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The article below courtesy of  Clark Byron and Georgia CEO Network

From its humble beginnings in the early 20th century in West Point, Ga., Batson-Cook Construction has always operated on the philosophy of building relationships with clients and partnerships with its owners, architects and subcontractors on every building project.

Scott Thompson, an Atlanta-based vice president of business development at Batson-Cook, is tasked with developing commercial construction for the company. “We try to do what is right for the customer and we honor what we say we’re going to do,” said Thompson. “It’s that integrity that has kept us in business as long as we have been and has given us all of the opportunities we’ve had, and quite honestly, not much has changed.”

Holding fast to the values of integrity and relationship building has endured over the lifetime of the company and has created an unshakable culture of excellence. This is most evident in the work the company has done, the multiplicity and magnitude of the projects, and the longstanding relationships that have endured for years, decades, and, in some cases, from one generation of client to the next.

Batson-Cook, who has offices in Atlanta and West Point, Ga., as well as Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla., has evolved into one of the go-to companies for major construction projects in the Southeastern United States. “We’re really not a flashy general contractor,” said Thompson. “We’ve earned a lot of our business by word-of-mouth.” Thompson related a story that illustrates the way much of Batson-Cook’s business comes to it. “We got a call the other day from a developer out in Texas that is watching the construction of our SkyHouse apartment tower project in Dallas, and he said, ‘Y’all were pouring concrete when no other general contractor was. That’s the kind of speed and efficiency we’re looking for.’ That type of word-of-mouth has earned a lot of business for us.”

In a world that grows more sophisticated and competitive with every tick of the clock, strategic business development plays an increasingly important role in Batson-Cook’s growth. “About two years ago, we took a hard look at how we do business development,” said Thompson. “What do we need to do to be market experts in every market we want to be in?” That seminal question needed to be answered. By “markets,” the company means “vertical markets”; that is, a particular industry or division of the overall economy. The company’s primary markets are health care, commercial construction, multi-family, hospitality, high-rise office buildings, and manufacturing. The company’s “horizontal” or geographic marketplace is focused on the Southeastern United States.

Randy Hall, president and CEO at Batson-Cook, has been with the company for the past 17 years in various management and leadership positions. In January 2012, Hall was named president of the company and was appointed CEO in January 2013. In a recent ​interview in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Hall was asked about the volume of business Batson-Cook his shouldering these days. “We expect to do somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million this year,” said Hall. “This year we’ll be back to the numbers we were at in 2008 when the economy started going bad.” Hall said he sees this as a sign the economy is on the upswing.

Health care is a major market for Batson-Cook and a significant source of the firm’s revenue. For the past couple of years, the company has had one or more projects going with every major health care system in Atlanta, almost simultaneously. There are several projects for Emory, as well as a new project for Wellstar, and several ongoing projects at Northside. Batson-Cook will build the new Northside replacement hospital in Cherokee County. Construction on the approximately $150 million project is expected to begin sometime this summer. Batson-Cook built the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital in Newnan, Ga. Now, the company is working on a $40 million expansion of the original facility.

While the company is committed to its specific areas of expertise, it has by no means exhausted all of them. There are still many areas of commercial construction proficiency held within the company and it is always developing new ones. “A couple of years ago, we deployed our plan to focus on specific vertical markets but we always leave ourselves open to be looking into the future. In our annual business plans we always include what we call an ‘emerging market,’ said Thompson. “Whatever that emerging market is, it will have time and due diligence devoted to it to better understand it and how it may fit in the grander scheme of the company.”

Whether it comes by word-of-mouth or by expert business development efforts, every contract is seen by Batson-Cook as more than just a job, it’s a partnership. “We truly try to partner with our customers,” said Thompson. “When I first came here, it was drilled into me that we are building customers for life.” That coveted ‘customer-for-life’ relationship Thompson speaks of only begins with securing the contract. “It’s not all business development,” Thompson conceded. “Business development takes you to a point and then operations takes over. Our operations folks are very customer oriented.”

Company contact information:
Mr. Scott Thompson, Vice President
Business Development
Batson-Cook Construction
200 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1300
Atlanta, Ga. 30339
p.770.995.1951 • f.770.956.1322

 

Newnan, GA - April 21, 2014  -  Juniors and seniors from Auburn University's School of Building Science visited the Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center expansion jobsite in Newnan, Georgia, to learn about the innovative technology and techniques Batson-Cook is utilizing during the construction of this complex healthcare project.

This is the second time Darren Olsen -  assistant professor in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction - has brought a group of students to tour a Batson-Cook jobsite; the first time was during construction of the original CTCA hospital.

 

 

 

Atlanta, Ga. (March 3, 2014) - Batson-Cook Construction, a name synonymous with integrity and passion in the construction industry, has broken ground on a new $63-million luxury high-rise in Charlotte, North Carolina, for developers Novare Group, Batson-Cook Development Company and Grubb Properties.  The 24-story, 336-unit apartment building is being built on the corner of 10th and Church Streets in the Fourth Ward neighborhood. 

The tower is the 11th SkyHouse-branded luxury high-rise for Batson-Cook Construction, following similar buildings in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Orlando, Tampa and Raleigh.  The SkyHouse® program represents more than $700 million in new construction and has created thousands of permanent and full-time jobs.  SkyHouse Uptown will be ENERGY Star certified.

“Batson-Cook Construction is grateful to Novare Group and our sister company, Batson-Cook Development, for the continuation of this successful partnership,” said Randy Hall, CEO, Batson-Cook Construction.  “We have an excellent, highly-qualified team in place to ensure the safe delivery of another signature tower for downtown Charlotte.”

Batson-Cook Construction served as the general contractor for Duke Energy Center, Hearst Tower, and the Mint Museum, all of which are in Charlotte.  The firm also constructed the Trademark Condominiums and the Ratcliffe Condominiums in the Queen City.

The 99-year-old West Point, Ga.-based construction firm is applying Lean Construction methods to all SkyHouse projects. This innovative and game-changing job-site management process significantly accelerates the construction schedule while emphasizing safety and efficiency.  Based upon lessons learned from the streamlining of Toyota’s car assembly plants, Lean methods call for subcontractors to work in smaller batches while lines of communications between the general contractor and the subcontractors remain open through regular meetings.  Batson-Cook Construction is a member of the Lean Construction Institute.

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, please visit www.batson-cook.com.