New facility that brings Lawrenceville public works departments into one building in now opened!

The City of Lawrenceville had its ribbon-cutting for its new, $20 million Public Works Facility on February 12th at 435 West Pike St. The 122 employees from the city’s gas, electric, damage prevention, fleet maintenance, streets and sanitation departments will now all be working at this one location.

The 66,000 SF facility includes three buildings, a mezzanine space and additional capacity for future growth if needed.

CROFT Office Walls

If you have been to our office before you know how full of color and cheerful the inside is. With that said, CROFT employees can not help but to be sometimes dress in the colors of the CROFT walls! Whether accidental or not, we are really having fun with it.

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Watch our office video below but be cautious, it has a very relaxing soundtrack.

CROFT Pumpkin Decorating Contest

As part of CROFTober in the office, we thought it would be fun to have a pumpkin decorating contest. Rules were easy, everyone got one small pumpkin, a week to decorate and was not able to use any additional pumpkins. We were initially going to only have one winner but with such a fun turn out, we decided to have three winners!

Grand Opening of the Paulding County E 9-1-1 Communications Center

The new 9-1-1 Communications Center and Emergency Operations Center in Dallas, Georgia had a grand opening ceremony on October 10th. The new facility is at 1389 Industrial Blvd. North in Dallas and it replaced the facility which the 911 department shared with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office at 247 Industrial Way North.

The E-911 center handles about 300,000 calls annually, while the emergency operations center is used as a staging area for first-responders and other local agencies in times of natural and manmade disasters.

This new center is equipped with the latest technology in order to maintain Paulding County's commitment to quality service.

Yanmar New Training Facility Progress

As an architect it is always exciting to see your vision come to live and anxiously waiting to be able to walk onto the site of your own design.
The Yanmar project in Acworth, GA is moving along and is set for completion day of November 2017.

This new facility will feature classrooms with dedicated space for each of the business’ product lines: industrial diesel engines and generators, commercial marine diesel engines, agriculture equipment, construction equipment, utility task vehicles and energy systems, an auditorium, a museum; gift shop, cantina, as well as office space. Outdoor amenities will include a customer experience area for product demonstrations.


The Beginning

Original Rendering

Original Rendering

Just a few weeks ago...

Just a few weeks ago...

Video of Ernst Concrete pouring the last exterior slab in April 2017

Current Stage of the Building, August 14th, 2017

Current Stage of the Building, August 14th, 2017

The YANMAR sign is up!

The YANMAR sign is up!

 
 

About YANMAR America Corporation:
YANMAR America Corporation, located in Adairsville, GA, is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. Yanmar Co. Ltd., was established in 1912, and in 1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Today, YANMAR is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment, as well as gas engine based energy systems. YANMAR America Corporation is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103. For more information, please visit yanmar.com/us.

New Union Park in Temple, GA

CROFT provided due-diligence, master planning, and full A/E design services for a new 160 acre passive park in the foothills of Northwest Georgia. The Phase I design of the park master plan included multi-use trails, open air pavilions, conditioned event spaces, and restrooms.

The park design integrates historic architectural and landscape precedents of Paulding County from the early 20th Century.  In addition to the passive park, a 12-acre portion on the edge of the park include multi-use fields and associated facilities. Phase I, which is currently under construction, includes 2 fully-conditioned 100-person event halls, 6 picnic pavilions, and 3 combination restroom/concession buildings.

Integral in the design were the highly sustainable, vernacular construction materials such as structural hard-wood truss systems, consistent with those locally sourced in West Georgia & North Alabama in the early 20th Century. Hardware was selected for its durability, vandal resistance, and security.


Construction Photos


Almost Done!
Site Visit from August 10, 2017

This park facility is scheduled to be opened in November of 2017

 

Leadercast 2017

The World's largest one-day leadership conference simulcast took place on May 5th and we were so happy to be part of it. We were sponsoring the simulcast from Piedmont Church in Marietta. Over 250 people attended at this location and I am sure everyone was inspired just as we were. This year's theme was "Powered by Purpose." Purpose is what defines us, drives us and empowers us. It is the glue for an organization and the fuel for an individual. 
   
The conference allowed the attendees to discover the steps they can take to uncover their purpose, to reconnect to their organization's "why," to attract and engage the right people for your efforts and to thrive as a team.

Proceeds from Leadercast Marietta will go to support a scholarship fund for GRACEPOINT School. GRACEPOINT is a local private Christian school dedicated to equipping dyslexic students with the skills needed to develop into independent and confident learners, through sequential, systematic and multi sensory instruction.

Leadercast had a great agenda this year on Powered by Purpose, and a diverse slate of speakers to cover it from leadership expert and best-selling author, Suzy Welch to producer and actor, Tyler Perry. Each speaker has been selected to help with your journey towards becoming a better leader.

11th MUST Ministries Gala

On April 22nd CROFT had the pleasure of being part of the 11th MUST Ministries Spring Gala at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. This event is MUST's 2nd largest fundraiser and the money they raise is used to bring help and hope to those they serve. MUST provides food, housing, jobs and clothing to those who need it most. Click here to find out more about Must Ministries.

The theme of this year's event was Magic of the Movies which gave the attendees an opportunity to dress as their favorite movie characters!

31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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We have some very exciting news!
Jose Rodriguez who is our full-time employee; on top of being a full-time student, had his work chosen for the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research which took place at the University of Memphis, April 6-8, 2017. He was chosen out of over 4,000 submissions from all across the United States and this year had the highest number of rejected applicants. This conference showcases the best in undergraduate research and the creative and performing arts and we are so very excited for Jose. He made his way to Memphis this past weekend to talk about his thesis in a prestige classroom presentation.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research was in established in 1987 and is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. This gathering of up to 2,000 young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.
Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarships, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education. Click here for their Facebook page.

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Newly Renovated and Enlarged Sanctuary in Clarkesville, GA

Before and after shots are always exciting to see. CROFT's project architect, Butch Birchfield worked with Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Georgia on updates of their sanctuary. The renovation included enlarging the seating capacity from 390 to 568 seats. Also included in this project are new seating, new audio and visual equipment, and new lighting as well as an enlarged overall facility and newly decorated choir rehearsal suite.