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WEST POINT, GA (May 21, 2015) – Batson-Cook Construction celebrated its 100th anniversary today with a “Day of Service” project for the West Point Police Department.

Some 40 employees of the general contracting firm gathered at 206 West Ninth Street to begin interior demolition and renovation of the building slated to become the police department’s new headquarters.

“Our employees envisioned celebrating this milestone in our company’s history by giving back to the town of West Point where Mr. Batson and Mr. Cook founded the company in 1915,” said Randy Hall, President and CEO of the company.  “One of our corporate values is community involvement, and this project fulfills that goal while enabling us, as individuals, to be involved in a hands-on project that will benefit the entire community.”

The Batson-Cook team, along with Chief of Police Tony Bailey and some of his officers, kicked off the renovation of the 8,000-square-foot building by demolishing existing interior walls and framing new walls and openings to conform to the new floor plan.  Chief Bailey will oversee the balance of the renovation project. 

“We really appreciate the hard work Batson-Cook has put into this project,” said Chief Bailey, noting that the new facility will provide the department with much-needed space plus room for expansion.
 

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.

ATLANTA, GA (May 12, 2015) – More than 60 employees of Batson-Cook Construction’s Atlanta office celebrated the firm’s 100th anniversary with a “Day of Service” project at Christian City, a non-profit organization located in Union City which provides a full spectrum of services to seniors and children alike.

The Batson-Cook team arrived at Christian City to prepare a community garden for the children and senior citizens who reside at the facility.  Armed with gardening tools, landscaping supplies, building materials and blueberry bushes, the team set about to assemble pre-designed raised gardening beds that are wheelchair accessible, build a pergola, and plant blueberry bushes.  They also weeded, mulched, and set new plants in existing landscaped areas on the grounds of Christian City.

“Our employees chose to make community service projects one of the primary ways we would celebrate our 100th anniversary,” said Randy Hall, President and CEO of the company, which is headquartered in West Point, Georgia.  “One of our corporate values is community involvement, and this project fulfills that goal while enabling us, as individuals, to be involved in a hands-on project that will help enrich the lives of people at Christian City.”

Residents of Christian City will tend the community garden on a regular basis, and will plant more fruits, vegetables and flowers as needed.  They will also enjoy eating the fresh fruits and vegetables that their garden produces.

“We are grateful to Batson-Cook for their partnership and dedication to Christian City,“ said Bob Crutchfield, Christian City’s President and CEO. “By building a Community Garden…the employees at Batson-Cook are creating a place for the residents to have access to fresh produce and nutritionally-rich foods that will encourage a healthy lifestyle.  Gardening motivates people to stay active longer as well as increases a sense of ownership and pride when they are able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

Christian City ministers to families, but focuses primarily on the needs of abused and abandoned children, the aged and infirm by providing residential, health and social services in a manner consistent with the Christian faith.  The campus is a vibrant and active Atlanta retirement community as well as a refuge for children without families of their own.

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.

TAMPA, FLORIDA (May 6, 2015) - Batson-Cook Construction celebrated the firm’s 100th anniversary today with a “Day of Service” to benefit the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association Community Center. 

More than 30 Batson-Cook employees converged on a stately 100-year-old church in Tampa Heights to prepare the building for its final phase of renovation scheduled for later this month.  The church is being converted into a teen center for the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association Community Center, which currently provides after-school and summer programs for children and teens at a nearby facility.  The Tampa Heights neighborhood is enjoying a resurgence of new construction and revitalization. 

Once converted, the 10,000-square-foot facility will feature a performing arts center, a commercial kitchen, a recording studio, and state-of-the-art technology throughout.  Programs for teens will be held in the repurposed building, which will also be available for special occasions, such as weddings.  Children’s programs will continue to operate in the current facility.

“Our employees wanted a service project that would benefit the children in our local community,” said Frank Nelson, senior vice-president and general manager of Batson-Cook’s Tampa office.  “This project fulfills that mission, and we look forward to celebrating the center’s grand opening this summer.”

The Batson-Cook team scraped, sanded and painted interior trim and walls; painted outside wrought-iron and window trim; secured and stained a handicap entrance ramp; and poured 80 feet of 5-foot concrete sidewalk connecting a storage shed to the church building.  Batson-Cook will return to the site to assist with the final phase of the renovation.

“One of our corporate values is community involvement,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO of Batson-Cook (pictured left).  “Everyone at Batson-Cook feels that giving back to the communities in which we work is a great way to celebrate our 100th year in business.  This ‘Day of Service’ in Tampa is the first of these events, with others to follow in Jacksonville, Atlanta, and West Point, Georgia.”

Since 2010, the City of Tampa, the community surrounding Tampa Heights, a local architect who specializes in historical projects, and numerous sponsors have worked tirelessly to convert the church into a gathering place for youth without the city incurring any cost.  The overall project was conceived by John Tennison of Atelier Architectural Engineering Construction; Patrick Sneed, the community center’s executive director; and Lena Young Green, president of JCA.  They, along with Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick, dropped by for today’s event.

Port Tampa Bay's Petroleum Terminal Complex Tops the Industrial $25-$100 Million
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TAMPA, FLORIDA (May 11, 2015) –  Port Tampa Bay’s Petroleum Facilities Improvements Project, a joint venture between Batson-Cook Construction and Balfour Beatty Construction, was presented the prestigious Eagle Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Gulf Coast Chapter at its recent annual awards event.

The $54-million facilities improvements project - the largest capital investment in the port’s history - called for complete modernization of the port’s main petroleum terminal complex in order to allow for future growth of Florida’s fuel delivery infrastructure.  The project included demolition of a 46-year-old pier; construction of two new deep-water berths with marine platforms, along with eight marine loading arms used as a disbursement structure for fuel products; and installation of approximately 35,000 feet of 12-inch piping leading to a new central manifold and valve system installed at each berth. This system utilizes the latest technology available for movement of oil and gas products, enabling the port to accommodate larger vessels than previously served and deliver liquid cargo more efficiently.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Batson-Cook and Balfour Beatty construction team, working with our engineering team, created a highly-sophisticated and efficient system that benefits our customers, tenants and residents of the entire region and will provide economic benefits for years to come,” said Paul Anderson, port president and CEO.

“This joint venture was a highly successful one for Batson-Cook and Balfour Beatty,” said Frank Nelson, senior vice-president and general manager of Batson-Cook’s Tampa office. “The team worked tirelessly on this project, and the award is well-deserved.”

On the team for Batson-Cook were: Brady Harris, project executive; Andrew Spangler, project manager; Rick Guimont, assistant superintendent; Glen Boyles and Kyle Carr, project engineers.

Batson-Cook has enjoyed a 15-year relationship with Port Tampa Bay.  The company’s first project for PTB was construction of Cruise Terminal #3, and a half-dozen projects since that time have meant more than $130 million in work for the general contractor.  Work is set to begin mid-May on the recently-awarded $15.5-million phase of Port Tampa Bay’s new intermodal and refrigerated rail service development at the south end of Hooker’s Point.