Category: Commercial Construction

Peacock Automotive to Break Ground on Audi Dealership on Aug. 22

Peacock Automotive to Break Ground on Audi Dealership on Aug. 22
Luxury Car Brand’s Growth Calls for New 30,000-Square-Foot Facility

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has announced the construction of a new dealership, Audi Hilton Head at the New River Auto Mall. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 30,000-square-foot facility will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.

Construction on the new building is expected to begin immediately and be completed in the spring of 2018. The estimated cost of the new facility is $6 million. The architecture firm contracted for this project was Hansen Architects.

Future Home of Audi Hilton Head

Audi Hilton Head

The new dealership will be located two blocks down the street from the current Audi Hilton Head facility that is dualled with Hilton Head Volkswagen. When the facility opens, Audi will move into the new building, and the Volkswagen outlet will grow to occupy the vacated space in an updated facility that will be renovated according to current VW design standards.

“This expansion is made possible by the overwhelming demand for Audi and VW brands in our market,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest auto dealers in the South Carolina Lowcountry.”

The new spaces are expected to bring 20 new jobs, adding to the approximately 600 people Peacock Automotive currently employs.

The new Audi dealership will feature a state of the art repair center, along with convenient features such as a free coffee, beverage and snack bar. Audi Hilton Head will also be a dedicated Audi Sport facility, which will expand its inventory of High-Performance Sport models and offer more Sport factory parts and accessories.

“Our auto mall is a hub of quality vehicle brands at competitive prices,” said Peacock, “and this expansion puts every option and every service right at the fingertips of our valued customers.”

For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Audi dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or call (843) 208-1258.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

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912-507-7171
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The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.

The Jaycees include young business professionals dedicated to leadership growth through community involvement. As the only Jaycees chapter in the state with their own office, the Savannah Jaycees use their building for meetings, events and leadership speakers.

The BBQ pit roof often serves as an outdoor shelter for the group’s community activities, such as the Surging Forward Picnic, which was held for first responders and firefighters during Hurricane Matthew cleanup.

Since it was damaged by the hurricane and the storms this spring, the Jaycees have been unable to reassemble and secure the roof. So The Dewitt Tilton group reached out to them and offered to rebuild and install a new roof.

“I have seen the culture of altruistic service and progressive thinking the Savannah Jaycees promotes in our community,” said Dewitt Tilton partner Chris Tilton. “They give so much to Savannah, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to their group, we jumped on it.”

Jaycees president Cynthia Wright said the roof could not have been reinstalled without help.

“We are so thankful that the Dewitt Tilton Group saw our need and chose to show their support for our organization with a project that will serve us both now and in the future,” Wright said.

For more information about the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

MORE ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844.9990
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The Dewitt-Tilton Group Director of Operations Certified at Star Building Systems’ Builder School

The Dewitt-Tilton Group Director of Operations Certified at Star Building Systems’ Builder School

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kim Thomas of the Savannah-based commercial construction company, the Dewitt-Tilton Group, received certification from the Star Building Systems’ Builder School in Oklahoma City.

Thomas is the Director of Operations for the Dewitt-Tilton Group, which has been an authorized Star Builder since June of 2016.

During the four days of instruction, participants were introduced to topics such as leading-edge building products and new methods for metal building construction. Throughout the week students met with industry experts presenting new trends with estimating, engineering, customer service and field service.

Attendance included representatives from both national and international firms.

“Collaborating with these teachers has given us insight into the best building techniques for a range of projects,” said Thomas. “We are proud to be a part of a society of builders that dedicate so much to ensuring excellence.”

Students received a Certificate of Completion plaque which was presented by Star’s President, David Alexander.

Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Two Local Companies Present $15,000 to Leadership Southeast Georgia Program

Two Local Companies Present $15,000 to Leadership Southeast Georgia Program

The Sack Company and Evans General Contractors Sponsor Five-Month Leadership Class

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sack Company (SACK) and Evans General Contractors presented $15,000 to the Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) 2017 class of regional leaders.

Founded in 1945, SACK has established its reputation by safely providing high-quality construction services in the electrical, mechanical/HVAC and plumbing trades to industrial, commercial, educational, institutional, federal and healthcare clients.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities that give so much to us,” said Paul Roesel, president and CEO of SACK. Since 2009, SACK has donated more than $333,000 to various charities and events in the southeast Georgia region. SACK presented $10,000 to the 2017 LSEGA program.

Evans General Contractors provides comprehensive design/build and general contracting services to a wide variety of public and private corporations, institutions and commercial developers. Jesse Bentley, Savannah division manager for Evans General Contractors, was a member of the LSEGA class of 2016. LSEGA had such a rewarding impact on his leadership, Bentley championed for his company to support the program. Evans General Contractors donated $5,000 to LSEGA’s 2017 class.

“Community involvement has always been a priority at Evans,” said Bentley, “My experience with Leadership Southeast Georgia was invaluable. I am better equipped to face industry challenges because of skills and connections the program helped me build, and I’m very happy my company supported the program this year.”

