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ATLANTA, GA (December 2, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction has recently completed three SkyHouse luxury apartment towers in Atlanta, Denver and Houston.

The three projects are part of the $1.2-billion SkyHouse Program, a joint venture between The Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development to build 17 SkyHouse-branded apartment communities in five southern states and Colorado.  Batson-Cook Construction has served as general contractor for all 17 projects.

Atlantic House, located in Midtown Atlanta, is the largest and most luxurious of the SkyHouse-branded facilities. At 32 stories, it features 407 residential units, 68 of which are premium units on the top six floors. The SkyDeck rooftop amenities level has two pools, a fitness center, a clubroom, a business center and outdoor patio spaces with grills. Atop the nine-level, 617-space parking deck are a tennis court and dog park. Overall, the project encompasses 735,795 square feet, including 13,124 square feet of ground-level retail space.
 



SkyHouse Main, the second SkyHouse-branded apartment building in the Central Business District of Houston, is a 24-story tower with 338 units and a stand-alone 6-level, 443-space parking deck. Its SkyDeck amenities level includes a pool, club room, fitness center and outdoor patio with grilling spaces. Ground level retail space encompasses 2,193 square feet, which brings the project’s total square footage to 325,100.

SkyHouse Denver is a 26-story tower with 354 residential units, a conference room, bike storage and maintenance, and an on-site dog walk and pet spa. In addition to the standard SkyDeck amenities, SkyHouse Denver’s rooftop boasts a SkyLounge featuring a demonstration kitchen, an expansive lounge and a fitness studio with a virtual trainer. The 7-level, 474-space parking deck, which is partially below grade, includes auto charging stations. The project encompasses a total of 364,000 square feet, including 4,413 square feet of ground-level retail space.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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 http://www.batson-cook.com

 




WEST POINT, GA (November 17, 2016) –  A heart-rending Honor Guard Salute welcomed 52 veterans to the National Infantry Museum last week as they embarked on a day-long tour of the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia, – all part of Batson-Cook Construction’s 8th annual Honor Bus Tour to pay tribute to area veterans.  Three in attendance were World War II veterans – one of whom celebrated his 96th birthday on the day of the tour – and five served in the Korean War.



 

 


 

 

 



“My grandfather, who did two tours with the Army in Vietnam, thoroughly enjoyed the museum tour and everything else about the day,” said Matt Persons, an estimator in Batson-Cook’s West Point Regional Office. “He was especially impressed by how Batson-Cook and the museum staff made all of the veterans feel appreciated and honored.”

The son of another veteran who attended said, “My father hasn’t stopped talking about how wonderful the trip was!  He said he was ‘treated like a king’ by the staff of Batson-Cook and the soldiers that welcomed them to the museum.  He was so proud.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We (at Batson-Cook) certainly received a blessing just being a part of the Honor Bus Tour festivities,” said Paul Meadows, general manager of the Batson-Cook West Point office. “I’m proud to be part of the Batson-Cook family. It is our commitment, dedication and passion for our veterans that made the day a huge success,” he added as he thanked the thirty-six Batson-Cook employees on hand for the occasion.

Following a continental breakfast at the offices of Batson-Cook, veterans traveled by chartered bus from West Point to Columbus for the event. The morning included a tour of the museum and a visit to the Hall of Valor, followed by a movie about the infantryman’s legacy of valor and sacrifice.  After a buffet lunch, the group walked along WWII Company Street and visited the Vietnam Memorial Plaza.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



Batson-Cook began the Honor Bus Tour in 2009 – a year after it completed construction of the museum – as a tangible way to show appreciation and respect for the sacrifices of the nation’s military. More than 350 veterans have participated in the Honor Bus Tour since its inception.

About Batson-Cook Construction
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.
 

ATLANTA, GA (October 26, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction’s North + Line project in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward drew about 100 visitors to its site recently for an up-close look at the massive geotechnical construction phase in process in preparation for vertical construction of the mixed-use, multi-family redevelopment project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


North + Line is a $53.6-million project under way on 3.3 acres adjoining the former site of the Masquerade Club. Upon completion in April 2018, will include a five-story, 228-unit apartment building; a three-level, 240,000-square-foot secured parking deck with 467 spaces; street-level retail space; and elevated amenities. In order for vertical construction to begin, however, an existing 250-foot-long wall which supports the East Beltline Path 30 feet above its base must be stabilized and an additional 365 linear feet of new wall up to 43 feet high must be constructed. Hayward Baker, a specialty geotechnical construction contractor, is performing the work.

