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New South Construction honored with 2017 AGC Build Georgia AwardsWednesday, April 5, 2017

New South Construction Company has received multiple honors in the 2017 Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) Build Georgia Awards, which recognize construction firms’ excellence and exceptional projects completed in the past year across the state. Two New South Construction projects, Northwest Medical Center and Atlanta Botanical Gardens, received first-place honors, while two other New South ventures, Skyland Trail-Rollins Center and Terrell County Regional Youth Detention Center, received merit honors. All four New South projects will be recognized at the 2017 AGC Build Georgia Awards this summer. “Receiving four prestigious AGC Build Georgia Awards is a tribute to the outstanding work of everyone at New South Construction,” said Chairman and CEO Douglas Davidson. “We would not be in this position without the support of our partners and clients.” Northwest Medical Center enlisted New South to lead renovations to the terrace level and lobbies of a four-story, occupied building, and to replace the first-level parking deck slab. Renovations and additions at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens also earned New South top honors. The AGC Build Georgia Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the construction industry. Winning projects represent the best the construction industry has to offer by both general contractors and specialty contractors who must demonstrate exceptional project safety performance, overcoming the challenges of a difficult project, innovation in construction techniques and materials, excellence in project management and scheduling, and dedication to client service and customer care. The 2017 awards will be presented at the AGC’s Annual Convention, June 11-14, at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

Emily Shirley presents 4D Scheduling at CMAATuesday, April 4, 2017

New South’s Emily Shirley presented at the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA), Capital Projects Symposium, April 2-4 in New Orleans. Ambika Burda of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, accompanied by Shirley, presented during a series of educational sessions highlighting effective leadership skills and providing valuable insights into how successful projects are organized to work in a “real world” construction management environment. During her educational session, Capital Renovations: Managing the Passenger Experience with BIM and 4D Scheduling, Shirley highlighted New South’s active Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport project where BIM and 4D scheduling are making the logistical challenges and preconstruction planning stages more efficient.

First look at Linton’s restaurant at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The roughly 10,000 sf restaurant offers fine dining, a grab-and-go cafe, and flex space for private rentals, educational programs and special events. It cost more than $10 million to build out the restaurant, Mary Pat Matheson, president and CEO of the garden, said during a tour on Tuesday. Its the third major project in the $53 million “Nourish and Flourish” capital campaign. The two-story, glass-and-stone restaurant was designed by Perkins + Will. New South Construction was the general contractor.  Read More

New South Construction wins AGC Build Georgia AwardsMonday, April 11, 2016

New South Construction Company recently received notification that once again, we will be the recipient of three AGC Build Georgia Awards! These awards are extremely prestigious, which is why proudly display the plaques in our office. These submissions take an enormous amount of time to compile in a short period of time. Our award winning projects include the Glenn & Towers - Renovation Team winning First Place in its Construction group and First Place in Best Sustainable Practices division, Mt. Pisgah - Upper School Team winning First Place in its Construction group and the Center for Puppetry Arts - Jim Henson (Addition) Team winning First Place in its Construction group and First Place in Best Sustainable Design Practices division.

Skills Contests and Construction Jobs Draw Thousands of Students to Atlanta Monday, March 21, 2016

New South Construction Company was honored to once again be part of the wonderful event attended by more than 5,000 high school students, as well as college students and representatives throughout the industry. The annual event is hosted by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA). Dan Smith, Chief Financial Officer for New South Construction and Board Member of CEFGA expressed the goal of the event as, "trying to touch as many students as possible."  Read More

2016 Ron Amerson Award Winner - Ronnie GrahamTuesday, March 1, 2016

Hundreds of superintendents' names were submitted for AGC's most prestigious Safety Award and it is with great pleasure we proudly announce that Ronnie Graham has been selected to receive the 2016 Ron Amerson Supervisory Safety Award. Ronnie has worked many nights through his years at New South and is truly deserving of this award for a number of reasons, but most of all, his vigilance to safety which has created a culture that exists on all the projects he supervises. As anyone, that has ever worked around Ronnie can attest, he has a superb attitude to not only accon1plish the job, but to "consistently'' maintain a safe environment. It is so wonderful to see that he has been able to instill and cultivate a safe attitude by each and every person on his site. Thank you Ronnie for keeping our workers safe!

