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Albion Sponsors Smith-Gilbert Rose Garden Gala

Albion had the pleasure of being one of the sponsors for Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ 7th Annual Rose Garden Gala. The event took place on Saturday, May 20th at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia. Attendees enjoyed a stroll through the gardens, music, wine, and a silent auction prior to dinner and a live auction.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a city of Kennesaw Botanical Garden. Their mission is to “serve as a resource for conversation, education, and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation.” The Gardens have a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31 sculptures. There’s much to take in when visiting the 16 acres with over 3,000 species of plants – including several rare plants. There are separate groupings that are tied together by woodland paths. These separate groupings include the Bonzai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. The Rose Garden served as the backdrop for the Gala.

From their website, “Smith-Gilbert Gardens is supported, in part, by memberships, donations, and funds raised through the Rose Garden Gala and Garden Gallop sponsored by the Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation – a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.” Albion was happy to be a part of a unique fundraiser supporting this beautiful, serene location.

Images courtesy of http://smithgilbertgardens.com/.


YLP Hosts Annual Golf Classic

This story was featured in AGC-Georgia’s most recent newsletter. We enjoyed being a part of this year’s successful golf classic. 

$85,000 Raised at YLP Golf Classic; Thank You to All Participants!

With record-setting contributions, construction industry leaders generously supported the 18th Annual Young Leadership Program’s (YLP) Charity Golf Classic held on May 3 at Canongate 1 in Sharpsburg, Georgia. The day’s golf tournament had 288 golfers, requiring the event to be hosted at a 36- hole facility. YLP members proudly report they netted more than $85,000 from this Classic, which is their biggest fundraiser each year. All funds will be placed in a designated fund inside the AGC of Georgia Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. These proceeds will support the YLP’s mission of working with worthy charitable organizations and causes providing assistance to thousands of children and families in times of need.

With funds raised at the 2016 Golf Classic, some of YLP’s charitable donations over the past year include:

 $13,000 in holiday toys fulfilling the wish list of children in the care of Hillside

 $6,000 to Wreaths Across America

 $1,000 to support camp programs at Camp Twin Lakes

 $10,000 CEFGA benefiting state winners in the SkillsUSA Competition as they compete at the national level

 $2,500 to recreation therapy department at Shepherd Center  $3,000 to Can’t Never Could for those facing personal health battles

 $1,500 to move women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency through Atlanta Women’s Foundation

The success of this annual golf tournament is critical to maintaining the high level of community involvement and charitable giving YLP has grown accustom to providing. Members of YLP and AGC Georgia staff are very appreciative of the generous support provided by Golf Classic sponsors.


Members of Albion Team Attend Leadercast 2017

Members of the Albion team attended Atlanta’s Leadercast Live on Friday, May 5 at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia. Leadercast Live is Leadercast’s flagship annual experience. It is the world’s largest one-day leadership event designed for any individuals looking to gain knowledge and inspiration regarding leadership. It’s not limited to a company’s leaders; in fact, it’s designed for those who may not even have a “leadership” title. The event is held at over 700 locations across twenty countries. More than 100,000 attendees experience this event.

Leadercast provides affordable, high quality, and attainable leadership development. Leadercast is unique in that it is not limited to one industry or role. Anyone is welcome, and the organization itself has managed to design the experience so that anyone who attends can experience something. Leadercast’s purpose is to help attendees find their purpose and dive deeper into the ‘why’ of their careers and companies they work for.

The opportunity to get out of the office encourages creativity by freeing the attendees from distractions that employees face in their normal working environments.  Attendees have the opportunity to be encouraged and inspired by other attendees, vendors, experts, and the Leadercast staff.

Atlanta-based Leadercast has developed quite the equation resulting in creativity, inspiration, and celebration of the future leaders. Our Project Managers each took away different solutions and ideas from this year’s Leadercast and look forward to future seminars.


Albion Attends CREW Atlanta 35th Anniversary Gala

Members of Albion’s Leadership and Business Development teams attended CREW’s 35th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, April 27.

The Atlanta chapter of the organization known as CREW, or Commercial Real Estate Women, hosted their gala at Flourish in Atlanta’s Buckhead district.  This event is only held once every five years to celebrate a milestone anniversary. The event honored CREW Atlanta’s members and raised money for charities including the Atlanta Women’s Foundation via a silent auction.