Members and guests of the Georgia Geo-Institute Chapter of the America Society of Civil Engineers, along with engineering students from Georgia Institute of Technology, met at the site recently to observe the stabilization project.  Batson-Cook was the host, and Ryan Smith, project manager for

Hayward Baker, conducted an extensive safety briefing before leading the group on a site tour.

“Size alone makes this project unique,” Smith said, “but the fact that the existing wall has three distinct sections – one is stacked stone (rubble), a second is concrete, and the third is natural vegetation – is something else we rarely see.” Interest in the project also stems from its location on the former site of both the Masquerade Club, which has been relocated, and prior to that was an Excelsior manufacturing plant dating back to the 1890s, he added.  It is generally thought that the stacked stone portion of the wall is of a similar age. The wall originally supported a once-active rail system, but is now part of the Atlanta Beltline multi-use trail system, which opened in 2012.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, this project is easily a 9 or 10 in difficulty,” Smith said. “Hayward Baker has 37 proprietary geotechnical techniques available to us, and we are using six of them on this job alone. It is a design-build project, and we worked through several design and price iterations over the course of a decade to determine the best solution.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The major components of this mammoth undertaking were enumerated by Smith during the ASCI event:

• Top-down soil nailing of the natural vegetation section of the wall by excavating a 90-degree “cut” to create a new, stabilized wall extending upwards to 43 feet at its maximum height (17,100 square feet);
• Anchoring the existing concrete wall, then executing two different underpinning techniques to stabilize it (3,741 square feet);
• Soil nailing to stabilize the stacked stone wall (800 square feet);
• Installing vibro piers for the foundations of the apartment building and parking deck in areas with fine-grain soil.

A total of about 800 soil nails have been drilled into the expansive wall. Each “nail” is a one-inch-diameter bar set into a drilled six-inch-diameter hole which is then fill with grout. The nails at North + Line range from 15 to 45 feet in length and are set at a 15-degree angle to avoid grout leakage, Smith explained. Upon completion of the soil nailing work, the full length of wall was shotcreted for still greater stabilization.

Much of the wall will be hidden from view by the new apartment building and parking deck, but two sections will be visible from an outdoor deck, Smith noted.  “We will employ two finishing techniques – screeded rubbed and rough gun bumped – to make those exposed areas aesthetically pleasing,” he said.

Jeremy Varner, chairman of Atlanta’s ASCE Geo-Institute chapter, expressed appreciation to Batson-Cook for inviting such a large group to tour an active jobsite. “This is a great repurposing of land around the beltline, and being allowed to see such a large geotechnical construction project in process really excites us as engineers.”

Owner of the project is SWHR PBL, LLC, and the architect is Smith Dalia Architects.
 


JACKSONVILLE, FL (September 19, 2016)
–  Batson-Cook Construction broke ground today for the Tower C project on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. In addition to construction of the tower, which is set for completion in the final quarter of 2017, Batson-Cook will also expand and/or relocate several areas within the existing hospital and expand the central energy plant.

Tower C will be an eight-story, 156,000-square-foot facility designed to mirror the existing Tower D. Three floors – the first, third and fourth – will house hospital services. The first floor will have support services; the third, labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum; and the fourth, a medical/surgical unit. The remaining five floors -  second, and fifth through eighth – will be shell space for future expansion.

The existing areas to be expanded and/or relocated are the laboratory, radiology, dietary, and surgery/PACU/pre-op. The central energy plant will be expanded to provide the additional capacity required to operate Tower C.

Overall, the project encompasses about 180,000 square feet. Architect is Gresham, Smith & Partners of Jacksonville. Trade partners include W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors, mechanical and plumbing services, and Miller Electric Company, electrical services.