Skyland Trail's New Rollins CampusWednesday, January 27, 2016

The Rollins Campus is part of Skyland Trail’s main location, Charles B. West Campus at 1961 North Druid Hills Road, NE, where 60 percent of the clients are young adults ages 18-26 and is reflective of a national trend of emerging college-age adults struggling with mood, thought disorders and seeking treatment. Designed to spark young adult interest and learning, the site for the Rollins Campus will be home to a 24,000 sf facility consisting of a 32-bed residential wing.  Read More

Juvenile Detention Center coming to Terrell CountyThursday, January 7, 2016

Things are moving along nicely at our Terrell County Juvenile Detention Center project. The Detention Center's main goal is to keep young people out of the prison system by offering them the opportunity to learn technical skills.  Read More

New Municipal Court breaks ground in McDonoughWednesday, December 16, 2015

The City of McDonough broke ground on its new Municipal Court building Saturday morning at the intersection of Lawrenceville Street and Ga. 42. The new $4.2 million building will have secured areas and parking, a courtroom, holding cells and an area for administration and probation.  Read More

Thrive Senior Living Announces Ground Breaking Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thrive Senior Living announces the ground breaking of an innovative new senior living community on St. Simons Island, GA, to be called Thrive at Frederica.  Read More

Milton Breaks Ground On City HallMonday, December 7, 2015

City, county and state officials toss the dirt on the site of the future Milton City Hall Dec. 1. New South Construction Company is proud to be part of this exciting project scheduled for completion in April of 2017.  Read More

SunTrust Park Celebrates Milestone: Completion of Structural ConcreteWednesday, November 18, 2015

American Builders 2017 celebrated a significant milestone on the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park: the contractor has completed the new stadium’s structural concrete.  Read More

Peek Inside the $14M Center for Puppetry Arts ExpansionTuesday, November 17, 2015

On Saturday November 7, 2015 , the Center for Puppetry Arts celebrated the grand opening of its 15,000-square-foot, $14 million expansion. More than 1,400 puppet aficionados showed up to see sold-out shows, make puppets, visit with roving felt-covered "celebrities," eat, drink and explore the new Worlds of Puppetry museum wing. Atlanta is now officially the home of the largest collection of Muppets and only permanent exhibit dedicated to Jim Henson in the world, making it THE dream vacation destination for Muppet fans everywhere.  Read More

SunTrust Park hits milestone – completion of structural concrete (VIDEO)Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Two years after the announcement of the move to SunTrust Park, watch the progress made on the construction of the new home of the Braves.  Click Here

Doug Davidson featured in Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's The ExecutiveTuesday, June 2, 2015

Our very own Doug Davidson was featured in this quarter's The Executive by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Read more about how we're building value, building trust and building Georgia  Read More

The Atlanta 100 - Building Relationships: Small TownWednesday, April 22, 2015

When you live in a small town, for better or for worse – word travels quickly. But, New South Construction VP Rob Schulten realized that even Atlanta is a small town.  Read more in The Atlanta 100

The Atlanta 100 - April Showers Bring May FlowersWednesday, April 22, 2015

New South President Huntly Gordon recently commented on a story in The Atlanta 100 about rain impacting construction projects.  Read his comments here

New South Announces Leadership Changes As It Celebrates 25 YearsMonday, April 6, 2015

When Doug Davidson founded New South Construction Company 25 years ago, he surrounded himself with hard-working, intelligent people who shared the same values and passion for creating successful environments for clients, associates and New South team members. Since its founding, New South Construction has focused on developing leaders in the company, as well as in the industry. That focus can be seen in the strong team that comprises the firm today.

