West Point, Georgia – July 23, 2013 - Batson-Cook Construction recently completed the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) building in Dothan, Alabama. The $25-million facility represents the initial phase of a master plan for the Alabama Health Sciences Campus and is the first osteopathic college in the state. Classes are scheduled to begin in August.
"ACOM will help to address the immediate need for primary care physicians in Alabama, particularly in underserved markets,” states Senior Project Manager Conn Crabtree. “It is rewarding to be on the team for such a purpose-driven project. To experience the excitement surrounding the project and the community’s involvement in it makes our work even more fulfilling.”
Batson-Cook injected about $13 million into the Dothan economy by contracting with local vendors for materials and with local firms for 60 percent of the subcontractor work, Crabtree noted. The project team, led by developer KUD International, LLC, included Barrios Architects and Northstar Engineering Services, in addition to Batson-Cook.
The new ACOM building provides 110,000 square feet of educational and administrative space. It features two auditoriums, each with a seating capacity of 216; an osteopathic laboratory; and an anatomy lab. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with a classroom capture system to record and store lectures and presentations for future reference. Student amenities include a bistro, lounge area, and multiple green spaces across the property.
Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, specializes in providing commercial general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, and design-build services to a wide range of clients. The firm has offices in Atlanta and West Point, Georgia, and in Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida. Batson-Cook has brought its dedication to quality construction to nearly every major category of building, including office, multi-family housing, industrial, retail, institutional, healthcare, hospitality, education, and resort facilities.