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Workforce Readiness - one student at a time (GSBA panel review)

In Case You Missed It! See how one student's life was changed by YouScience. From the panel discussion at the 2015 GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference.





Video also available on the R K Redding Vimeo account.

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2015 GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference

Strong Foundations | Fall 2015

A message from Randall Redding

As a life-long sports fan, I understand the passion that communities have for their local school’s teams. In today’s environment, it’s important to have top-notch facilities that provide teams the best chance to succeed, as well as serve as a gathering place to hold community-wide events.

This edition of Strong Foundations focuses on the role sports plays in the prestige of an institution, as well as how one community improved its morale through a new gymnasium.

I would also like to recognize the entire RKR team’s effort for receiving the prestigious national Leadership in Safety Award from CNA, the seventh largest U.S. commercial insurance carrier.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends. We are truly a blessed people.

Thanks for your friendship and support.

Respectfully,


Randall K. Redding, President & CEO

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High School Juniors in Paulding County’s Public Schools Receive YouScience Profile Thanks to Generosity of R. K. Redding Construction & Paulding County

DALLAS, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2015) – The more than 2,000 high school juniors in Paulding County’s public high school system will complete a YouScience Profile during this academic school year. The personalized YouScience Profiles are part of a program to improve the state’s workforce development and student outcomes. R. K. Redding Construction (RKR) and the Paulding County School District are co-sponsoring the initiative and made this valuable resource available free of charge to the schools.

YouScience is the only holistic approach to career guidance that allows students to find the intersection of the natural abilities (what they do well), specific interests (what they love to do) and career opportunities (what the job market needs). The resulting online YouScience Profile makes it easy for counselors and parents to engage students in a meaningful career dialogue. YouScience has wrapped the best in career sciences into an engaging, online experience for the students.

“I want students in th…

Project Spotlight: Alexander High School Competition Gymnasium Unites Community

Alexander High School Principal Nathan Hand laughingly said recently that the school has been in need of a new gym for the past 20 years.

This is similar situation that many schools find themselves in these days. About 10 years after the school was first built, the areas growth had far surpassed all expectation. The school was built to handle 1,200 students, but that number has swelled to 1,700. While additional classrooms had been built, the gym still looked like it was built in the 1980’s… which it had.

“Our outdated and undersized gym was having a negative impact on the school,” said Hand. “Coaches where having to share offices, the various teams were crammed into one locker room, multiple physical education classes were being held at the same time and team practice were being held late at night or at different schools to accommodate everyone.”

Oftentimes, a school these days will have two or three gymnasiums to handle the increased need to field numerous men’s and women’s sports.

High Schools Sports Facilities Changing the Landscape

ESPN Game of the Week. Stadium Naming Rights. Community Pride.

High school athletics have become big business. That’s why principals and athletic directors are seeking ways to either build new or remodel existing athletic venues. With funds limited in the school districts, the best return on investment oftentimes can run through the athletic program.

Athletics can motivate students to keep up their grades and help them learn to manage their time. Sporting events can unify a whole town to cheer for their home team. RKR has worked with dozens of schools throughout the southeast to build new facilities; however, we have recently noticed an increase in the number of stadiums and gymnasiums being requested.

“Sports is about developing a child,” said Nathan Hand, Alexander High School Principal. “It teaches them to better deal with adversity and learn to overcome obstacles. We felt we needed to have the best facilities in order to attract and keep the best coaches. Of course, coaches are i…

R.K. Redding Construction Receives Prestigious CNA Leadership in Safety Award

Bremen, GA – R. K. Redding Construction (RKR), a full service, multi-disciplinary construction management and general construction contracting firm, announced today that it has received a national Leadership in Safety Award from CNA, the seventh largest U.S. commercial insurance carrier.

 “We strongly believe in the importance of accident prevention and creating a safe work environment, both for our customers and employees,” said Randall Redding, President and CEO of RKR. “It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized by CNA.”