Assigned to the Batson-Cook project team are Chris Shepherd, project executive; Brian Kluge, senior project manager; Thomas Walton and Matt Wozniak, project managers; Darrell Brooks, general superintendent; David Tate, senior superintendent; William Estes and Jacob Watterson, superintendents; John Strickland, MEP superintendent; Kalpana Marothu, BIM coordinator; Scott Hudson, preconstruction services director; and Vallerie Campbell, construction coordinator.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.
 

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 2, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce that David Hamilton has joined the firm as project executive for its new regional office in Charlotte.  Hamilton, who brings 27 years of construction experience to his new post, will be responsible for representing Batson-Cook through strategic community involvement, developing relationships with industry stakeholders, helping the company build a strong team in Charlotte, and executing assigned pursuits and projects from concept through completion.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Batson-Cook family,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO of the construction management firm. “The depth and breadth of his construction experience are unparalleled, and he will be an asset to both Batson-Cook and the Charlotte community.”

Hamilton holds two bachelor of science degrees – one in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and the other in math and business administration from Milligan College in Tennessee.  Prior to joining Batson-Cook, his career had been spent with a single general contracting firm.

“Even as a competitor, I acknowledged Batson-Cook’s exceptional reputation and performance,” Hamilton said. “I am eager to help the company expand its impressive portfolio here in Charlotte, where we first began building in 1983.”

Several of the iconic buildings Batson-Cook has constructed in Charlotte since the early 1980s now define the city’s distinctive skyline, including the Hilton Hotel, Hearst Tower, and Duke Energy Center. The company currently has four projects under construction: Museum Tower Apartments and SkyHouse II in Uptown, The Gibson in Plaza Midtown, and The Element South in Ballantyne.

Hamilton and his wife, Denise, have two grown children. They are new residents of Charlotte and, by extension, new Carolina Panthers fans. He is an avid Georgia Tech and Atlanta Braves fan, and enjoys golf and physical fitness.

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 26, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of Curt Rigney as senior vice president and general manager of its new regional office in Charlotte.

Rigney, a 12-year veteran of Batson-Cook who has worked on several of the firm’s most notable Charlotte projects, including Duke Energy Center, will carry overall responsibility for the successful delivery of all projects managed out of the firm’s local office.  At present, Batson-Cook has four projects under way in Charlotte: Museum Tower Apartments and SkyHouse II in Uptown, The Gibson in Plaza Midwood, and The Element South in Ballantyne.

“Curt has been the face of Batson-Cook in Charlotte since we broke ground on Duke Energy Center in 2007,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO of Batson-Cook.  “He was the natural choice to lead our new Charlotte office as we expand both our business and community partnerships in the area.” 

Rigney brings more than two decades of solid construction experience to his new role. He has managed projects ranging from $3.5 million to $400 million, and his personal career portfolio tops $1.2 billion.

Before accepting the position in Charlotte, Rigney served as senior vice president and manager of Batson-Cook’s private commercial construction operations in Atlanta.  In that role, he executed the SkyHouse Program – a $1-billion venture to build 17 luxury high-rise apartment buildings in Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Denver within a five-year time-frame.  Prior to that, he was senior project manager for Duke Energy Center, which he considers to be his greatest career accomplishment to date.
Mr. Rigney graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction.  He is a member of the 2011 Inaugural Class of ENR Southeast's "Top 20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders," and a licensed General Contractor in the State of Georgia.  In addition, he sits on the UNCC Childress Klein Center for the Real Estate Advisory Board, and is a member of USGBC of North Carolina.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915 in West Point, Georgia, builds a wide range of commercial projects for private development, healthcare, and manufacturing clients throughout the Southeast. Our regional offices are located in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Tampa, and West Point. 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, please visit http://www.batson-cook.com
 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

CUMMING, GA (July 21, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction has ceremonially topped out Northside Hospital Forsyth’s Vertical Addition Project by honoring the on-site construction workers with lunch, giveaways, prizes and words of congratulations.  The hospital, now standing at eight stories, has become the tallest building in Forsyth County.

“We are excited to be celebrating the topping out of what is now the tallest building in the county,” said David Glasscock, project manager for Batson-Cook.  “These construction workers are dedicated to this project and skilled at their trades.  We have reached this milestone because of their hard work, so today is all about them.”

