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JACKSONVILLE, FL (November 17, 2015) – The joint-venture construction partnership of Batson-Cook / Danis has broken ground for the new patient bed pavilion at UF Health North.  Upon completion in early 2017, the facility will connect to the existing outpatient medical complex which opened in February, making UF Health North a full-service hospital.

“Building a significant hospital project that will expand medical services to members of our community will be very rewarding to everyone on the construction team,” said Evender Spradlin, senior vice-president and general manager of Batson-Cook.

The upper floors of the five-story, 159,000-square-foot building will have 92 patient beds dedicated to labor and delivery, intensive care, and med-surg patients.  The first floor will house support services such as dietary, environmental, and pharmaceutical.  The public connector for the two buildings will be at ground level. 

A 7,800-square-foot central energy plant will also be built to house cooling towers, chilled water, boilers, a generator, and a fire pump.

“The combined benefits of superior planning and insight, building experience, and consistent coordination with our clients and our design and construction partners will result in a comprehensive, successful, integrated project delivery,” said Tony Suttles, vice-president of preconstruction for Danis.

The pavilion, designed to achieve LEED© Silver certification, will include a garden roof.  Low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient design techniques will be used, and construction debris will be recycled.

Batson-Cook’s project team includes Chris Shepherd, project executive; Matt Worsham, assistant project manager; Marty Elkins, senior superintendent; Derek “D” Laster, superintendent.  Lee Pouncey with Danis is project manager.

The architect for the project is Gresham Smith & Partners of Jacksonville.  Other members of the design team include TLC Engineering, RAM Engineering Solutions, McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Prosser, and Mitchell Associates, all of Jacksonville.  Some two dozen subcontractors will be involved in the project and more than 200 construction workers will be on the jobsite at the peak of construction.

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, 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 www.batson-cook.com.

ABOUT DANIS
Founded in 1916, Danis Building Construction Company is a third-generation, privately-owned corporation and specializes in public and private building and industrial projects. Danis offers expertise in construction management, general construction, design/build and build-to-suit lease-back, as well as experience in the corporate, health/elderly care, education, retail, hospitality/entertainment and industrial markets. For more information, visit www.danis.com.
 






















WEST POINT, GA (November 12, 2015)
– Batson-Cook Construction’s annual Veterans Day “Honor Bus Tour” of the National Infantry Museum (NIM) in Columbus proved to be especially poignant for one Korean War veteran in attendance, but every veteran on the tour said it was an experience they were grateful to have had.

A dozen Army and Navy veterans from as far back as the Korean War boarded a chartered coach in Smyrna, Georgia, for the day-long “Honor Bus Tour.”  The schedule included breakfast, a guided tour of the NIM, a buffet lunch and presentation about the construction of the museum, a movie about D-Day and the Normandy invasion, and a walk along World War II Street where an original chapel, barracks, mess hall, storage depot, and other base facilities from that era can be toured.

It was the visit to the NIM’s “Hall of Valor” display, however, that tugged most at the heartstrings of former Army Corporal Charlie Smith, the Korean War veteran from Smyrna.  Among the photos of the Army’s Congressional Medal of Honor winners as far back as the Civil War was one of Capt. Bobbie Brown, a family friend of Smith’s who earned his medal for actions during the Battle of Crucifix Hill near Aachen, Germany.  “It really touched my heart to see Bobbie’s heroism still being acknowledged in this way,” said Smith, noting that Brown passed away in 1971. 


Batson-Cook Construction of West Point, Georgia, began the now-annual “Honor Bus Tour” in 2009, the year in which it completed construction of the 190,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the U.S. Army Infantryman.  Since that time, some 300 veterans from areas in and around Columbus have participated in the event.  This was the seventh year of the tour, and veterans attending were primarily from the Smyrna area.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Retired Major General Jerry White was in charge of the project for the National Infantry Foundation, and his passion for this project and honoring the infantryman rubbed off on all of us at Batson-Cook,” said Paul Meadows, general manager of the general contractor’s West Point office.  “We came to appreciate our veterans more than ever, and this annual tour is a great way to thank them for their service to our country.

“General White had a unique way of keeping us on schedule, too,” Meadows noted with a laugh.  “He’d say, ‘Every day this museum isn’t open means there are veterans who won’t have the opportunity to see it’,” Meadows said.  “We really didn’t want to get ourselves into a position of having to explain a delay to the general, so we stayed on track!”

ABOUT BATSON-COOK
Batson-Cook Construction, 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 http://www.batson-cook.com