LSEGA began in January 1999, when leaders representing the business, local government and education communities in 10 southeast Georgia counties collaborated to create a program that crosses districts to promote community and economic development.

The annual five-month leadership program is designed to equip and empower community leaders to work effectively to promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.

These sponsorships directly supported the session in Chatham County, which this year primarily focused on advancement in public safety and health.

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

Leadership Southeast Georgia Donation in Savannah

Pictured (left to right): Ruel Joyner, Chair of Leadership Southeast Georgia; Paul Roesel, President and CEO of The Sack Company; Jesse Bentley, Savannah division manager for Evans General Contractors; Lee Beckman, Vice Chair of Leadership Southeast Georgia.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to work effectively to promote positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

CONTACT
Ruel Joyner
Leadership Southeast Georgia, Chair
ruel@24estyle.com

Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia, Vice Chair
LBECKMANN@gaports.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9075
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Preciball USA Holds Grand Opening of New Distribution Center in Pooler

Preciball USA Holds Grand Opening of New Distribution Center in Pooler

(POOLER, GA) Preciball USA hosted the grand opening of its almost 40,000 square ft, North American distribution center. A grand opening reception was held at the facility in the Westside Business Park on U.S. Hwy. 80 in Pooler, just west of Savannah.

Preciball, the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearing products, engaged the Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah to build the new facility near the Port of Savannah at the Westside Business Park. After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the new facility.

“We are excited about showing off our new building, which was thoughtfully designed and constructed with energy efficient features and effective land use,” said Don Peak, Vice President of Preciball USA, Inc. “It has a number of unique aspects in that it provides this flexible space and is adaptable to Preciball’s rapidly expanding growth. The interior of the building was designed by my partner, Elizabeth Hancock, and finished in such a way as to preserve the industrial-modern feel of our business and accommodate future staffing additions.”

Chris Tilton, President and co-founder of Dewitt Tilton Group, said his firm is honored that Preciball selected them for the project.

“One of the more interesting aspects of this project was placing the building on a very challenging site, but we were able to come up with a design that fits well in the space and works well with high-volume truck traffic,” Tilton said. “The exposed ductwork and spiral staircase leading to the second floor really gives the space a feel of a New York City industrial loft. We also designed the building with translucent paneling throughout to optimize natural lighting.”

Dewitt Tilton Group was honored with Star Building Systems’ Master Builder Award for its Preciball project. This award recognizes member builders for excellence in design and construction. The Best of the District Award for the Mid-South District went to Dewitt Tilton Group at Star’s 2017 National Meeting.

The structure itself incorporates office suites and warehouse space. Preciball occupies about half of the facility; the remaining space is leased by two other businesses. Key features include the building’s high-efficiency warehouse lighting and HVAC equipment, as well as dock-high loading doors and dock levelers. The warehouse space has wide clear-span truss construction.

From its Savannah distribution center, Preciball provides products manufactured all over the world to customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which made the company’s proximity to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, the Georgia Port, interstates I-95 and I-16 a key factor in the company’s decision to select the Pooler site.

For more information on the grand opening or the building, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, Director of Operations; Andrew DeWitt, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Don Peak, Preciball USA, Inc., Vice President

 LEFT TO RIGHT: Mike Clark, Preciball, Operations Manager; Wayne Rogers, Preciball, Buyer; Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, Director of Operations; Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Andrew DeWitt, Dewitt Tilton Group, Co-Owner; Brian L. Dart, Commercial Banker, Bank of America; Don Peak, Preciball USA, Inc., Vice President; Elizabeth Hancock, Preciball, Office Manager; Mayor Mike Lamb, City of Pooler; Commissioner Rebecca Benton, City of Pooler; Lisa Brucker, Preciball, Sales; Martha McAllister, Preciball, Accounts Receivable; Caitlin Knutsen, Preciball, Accounts Payable

MORE INFORMATION ON PRECIBALL USA
Preciball is the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearings. Established in Belgium in 1923, the company has provided tailored solutions to a wide variety of industries for nearly 100 years. This long-standing commitment to excellence and dedication to customers has earned customer appreciation for the company’s advanced expertise and a thorough understanding of hundreds of specific applications and processes in industries around the globe. Preciball USA, located in Savannah, Ga., is Preciball’s North American distribution center for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information about Preciball USA, call (912) 988-5900 or email preciballusa@saluc.com

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

CONTACT
Don Peak
Preciball USA Inc
90 Columbia Drive Suite A
Pooler, GA 31322
(912) 988-5900
preciballusa@saluc.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
(912) 844-9990
visteam@carriagetradepr.com

Five Things To Take Into Consideration Before You Start a Commercial Construction Project

By Chris Tilton

Building a commercial project is much different from constructing a house. The process can be intimidating, and the initial decisions you make in the construction process are often the most important.

The right choices will enable the project to run smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end and help you avoid down time and increased expenses. