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.  

Lawrenceville Breaks Ground on New Public Works Facility

On Tuesday, February 28th Lawrenceville city officials celebrated a groundbreaking for a new public works facility. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the 25-acre site which was formerly a home to a lumber yard and retail space.

This new public works facility will bring together the city’s services including electric, gas, damage prevention, fleet maintenance and streets and sanitation departments.

“We are grateful for all of those involved that have made it possible to build this new facility for some of the most crucial departments in the city. The departments that will be housed there are the backbone of Lawrenceville and what they contribute to the city every day is absolutely invaluable”, said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson.

The building is scheduled for completion in early 2018 and will become a home to 112 city employees.

Concrete Pour for the New Yanmar America Facility is Complete

Yanmar Construction Update:

The last two months were busy with construction and we are very happy to share that the new concrete has been poured for the Yanmar America Training Center in Cherokee County.

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Presenting Our New School Design at a Town Hall Meeting

On January 14th in August, GA a town hall meeting took place where CROFT presented the design plans for the new School for Arts Infused Learning or SAIL. This new public charter school will be built in Evans, GA and will have a statewide attendance zone. It will initially open as a K-6 public charter school but will add a grade a year until it is full K-8 school servicing approximately 600 students.

Many parents of prospective students showed up to the meeting and
we were happy to be there to answer any design questions they had.

The School for Arts-Infused Learning is on track toward its August 2017 opening date.

YANMAR America Training Center Groundbreaking

Construction on the Yanmar America Training & Experience Center commenced with a special groundbreaking ceremony in Acworth, GA on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Yanmar America’s president, Tim Fernandez as well as Kengo Shibata, General Manager of GCSU, YANMAR Japan joined the ceremony to kick off the project.

When complete, the almost 50,000 SF 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; museum; gift shop; cantina; office space and meeting space.

The scheduled completion date for the new training center is Fall, 2017. This was a great project to be part of and we cannot wait to see the final result!

Yanmar America Corporation is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. It was established in 1912, and in 1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. For more information, please visit yanmar.com/us.

 

Brand New McNeal Building

We are thrilled for our client, McNeal Professional Services who had their grand opening of their brand new building in Kennesaw, GA on Friday, October 21st. A big celebration took place which consisted of a ribbon cutting ceremony, guest speakers, special presentations and an office tour. All this included food, drinks and live music.

CROFT had the pleasure to design this 17,108 square foot facility which includes McNeal’s Executive Offices, IT, Human Resources, Engineering, In-Building, Site Development and Accounting departments. The building also has 11,000
square feet of additional office space and a 3,578 square foot warehouse.
We are very excited about the final result and wish the McNeal firm all the best in their new building. To find out more about our client and to read about their services, please visit their website by clicking here.

First Annual CROFT Company Picnic

Friday, September 23rd CROFT held its first company picnic in Acworth by lake Allatoona. Everyone had a blast! There were games, great weather and of course great food that made this even a success. Special recognition and thank you to Anthony Iorillo for organizing the event. Everyone is looking forward to celebrating its 2nd annual company picnic next year.

Gracepoint School Renovation

This year we had the wonderful opportunity to work on a building renovation for the Gracepoint School in Marietta, GA. There was no budget for any colored carpet, but thanks to Croft’s initiative and with the help with of Beth Chandler at Mohawk Carpet and Phil Branon at Bonitz Flooring Group, who actually purchased the carpet for the school, we were able to get the school more color! It is really great to have such reliable friends! 

Gracepoint originally opened in August of 2012 and began serving dyslexic students in grades 1-8 in a Christian environment. For several years the school had no home of their own. But this August they moved into a newly renovated building they can call their own.

 

Congratulations Anthony!

We are excited to announce that Anthony Iorillo is now Vice President and part owner of Croft & Associates. Today we had a surprise Ice Cream Social to celebrate Anthony and his new role. Congratulations Anthony!

Anthony has been with Croft & Associates in the role of Senior Project manager for 5 years. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic University and has over 20 years of experience in architectural design and project management. We are excited to welcome Anthony in this new role.

 

Meet Our Summer Interns!

At Croft, we are excited to have 2 interns on board with us this summer. They have already completed some exciting work for us and we look forward to see their talents unfold.

Meet Austin: Austin Benway is a student at KSU Marietta campus, majoring in mechanical engineering. He aids our production staff in mechanical and plumbing designs using Revit and AutoCad software as a part-time intern. Austin is from Kennesaw, Ga, enjoys all sports and likes to spend time outdoors fishing, hiking and out on the lake. He chose mechanical engineering because he has always been interested in math and science and mechanical engineering combines the two into a practical and beneficial use.

Meet Parker: Parker Van Dyk is currently a student at the University of Alabama, majoring in Management Information Systems. He is our full-time IT service management intern: designing, delivering, managing and improving the way information technology is used within Croft. He ensures that the right technology and processes are in place for our organization to meet its business goals. Parker has loved computers since he was a child and grew up playing a variety of sports. 

Our People Feature: Rodney Lester

Rodney has over 40 years of experience in the electrical industry from research and development and applications engineering in a major lighting fixture manufacturer to electrical and lighting design for several consulting engineering groups in the Atlanta area. His project involvement has been in business sectors including heavy industrial, commercial buildings, restaurants, health care, education, government, and military.

At Croft, Rodney is part of the engineering team and he provides electrical and lighting design support to our architectural group as well as outside clients. Rodney is a graduate of Mercer University and is both a certified lighting designer and LEED AP with wide-ranging experience in lighting, power, fire alarm, and telecommunications design. He has also been part of numerous energy audits, arc flash studies, and electrical metering projects throughout the United States.

Always a Georgia native, Rodney has lived in several places in the state, but now resides in Marietta, Georgia. He has two grown children and one granddaughter and spends his spare time with family and friends at home or at his family farm in Madison county.

Behind the Scenes

Take a glimpse into the design process: this is a new headquarters building for a local client which includes space for a tenant, and a heated warehouse for storing their product on the far end. This design was created using Revit BIM software, the most current and up to date software for architects and engineers.

Truth in Nature Clay Shoot

At Croft we are passionate about giving back to our community. We recently participated in the Truth in Nature Clay Shoot sponsored by Ragsdale Heating & Air and Adventure Outdoors. At Truth in Nature their mission is to share the love of Christ with boys from fatherless and one parent homes to develop and strengthen their ability to make a positive impact in the community and beyond. Check out the video below to see more about this great event and the Truth in Nature organization:

Our Croft Team