Columbus Regional Health celebrated the project’s completion at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new 17,000-square-foot Emergency Department, which connects to the hospital, features 10 beds and emergency medical support services. The project also included an emergency vehicle access, a 40-space parking lot, and associated site work. Construction costs totaled $5.5 million.

“We are honored to have built the first Emergency Department at Northside Medical Center,” said Paul Meadows, general manager of Batson-Cook’s West Point office. “This is an important addition to the hospital, and greatly enhances healthcare services to the residents of Columbus and the surrounding communities.”

EYP/Stanley Beaman & Sears of Atlanta was the architect for the project.

Northside Medical Center is one of the two Columbus Regional Health hospitals that were recently acquired by Piedmont Healthcare of Atlanta.

ATLANTA, GA (March 22, 2018) – Each Spring, AGC Georgia presents the Ron Amerson Supervisors’ Safety Award to its member firms’ field supervisors who achieve safety excellence based on no lost-time accidents the previous year. The program spotlights general and specialty contractors' field supervisors for their outstanding safety performance and dedication to jobsite safety.

This year, 23 Batson-Cook superintendents from the company’s Atlanta and West Point offices met the requirements to earn a Certificate of Commendation for Safety Excellence. The measurement criterion is based on safety incidence rates for individual supervisors in conjunction with actual man-hours directly supervised by each employee based on man-hours supervised. The man-hours include supervised time for employees on the member company’s payroll and not subcontractors. 

Batson-Cook’s Ron Amerson Award recipients are: Randall Aikens, John Bai, Shaun Baxter, Andrew Bittle, John Browning, Ken Dion, John Hardy, Perry Hood, Tim Kiker, G. T. Knight, Tom McKelvey, Jordan McKinney, Jim Meyer, Clint Poole, Rick Pruitt, Ted Radford, Ed Ramshur, Chris Thomas, Clint Tucker, John Turner, Shane Walker, Howard Watson, and Chuck Williams.

Pictured (l-r) are Jordan McKenney, John Browning, Rick Pruitt, Perry Hood, and Randall Aikens with Cherri Watson, AGC Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development.