Our Experience

 

Georgia's Premier Construction Manager

 
Taking Learning to New Heights

Columbus State University was in need of major updates to LeNoir Hall to support the increased enrollment in STEM disciplines and address the need for best-in-class science spaces supporting a donor-funded Pre-Med program.  The LeNoir Hall Academic Core Renovation and Addition project included renovating the existing laboratory space in LeNoir Hall, totaling approximately 33,500 square feet, and constructing an addition, as cited in the Sasaki Master Plan, of 26,400 square feet.  Completion of this project has allowed Columbus State University to offer state-of-the-art science learning environments necessary to meet accreditation standards in the scientific fields.

Colorful Spaces

Strategic use of color, shapes and textures create exciting and inviting learning spaces while inspiring students on their journey.

Innovative Materials

Designed to nurture collaborative studying and forward thinking, many of the study spaces and laboratories have writable surfaces.

State-of-the-art Laboratory Environments

In efforts to provide the most competitive learning environments, specialized learning labs that meet today’s occupational needs are in constant demand. The Parrish team has the diverse experience and knowledge needed to create the space you desire within budget and in time for the beginning of your designated semester.

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Construction Experience You Can Trust

The unique building envelope commissioning requirements of the CGTC Health Sciences Building forced us away from traditional construction methods for the exterior skin.  The requirements, according to the testing agency, was that the building skin had to be tested prior to the installation of exterior finishes.  This meant we had to build the structure, frame and sheath, install air barrier, install storefront and curtain wall, then test the envelope.  Installation of stone, brick and exterior panels could not begin until this testing was performed and approved.  All of this testing had to be performed within the air barrier manufacturers’ stated exposure limitations.

Helping Communities Prepare For The Unexpected

In the event of a community emergency, the CGTC Health Sciences Building is also designed to serve as a temporary medical facility. Parrish is proud to have been apart of bringing such an amazing learning facility for both Central Georgia Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia.

“Parrish Construction Group captured the comprehensive needs of the University and library staff and presented construction techniques and value engineering concepts that satisfied all the involved parties, including our president, deans and the facility users.”

Mike Conley   Executive Director AEC Project Services, University of West Georgia

Modernizing Existing Facilities for Today’s Needs

This 52,000 square foot renovation of the 1950’s era building included the basement level, first floor, and a portion of the second and third floors. Work included the complete gutting of specified areas with installation of all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection services along with updated technology. Modernization of the building included all new finishes throughout, and the addition of a Starbucks retail outlet. Exterior work included updated landscaping in the courtyards surrounding the building, as well as an outdoor roof terrace above the main entrance for student gathering. The high-tech, integrated environment combines the library’s historic reference and information services with electronic connectivity, and serves as a gathering place for students, facilitating individual and group learning. The facility remained operational and functional throughout the duration of the project.

A Budget Conscious Design-Bid-Build Partner

As soon as the project is awarded, the Parrish Project Team and Preconstruction Team goes to work to bring the client the best value possible through assessing constructability, value engineering options, competitive pricing, procurement and scheduling.

Despite a tight new construction budget of $6.1 Million, the new Henry Campus for Southern Crescent Technical College was delivered on time and within budget. The classrooms, labs, and conference rooms were all equipped with advanced audio and video technology to deliver state-of-the-art instructional and learning opportunities within a healthcare- and technology-focused environment.

Communication is Key to Success

The Young Harris College Fine Arts department is housed in Clegg Hall near the entrance to the campus.  The focal point of Clegg Hall is Glenn Auditorium, the primary performing arts venue on campus.  Throughout all phases of the project, one of the challenges we faced was keeping the entire team in communication.  The interior design consultant being based in California on a three-hour time difference, a busy college President with a full schedule who was the decision maker on interior finishes, and a host of consultants for acoustics, audio visual, mechanical and structural engineers provided the opportunity for a fractured project team.  Parrish mitigated this by keeping all team members informed of all decisions and action items, holding on-site meetings every other week with conference calls on the intermediate weeks, sending out weekly project updates for open/action items, and maintaining open channels of communication always.  To keep the communication clear and speed decision making along, often subcontractors were brought into meetings with the project team as critical decisions were being made in order to see all perspectives.  It is Parrish’s goal to be problem solvers, not just problem identifiers, and this frames how we set up agendas for project meetings.  We strive to bring solutions to any issues that may arise during construction, so that progress can continue, and no time be lost.

Understanding The Importance of Green Space

Research suggests that a large percent of college students experience stress due to the demands of college life. Schools that have recreational lawn areas, gardens, trees, and other flora reflect a commitment to providing students, staff, and the neighborhood with attractive, aesthetic, and nurturing green space and to promoting greater physical activity by students. Such spaces can be used to provide enriched academic, social, and emotional learning opportunities and to help relieve stress.

Georgia VECTR Center

Jointly operated between the Technical College System of Georgia and Central Georgia Technical College, this 32,000 SF facility enables veterans and their families to transition into the degree and certificate programs offered by CGTC.  The facility is organized to enable students and instructors to work together in an environment that enhances collaboration.

Commitment – Communication – Collaboration

 “Parrish Construction Group did a phenomenal job on the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center – or VECTR Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. The facility was a joint initiative between the University System of Georgia and the Technical System of Georgia designed as an academic gateway for veterans and their families into Georgia’s public, post-secondary institutions. Not only did Parrish Construction Group have to deal with a state agency, but two distinct systems of higher education with different standards. Their management of the construction and the requirements of all parties was exceptional, yielding a facility that is the first of its kind in the nation which provides a one-stop-shop of services to Georgia’s veterans under a single roof.”

“With such an essential mission for the state, Parrish Construction Group insured every inch of this 32,000 square foot facility was constructed to the highest standards and they met an aggressive timeline. The Parrish team were such good stewards of state funds, we were able to add back in items originally cut due to projected costs, such as terrazzo tile which spell out the word Integrity in Morse code down the main hallway, additional security fencing and bollards and mature landscaping and sod. These features immediately convey to veterans how much Georgia appreciates their service.”

Patricia Ross, Colonel, USAF Retired, VECTR Executive Director

Georgia VECTR Center

The VECTR Program services include one-stop military personnel support services in the form of academic and career advising, and financial aid. The building supports these services by providing administrative space, classroom space, computer labs, and an industrial lab. The center also serves as a partner/host site for Department of Defense (DOD)-related training.

Maximizing Summer Break

To meet the aggressive schedule of the Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College Dining Hall Renovation , Lean Construction principles were employed at every turn.  Construction began on May 14 and was completed on July 31 for the students to return for fall classes on August 6.  Just 78 days of construction!

Mechanical Systems Experts

Whether your project is new construction or a renovation, your mechanical systems are the heart of your facility. We go out of our way to hire leading constructors who bring the specialty knowledge necessary to evaluate your project’s needs and provide sustainable solutions that fit your budget and provide long-term economic savings.

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