Batson-Cook Receives Top Honors From Georgia AGC For Benton House Alpharetta And Columbus Whitewater

June 19, 2014

ATLANTA (June 13, 2014) – At its 2014 Annual Meeting, the Georgia Associated General Contractors (Georgia AGC) awarded Batson-Cook First Place Honors for the firm’s construction of both Benton House Alpharetta and the Chattahoochee River Restoration (Columbus Whitewater) projects. This marks the fourteenth time the firm has been awarded first place honors in various construction divisions.

Benton House Alpharetta, which received first place honors in the Construction Management at Risk (New Construction) division, is a $5 million, 38,675-square-foot senior living facility featuring 43 standard units and 12 memory care units. The property features a media room, salon, full service kitchen, private dining room, courtyards and rocking chair porches among its amenities. This is the fourth Benton House constructed by Batson-Cook to be recognized by Georgia AGC.

The Benton House project posed a challenge because of its location on a brownfield site, which is a designation the Georgia Environmental Protection Division gives to areas that require cleanup actions to correct contaminated soil or groundwater. Benton House was built with a modular/panel wood exterior, which yielded a 15 percent savings in natural resources and materials.

The Chattahoochee River Restoration (Columbus Whitewater) project, located on the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus, is a 2-mile urban whitewater rafting course, the longest of its kind in the world. The Chattahoochee River Restoration project received top honors in the Federal / Heavy Construction division as well as first place honors in the Best Sustainable Building Practices division.

To construct the Columbus Whitewater Project, the team performed a variety of diverse tasks, including removing two different 200-year-old dams, installing sills with grouted boulders to re-contour the bed of the river to create the whitewater course and relocating boulders in the river to change its flow. The company also created a “habitat pool” from an offshoot of the river to serve as a habitat for fish and wildlife.

Additionally, AGC Georgia awarded Batson-Cook two Merit Awards, one for its work on the Northside Hospital Hybrid Operating Room #4 project in Sandy Springs and another for the construction of the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Emergency Department and Surgery Addition project in Jasper.

The Build Georgia Awards began in 1989 when the AGC Georgia recognized general contractor members and their construction teams for outstanding performances on some of Georgia's most remarkable projects. Key judging criteria for the 2014 program included:
• Exceptional project safety performance
• Meeting the challenge of a difficult job
• Innovation in construction techniques and materials 
• Excellence in project management and scheduling
• Excellence in client service

Batson-Cook Construction, founded 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.

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