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Spring is in the air and I’m so glad to see new life appear along with warmer temperatures. It's with great pleasure that we present our latest Strong Foundations newsletter.

Our first article in this edition focuses on how to decide which building construction system is right for you. Each of the systems we profile has earned its proven place in the design and construction industry. There are unique budget, schedule, aesthetics, durability and operation cost considerations associated with each system.  

We also offer an interesting Q&A interview with Mr. Mike Jett, Vice President & Plant Manager of Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.  Mike shares some of the core principles that have guided him throughout his career while in Japan, as well as in the USA.

I also want to congratulate the RKR team on recently being recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Georgia by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

I hope 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for y…
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A Chat With Mike Jett, VP of Honda Precision Parts of Georgia

Q: Share with us a little bit of your background with Honda.
A: Mike Jett – I’ve been with Honda for 34 years. Prior to moving to Georgia, I was responsible for strategic planning for North America. My group was responsible for the feasibility studies for Alabama and Georgia facilities. However, my background primarily resided on the manufacturing side. My current role – as VP & Plant Manager – encompasses total operations here as far as manufacturing, with a focus on safety, quality and production.  As manager of the entire business of operations at this facility, I drive us towards the core characteristics which we work toward every day. These characteristics include building products of outstanding quality, delivering those to our customers in a way that is safe for our associates and our goal of being a company that society wants to exist.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: It’s working with the people. The Honda Precision Parts facility has some of the best asso…

What Building Construction System Is Right For You?

You have been planning for a new building for months, maybe years, and now the stars have aligned and you have the property you need and the funding to build your facility, but, do you know what construction system is right for you and your project?

If you do not build new construction everyday you might not know that there are options out there, each with their own intended applications and accompanying benefits and challenges. In this day and age, there are three primary building systems:

1. Concrete Frame Structures

Concrete frame structures are a very common and might be one of the most common modern building systems used around the world.  This type of building structure consists of a frame of concrete supported or reinforced by rebar or steel bars. The mix of concrete and steel provide a very strong and relatively inexpensive building system.

Concrete structures can be built traditionally or your builder may use Tilt-up construction  process where the building's walls are p…

Lights, Camera, Classrooms!

Georgia has long been known for agriculture, namely cotton, peanuts, onions and peaches, but it’s fastest growing cash crop these days is the movie and production business. In fact, Georgia is now ranked third in the nation and fifth in the world for the number of productions on an annual basis.

It is estimated that during the next 3-5 years, the film industry will generate 3,000 - 5,000 new jobs. Both K-12 school systems and higher education institutions are stepping up to provide unique education opportunities for students interested in the TV and movie making business.

Two of RKR’s clients are helping to provide an educated film-ready workforce to help grow the industry.

Fulton County Schools recently added a CTE facility to Benjamin Banneker High School, which features special labs for Broadcast Video & Production programs. Students from across Fulton County have access to this state-of-the-art audio metric exam room and full video production sound stage.

The University of West…

Interview with University of West Georgia President, Dr. Kyle Marrero

Q: What is the day to day like for you as UWG President?

A: It’s interesting to be a president of a university in today’s environment and it’s not what someone might think it is. It certainly encompasses many facets with the belief that transforming lives via educational obtainment being at the center. I think the most successful presidents are the ones that always remind their administrators, faculty and staff that any strategic planning or implementation of any actions or initiates need to be reviewed through a filter and lens of student success. What will this mean to focus and to allow our students to be the most successful - not only here as they enter our gates - but also beyond our gates. Our job is to prepare the students to be ready for an ever-complex world. The reality of the job is interesting, because it’s a 16- hour-a-day job, which I love and feel incredibly blessed to be a part of. And, there are multiple constituencies to serve and to help align, which can be challeng…

Working Around Ongoing Operations

It’s late September and school is back in full swing. You can hear kids in the hallways, smell lunch cooking in the cafeteria and see the line of school buses stacking up for afternoon pickup but there is something else taking place on campus – construction. How do you keep the project on schedule, the kids focused on their education and everyone safe around all the construction activities?

Having built schools for 25 years, we have learned a thing or two about working around ongoing operations.

Whenever possible, separate school activities from construction zones. This extends to vehicular traffic as well. As contractors, we know how to manage what happens within the limits of the construction site, but it is the comprehensive attention to all details around the project that really ensures safety on active campuses.Share your school testing schedule and school event schedules with your design and construction team so they can plan around them.Communicate the construction project and …

Dr. John Zauner - Executive Director for the Georgia School Superintendents Association

We recently spent some time with Dr. Zauner to learn more about his current role, as well as to hear stories about his days on the Secret Service detail for former President George H.W. Bush.

Q: Let’s begin with you sharing a little about your background and your interests.

A: I was involved in my early days in athletics in high school and college and enjoyed that experience. It taught me a lot about teamwork and working with others.

I moved into the education realm after graduating college and started out as a teacher of special needs students. I worked my way through the education system to three different school systems and ultimately became superintendent of the Carroll County School System in 2003.

As far as my passions, I love to bird hunt and raise bird dogs, as well as love anything with a motor and wheels; which includes motorcycles and cars. I also enjoy the beach and boats, so I have a wide variety of interests.

Q:What was your role prior to your current position?

A: As supe…