News & Events

Tampa, FL  –
Carl Giovenco, project manager for Batson-Cook Construction’s Tampa office, has been named a “20 Under 40” Top Young Professional by the Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.  The chapter’s inaugural “20 Under 40” class was announced at its annual Excellence in Construction awards event recently.

Recipients of the award are chosen for having achieved a success rate that is rare at a young age, showing potential for future leadership in the construction industry, giving back to their communities through volunteer involvement, and being actively involved in the betterment of ABC.

Giovenco, who has been with Batson-Cook for 12 years, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.  Upon graduation, he began a career in the power industry, but was introduced to the construction field three years later and has not looked back.

Giovenco and his wife, Aleja, have two children.  He is a member of ABC’s NEXGEN Class of 2015, a T-ball and baseball manager for I9 Sports/Land O’ Lakes Little League, and serves on the Erwin Technical Center Building Construction Technology Advisory Committee.  Past volunteer commitments include membership on the Lutz Preparatory School Facilities Committee and the Hillsborough Education Foundation Golf Tournament Committee.









TAMPA, FL – Frank Rygiel, vice-president of business development in Florida for Batson-Cook, has accepted new responsibilities at three different entities in the Tampa area:  Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Lutz Preparatory School, and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Rygiel to represent Pasco County on the Planning Council, with a term ending October 1, 2015. The Council, which reports to the governor, coordinates a regional approach to the four-county area’s overall economic growth plan to ensure prudent use of state funding and orderly growth.  His appointment, which has been approved by the Senate, can be renewed.
Lutz Preparatory, a Florida charter school, elected Rygiel chairperson of its board of directors.  He has been on the board since 2013 and will continue to serve as chairman of the Facilities Committee.  Rygiel has been actively involved in education endeavors in the Tampa Bay community for a number of years.

In addition, Rygiel has been elected to the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Chapter of ABC, which serves 22 counties.

Rygiel, a licensed Florida General Contractor and LEED Accredited Professional, has been with Batson-Cook since 2007.  He has 20 years of experience in construction, having managed the building of multiple large commercial projects across Florida, including educational, corporate commercial, hospitals, and high-rise projects.

He is currently chairman of the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Foundation Board, and has worked on committees for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Hillsborough Community College Foundation and the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation for Caring.

Rygiel was nationally recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Magazine, 2012; “Top 20 Under 40” in the Southeast by Engineering News Record (ENR), 2011; and Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 “Up and Comers.”  He is a member of the Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2013 and Leadership Pasco Class of 2011.

Rygiel is a member of Downtown Tampa Rotary Club and coaches youth baseball and football for the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association.


West Point, Georgia (April 8, 2015) – Five Batson-Cook Construction superintendents have received the prestigious “Ron Amerson Supervisor’s Safety Award” from the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.  The recipients – Randall Aikens, Perry Hood, Tim McClendon, Howard Watson and Chuck Williams – are employed by Batson-Cook’s West Point construction office. The awards ceremony was held in Columbus for members of AGC’s West Central Georgia region.

The safety award, presented annually at AGC Georgia’s “Members First” meetings held in eight Georgia cities, recognizes AGC-member superintendents who have made outstanding contributions to safety on their respective jobsites.
Selection is based on the safety incidence rates of individual superintendents in conjunction with the actual man-hours each one directly supervised.  Awards are given in four categories, ranging from fewer than 10,000 man-hours to 50,000 or more man-hours supervised. 

Batson-Cook Construction, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, provides general contracting, construction management, preconstruction, and design-build services to a wide range of 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.