Three floors totaling 77,975 square feet have been added to the existing five-story medical/surgical tower. The sixth floor will house mechanical equipment, and the seventh and eighth levels will each have 32 patient rooms.  Six elevators will be extended to the eighth floor, and a seventh elevator will be added.  Completion of the project, which will cost $30.4 million to construct, is anticipated in late September 2016.

This is Batson-Cook’s fourth vertical expansion at the hospital since 2002, when Northside purchased the facility, originally built by Batson-Cook in 1999, and renamed it Northside Hospital Forsyth.  Batson-Cook has since completed multiple small and large projects on the campus, including vertical additions in 2003, 2010 and 2011.

Architect for the project is Howell Rusk Dodson of Atlanta.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors are Batchelor & Kimball of Lithonia, Inglett & Stubbs of Mableton, and Art Plumbing of Smyrna, respectively.


 

 

 

 

 

 


In addition to Glasscock, the Batson-Cook team includes: Ken Flynn, project executive; Spencer Houston, campus superintendent; Britt Shiver and Jonathan Deese, superintendents; Bill Eayre and Ryan Porche, assistant project managers; Chad Davis and Parhum Nankali, office engineers; Chad Davis, Chris Reinhardt and Kyle Stovall, field engineers; Jay Shinall, safety coordinator; Chase Pinkerton, BIM manager; Deigh Frost, construction administrator; and Deb Baratka, estimator.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK CONSTRUCTION
Batson-Cook, formed in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CHARLOTTE, NC (June 23, 2016) - Batson-Cook Company has ceremonially topped out construction of the SkyHouse Uptown II luxury apartment building with a celebratory lunch and prizes to honor the project’s construction workers.

SkyHouse Uptown II, scheduled for completion in February 2017, is identical to SkyHouse Uptown I, which was completed by Batson-Cook in May 2015. Both towers are located in the 600 block of North Church Street in Uptown’s Fourth Ward.

Like its sister tower, SkyHouse Uptown II will have a total of 336 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with high-end finishes, floor-to-ceiling glass and private balconies. It will also include a bike repair shop, bike storage, a dog walk and a dog wash area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 24-story, 385,000-square-foot tower will boast the signature SkyHouse rooftop amenities level offering 360-degree views of the Queen City. It will feature a clubhouse, fitness facility, swimming pool and outdoor kitchen. There will be 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Situated between the two towers is a shared six-level parking garage with a one-acre amenities deck, SkyPark, on its top level. SkyPark, which opened last month, has a regulation-size tennis court, an athletic field and two regulation bocce ball courts, along with pergolas, several grilling and seating areas with fire pits, a putting green and a walking trail.

“Batson-Cook is working diligently to deliver this building in a safe and expeditious manner,” said Tom Underwood, project executive for the general contracting firm. “Batson-Cook has built a number of high-profile projects in Charlotte, and we look forward to celebrating the addition of this significant project to the Uptown Charlotte skyline early next year.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In addition to Underwood, the Batson-Cook team includes: Jeremiah McCrory, project manager; Herb Pittman, superintendent; Mike Duane, structure superintendent; Mike Metzler, rough-in superintendent; Tom McLaurin, finish superintendent; Hugh Kingery, assistant project manager; Tristan Gray, project engineer; Steve Erickson, field engineer; Sandra Smith, administrative assistant; and Jeremy Pendleton, safety manager. At the peak of construction, nearly 500 workers will be on site.

Ground was broken for SkyHouse Uptown II in February of this year. The development team, led by Jim Borders of Novare Group, includes Grubb Properties and Batson-Cook Development Company. Architect is Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart.

SkyHouse Uptown II is the 16th of 17 SkyHouse apartment towers that Batson-Cook has completed or is currently constructing in Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa and Denver. The SkyHouse program represents more than $1.5 billion in new mixed-use development.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK CONSTRUCTION
Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and private development clients throughout the Southeast.  We have the heart of a family-owned general contractor with the reach of a global development firm. For additional information, visit www.batson-cook.com.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (June 20 2016) – Four Batson-Cook projects took top honors in five categories in the 2016 Build Georgia Awards Program sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.  The program recognizes association member firms for construction excellence on projects completed throughout Georgia in the preceding year. 

