News & Events

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.

 

KENNESAW, GA (March 16, 2018) – Batson-Cook Construction broke ground this week for construction of the new $8.5-million North Cobb Regional Library on the corner of Old Highway 41 and Blue Springs Road.

The new Cobb County regional library, designed to be a one-story building encompassing 25,600 square feet, will provide distinct creative learning spaces for children, young adults, and adults. Completion is scheduled for June 2019.

“We are honored to serve Cobb County and the citizens of Kennesaw and Acworth by building a state-of-the-art library that will serve as a cornerstone for learning and a home for community events for generations to come,” said Jonathan Collard, project manager for Batson-Cook.

The children’s area will feature computer learning stations, special program rooms, and reading rooms. The young adult area will have group and private study rooms, digital training rooms, reading rooms, a maker space room, and lounge-style seating areas. A large and small community room, along with a gallery for displaying local art, will be included in the adult section of the library.

Architect for the project is McMillan Pazden Smith of Greenville, SC.

This is the second Cobb County regional library project Batson-Cook has been awarded. The general contracting firm completed construction of Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center in Marietta in December of last year.

 

WEST POINT, GA (Feb. 5, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company is pleased to announce that Rodney Robinson has joined the company as vice president of business development for its West Point, Georgia, regional office, effectively immediately.

Robinson has nearly three decades of experience in project management, operations, and business development within the construction industry. He looks forward to applying his generalist approach to Batson-Cook’s business development efforts in the West Point region.

“Rodney has an impressive track record,” said Randy Hall, President and CEO of Batson-Cook. “His diversity of experience, along with the integrity and professionalism he brings to the table, will benefit our new and current clients in pivotal ways.”

Robinson succeeds Hans Gant, who was named vice president of business development for Batson-Cook’s regional office in Atlanta.

A graduate of Auburn University, Robinson is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, NAIOP, Alabama Rural Electric Association, and Economic Development Authority of Alabama.

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 25, 2018) - Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Diamantis to the position of manager of preconstruction services for its regional office in the South End of the city.

Diamantis, a 32-year veteran of the construction industry, will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all preconstruction operations for the Charlotte office. 

“We are excited to have someone with Michael’s experience heading up our preconstruction operations in Charlotte,” said Randy Hall, CEO of Batson-Cook. “He has held a wide range of positions within the construction industry, making him uniquely qualified to deliver exceptional preconstruction services to our clients across multiple market sectors here in Charlotte.”

A native of New York, Diamantis holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University (now the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta) and a master’s in business administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

In addition to being a licensed general contractor and LEED Associate, Diamantis has completed Grinnell and LORE Leadership Training programs and is a member of the Professional Construction Estimators Association, USGBC, and Associated Builders and Contractors.

ATLANTA, GA (Jan. 8, 2018) – Batson-Cook Company is pleased to announce that Hans Gant has been named vice president of business development for the general contracting firm’s regional office in Atlanta, effective immediately.

Gant joined Batson-Cook in 2014 to lead the firm’s business development endeavors in the regions served by the West Point, Georgia, regional office. Succeeding Gant in the company’s West Point office is Rodney Robinson, a 30-year construction industry veteran.

Gant, a veteran economic developer with experience in real estate development and city planning, looks forward to pursuing new projects in the regions served by the company’s Atlanta office. He served as senior vice president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, during which time he led domestic and international marketing and business recruitment efforts. On his watch, the chamber worked with state and local economic development groups throughout Metro Atlanta, attracting more than 800 new companies to the area.

“We are excited to have Hans working in our Atlanta office,” said Randy Hall, President and CEO of Batson-Cook. “His impact in West Point was notable, and we have no doubt that he will meet with success in the Atlanta market.”

Gant, an alumnus of Columbus State University, is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), Urban Land Institute, Georgia Manufacturers Association, CoreNet Global, and NAIOP.

PORT ORANGE, FL (Dec. 5, 2017) – Batson-Cook Construction recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Benton House Port Orange, the tenth Benton House assisted living and memory care facility the company has built in as many years.

