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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. (ACI), an AGC of Virginia member, is currently undergoing a $3 million expansion to enlarge its fabrication facility in Richmond from 100,000 to 130,000 square feet. The project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2017, enables ACI to seize a competitive edge with its prefabrication and modular construction capabilities.

With the expansion, ACI is adding a significant amount of fabrication capacity, including increased overhead crane capacity, to meet the growing customer demand for "off-jobsite" assemblies and prefabrication. ACI fabricates the ductwork, piping, plumbing and steelwork to the client’s exact specifications while work at the client’s construction site is underway. The finished ACI products are then delivered to the jobsite in a ready-to-install state, increasing quality control and minimizing on-site installation time.

"A 30 percent increase in size allows us to have all of our fabrication services under one roof, which will result in greater efficiency, quality and cost-effectiveness for our customers," said Terrance Kerner, president of ACI. "We are passionate about providing something extraordinary in terms of innovative and quality solutions for our clients. This expansion is a big step toward achieving our strategic goal to be positioned as the Mid-Atlantic region’s contractor of choice."

"We are extremely pleased that Atlantic Constructors has made this new three-million-dollar investment in their facility here in the Bermuda District in Chesterfield County. Atlantic Constructors is a top-quality employer that truly lives their mission of being Extraordinary through Innovation, Collaboration, and Diversity," said Dorothy Jaeckle, chair, Chesterfield County board of supervisors. "We appreciate Atlantic Constructors' commitment to continued growth and we look forward to the new jobs this growth will bring to our community. Atlantic Constructors has been a great corporate community partner and we congratulate them on this expansion and wish them continued success."

Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, Virginia (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. 

 
Plastic recycler CarbonLITE has engaged C1S Group, a TEXO member, as the primary contractor for the construction of its new North Texas recycling facility. C1S Group, a full-service professional engineering and construction firm based in Dallas, has begun the process to convert the facility located on Mountain Creek Parkway in southwest Dallas into a leading-edge recycling center.

To prepare the facility for CarbonLITE’s recycling operations, C1S is providing new electrical services, adding storage silos and increasing the height on a 5,500-sq-ft section of the 230,000-sq-ft building. Construction is expected to be completed by early summer 2017. CarbonLITE, one of the world’s largest producers of food-grade post-consumer recycled plastic, will use the building to manufacture new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin flakes and pellets created from old plastic bottles. At its similar California bottle-to-bottle recycling plant, CarbonLITE processes more than two billion post-consumer plastic bottles annually.

"Although this is a newly constructed building, the as-built facility couldn’t fully support CarbonLITE’s processes," said Matt Strong, PE, LEED AP and president of C1S Group. "Fortunately, at C1S we have expertise working in manufacturing and industrial facilities, with a specialty of transforming existing buildings to meet complex owner needs. Once the construction is concluded, this facility will be completely equipped to fulfill CarbonLITE’s mission of preserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint from PET bottle production."

CarbonLITE is one of the largest producers of food-grade post-consumer recycled PET in the world. We specialize in processing used plastic bottles into bottle-grade PET resin flakes and pellets that can then be used to manufacture new plastic beverage bottles and other products. Through new state-of-the-art facilities, technologies, and equipment, CarbonLITE is fully invested and committed to make an impact in preserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint from PET bottle production. For more information, visit http://www.carbonliterecycling.com.

C1S Group is an engineering, construction and sustainability consulting firm specializing in the design and installation of projects for existing facilities. As experts in providing solutions for critical and manufacturing environments, C1S drives energy efficiency, maintainability and value in every project. For more information, visit www.c1sinc.com.
 
Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville, an AGC of Kentucky and AGC of Tennessee  member, donated a 494-linear foot 5-ft-high chain link fence installation to Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Cora Howe School on Good Friday, April 14.

Cora Howe School is a special day school for those students whose learning differences are so significant that they cannot effectively learn within the context of a less restrictive environment. It serves Metro Nashville Public Schools students grades K-12 who are referred through the Individualized Education Plan Team.

"Our annual Good Friday Service Project allows our team the opportunity to serve others in the Nashville community uniquely through the gift of a commercial fence installation," said Derek Smith, Rio Grande Fence Co.’s chief operating officer and third-generation owner. "We enjoyed hearing the story of Cora Howe School and how the staff is impacting our community by enriching the lives of these students."

All 44 of Rio Grande Fence Company’s employees participated, contributing 202 total service hours over three days of material and site preparation leading up to the completion of the project on Good Friday.

In addition to the 494-foot fence, the recess area also received a 50-foot long piece of royal blue fence screen custom-ordered with Metro Metro Nashville Public Schools and Cora Howe School logos. The recess area had no visible signage prior to this. 