Batson-Cook projects winning first place in their respective construction divisions were:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Call Center, Columbus (two awards); Cancer Treatment Centers of America Fiscal Year 2015 Projects, Newnan; Emory University Hospital Perioperative Expansion and SkyHouse Buckhead, both of which are in Atlanta.  Batson-Cook competed in the division for firms with gross annual construction revenues of more than $100 million.

Batson-Cook’s winning projects by division were:

Design-Build Division and Best Sustainable Construction Practices Division - New Construction
The BCBS of Georgia Call Center is a three-story, 245,000-square-foot office building which cost $36.8 million to construct. The two wings of the building are connected by a three-story atrium with a grand staircase.  Architect for the project was Hecht Burdeshaw Architects of Columbus.

Construction Management At-Risk Division – New Construction between $25-$50 Million
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America Fiscal Year 2015 Projects called for a two-phase expansion: An addition of 110,000 square feet to the Newnan facility, also constructed by Batson-Cook, and renovation to 30,000 square feet of existing space.  The project included two new OR’s; five new specialized ICU in-patient rooms; 20 new in-patient rooms which contain universal beds, enabling the rooms to be converted to ICU rooms; and a new radiation treatment vault with Varian® Edge equipment.  The project architect was PSA Dewberry of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Construction Management At-Risk Division – Renovation Projects
For the award-winning Perioperative Expansion Project at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Batson-Cook added four new endoscopy rooms; 57 new PACU and Pre-Op bays; six new OR’s, including one hybrid; and associated support areas.  The project encompassed 70,000 square feet and the project architect was HKS Architects of Atlanta.

Construction Management At-Risk Division – New Construction between $50-$100 Million
SkyHouse Buckhead is a 26-story luxury apartment building containing 362 one-, two- and three-bedroom residential units plus rooftop amenities.  It has a free-standing, seven-level parking deck for 362 vehicles which connects to the apartment tower via a covered walkway at the ground level and a pedestrian bridge at the fourth level. The project cost $59.6 million to construct, and was designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart of Atlanta.

Winning firms were formally recognized at the AGC Awards Breakfast at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in South Carolina, as part of AGC Georgia’s annual meeting.  

The AGC Build Georgia Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by Georgia construction firms and honor the talented and dedicated men and women in the office and field who make up the state’s construction industry. Their skill, integrity and responsibility combined with a spirit of innovation and tremendous pride produce the buildings that contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the people who live, work, pray, learn and play in communities throughout Georgia.

Eligible projects for this year’s award program were completed in 2015. General contractors and specialty contractors competed in several categories depending upon the size of their firm, the type of project delivery method used, and the type of construction. Award winners were judged on criteria including innovation in construction techniques, safety performance, use of sustainable building practices, excellence in project management and scheduling, and dedication to client service.

ABOUT AGC GEORGIA
AGC Georgia is a trade association and the statewide chapter affiliated with The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC of America).  Member firms perform a majority of the public and private commercial construction work in Georgia and include 530 of the top general contractors, residential/light commercial builders, construction managers, design-builders, municipal-utility contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers. AGC Georgia is one of 92 chapters representing over 26,000 member firms nationwide. AGC of America is the largest and most respected construction trade association in the U.S. 


ABOUT BATSON-COOK CONSTRUCTION
Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA, GA (June 16, 2016) – Randy Hall, president and CEO of Batson-Cook Construction of West Point, Georgia, has been installed as president of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia. Hall, a 20-year veteran of AGC Georgia, took office along with new officers and members of the organization’s board of directors.

“It is an honor for me to step into the presidency of this great organization,” said Hall, who most recently served as vice president of the board. “AGC Georgia is a trusted partner to commercial contractors throughout the state. It provides invaluable resources, services and activities which enable us to make our companies, industry and communities the best they can be. Your new board and I are committed to expanding the reach of AGC’s mission.”

Joining Hall as officers on the board are Scott Clark of R. W. Allen, LLC of Augusta as vice president; Kevin Kuntz of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in Atlanta as treasurer; and Brian Daniel of Carroll Daniel Construction Company of Gainesville as secretary.