Benton House Port Orange, located at 812 Airport Road, will have a total of 59 units and 80 beds – 45 assisted living units with a total of 56 beds, and 14 memory care units with a total of 24 beds. Amenities in the 44,082-square-foot, wood-frame building include a full-service kitchen, hair salon, media room, staff support areas, a home activities kitchen, and courtyards. 

Construction costs will total $8.3 million. Completion is scheduled for October 2018.

Port Orange SLP, LLC, of Alpharetta, Georgia, is the owner of the project, and Lamas Architects of Atlanta is the architect. Batson-Cook has delivered Benton House facilities in Alpharetta, Augusta, Brunswick, Douglasville, Johns Creek, and Woodstock, Georgia; Bluffton, South Carolina; and Clermont, Florida.

Scheduled for completion in January 2018 is Benton House Aiken, South Carolina, the largest of the 10 at 57,000 square feet. The earlier Benton House facilities averaged 42,000 square feet, but Batson-Cook returned to the Alpharetta, Augusta and Bluffton campuses to expand the number of beds in each.

In 2018, construction is scheduled to commence on Benton Houses in St. Johns, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

 

ATLANTA, GA – Batson-Cook is pleased to announce that Carl J. Frinzi, Sr., vice president of the company’s Multi-Family Wood Frame Division, was recently honored with a "2017 Distinguished Alumni Award" by Kennesaw State University.  The award, was presented at the 26th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner held as part of KSU’s 2017 Homecoming Week festivities.

Frinzi earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering technology in 1983 from Southern Technical College, which became Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) before its consolidation with Kennesaw State University (KSU). He joined the KSU Foundation as a trustee earlier this year after being part of the SPSU Foundation since 2008. He has a long history of giving to Southern Poly and now Kennesaw State, and has served on the SPSU/KSU Construction Advisory Board since 2011. He also arranges field trips to his projects for KSU students, serves as a guest lecturer in the classroom, and provides internships and job opportunities.

Perhaps Frinzi’s most notable contribution to KSU, however, is his establishment of the Carl Joseph Frinzi, Sr., Endowed Scholarship for construction management students.

“Many years after graduating, I realized that the university had a tremendous impact on my entire family,” Frinzi said. “The scholarship is a way that I can help hard-working students meet their goals, earn their degrees, and allow them to have the same career opportunities that I had.” 
“I am deeply honored to have received this prestigious award,” Frinzi said. “To be among the group of alumni that were nominated for this award is an honor.”

Frinzi joined Batson-Cook in 2016 to establish and expand the company’s Multi-Family Wood Frame Division. Over the course of his 35-year career in construction, he has focused on the multi-family housing sector nationwide. He led a $1.2-billion program to build 6,000 houses on military bases, and provided executive or construction management for the building of more than 26,000 multi-family units.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family, office, 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 batson-cook.com.

ATLANTA, GA (Oct. 26, 2017) - Batson-Cook Company was named Atlanta Public Schools “2017 Jackson Cluster Partner of the Year” yesterday for its significant contributions to Crim Open Campus High School’s construction trades program.  The award, presented at the APyeS! Awards Reception at Woodruff Arts Center, was accepted by Jimmy Kennedy, healthcare project executive for Batson-Cook and chair of its Crim partnership initiative.

Jimmy Kennedy (right), healthcare project executive with Batson-Cook, shares a moment with Richard Elder, construction trades instructor for Crim HSMore than a year ago, Batson-Cook adopted Crim High School as part of AGC of Georgia’s Workforce Development Program to introduce high school students to the construction trades. Kennedy volunteered to lead the effort and quickly identified Crim’s need for a new construction lab and classroom.  Within 10 months, he had formed an alliance with two-dozen trade partners to design, build out, and equip a construction lab and classroom in space that was once the school’s culinary lab. The grand opening was held in April.

“Each year, I have been humbled by the generosity of the Atlanta community,” Rachel Sprecher, executive director of the Office of Partnerships & Development for APS, told Kennedy. “There is no finer example of this than your partnership’s commitment to our schools,” she continued. “It goes without saying that you are an incredible example of what it means to be a valued partner.”