Albion’s Business Development Manager, Laura Garrett, joined CREW Atlanta this year and has enjoyed the opportunities for both service and networking. You can read more about Laura and CREW Atlanta here.


The theme of this year’s gala was ‘Roaring  Twenties’ and included dancers dressed in character, a huge silent auction, and live music. The venue, Flourish, is a Buckhead based event space featuring unique decor and design, culinary expertise, and exemplary service. During the gala, several past and present CREW members were honored, even including some from their inaugural year. There was a special dedication to Diane Cox, one of CREW Atlanta’s founding members, and her leadership within the organization as well as the announcement of the winner of the Diane Cox Scholarship.

Today, CREW Atlanta is the third largest CREW network in terms of membership with more than 400 members. Their leadership program, UCREW, and mentoring program are both nationally recognized initiatives along with their Women’s Empowerment Series.  Members of CREW are looking forward to their next 35 years, and we are thrilled to be a part of it here at Albion Scaccia.


Around Albion – An Update

We’ve had a busy few months here at Albion Scaccia. We recently won a few awards, hired some new talent, and closed out some great projects, including the award-winning Columbus Tech Welding Lab.  Members of our leadership team joined local groups like the Council for Quality Growth and CREW. We even had some fun at events like the Suwanee Beer Fest!

Our team is currently busy working on various construction projects throughout the state including the North Cobb Senior Center, the Georgia State University Student Labs & Learning Center in Alpharetta, the Ceramics Lab at Augusta University, and the Kart Garages at Atlanta Motorsports Park (where we’ve done some cool work before).  Additionally, you may see us on site at the University of West Georgia, Georgia State University (main campus), and Georgia Tech.

We’re looking forward to sharing some newer projects as we get closer to their start dates. Additionally, we’ve got a group headed to the GAFSA Spring Conference this month and the AGC Georgia Annual Convention in June.


Albion Scaccia Awarded for Multiple Higher Education Projects

We are thrilled to announce that three of our projects earned honors at this year’s AGC Build Georgia Awards Program. Thank you to Associated General Contractors of Georgia for helping to celebrate the outstanding results of these projects. Congratulations to our team on your hard work.

The AGC praised our efforts at Columbus Tech with the Welding Lab Renovation by awarding us first place. This innovative and exciting project could not have been completed with out the fantastic team at TCSG, Columbus Tech, and the architecture firm on the project: Clark Patterson Lee. This project featured a full renovation of a classroom that was originally built in the 1960s.  Albion Scaccia provided the reworking of all the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and HVAC components of the renovation as well as the installation of 36 brand new welding booths. The outcome was stunning, and we are extremely pleased that AGC-GA recognized that.

Albion Scaccia was awarded first place for our project at Georgia State University‘s 25 Park Place Annex Building. The broad project scope for 25 Park Place Annex included modifications and repairs to the building façade, creating a street-level entrance and lobby, adding an access ramp and making the upper floors accessible from the street; replacing existing windows with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows; and the addition of a striking, back-lit, blue-glass feature that wraps a highly visible corner of the building. The designer on this project was Praxis 3. Thank you to Praxis3 and GSU!

Finally, we received merit honors for our work at the Georgia Tech Boggs Chemistry Building with help from Make3 architecture/planning/design. This was an extremely fast turnaround construction project for Georgia Tech. Our team managed the interior renovations of two auditoriums at the Boggs Chemistry Building, including the removal of hazardous materials and adding new walls, seating, lighting and more.

Once again, thank you and congratulations to our team and all of the organizations involved in the successes of each of these projects. We look forward to more award-winning projects in the future.


Albion Scaccia Welcomes New Project Manager

Jason Strane has joined the Albion Scaccia team as a Project Manager. Jason graduated from Georgia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Building Construction. His professional experience includes projects in the municipal, healthcare, and private sectors.

Jason brings seven years of project management experience to the company. He has managed projects for Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta Women’s Health Group, and U-Haul. His organization skills, attention to detail, analytical abilities, and systematic approach to projects are the very things that make a project successful.

