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COLUMBUS, GA (May 19, 2017) – Batson-Cook Construction broke ground today for construction of Northside Medical Center’s first Emergency Department. The $4.6-million addition is set for completion in April 2018.

Northside Medical Center, one of two Columbus Regional Health campuses in Columbus, is located on Frist Court. The new 12,000-square-foot ED, which will connect to the existing medical center, will house 10 beds and emergency medical support services. Emergency vehicle access, a 40-space parking lot, and associated site work are also included in the project.










“We are excited to be part of a project to make emergency services available for the first time at this busy medical center,” said Paul Meadows, general manager of Batson-Cook’s West Point office. “We consider it an honor to partner once again with Columbus Regional in enhancing healthcare for our friends and neighbors in Columbus and its surrounding communities.” 

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

About Batson-Cook
Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family, office, 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

JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 10, 2017) – Batson-Cook Construction this morning celebrated the ribbon-cutting for UF Health North’s new inpatient facility with hospital leaders, local dignitaries and members of the Batson-Cook/Danis joint venture project team.

“We are passionate about building facilities that will enhance healthcare services in our hometown,” said Evender Spradlin, senior vice-president and general manager of Batson-Cook Construction, majority partner of the joint venture. “We merged the strengths of Batson-Cook and Danis to bring this significant project to fruition and it has been a very rewarding experience.”

The five-story, 168,000-square-foot tower has 92 private rooms and is connected by walkways to the original medical office complex, which opened in 2015.  The upper four levels are dedicated to patient care – a 20-bed floor for labor and delivery and other women’s health services; a 24-bed floor for intensive care; and two 24-bed floors for general medical services. The ground floor houses administrative offices and a cafeteria, chapel, and courtyard.

A new 8,000-square-foot central energy plant and a 116-space parking lot were also part of the project.









The building, designed to meet LEED Silver standards, includes a 15,000-square-foot green roof, energy efficiency with LED lighting and photo sensors, and electric vehicle charging stations. Nearly 75 percent of construction waste was recycled or salvaged, and 40 percent of new materials used were sustainably sourced and had high recycled content.  LEED certification is pending.

Gresham Smith and Partners of Jacksonville was the architect. Engineering design services were provided by TLC Engineering for Architecture and McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing services were provided by W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors and Miller Electric, all of Jacksonville.

TAVARES, FL (April 27, 2017) – A dozen children were overjoyed today to learn that construction-themed cookies would be served following their field trip to the Batson-Cook jobsite located next door to their pre-school center at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Florida.

Batson-Cook is in the process of building Fountain Inn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on the hospital’s campus, and the children watch construction progress daily from their playground. The VPK class, made up of a dozen 4- and 5-year-olds, donned Batson-Cook hard hats and walked to the site to view the work up close and learn about jobsite safety from Gene Merson, Batson-Cook’s project safety manager.

“These children are fascinated by construction!” said Nancy Stott, manager of child care services at Florida Hospital Waterman. “Having their very own hard hat and a cookie decorated with a bulldozer or dump truck is very exciting for them, as you can tell!”

The children greeted the Batson-Cook project representatives with their rendition of “The Construction Song.” Hospital CEO David Ottati and COO Anita Young joined the class for their field trip.

Fountain Inn is a $20-million senior healthcare facility that will feature 120 private patient rooms. Completion is anticipated in the fall of this year. Batson-Cook recently broke ground for construction of the $23-million Celebration Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Celebration, Florida. It, too, will have 120 private beds and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.  Both facilities are owned by Adventist Care Centers of Orlando.


ATLANTA, GA (April 13, 2017) – Batson-Cook Company today announced that David Barksdale, chief operating officer, is retiring after 40 years with the 102-year-old general contracting and construction management firm, effective immediately. Kevin Appleton, currently senior vice president and manager of Atlanta healthcare, will succeed Barksdale as COO, and Denny Godwin, a healthcare project executive, will become vice president of Atlanta healthcare.  All three executives are headquartered in the company’s offices in Atlanta.

Barksdale, who joined Batson-Cook after graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in building science, will serve as executive advisor to the company’s corporate management team during the transition.  He began his career as a field engineer in the Jacksonville, Florida, regional office, and held both field and project management positions before being named senior vice president and general manager of that office in 1999. Thirteen years later, after 35 years in Jacksonville, he relocated to Atlanta to head the company’s regional office there, and was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2014.

“David has been fiercely loyal to Batson-Cook for 40 years,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO. “It was imperative that his successor have not only an operations mindset, a track record of achievement and loyalty to the company, but also a passion to take the company to even higher levels of success,” he continued.  “I strongly believe that Kevin is that person.”

Appleton, as head of Atlanta healthcare, oversaw construction of all healthcare projects in Georgia. Like Barksdale, he joined Batson-Cook as a field engineer following graduation from Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering. He rose through the ranks to become a project superintendent, by which time he was working almost exclusively on hospital projects. He transitioned to healthcare project management in 2010, and was named senior vice president and general manager of Atlanta healthcare just four years later. His personal project portfolio tops $1 billion, of which $700 million represents healthcare work.

