News & Events

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 16, 2016) – Batson-Cook Construction celebrated the topping out of Museum Tower Apartments recently by honoring more than 250 construction workers on the jobsite with lunch and prizes.  More than 450 people attended the event, which was held on the 35th floor of the 43-story tower, the tallest residential tower to be built in Uptown Charlotte since 2010.

Museum Tower sits atop Mint Museum, which Batson-Cook completed in 2010.  Now that the building’s peak height has been reached, the 385,000-square-foot structure will be closed in and the interior build-out of 394 one- and two-bedroom units and common areas will commence.  Completion of the South Church Street project is anticipated in November 2016.

The tower’s rooftop will feature a heated pool, lounge, fireplace and gas grills.  Other amenities include a fitness center with scheduled workout classes, a 24-hour concierge, and built-in USB charging stations in each apartment.   An existing subterranean parking deck will be reconfigured to designate parking for residents.

The Batson-Cook project team includes: Randy Thompson, project executive; John Bai, general superintendent; Andrew Thomas, project manager; Jeff Manning, assistant project manager; David Hoover, Ken Knodel and Eric Thompson, assistant superintendents; Suzy Worthen, construction coordinator; Steve Erickson, Drew Nesemeier and Vladimir Renneberg, engineers; and Carlos Vergara, safety manager.

The owner of Museum Tower is West 1st Street Apartments Investors, LLC, an affiliate of Childress Klein, the project’s developer.  Architect is Rule Joy Trammell and Rubio of Atlanta, and design team members include TRC Worldwide Engineering of Sarasota, Florida, and Leppard Johnson & Associates of Tucker, Georgia.

In addition to Mint Museum, other notable Charlotte projects built by Batson-Cook for Childress Klein include Duke Energy Center, Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, the Hilton Hotel and Three First Union Center (now known as Three Wells Fargo Center).

JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 17, 2016)
Kalpana Marothu and Thomas Walton, who are employed in the Jacksonville Office of Batson-Cook Construction, have been named to the inaugural 2016 NEX GEN Leadership Class of the Florida First Coast Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.
The NEXGEN Leadership Training Program is an 8-month series of educational events designed to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge of high-potential construction professionals.  Through monthly educational sessions, peer-to-peer networking, and community involvement activities, ABC’s NEXGEN prepares these young professionals for leadership roles within their companies and ABC.  Graduation for the inaugural class is scheduled for August 2016.

Marothu, a native of India who joined Batson-Cook in 2011, is an engineer and BIM coordinator who works on a variety of projects.  She is a LEED Green Associate and an Autodesk Certified Revit Professional. She is also active in Associated Builders and Contractors, U.S. Green Building Council, Revit Professionals of Jacksonville, and River City Toastmasters Club. 

In the community, Marothu volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Smoking Clays for Kids.  She is married to Chandra Shekar and they have two children, Shraya and Surya.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, baking and cooking with her children, and spending time outdoors.

Walton, who joined Batson-Cook in 2015 as an assistant project manager, specializes in healthcare construction.  He recently completed two Baptist Medical Center (BMC) projects: the $2.9-million Outpatient Center 2nd-Floor Renovation project, and the $1.4-million Infusion Center Buildout.  He is currently assigned to five projects, including the $4.4-million, 24-bed ICU Buildout on the fifth floor of Weaver Tower, completed by Batson-Cook in 2012.

Walton, a native of Delphi, IN, holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction management technology from Purdue University.  He is an active member of ABC’s Young Professionals – he recently chaired the group’s annual Chili Cook-Off – and participates in Smoking Clays for Kids.  Walton is married to Lauren Duclos, and enjoys competing in triathlons and working on home improvement projects.