 Bob Cauthen, CNA Risk Control, Commercial Underwriting, said, “R.K. Redding Construction has taken a proactive approach to a safer work environment and product safety issues by educating themselves about common risks in their industry, identifying problem areas in advance and then implementing the necessary steps to help prevent an accident or business disruption from occurring. We consider R.K. Redding Construction to be an industry role model with regard to th…

Strong Foundations | Summer 2015 Newsletter

A message from Randall Redding

We all understand the importance of preparing for the future. This edition of Strong Foundations focuses on opportunities to support and equip our young people in discovering their talents, aptitudes and interests. This is a vitally important process they must navigate in order to make informed choices for their education and, ultimately, their careers.

Bremen City Schools recently implemented YouScience, the first online program that allows students to combine their aptitudes, interests and career opportunities to confidently set a direction for education and career success. The last thing our students need is another test. However, when a student described it as a “fun game about themselves,” I found that refreshing and very exciting.

At the conclusion of the “game,” the YouScience Profile provides the student a wide variety of career options available in today’s world that they may not even known exists. The hope is that our young people will scient…

Strong Foundations | April 2015 Newsletter

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A message from Randall Redding

Spring has sprung in the South and we are enjoying the warmer weather, longer days, and ability to be outside again after what seemed like a long cold winter. It is time for a bit of spring cleaning of our own - updating our templates and systems so we can better serve our clients and partners.

As the first quarter of 2015 passes we hope that each of you has a wonderful spring season.

Thanks for your continued support,

Randall K. Redding, President & CEO

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Technology in the Field
The days of documenting construction activities by hand, in a green ledger book are over. Today, construction firms large and small are adopting digital practices. At RKR, all employees have smart phones and our superintendents are equipped with iPads for use in the field.

Through the utilization of technology, we are better able to document …

UAVs, the Future of Construction

Construction firms all over are taking advantage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on construction projects. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are not an autonomous, pilotless vehicle. A person controls it on the ground through a remote or mobile device. The UAV is camera-equipped, so it’s ready to give the user a bird’s eye-view.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles present many opportunities in the construction industry and can be very beneficial to many professionals. UAVs can help with surveying, develop data, check a project’s progress, capture footage in aerial view or help examine structures for inspections. And with the growing use of technology and use of smart devices, UAVs are becoming more easily managed out on the field.

R. K. Redding is already benefiting from using UAVs in more ways than one. We’re currently using the UAV’s to take aerial photography to document the construction process. This method is replacing traditional aerial photography and is more affordable for the firm. We’ve als…

Managing Cold Weather Construction

2015 began with a cold snap shutting down numerous construction projects across the area and the nation. While the Southeast region may not see heavy snow, the cold winds, frozen ground, and freezing temperatures still present their own challenges to construction projects and tradesmen. So, if your construction project occurs during some of the winter months, you should be aware of the potential for additional costs and time delays due to weather.
For instance, did you know:
With cold temperatures comes decreased daylight, which affects on the job productivity. Not only are there less daylight hours for construction crews to work, you also lose the time needed to properly warm up equipment, as well as the time and effort required to set up temporary heating or even lighting equipment.For concrete and masonry to cure properly, it needs to maintain a moderate temperature. Freezing conditions require additives and even blankets to ensure the correct temperature is maintained.  Frost, freez…

Sustainability: A Common Sense Choice

Sustainability has shifted from a buzzword to something simply expected. Not to mention it has taken on numerous forms through the years.

From cost savings provided by enhanced energy efficiency to the personal satisfaction from being environmentally responsible, there are many reasons for choosing to build a “green” or “sustainable” building. However, these efforts, when included in the building design upfront can save in maintenance and energy costs down the road.

Sustainability isn’t just for new buildings. It can be used to revitalize and preserve existing structures. RKR renovated a closed Ingle’s Grocery store, transforming it into a concert venue creating Mill Town Music Hall which provided the following benefits:


Improved profitability through cost savings from using more efficient systems and equipment for power, water and the related infrastructure that drives the demands on these resources.Improved amenity for staff and visitors by incorporating natural lighting as well as …