Godwin, a 24-year construction veteran, joined Batson-Cook in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s in construction from Georgia Southern University, and serves on its College of Civil Engineering & Construction Management Board. He is a Certified Healthcare Contractor, the highest level of certification attainable from the American Hospital Association, and his personal construction portfolio totals nearly $400 million across multiple market sectors.

Batson-Cook Construction, founded in 1915, builds a wide range of commercial projects for healthcare, multi-family residential, office, education, 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.

ATLANTA, GA – Ask 17 construction trades students at Atlanta’s Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School about Jimmy Kennedy and Batson-Cook, and you’ll hear nothing but praise and accolades.  Their instructor, Richard Elder, will tell you that Batson-Cook, an alliance of trade partners, and Associated General Contractors of Georgia have made his dreams come true in 10 short months.

Wondering just how that happened?  Consider the convergence of the following:

  • Crim High School, an open campus alternative school offering career pathway training and credit-recovery core classes, had a small, poorly-equipped space for teaching construction trades to students interested in the field.  Funds for improving the situation were not available.
  • Randy Hall, Batson-Cook’s president and CEO, is currently president of Associated General Contractors of Georgia. One of his initiatives is to enhance AGC’s Workforce Development Program, the purpose of which is to challenge contractors to partner with local high schools that teach construction in order to educate students about the rewards of a career in construction and create a sustainable workforce for years to come. Hall himself has served in a variety of advisory roles to college construction programs, and is acutely aware of the current shortage of construction trades craftsmen.
  • Jimmy Kennedy, a project executive for Batson-Cook’s healthcare operations in Atlanta, was eager to tackle a different kind project that would benefit young people, the construction industry, and the local community.

These factors led Batson-Cook to adopt Crim as its Workforce Development partner. Jimmy took the lead and formed an alliance with two dozen Batson-Cook trade partners to build out and equip a construction lab and classroom at the high school. The group toured the facility last May, developed a plan and schedule over the summer, and began construction in October. The students worked alongside Kennedy and other alliance team members, thereby gaining valuable hands-on experience in carpentry, framing, painting, and electrical trades. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week, and the students could not have been more excited.

"Seeing the passion and enthusiasm grow in these kids as they began to grasp the variety of opportunities available to them in construction was so rewarding,” Kennedy said. “They understand now that they have a lot of choices; they aren’t limited to being a laborer in the field.” 

Said Richard Elder, their instructor and the manager of Crim’s Work-Based Learning Program, “No one is leaving empty-handed anymore. Whether they want to go to college or start a career, we’re making it happen here at Crim. 

“This is the only construction program in the Atlanta school system right now,” he continued. “I’ve taught construction for 33 years and have been at Crim for 13.  I’ve hung in there, and I’m glad, because I finally have an avenue for the four major industry trades – plumbing, electric, masonry and carpentry – to come to class and work one-on-one with our students.”

Elder noted that student responses to the Workforce Development alliance were moving. One of two female students said, “I’ve always felt lost (in the education system), but I’ve found my calling now.” He added that a male student who has faced many challenges is “transforming before my eyes. He’s going to be president of something one day!”

“One of the goals of our alliance is to get to know the students so we can introduce them to an exciting career in construction,” Hall said. “When I saw one of the students walk up to Jimmy and say ‘Hey, I know you!’, I knew the effort was successful.

“I am very proud of our Workforce Development team and especially proud of Jimmy Kennedy,” Hall continued. “Many trade partners participated in the project, but in the end, the students did most of the work.”

Construction trades instructor Richard Elder, center, discusses new lab equipment


CELEBRATION, FL (March 30, 2017) – Gleaming shovels wielded scoops of earth this morning as ground was broken for Celebration Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a $26-million senior healthcare center being built by Batson-Cook Construction for Adventist Care Centers of Orlando. The nursing and rehabilitation facility, located just outside the main entrance to Walt Disney World, will be Adventist’s first care center in Osceola County.

The architect’s rendering of the project was revealed publicly for the first time at the groundbreaking. Designed to reflect a home-style, hospitable atmosphere, the new two-story facility will have 120 private rooms, a therapy gym for physical and occupational therapy, and two dining areas on each floor. The project will encompass 85,000 square feet and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

Celebration Center will be situated on an 8.6-acre site at 1290 Celebration Boulevard.  Its proximity to Walt Disney World will afford patients and staff a view of the entertainment resort’s nightly fireworks show.

Architect for the project is Lantz-Boggio Architects of Denver, Colorado.

Batson-Cook’s project team, led by Project Executive Chris Shepherd, includes Eric Clayton, project manager; Sandra Volz, assistant project manager; Eric Hnyla, superintendent; Cissy Gunter, construction coordinator; Scott Hudson and Jeff O’Dwyer, preconstruction.

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

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.

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


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

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.

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

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.

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








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.

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.

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











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.

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. 

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