Said Randy Hall, CEO of Batson-Cook and past-president of AGC Georgia: “I am thrilled that the dedication of Jimmy Kennedy and the Workforce Development alliance to this project has been recognized in such a meaningful way. The students who were part of this project, however, are the true winners,” he noted, “because they were introduced to the rewards of a construction career, now have state-of-the-art equipment to learn the plumbing, electric, masonry and carpentry trades, and have become passionate about the opportunities that await them.”

Batson-Cook and Workforce Development trade partners will continue their partnership with Crim High School in a variety of ways, including providing one-on-one instruction to students. At present, Crim is the only high school in the Atlanta system offering a construction program.

Pictured: Jimmy Kennedy (right), with Batson-Cook, shares a moment with Richard Elder (left), construction trades instructor at Crim HS and manager of its Work-Based Learning Program

HUNTSVILLE, AL (August 31, 2017) – Batson-Cook Construction has been awarded the contract to build the new Marriott AC Hotel at downtown Huntsville’s premier City Centre development.  Construction of the hotel is set for completion in August, 2018.
The 6-story, select-service hotel will have 120 rooms and encompass a total of 86,648 square feet. The ground floor will feature the lobby and 5000 square feet of shell space for a restaurant to lease. The second floor – a designated meeting level – will include meeting rooms, an outdoor function terrace and a fitness center. Guest rooms will be situated on the third through sixth levels.
Owner of the property is City Centre I, LLC. Architect is HC Architecture of Atlanta.
The building will have an exterior of brick, glass, stucco and metal panels. The first two levels of the structure will be cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete flat slabs; the top four guest room levels will be a cold-formed steel, load-bearing wall system. A combination of VRF and split DX mechanical systems will be installed.



TAMPA, FLORIDA (August 18, 2017) – Lindsay Ryle, a project engineer with Batson-Cook Construction, has been tapped for the 2018 NEXGEN Leadership Class by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

The NEXGEN Leadership Training Program is an 8-month series of educational events designed to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge of high-potential construction professionals.  Through monthly educational sessions, peer-to-peer networking and community involvement activities, ABC’s NEXGEN program prepares the participants for leadership roles within their companies and ABC.

“My passion is to mentor young people, especially those interested in a career in construction,” Ryle said. “I want them to understand that they have resources available to them to help them achieve success, but they must be accountable for their choices – what they do, and what they don’t do.”

Ryle, who joined Batson-Cook in 2012, is currently assigned to The Pearl Apartments project, a $57-million mixed-use apartment community under way in the Tampa Heights area. Her personal portfolio totals $208 million in multi-family and mixed-use projects.

Ryle holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is an active member of ABC, a graduate of Leadership Pasco, and mentors Batson-Cook summer interns. Habitat for Humanity is the philanthropy she most enjoys supporting, having participated in three home building projects.

She and her husband have a young son, and she enjoys fishing, spending time in or on the water, running, and just about anything else done outdoors.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook, formed in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family, office, hospitality, 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.
 

LAGRANGE, GA – Two projects recently completed by Batson-Cook on the campus of LaGrange College will be bustling with activity when students return to campus this month.

The newly-constructed Ida Hudson Callaway Lab Sciences Building and the renovated Callaway Science Building represent a $21-million addition to the downtown campus of LaGrange College. The new 43,000-square-foot lab sciences facility, devoted entirely to laboratories, houses state-of-the-art spaces for instruction in biology, ecology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and immunology.  Also included are faculty and staff offices, student collaboration spaces and classrooms.  The exterior of the three-story building, located on the corner of Vernon Street and Park Avenue, blends contextually with other buildings on the campus.

“All of us at Batson-Cook were honored to return to the LaGrange College campus for this significant project,” said Conn Crabtree, project executive for Batson-Cook.  “We completed a major campus development and renovation project for the college in 2001, and returned for the construction of Frank and Laura Lewis Library a few years later.  We have enjoyed bringing this new science building to reality.”


Renovation of the existing 26,000-square-foot Callaway Science Building included improvements and upgrades to classrooms, the physics lab, office spaces and the Math Department.

Earl Swensson Associates was the architectural firm for the project, and Chaseco LLC was the owner’s representative.  Both firms are located in Nashville, Tenn.

Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for 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 www.batson-cook.com.