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Pictured (from left) are:  Barry Critcher, Chairman, Florida First Coast Chapter, ABC; Marty Elkins, BCC Project Superintendent; Christopher Shepherd, BCC Project Executive; Nancy McLaren, BMC Project Manager;  Brian Seay, Miller Electric Vice President; and Keith Griffin, W.W. Gay Mechanical Project Manager


West Point, Georgia (July 16, 2014) – The Jacksonville Office of Batson-Cook Construction has received the “Project of the Year” award from the Florida First Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for its construction of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

The general contractor also received an Eagle Award in the Mega-Projects/More Than $100-Million category for its work on Weaver Tower.  Both awards were presented at the ABC chapter’s “Excellence in Construction” awards event at Jacksonville’s Omni Hotel on July 11.  Judges weighed each project’s unique and notable characteristics, safety and other differentiating criteria, and entry presentation in selecting the winners.

“This project, which significantly enhances both adult and pediatric healthcare services in our region, was successful because of the tremendous team effort put forth by the architect, trade partners and  suppliers,” said Evender G. Spradlin, general manager and senior vice-president of Batson-Cook Jacksonville.  “Baptist Health is committed to ‘changing healthcare for good,’ and we were delighted to be selected to deliver a project that will have such a positive impact on healthcare services in our community for years to come.”

The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower, designed by Stanley, Beaman & Sears of Atlanta, is a 12-story, 339,400-square-foot hospital facility that connects to both Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in downtown Jacksonville. It added 156 new private patient rooms and an 11-bed pediatric behavioral health unit to the riverfront campus.  The new patient tower includes: The nation’s first intra-operative CT to service two separate operating suites; an intra-operative 3T MRI servicing one operating suite; a 3T and a 1.5T diagnostic MRI; and four adult and pediatric neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgical suites. 

Adult patient floors include an oncology unit, comprehensive neuroscience services facilities, and an infusion/dialysis wing.  Pediatric patient floors feature a cancer treatment center, a cardiovascular ICU, comprehensive neuroscience services, a hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant center, teaching and research beds for Nemours Children’s Clinic and UF Health, and an interactive Tim Tebow “Timmy’s Playroom.”

Lyerly Neurosurgery occupies the eleventh floor of the tower, and the twelfth floor is a mechanical penthouse.  Sections of a pedestrian bridge built in 1998 to connect Nemours and Wolfson were removed at the onset of the project. One section was later re-configured and re-installed as part of the project’s scope.

Some 500 jobs were created by this project, and multiple local trade partners and suppliers were qualified to participate in the project.  Trade partners with largest contracts were Acousti Engineering, Miller Electric, W. W. Gay Mechanical Contractors, all of Jacksonville, and Steel Service of Jackson, Mississippi.

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

The following feature article is courtesy of Susan Riffle (The Austin Company) and Modern Steel magazine.

MITSUBISHI POWER SYSTEMS America (MPSA) is turning up the heat on its turbine production.

Due to increased demand for its products and services across the  North American  market,  the  company  needed  to increase production of its key gas turbine parts, provide complete  steam turbine services and  assemble  advanced  fuel-efficient  gas turbines for the gas and steam market. In response, it hired the joint venture team of H.J. High Construction and Batson-Cook Construction to design and build a new manufacturing and testing facility near Savannah, Ga. Subsequently, The Austin Company was hired to provide architectural design and engineering services (Batson-Cook is one of Austin’s sister companies).

The 116-acre Machinery Works Premier Service and Manufacturing Center—a comprehensive service and repair center for gas turbines, steam turbines and generator rotors—was designed and built in several phases over four years and includes over 440,000 square feet of heavy industrial manufacturing facilities, offices, and a turbine balancing and testing facility referred to as the Balance Bunker; the latter is one of only 12 such facilities in the world.

The complete article, "Bunker Mentality", along with photography of this impressive project, is available through this link.


