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West Point, Georgia – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Thompson to Senior Vice President of Business Development for the company.  In his new role, Mr. Thompson will be responsible for the development and execution of the general contractor’s overall sales plan and will report directly to Batson-Cook’s President and CEO, R. Randall Hall.

“In his eight-year tenure with Batson-Cook, Scott has shown a genuine fervor for building relationships with new and existing clients that is fueled by his personal commitment to maintain the passion and integrity that have been Batson-Cook’s hallmark for 100 years,” Mr. Hall said.  “Reaching this milestone in his career as we celebrate our 100th anniversary is worthy of note.”

Mr. Thompson will work closely with Batson-Cook’s business development team in each of our four construction offices to identify and set sales goals, provide direction and planning for sales, and monitor key performance indicators.  He will also be the single point-of-contact between Batson-Cook Construction and our sister company, Batson-Cook Development Company.

Mr. Thompson, a native of Atlanta, joined Batson-Cook in 2007 and most recently served as Vice-President of Business Development/Private Commercial for the Atlanta office. Prior to joining Batson-Cook, he held an executive-level position with a leading construction services provider.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Georgia and an Associate of Science in Horticulture from Reinhardt College, where he serves as an Ambassador.  He sits on the Board of Advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, is a board member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Jacksonville, Florida – The Jacksonville Office of Batson-Cook Construction has begun work on the exterior remediation of the original building on the Baptist Medical Center campus in downtown Jacksonville.   The $5.6-million project entails removing the existing brick façade of the original seven-story structure, built in 1953, and replacing it with a new metal stud/dens-glass/stucco system.  New energy efficient, impact-rated windows will be installed, and minor interior improvements at the window wall are also part of the scope.  Completion of the project is set for the fourth quarter of this year.  The architect is Gresham Smith & Partners of Jacksonville.

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.







West Point, Georgia – Batson-Cook Construction celebrated the topping out of the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Center under construction in Midland, Georgia, with a barbecue lunch, door prizes and commemorative gifts for the entire construction team and all project stakeholders, area dignitaries and media in attendance at today’s event.

“Topping out is always a very special milestone in the life of a project,” said Paul Meadows, project executive for Batson-Cook.  “It’s a milestone that we are only able to achieve through the dedication and commitment of all of the employees that have been a part of this project so far.”

Topping-out events, a long-standing tradition in the construction industry, commemorate the placement of the final steel beam in a building under construction.  BCBSGA’s new three-story service center contains 1,339 tons of steel, 36,660 square feet of glass, and has tilt-up concrete exterior walls.  The final beam was placed last week.

BCBSGA Service Center, located in Muscogee Technology Park, will encompass 245,000 square feet and feature multiple sustainable elements, including 235,000 square feet of raised floors for enhanced air distribution, LED lighting and light sensors, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The interior build-out contract, also awarded to Batson-Cook, includes a three-story atrium, full-service dining facilities and a fitness area. Completion is expected in early August.

There will be about 150 construction trade employees on site at the peak of construction.  More than 40 companies are involved in the design and construction of the facility.  The Molasky Group of Companies is the developer and owner of the building; Hecht Burdeshaw Architects of Columbus is the architect; and The Dollries Group of Cincinnati is the interior designer.    

Batson-Cook, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this 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

Denver, CO (February 17, 2015)

Simpson Housing, Novare Group, and Batson-Cook Development Company broke ground today on a 26-story luxury residential high-rise tower on the corner of Broadway and 18th Avenue in uptown Denver.

SkyHouse Denver is a mixed-use project featuring 354 apartment homes ranging from studio to two-bedrooms and 6,900 square feet of street-level retail space. The signature SkyHouse on the top floor of the building includes a club room, swimming pool and fitness center. The building is targeting next-generation professionals who are choosing to live in urban centers close to public transportation, employment centers and cultural institutions.

“We are excited to be working with Simpson Housing and Batson-Cook Development Company to add SkyHouse Denver to the fabric of downtown,” said Jim Borders, President and CEO, Novare Group. “Denver has tremendous momentum including a strong economy and burgeoning downtown residential market. The Mile High City has been on our radar for several years, and we are thrilled to have an excellent location that fits perfectly with what our residents want.”

JP Morgan and US Bank are providing construction financing for the project, and Simpson Housing, Batson-Cook Development Company, and NGI Investments, LLC, led by Jim Borders, and are providing equity. Batson-Cook Construction and Swinerton Builders are the general contractors. The building is designed by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart and Associates.

The apartment homes will all have nine foot ceilings with floor to ceiling glass, quartz countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and porcelain tile. In addition to the SkyHouse amenity deck, the SkyHouse Denver will have vehicle charging stations, bike storage, bike kitchen, a dog walk area and a dog washing station. The sustainable building is being built to Energy Star standards.

The tower is located in the Central Business District of Denver and is near MetroRide and the 16th Street MallRide, both of which provide direct access to Union Station. It is also in close proximity to the Light Rail, connecting SkyHouse Denver residents to many of the major employment centers in the Denver region. The uptown location is also within walking distance of the state capitol complex, the Denver Art Museum and City Park, home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

SkyHouse Denver is the 14th SkyHouse-branded apartment community in the United States following projects in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Charlotte and Raleigh. The program represents more than $1 billion in new development since its inception in 2012. The first SkyHouse outside of the Southeast, SkyHouse Denver will generate more than 500 temporary construction jobs and about 50 permanent jobs when finished. It is expected to be delivered in mid 2016.

West Point, Georgia -
The Better Business Bureau of East Alabama, West and Southwest Georgia presented its 2015 Torch Award in the Large Business Category to Batson-Cook Construction today.   The award, presented annually by the BBB, recognizes organizations demonstrating a commitment to character, honesty and integrity in the marketplace. 

Joseph Appleton, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Batson-Cook’s West Point office, was honored to receive the award.  “We, as a company, talk all the time about having integrity in the way we conduct business.  It is great to know that others in our community recognize that in us as well.”

Pictured in the above photo (left-to-right) are Richard Davis, outgoing chairman of the board, Better Business Bureau; Joseph Appleton, Batson-Cook Company; and Leonard Crain, Better Business Bureau.