"We, at Cora Howe, are so humbled and appreciative of the fence installed by Rio Grande Fence Company as part of their Good Friday Project this year," said K.C. Winfrey, principal, Cora Howe School. "The students at Cora Howe have needed this fence on their playground for many years. This beautiful, new fence will keep our kids safe while they are enjoying the playground. The logo banner provided by Rio Grande was an added surprise that will help us brand and highlight our school to the East Nashville neighborhood."

"On behalf of Metro Nashville Public Schools I want to thank Rio Grande Fence Co. for their efforts on their Good Friday Service Project at Cora Howe School. It’s a great day and great job by Rio Grande," said Dennis Neal, MNPS executive director - facilities & grounds maintenance. "It’s going to help the school tremendously in their mission of serving the needs of their students."

To choose this year’s project, Rio Grande reached out to the Middle Tennessee community via email and social media channels for suggestions of worthy causes. 

"While going through this year’s submissions, the Cora Howe School proposal stood out as the most worthy," Smith said. "It serves an exceptional school with a diverse student body from all over Nashville who have specific educational and recreational needs tailored by MNPS experts exclusively for each student. Cora Howe School now has a fully enclosed recess area for its students and staff to enjoy."

Since 1958, Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville, The Commercial Fence Professionals™,  has been installing and repairing fence for commercial and industrial projects in the Mid-South region. Rio Grande’s work can be seen at Nashville’s police precincts, Nissan Stadium, Nashville International Airport, and many other businesses, sports facilities and government projects.

 
Skanska, a member of multiple AGC chapters, is finishing construction on phase one of Dexcom’s facility located at 232 S. Dobson Road in Mesa, Arizona.

This 145,000-sq-ft project is a build-out of an existing shell building. The first phase includes the renovation of a 60,000-sq-ft industrial warehouse to medical device manufacturing space that will produce hardware and software compatible glucose monitors. 

The space includes 33,000 square feet of controlled environment room, including 12,000 square feet of ISO-8 (Class 100,000 manufacturing controlled environment space), chem prep and microbiology labs, 20,000 square feet of production machine shop and high-bay warehouse space, 42,000 square feet of equipment mezzanines, and 20,000 square feet of office, training and support space. 

Additionally, the scope includes the construction of a new 10,000-sq-ft central utility building and equipment yard.

"We have engaged some of the industry’s leading design, engineering, and construction firms to deliver a reliable and efficient medical device manufacturing facility," said James Gillard, director, facilities and EHS for Dexcom. 

"Our team is focused on safely delivering this project on schedule so that Dexcom can get down to the business of manufacturing their glucose monitors to help patients’ better monitor their diabetes," said Skanska Executive Vice President and General Manager Ross Vroman. 

Skanska, which has been active in both the building and civil construction markets in Phoenix for many years, is based at 4742 North 24th Street in Phoenix, just south of Camelback Road. 

Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial.  Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, we have more than 10,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2016, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $6.8 billion in revenue.  Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $17.7 billion in 2016. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program.  
 
Harold MacDowell, CEO of TDIndustries, a member of multiple AGC chapters, has been named #7 in an Inc. magazine feature that focuses on unique leadership throughout the world. The feature, "The World’s 10 Top CEOs," is written by Leadership from the Core founder Marcel Schwantes and provides insight into the principles and success of Servant Leadership across the globe.

"Servant Leadership is at the core of our culture at TDIndustries," says MacDowell. "I’m fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Jack Lowe, Sr. and Jack Lowe, Jr., who have helped shape the legacy of Servant Leadership at TD. It’s an honor to be recognized as a CEO who is making an impact, and I strive each day to lead with a servant’s heart and to foster growth, trust, and excellence among our TDPartners."

MacDowell is recognized on the Top CEOs list for his communicative leadership style, as well as his dedication to maintaining TD’s distinctive culture. "As the CEO since 2005," explains Schwantes, "MacDowell continues to deepen TD’s commitment to servant leadership and to the ‘Great Place to Work’ culture that plays such a key role in sustaining an environment in which employees are valued, respected, and appreciated."

Schwantes notes that businesses can learn from leaders who have put people "ahead of profits through shared values like authenticity, intrapreneurship, freedom and ownership, community, and collaboration."  

TDIndustries delivers a comprehensive approach to mechanical construction, operations and maintenance. Since 1946, TD has provided innovative engineering, construction and facilities services that optimize the performance of world-class mechanical systems which includes healthcare, hotels, schools, sporting arenas, mission critical and industrial complexes. For the past 20 years, TD has been named to Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list and was named #5 on the "Best Workplaces to Retire From" and #9 on the "Best Workplaces for Latinos" lists in 2016. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, TD has branch offices in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Richardson, San Antonio and Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at www.TDIndustries.com.
 
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