In presenting convention attendees with the traditional “President’s Challenge” at the convention’s closing dinner, Hall said, “My challenge to each of us addresses workforce development and is two-pronged. First, I challenge each member firm to adopt a high school in your area and educate its students on the gratifying and financially rewarding rewards of a career in commercial construction.  Second, I want to open a conversation to develop and launch a program that will encourage more women and minorities to consider careers in construction.”

Hall, a 20-year veteran of Batson-Cook with more than 30 years of experience in construction, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. He has been President and CEO of Batson-Cook since 2013.  In addition to his involvement with AGC of Georgia, Hall is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, and will join the Executive Board of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn later this year.

ABOUT AGC GEORGIA
AGC Georgia is a trade association and the statewide chapter affiliated with The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC of America).  Member firms perform a majority of the public and private commercial construction work in Georgia and include 530 of the top general contractors, residential/light commercial builders, construction managers, design-builders, municipal-utility contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers. AGC Georgia is one of 92 chapters representing over 26,000 member firms nationwide. AGC of America is the largest and most respected construction trade association in the U.S.
 
ABOUT BATSON-COOK CONSTRUCTION
Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAMPA, FL (June 3, 2016)  -  Batson-Cook Construction officially broke ground today for Phase One of Jesuit High School’s “For Greater Glory” campus master plan as school officials, major donors, students and guests gathered for a formal ceremony and blessing of the project.

The first phase of the plan includes construction of The Chapel of the Holy Cross, which will become the heart of the campus, and a 32,000-square-foot administration and student services building.  Construction is expected to cost $19 million, with completion anticipated in early 2018.  Subsequent phases of the master plan call for a new collegiate-style student activities center with an adjoining 500-seat dining hall, a new fine and performing arts center with a 450-seat auditorium, and a new science and math building.



 

 

 

 

 

Batson-Cook is excited to be a part of this significant project,” said Brady Harris, project executive for Batson-Cook.  “Two of our project team members – Carl Giovenco, project manager, and Taylor Burt, intern – are alumni of Jesuit High, so this project holds special meaning for the entire Batson-Cook team.”

In addition to Harris, Giovenco and Burt, the Batson-Cook project team includes Jim Mozingo, preconstruction manager; Mike Humphreys, superintendent; Rick Guimont and Andres Plata, engineers; Jessica Lopez, construction coordinator; and Heather Holle, intern.

Cooper Johnson Smith developed the campus master plan and is the architect for the administration and student services building.  Duncan G. Stroik is the architect for the chapel.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook, formed in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.

 

ATLANTA, GA (May 13, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction ceremonially topped out the Renaissance Hotel project today in an event that included lunch and prizes for the construction workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This celebration is all about you, the construction workers building this significant new hotel,” said Steve McTighe, project executive for Batson-Cook.  “You are our most important resource, and we appreciate the skill and integrity you bring to this jobsite every day.  Thank you!”

The hotel, being developed by Grove Street Partners, is located at the Gateway Convention Center near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  It is a seven-story, 136,000-square-foot facility that will include 204 guest rooms and a conference center with ballrooms and meeting rooms.  Other amenities include a restaurant, full-service bar and studio, and a fitness center.  An additional 187 parking spaces will be added to an existing parking deck on the site.

The project is scheduled to open in March 2017 and will cost $34.4 million to construct.  At the peak of construction, more than 200 workers will be on site. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to McTighe, the Batson-Cook construction team includes Chad Loggains, senior project manager; Charlie Meachum and David Higginbotham, project superintendents; David Rose, assistant project manager; Robbie Connell and Rob Grupp, engineers; and Angelo Williams and MacKenzie Bowers, carpenters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rule Joy Trammel and Rubio of Atlanta is the architect for Renaissance Hotel.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing services are being project by McKenney’s, Inc., Excel Electrical Technologies, and Stasco Plumbing, respectively.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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 http://www.batson-cook.com

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 16, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction celebrated the topping out of Museum Tower Apartments recently by honoring more than 250 construction workers on the jobsite with lunch and prizes.  More than 450 people attended the event, which was held on the 35th floor of the 43-story tower, the tallest residential tower to be built in Uptown Charlotte since 2010.

