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Strong Foundations | Spring 2018

A message from Randall Redding Spring hasn’t fully committed to springing, but with the changing of seasons, I gladly share with you the latest issue of the Strong Foundations newsletter.

This quarter’s edition focuses on ministry and giving back, both in the sense of building a Retreat Center and of an individual who is making a significant contribution to the community with their passionate volunteerism.

Our first article is about Lutheranch Retreat Center, an award-winning construction project that we recently completed. This year‐round ministry offers summer camping programs for 1st‐8th grade youth and confirmation camp for confirmands. RKR strived to make this a special place, while overcoming numerous construction obstacles such as challenging natural landscape with limited access to utilities, as well as incorporating resourceful creativity to add special touches throughout the facility.

We also offer a Q&A with Laura Richards, Founder & Chair of the Friends of Carrollt…
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Lutheranch Retreat Center

Called “a place apart to experience God and community,” Lutheranch is a harmonious marriage of a natural environment with modern conveniences. This retreat-style lodge was a CM at Risk project featuring two stories in one section of the building and a rusticmodern design throughout. Though beautiful, the isolated and lake-neighboring location held challenges as it was removed from paved roads and had limited utilities. To combat this, we used a temporary generator, employed methods of erosion control, and worked around the weather to make this project an award-winning success.

Lutheranch offers many examples of RKR’s resourcefulness and creativity. When our team hit rock during the slab rough-in, we had to bring in specialty excavation equipment to remove 40 cubic yards of trench rock from the site. There were also numerous unusual installs, such as the roofing and dry sprinkler system, that required quick and creative thinking. Further, we installed hard wood flooring on top of conc…

Laura Richards | Founder & Chair of the Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt, LLC

Share with us your background that led to you founding Carrollton GreenBelt.

I am from Carrollton, but left in 1990 to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then I moved back in 2009. While I was away, I biked across the United States and then led as a European guide for Vermont Bicycle Touring. That’s when it clicked for me regarding trails. I first rode with guests on trails separated from roads in the Netherlands. There I saw people holding hands while they biked and carrying pets and their groceries to the extent that it became more than a trail, but a really busy public space. Our Greenbelt serves that role as one of Carrollton's newest parks and showcases local natural wonders. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.

What’s the most rewarding part of what you do/have done at GreenBelt?

To see the city of Carrollton submit its application to be a bike friendly community was the most rewarding part to me. That designation is through the League of America…

Keeping Pace with Construction Demands in Georgia

You don’t have to be in construction to know that Georgia is building new facilities, roads and infrastructure around the state. You’ve most likely sat in traffic due to lane closures, heard the beeping sounds of heavy equipment moving around a site and seen buildings spring up out of what feels like, nowhere, overnight.

The commercial construction market in Georgia, specifically metro Atlanta, is experiencing widespread growth, reportedly up 19% in the first half of the year with a continued growth trend expected through the 4th quarter of 2017 and into 2018. With the tax incentives our State is offering companies to bring industry here, in addition to our growing population base, we anticipate these construction trends to continue well into 2018 and beyond.

As project demands heat up the local construction market, the competition for talent becomes more and more intense. This fierce competition is extending beyond the organizations and into the subcontractor market, where it is bec…

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

A Sandersville native, Nathan Deal served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with college and law degrees with honors from Mercer University. He then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra. While she taught in Hall County public schools, Deal began a career in public service, working as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. Congressman for Georgia’s 9th District. He was elected Georgia’s 82nd governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. The Deals have four adult children and six grandchildren.

What do you find to be the more rewarding part of your job?

As governor, I’m privileged to meet people from all walks of life, in every corner of our great state, and to hear their stories.

Site Selection magazine has ranked Georgia #1 for business for the past 5 years and the state has become the #1 state in feature film production, what makes Georgia so special?

When I took office in January 2011, I made a promise to the people of…

Strong Foundations | Summer 2017

A message from Randall Redding

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but we want to give it one last look in this month’s Strong Foundation newsletter.

Our first article in this edition focuses on 2017 School Projects and the coordinated effort and teamwork required to complete summer renovations and additions while the students are on break. This year we completed over 680,000 SF of renovations in approximately 60 days. This always amazes me. Our team successfully pulls this off year in and year out.

While the on-site work begins after the teachers leave for the summer, there is much preparation that has to occur during the months leading up to the break. Long-lead items have to be ordered early in order to successfully complete complex projects in such a short period of time.

Also in this edition, our friend, Mr. Loy Howard, the long-time President/CEO of Tanner Health System offers a Q & A interview where he discusses many interesting and insightful topics. Loy is such a blessing…

RKR Goes to Summer School

School is back in session, which is the universal reminder that summer is over. While many kids will be telling their friends and their teachers all about their summer adventures – trips to the beach, going to camps, and lounging by the pool – RKR has spent the summer months on renovation, addition, modification, and replacement projects.

Year after year, school systems across the state take advantage of the summer months to address facility needs. These projects may be small like replacing light bulbs throughout the school or they could be quite large such as total gut renovation and build back and everything in between.

These summer renovations are common, because construction crews can work full days uninterrupted without worrying about disrupting the classroom or traditional operations of a school without any students on campus. Beyond that, summer work is a staple because of the funding cycles.

Each August, school districts submit their applications to the Georgia Department of …