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Albion EVP Featured in AGC-GA Monthly Report

Albion’s Executive Vice President was featured in June 2017’s “Report to Members” published by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC-GA). The following is an excerpt from the piece:

Brian Newsome, executive vice president at Albion Scaccia, recently found himself with an unusual problem. He couldn’t send a talented, experienced, newly-hired supervisor to work on a particular Georgia college campus. Why? The supervisor didn’t meet all of the Board of Regents requirements to work at that job site.

Albion Scaccia does a great deal of work with Board of Regents and other state agencies. These jobs often contain special requirements, but this unexpected obstacle threw a big wrench into Brian’s plans.

“Suddenly,” Brian said, “I have this top-shelf guy, everyone loves him, and I can’t put him on
this job site. So we used him on other jobs and made it work, but it wasn’t easy.”

Fast forward to this past year. During Brian’s work on AGC Georgia’s Legislative Committee, he brought up his experience with differing regulations and requirements that make it difficult to move the same crew from job site to job site. As a workforce development issue, the committee agreed it was a problem.

Mark Woodall, director of governmental affairs for AGC Georgia, began making calls to state leaders to see if he could gather more information about the various guidelines. The findings were stunning. Brian simply characterized it as the “Wild West.” He found every campus was afforded the opportunity to operate by its own set of regulations. To make it worse, some campuses had multiple locations and each location had its own rules. Some places had a detailed list of regulations and even offered intensive background checks; others had minimal
requirements and no background checks at all.

Mark reached out to Senator Mike Dugan, a Floor Leader for the Governor, explained the situation, and he arranged a meeting with the Governor’s team within the week. During the meeting, Brian offered his first-hand perspective on why the varying requirements are challenging to contractors. The Governor’s Office team encouraged AGC Georgia to begin working with Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission (GSFIC) to discuss options for creating a common threshold for employment across all state agency construction projects. While this topic is extremely complex, each person AGC Georgia representatives have spoken with agree with the desired outcome and are open to work on the issue. AGC Georgia’s reputation with the Governor’s office, members of the General Assembly and state agencies help give this issue visibility and traction. Mark and the committee are still in the early stages of the project, but Brian is hopeful a meaningful solution will soon help him and his
fellow contractors put more people to work across a variety of jobs.

Mark and the Legislative Committee work throughout the year to monitor, craft and support
legislation affecting Georgia’s construction industry. Mark prepares regular updates for the AGC Georgia membership about important issues, especially during the legislative session.

If you are interested in getting involved in AGC Georgia’s legislative
efforts, please contact Mark Woodall at 678-298-4116.

To view the report, please click here

 

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CMAA Honors Albion at Annual Awards Program

Members of Albion’s leadership  team were honored to attend CMAA’s South Atlantic Chapter’s annual awards ceremony. CMAA, or the Construction Management Association of America, is Northern America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional construction and program management. Per their website, CMAA is leading the growth and acceptance of construction management as a professional discipline that can add significant value to the entire construction process, from conception to ongoing operation. 

600 members from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee comprise the South Atlantic Chapter (SAC) of CMAA. Leadership is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Membership includes opportunities for networking and market specific informational events, training opportunities, and opportunities to network and grow in the profession. An annual Awards Banquet is held each June to honor project achievement award winners.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Summerour Studio in Atlanta. As promised, the evening was filled with excitement, education, awards and networking. The awards program “recognizes outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management and promotes professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process.” Projects and programs that reflect this mission were awarded. The committee that judges entries is composed of owners and professionals in the construction management industry. Judges consider outcomes, overall management, safety, quality management, cost management, schedule management, complexity, sustainability, innovation and creativity, and customer satisfaction as the basis for the award.

We are thrilled to announce that our project in Wedowee, Alabama, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, was awarded at last night’s ceremony. This stunning church is a project we will be proud of for many years to come. We appreciate CMAA’s South Atlantic Chapter’s recognition of this outstanding project.

 

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Albion Attends AGC Georgia Annual Convention

Members of Albion’s leadership team attended AGC Georgia’s Annual Convention this past weekend at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Ponte Vedra is a relaxing seaside village just twenty miles south of Jacksonville, Florida. Leaders of Georgia’s construction community gather at this yearly conference for networking, industry recognition, family activities, business sessions, sport outings, and of course, some rest and relaxation by the beach.

This year’s convention kicked off on Sunday, June 11 with a golf tournament and welcome reception and dinner party. All members and their families were able to attend a casual and fun day. The Annual Meeting was hosted Monday morning and included keynote presentations from AGC of America CEO, Steve Sandherr and President, Art Daniel. Attendees and their families were able to enjoy the rest of the day by exploring the area.

Tuesday morning, members and their families attended the award ceremony where three of our projects were recognized.

The Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday to close out the convention. Additional awards were given and new board members were installed.  It was a wonderful ending to a fantastic weekend in Ponte Vedra. Albion extends their greatest thanks to the AGC Georgia staff members who helped to make the experience memorable. We look forward to next year’s convention!

 

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Albion Attends 34th Annual GAPPA Convention

The Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators (GAPPA)  held their annual meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia over Memorial Day Weekend. Albion was represented by President and Vice President Kim and Brian Newsome in addition to Business Development Manager, Laura Garrett.

GAPPA was formed in 1983 for the purpose of strengthening professionalism among Physical Plant Administrators by promoting common interest in construction, care and operation of Physical Plants used by universities and colleges within Georgia. Additionally, the group fosters professionalism among the persons engaged in the industry. GAPPA provides information services, programs, and activities to its members and represents the interest of its members of the Higher Education Community and other groups. The annual conference is an opportunity for professionals from the industry to gather for fellowship and education. This year’s conference was the 34th annual meeting. The theme was “Maximizing Your Resources: People, Products, and Processes.”  The conference placed an emphasis on the relationship between the topics by offering sessions with experts and peers from education institutions.

Ultimately, the GAPPA conference serves as a beneficial education and networking opportunity for Albion. Our representatives enjoyed catching up with clients, past and present, in addition to meeting some new faces. It’s always exciting to break out our trade show booth and mix and mingle with our friends and colleagues in higher education.

 

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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