Museum Tower sits atop Mint Museum, which Batson-Cook completed in 2010.  Now that the building’s peak height has been reached, the 385,000-square-foot structure will be closed in and the interior build-out of 394 one- and two-bedroom units and common areas will commence.  Completion of the South Church Street project is anticipated in November 2016.

The tower’s rooftop will feature a heated pool, lounge, fireplace and gas grills.  Other amenities include a fitness center with scheduled workout classes, a 24-hour concierge, and built-in USB charging stations in each apartment.   An existing subterranean parking deck will be reconfigured to designate parking for residents.

The Batson-Cook project team includes: Randy Thompson, project executive; John Bai, general superintendent; Andrew Thomas, project manager; Jeff Manning, assistant project manager; David Hoover, Ken Knodel and Eric Thompson, assistant superintendents; Suzy Worthen, construction coordinator; Steve Erickson, Drew Nesemeier and Vladimir Renneberg, engineers; and Carlos Vergara, safety manager.

The owner of Museum Tower is West 1st Street Apartments Investors, LLC, an affiliate of Childress Klein, the project’s developer.  Architect is Rule Joy Trammell and Rubio of Atlanta, and design team members include TRC Worldwide Engineering of Sarasota, Florida, and Leppard Johnson & Associates of Tucker, Georgia.

In addition to Mint Museum, other notable Charlotte projects built by Batson-Cook for Childress Klein include Duke Energy Center, Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, the Hilton Hotel and Three First Union Center (now known as Three Wells Fargo Center).


JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 17, 2016)
Kalpana Marothu and Thomas Walton, who are employed in the Jacksonville Office of Batson-Cook Construction, have been named to the inaugural 2016 NEX GEN Leadership Class of the Florida First Coast Chapter of Associated Builders & 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 prepares these young professionals for leadership roles within their companies and ABC.  Graduation for the inaugural class is scheduled for August 2016.

Marothu, a native of India who joined Batson-Cook in 2011, is an engineer and BIM coordinator who works on a variety of projects.  She is a LEED Green Associate and an Autodesk Certified Revit Professional. She is also active in Associated Builders and Contractors, U.S. Green Building Council, Revit Professionals of Jacksonville, and River City Toastmasters Club. 

In the community, Marothu volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Smoking Clays for Kids.  She is married to Chandra Shekar and they have two children, Shraya and Surya.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, baking and cooking with her children, and spending time outdoors.

Walton, who joined Batson-Cook in 2015 as an assistant project manager, specializes in healthcare construction.  He recently completed two Baptist Medical Center (BMC) projects: the $2.9-million Outpatient Center 2nd-Floor Renovation project, and the $1.4-million Infusion Center Buildout.  He is currently assigned to five projects, including the $4.4-million, 24-bed ICU Buildout on the fifth floor of Weaver Tower, completed by Batson-Cook in 2012.

Walton, a native of Delphi, IN, holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction management technology from Purdue University.  He is an active member of ABC’s Young Professionals – he recently chaired the group’s annual Chili Cook-Off – and participates in Smoking Clays for Kids.  Walton is married to Lauren Duclos, and enjoys competing in triathlons and working on home improvement projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAGRANGE, GA (February 18, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction of West Point, Georgia, has begun construction of a new science building on the campus of LaGrange College.  The $21-million project, located downtown on the corner of Vernon Street and Park Avenue, includes renovation of the Callaway Science Building across the street.  Completion is set for January 2017.

“All of us at Batson-Cook are excited 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 look forward to bringing this new building to reality.”

The new 43,000-square-foot science facility, devoted entirely to laboratories, will house 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 will blend contextually with other buildings on the campus.

Renovation of the existing 26,000-square-foot Callaway Science Building will commence in May.  Plans call for improvements and upgrades to classrooms, the physics lab, office spaces and the Math Department.  The building will be closed for use throughout construction.

Architectural firm for the project is Earl Swensson Associates, and Chaseco LLC is the owner’s representative.  Both firms are located in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Batson-Cook project team, led by Crabtree, includes Jim Meadows, project manager, and Randall Aikens, project superintendent. 

Batson-Cook Construction, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing 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.