CROFT ANNOUNCEMENT

CROFT, an award-winning, national Architecture, Engineering, and Program Management firm acquires Seven Springs Architecture, Inc.

CROFT is pleased to announce the acquisition of Seven Springs Architecture, Inc., an architecture and project management firm.  “Seven Springs Architecture and its Owner, Grant Rainwater, have been long time strategic partners of ours, enhancing the success of CROFT’s design, engineering and management pursuits,” stated Jim Croft, President and Founder of CROFT.  “We thought the timing was right to bring the two firms together; the synergy will significantly enhance our opportunities to better serve our clients, which is always our number one focus. We are dedicated to serving our clients and creating sustainable solutions that capture each client’s vision while serving our people and our community.”

Grant Rainwater, RA, Owner of Seven Springs Architecture, Inc., brings more than 20 years delivering exceptional experience to clients creating solutions that exceed client expectations.  “Seven Springs Architecture, Inc., has been thriving and when approached by Jim and the CROFT team about the opportunity to join forces, I could not have been more excited to make that a reality.  CROFT has the same values and business philosophy and together, we will strengthen our market position which will lead to growth in market share.”

Seven Springs Architecture, Inc. will relocate its staff to the CROFT Headquarters office in Kennesaw, located at 3400 Blue Springs Road, NW, Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144.


About CROFT

CROFT was founded in 2004, and is an award-winning, national, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and program management firm that serves clients in diverse public and private sectors. Licensed in 42 states, CROFT currently has active projects around the world. The CROFT mission is to serve clients with excellence, create an environment of growth for its team, and manage the company as trustworthy stewards.

CROFT has a new teammate - Meet Brian

 

CROFT is excited to announce that Brian O’Malley
has joined our team as Program Manager. 

He is a proud veteran and business owner with impeccable integrity and leadership skills.  A few areas of his expertise are Team Building, Cost Control & Analysis, Process Creation & Implementation and Employee Relations.

Brian comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Architecture and Management and over 30 years of experience. 
As Program Manager with CROFT, Brian will work with Business Development, Revenues and Profitability associated with a specific client sector and / or a specific program for clients. 

O’Malley holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Operations Analysis from the United States Naval Academy and served as a Naval Aviator.  While at the Academy, he was also the honored recipient of the “Admiral Calvert Award” which is awarded by all Navy Coaches to the top graduating Midshipman for achieving excellence in the Naval Academy’s mission of leadership, academics and athletics.

Krystyna's Retirement Party

Last week, employees and friends gathered together to celebrate the retirement of our beloved Krystyna Bukowiecki. After over 10 years at CROFT Krystyna has moved on to a new journey. She hates to call this a retirement event as she is just as busy as before :)

We couldn’t be more happy for Krystyna, or more proud of all she has accomplished in her life. More than anything, we could see through the guests that attended the party how many lives she has touched and what an impact she has made. Krysytna is already greatly missed and we want to wish her the very best in 2018 and beyond!

 

7 things about Krystyna:

  1. She made a difference at
    CROFT with her presence
  2. She made us better
  3. She taught us with patience
  4. She encourages us with
    a great attitude
  5. She blessed us with grace
    in her words
  6. She finished strong
  7. We love her!
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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!

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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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.

Our People Feature: Anne Powell

For over 40 years, Anne has worked in the Architectural field as a senior draftsman, project manager and designer.  She enjoys being involved in each phase of design and construction, giving the client their completed vision in government, education, healthcare, retail/service, church and industrial fields.  Using communication and efficiency Anne strives to adhere to schedule and budget, accomplishing the final goal of a facility that's functional and beautiful.

Anne began her journey in architecture while completing an Applied Science degree at Greenville Technical Educational Center, Greenville, S.C., working for Daniel International 5 years, going on to 6 architectural firms before landing at Croft.

Anne is active in her church volunteering at dinner on Wednesdays, singing in the choir, being a small group care leader, attending Women's events.  She serves on the Board in her community and spends time with her many friends and family.  She loves to love on her cats, music, read, travel, go walking, watch t.v. and movies.

“One of my favorite projects from my past was Atherton Place for Kennestone.  I worked with the manager on the packet given out to prospective residents, worked on the initial preliminary design drawings, the construction drawings and watched it be built.  I even got to tour when it was done, too.”

From Hand-Built Design Models to Virtual Reality

The way we bring designs to life has transformed drastically in the last few decades. From building foam and wood models by hand to now having the capability to virtually walk through them, technology has propelled our abilities forward. At Croft we already design our projects as 3D models in Revit, which would allow us to simply import our designs into this product. 

If you were a client, would you want to be able to virtually walk through your new home, church or office space before the plans were ever even finalized? Take a look at the video below to catch a glimpse into the future of design capabilities:

To get an idea of what it would look like inside the system, take a look at the next video:

Lunch & Learn with Allegion

Last week Croft staff enjoyed a Lunch & Learn hosted by Allegion discussing multi-family codes, hardware and security. Moe's was served for lunch and they played Jeopardy to learn more about the topics. Tiffany won and her prize was a key-shaped USB and a Starbucks gift card!  Everyone really enjoyed this Lunch & Learn and felt it was very beneficial in learning about different security codes and applicable technology. 

Residential Fireplace Design

We've been working on a few residential projects lately. Here is a fireplace design from one of them.

Charter School Planning Session

These are a few of Jeff's site planning sketches for a new charter school client.

Clarkesville Downtown Article

We are going to be working on the Downtown Redevelopment of Clarkesville, GA. They published an article about the project and you can read it here. These are some of the colored sketches Butch did for the initial presentation that won the project.

Wheeler Topping Out Party

Several people from the team that are working on Wheeler High School went to their Topping Out Party last week. This was to celebrate a beam that the faculty, staff, and students all signed  before it was installed. You can see the white beam in the picture of Izabela behind her head.