After serving as President of New South for 25 years, Doug Davidson will receive his first title change – to Chairman/CEO. In his new role, Doug will lead the company’s strategic planning, growth and business development, as well as continuing to mentor and develop the next generation of New South leadership. New South is, as it has been for 25 years, one of the most important things in Doug’s life, along with his faith and family, and will continue to be his focus.

Doug’s new role provides continuing leadership opportunities for the New South team, beginning with the naming of Huntly Gordon as President, effective April 6, 2015. Huntly has been a valuable leader of New South since 1992, most recently as Executive Vice President. Leveraging Huntly’s track record in developing individual New South employees into a successful team and growing new markets, his expertise and relationships within the construction industry – as well as his ability to visualize and implement the efficient processes and procedures developed within our operation – his new role ensures the continued success of New South.

Dan Smith has led our financial oversight since 1993, including all areas of Accounting, Risk Management, Human Resources and Administration. Dan will continue to lead New South in all financial areas of our operation as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and is a vital member of the New South leadership team, working closely with Huntly in continuing to develop the next generation of leadership.

Tom Troutman will continue in the Business Development role in our Foundational Markets. Tom will also oversee our strategic partnerships in these markets including teaming initiatives and mentor protégé relationships with a focus on diversity.

The advancement of Doug and Huntly, along with the continued financial oversight by Dan, makes room for the next generation of New South’s innovative leaders who already play a huge role in the success of the firm. New South has been blessed by its positive trajectory since its founding, and this direction will continue our teams wonderful culture, while expanding its offering to clients as we move forward.

New South Featured in Atlanta Business ChronicleMonday, April 6, 2015

New South Construction was featured in today's Atlanta Business Chronicle as Doug Davidson is moving to Chairman/CEO and Huntly Gordon is moving to President. Succession planning and developing the next generation of leadership is always top of mind for New South, and our next 25 years will be as fantastic as our last with these changes in place.  Read the Article

Bisnow Recognizes New South Construction's 25th AnniversarySunday, April 5, 2015

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New South's Jon Minick Discusses Technology in Construction in The Georgia ContractorWednesday, April 1, 2015

While staying on the cutting edge of technology is important, New South Construction Project Engineer Jon Minick says reviewing the foundations of construction is equally as important.  Read the Article

Remembering the Last 25 YearsMonday, February 23, 2015

In March 1990, New South Construction was founded. Over the next few weeks, join us as we remember the past 25 years and look forward to many more years of Building Value and Building Trust. One way we'll look back is through 'Now and Then' photos. You've seen New South's executive leadership team - Doug, Huntly, Tom and Dan - now, but check out this photo from approximately two decades ago!  See Before and After Pics on Facebook

New South's 25th Anniversary featured in Bisnow AtlantaThursday, February 19, 2015

Did you read Bisnow Atlanta today? Not only did the email feature insight from the Construction and Development panel earlier this week, but it also featured a story about New South's 25th anniversary!  Read the Full Bisnow Atlanta Article

Encouraging Our Team Members to be Thought LeadersTuesday, February 10, 2015

New South Construction encourages team members to not only be involved in the industry, but to be Thought Leaders. Check out these photos from today's Society of American Military Engineers, Atlanta Post luncheon, at which Rob Ragan spoke about our progress at SunTrust Park! We also distributed an eNewsletter this morning showing our progress on the new home of the Atlanta Braves. If you didn't get it, sign up here to ensure you'll receive next month's issue!  Read More

Georgia Tech Residence Halls Project Wrap-upWednesday, February 4, 2015

Thanks Brilliance Photography, for capturing New South's final touches of our Glenn and Towers Residence Halls project Georgia Tech! We're close to completing renovation of 68,000 sf per building, including adding a new passenger elevator and monumental stairwell, as well as constructing a new 13,000 sf Commons building.  More Detail and Photos

Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park UpdateMonday, February 2, 2015

25 months to go ... and counting! Register today for Society of American Military Engineers, Atlanta Post's February 10th Program to learn more about the new Atlanta Braves Suntrust Park, its surrounding mixed use development and opportunities for your firm to be involved! Our very own Rob Ragan will represent New South, while Mike Plant from the Atlanta Braves and Lamar Wakefield from Wakefield Beasley & Associates will also be speaking.  More Information