Orchard View Accommodates 32 Rehabilitation Beds and 168 Skilled Nursing Beds in Neighborhood Concept


West Point, Georgia (July 9, 2014) – Batson-Cook recently completed construction of Orchard View, a $28 million skilled nursing facility in Columbus, Georgia.  Known for its innovative “neighborhood” design, Orchard View will provide a new home for 200 residents.

Led by the Hospital Authority of Columbus and Aaron & Clements Construction Management Services, also of Columbus, Batson-Cook constructed individual service areas for both Rehabilitation and Memory Care patients.  Each building will combine long-term care necessities like nurses stations with standard amenities for all residents, such as dining facilities and living room areas.  The home-like environments in each unit will feature stone electric fireplaces, spa tubs and showers, high-end window treatments, and more.

“The owner's vision for the Orchard View project was to provide the best possible mix of sustainability and quality with a program based on the skilled nursing sector's culture change movement,” stated Ryan Clements, Vice President of Aaron & Clements.  “Working with the owner and design team from the outset of planning and design through completion of the project, the Batson-Cook team worked creatively and tirelessly in delivering a quality product for the owner.”

The “town center” of the Orchard View neighborhood is a 26,000-square-foot rehab unit that provides general therapies.  This building will include a rehabilitation gymnasium and an aqua therapy room as well as a salon and chapel.  An outdoor rehabilitation courtyard has been constructed with different walking surfaces to simulate various terrains.  The open-air facilities also include various patios and orchard gardens.  In all, Orchard View will offer residents a substantial culture change from most existing skilled nursing facilities.

“Our partners at Hecht Burdeshaw Architects of Columbus and D2 Architecture of Dallas have used their insight into the long-term healthcare wants and needs of the community, eliminating the institutional feel, which is stereotypical for similar facilities,” said Batson-Cook Project Manager Eddie Sanders.  “As a result of this design, we were able to build a true community for the residents.”

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
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WEST POINT, GA. (June 27, 2014)Batson-Cook Construction, a name synonymous with passion and integrity in commercial construction, and sister company Batson-Cook Development Company, BCDC, have partnered with Principal Senior Living Group to build more than 275,000 square feet of assisted living and memory care facilities across three states. This family of senior care facilities called Benton Houses have an overall construction value of more than $56,000,000.

Benton Houses are approximately 40,000 square foot, 55-bed memory care facilities built for the growing senior population. Constructed at a cost of between $8,000,000 and $10,000,000 each, they are built with wood frame prefabricated wall panels and trusses. All facilities include full service kitchens, media rooms, home activities areas, interior courtyards, memory care areas, hair salons and offices. Each Benton House is designed in a figure-eight layout, featuring extra wide hallways leading to open courtyards and amenities. All entry and exit points are keypad-protected for the safety of the residents. The buildings are also fully equipped with safety alert systems connecting all residents to emergency services.

“Principal Senior Living Group had the vision and the foresight to design and operate first-class assisted living homes across the country for our growing senior population with a special focus on memory care,” said Randy Hall, President and CEO, Batson-Cook Construction. “They chose us to construct these facilities because our team’s reputation for excellence in healthcare construction. Our team-based approach to construction has been the common denominator in our most successful – yet complex – healthcare projects.”

Batson-Cook Construction has delivered or is currently constructing Benton Houses in Douglasville, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Woodstock and Brunswick, Georgia; Clermont, Florida and Bluffton, S.C. The West Point, Georgia-based general contractor also began a $1.8 million expansion to Benton House of Alpharetta in April. Principal Senior Living Group and Batson-Cook Construction will  break ground on four new Benton Houses in 2014. These locations are yet to be announced. 

This is an award-winning program and several of the individual Benton Houses have been recognized as best in class by the Georgia chapter of Associated General Contractors of America.

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.

About Batson-Cook Development Co.
Founded in 1963, Batson-Cook Development Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima USA. It is a fully integrated real estate organization providing development and capital solutions primarily through partnerships on commercial real estate projects in the Southeastern United States. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, BCDC offers a wide variety of real estate services from development and construction, to equity and credit enhancements, to brokerage and property management. Learn more by visiting www.batsoncookdev.com.