“I like to see how things go together,” Jason said while discussing how his hobbies align with his professional life. He has a garage filled with cars and motorcycles that he often works on. Jason also participated in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoys construction management because he enjoys building things and likes having a hands-on role.

“We continue to strengthen our project management team and enhance our ability to serve our growing base clients in and around Atlanta,” said Brian Newsome, Executive Vice President. “Our goal is to deliver high-quality projects that exceed our clients’ expectations with people like Jason managing the project.”


Albion Team Members Enjoy Craft Beer Festival

What sets Albion Scaccia apart from the competition, among other things, is the workplace culture. Albion Scaccia has a unique working environment that allows for both work and play. Some of our best ideas or solutions come from a game of corn hole in the back parking lot. Members of the team recently attended the seventh annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest in Town Center Park in Suwanee, Georgia. The festival is one of the biggest and best craft beer festivals in the Southeast.

The Suwanee Beer Fest attracts attendees from all over the country by offering unlimited tastings of over 350 craft beers. Breweries nationwide jump in at the chance to offer samplings of their beers to thousands of attendees. The event includes live music, games, local food vendors, and a home brew contest.

Proceeds from the 2017 Suwanee Beer Fest supported Suwanee-based organization “Cooper’s Crew.” Cooper’s Crew was created to honor Cooper O’Brien, who was 14 when he lost his battle to a rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma. The organization raises money to fund research and development to find a cure for childhood cancer. Additionally, the Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund grants scholarships to three graduating seniors at North Gwinnett High School each year. These seniors have overcome unique hardships or adversities.

The Suwanee Beer Fest was introduced to us by our friends at Dimensional Design. Thank you for inviting us for a fun afternoon of comradery and beer tastings. We look forward to next year’s event.

Image courtesy of https://suwaneebeerfest.com/. 


Albion Scaccia VP Joins Council for Quality Growth

Albion Scaccia’s Owner and Executive Vice President, Brian Newsome, recently joined the Council for Quality Growth.

The Council for Quality Growth is the only organization that works to ensure the Metro Atlanta region’s regulatory environment supports quality growth and development. The not-for-profit trade association operates across the growth and development industry. The organization brings together and support developers, contractors, engineers, architects, planners, law firms, and banks.

aims to promote “balanced and responsible growth through advocacy, information, and education.”  The Council for Quality Growth works with hundreds of elected officials, administrators, and staff across metro Atlanta. Metro Atlanta has 80 local governments plus state agencies and legislative and executive leadership to collaborate with. The council advocates and lobbies in city council, county commission, regional commission, and state legislative and regulatory forums to promote thriving communities, strong infrastructure, and a prospering economy.  The Council for Quality Growth understands the need to stay current in issues affecting growth and development of the region and has access to the information and research needed to stay up-to-date. The council educates using their programs and events to address the latest issues.

The Council for Quality Growth provides an outlet for problem solving and ensuring continued growth and economic success in Metro Atlanta. It serves as the voice for those involved in the growth of the region.

Brian is thrilled to be a part of an organization that addresses head-on strategic economic planning, infrastructure needs, and quality-of-life issues throughout the area.


Albion Scaccia Superintendents Win Safety Award

The Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. offers safety award programs for general and specialty contractor firms. The program offers an opportunity for contractors to nominate their field superintendents and foremen for individual awards.

AGC Georgia’s Ron Amerson Supervisors’ Safety Award program is an annual program spotlighting general and specialty contractor’s field supervisors for their exceptional safety performance and dedication to safety on the jobsite. The program was designed to recognize the superintendents and foremen who achieve safety excellence based on no lost-time accidents.

The criteria used to award the supervisor is a combination of safety incidence rates along with the number of hours supervised during the previous year. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Less than 10,000 Man-Hours
  • 10,000-24,999 Man-Hours
  • 25,000-49,999 Man-Hours
  • 50,000 or more Man-Hours

Those superintendents who meet and exceed the requirements are awarded a Certificate of Commendation for Safety Excellence at an awards ceremony.

Albion Scaccia had four superintendents win the Ron Amerson Supervisors’ Safety Award this year for zero lost time accidents. Congratulations to Jamie Peed, John Sherman, Kevin Lynch, and Kris Mixon. We are extremely proud of our safety record.

Thank you to AGC Georgia for the event and support of this industry.

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