How Culture Reflects our ValuesWednesday, January 28, 2015

New South's leadership understands that culture should reflect your values. Check out Doug Davidson's op-Ed in today's The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to read more about New South's values and how they are the main driver of our business.  Read The Article

New South Team Members on the MoveFriday, January 23, 2015

Atlanta Business Chronicle's inclusion of three New South team members this morning was right - New South does have People on the Move! Congratulations again to Jeff and Rob on their recent promotions, and welcome to the team, Andrew Johnson!  Read More Here

The Military Engineer Highlights New South ProjectThursday, January 22, 2015

Thank you The Military Engineer for highlighting our project at Warner Robins AFB! New South team members are active in the Society of American Military Engineers, which is important here at New South. Actively participating in organizations within your industry not only helps the organization and aides in professional development, but it also reflects on your company. New South is proud of its team members for being engaged in SAME and other organizations across the state. Looking forward to many more project announcements in The Military Engineer!  Read the Article

New South Gives Thanks - Part 5Monday, December 1, 2014

Well, it's the Monday after Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean New South has stopped giving thanks! View our last video here, which shows more of our team giving thanks - as well as what the team is doing now that Thanksgiving is over ... #NewSouthGivesThanks  Click here to watch the video

New South Gives Thanks - Part 1Monday, November 24, 2014

#NewSouthGivesThanks Part One features a few team members telling for what they're thankful and a little about their plans for the holiday.  Watch the video

New South Gives Thanks - Part 2Monday, November 24, 2014

In our second installment of #NewSouthGivesThanks, we hear from a few more team members about their Thanksgiving plans. Feel free to share your plans or for what you're thankful in the comments below.  Click here to watch the video

Cobb County Commissioners Approve American Builders 2017 to Build Atlanta Braves New BallparkTuesday, May 27, 2014

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted this evening to approve American Builders 2017 as the construction manager at risk (construction manager) to oversee the construction of the new Atlanta Braves ballpark, which is scheduled to open in early 2017.

American Builders 2017 is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction. Combined, they have more than 225 years of construction experience and have completed more than 330 sports projects, including Target Field in Minneapolis, Coors Field in Denver and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Douglas County Jail Outside Atlanta Earns LEED-NC CertificationSunday, December 1, 2013

Douglas County Adult Detention Facility and Law Enforcement Center receives LEED for New Construction certification, making it the first large-scale, new construction adult detention facility and law enforcement center in Georgia to achieve this level of sustainability.

"Though the project was not initiated with a LEED requirement, we are extremely pleased that we were able to collaborate with Douglas County to implement a strong long-term sustainability approach," said HOK in Atlanta Project Manager Michael Katzin. The 1,500-bed detention center is located 25 miles west of Atlanta in Douglasville, Ga., on a 36-acre site master planned for 600,000 square feet of future county office space.

By building on a previously developed site and using sustainable strategies such as sun shading, daylighting, the reuse of rainwater and extensive use of recycled, and environmentally friendly materials, the design helps the building achieve an 19 percent reduction in energy use compared to code. This generates significant cost savings for county taxpayers. The design strategies also reduce water use by 31 percent. Ninety-eight percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Gary Retel, HOK's designer for the project, recommends five simple guidelines for developing sustainable, high-performance facilities. "We always want to create a pleasant environment for the staff, support highly efficient operations, reduce life=cycle costs, optimize the budget and contribute to the creation of a sustainable community," he said.

New South Construction Awarded Swift School RenovationFriday, March 1, 2013

New South Construction was recently awarded renovations to Swift School located on Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell. The campus includes a 20,500 square foot academic building and an athletic Sport Court, situated on 4.7 acres. The Swift School prepares children with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences to be successful in life.

This is a new K-12, private education client for New South and we are happy to have been selected to perform the renovations to their school facility.

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