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.

YANMAR Energy System’s Open House

On March 28th, YANMAR Energy Systems hosted an open house with a presentation of their Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. Miles Johnson, mechanical engineer from CROFT who worked on the design of the YANMAR EVO//CENTER took part in the presentation, showing what benefits you get when using these engine operated, natural gas heating and air system. 

 Miles Johnson, PE

Miles Johnson, PE

YANMAR’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system uses an internal combustion engine, powered by clean natural gas or propane, to produce both heat and electric power. The unit efficiently utilizes up to 88% of the fuel burn versus 33% burn rate of conventional, from-the-grid sources.

Using a natural gas-powered engine to drive dual scroll compressors, YANMAR’s Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heat Pump can maintain powerful heating performance, even with low outdoor temperatures, by capturing heat off the unit’s engine to increase efficiency. Not only do VRF units withstand some of the toughest temperatures, they do it with supreme efficiency. The cost of operating the compressor in our outdoor units is 1/10 the cost of that of a standard electric system, resulting in hundreds to thousands of dollars of savings in electricity costs.

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.

 

Dot Martin Golf Classic

Last week Croft had the opportunity to play in the Dot Martin Golf Classic hosted by the Kennesaw State Department of Athletics and the Owls Fund. Jim and Anthony were on a team with Scott Whitlock, the KSU Associate Athletic Director and George Wright, Cedarcrest Church Senior Pastor. It was a beautiful day to play golf and help raise money for student athlete scholarships.

Leadercast 2016

Last Friday Croft sent almost 100 individuals from around the community, including some of our own staff, to the Leadercast Live-Cast event at Piedmont Church where they spent the day hearing from leaders in various fields. The key speakers included Andy Stanley, Kat Cole, James Brown, Nick Saben, Chris Barez-Brown, Dr. Henry Cloud, Steve Wozniak and Rorke Denver. The topic "Architects of Tomorrow"  was covered from multiple angles including:

  • leading others through clarity
  • focusing on what is small enough to change, but big enough to matter
  • accomplishing depth before height
  • working by investing time, not spending time
  • getting yourself off auto-pilot to you have the capacity to lead
  • realizing the "power of the other" and
  • living without a safety net

Attendees left feeling fueled and inspired to enter into their homes, jobs, relationships and community ready to be a leader in some way. If you were in attendance please share what you have learned with others, so the impact of this event can continue to spread. If you were not able to attend and would like to next year, please let us know! We are always on the lookout for individuals we can sponsor to attend next year. Thank you Leadercast for another wonderful event!

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:

Clarkesville Retail Project

The Clarkesville Retail Project is a mixed use redevelopment project that involves the rehabilitation of 4 buildings damaged by fire that are integral to the historic fabric of downtown Clarkesville. Croft is partnered with Blake Rainwater & Associates on the Design-Build team and has proposed a program that repairs and re-purposes 3 of the 4 buildings. The 4th building, which sustained the most damage from the fire, will be completely removed and replaced with an infill park. This plaza allows for community gathering that ties into the proposed plans of future redevelopment of the block. 

Read more about the project HERE.

Dallas & Main

Dallas and Main is 140 plus multi-family apartment complex in downtown Kennesaw, GA adjacent to City Hall. It consists of 25 buildings with multiple units, each building was designed to appear as a home that was refurbished into apartments. The Lewis House is the existing building on the Dallas & Main Property, originally built in 1889. The owners are rehabilitating the Lewis House into the Leasing Office with limited amenities in keeping with the design standards established by the Kennesaw Historic Preservation Commission.

Croft has recently been granted approval by the Preservation Commission to move forward with our work, deemed appropriate by their board. We are excited to be part of such a game-changing project for the city of Kennesaw and look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

Matt Ryan Golf Tournament

Croft is a proud sponsor of the annual Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Golf Classic, a fundraiser for The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Aflac Cancer Center. We are looking forward to this years tournament on April 11th!

Pictured below is a shot from our team at the 2011 Tournament.   As a "Touchdown" sponsor, three Croft executives participated in the golf tournament at Sugarloaf Country Club, teamed with Atlanta Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson. Live and silent auctions also contributed to the event.

From left: Jim Croft, founder of Croft & Associates, Dan Baker of Duffy Southeast Construction, Atlanta Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson, Mark Jackson, Vice President of Croft & Associates and Anthony Iorillo, Project Architect at Croft & Associates.

Akins Ford 50th Anniversary

Jim had the opportunity to attend the Akins Ford 50th Anniversary Celebration and ground breaking for their 2016 renovations we have designed for them. Check out a few images below Jim snapped at he event as well as a video they put together showcasing the highlights.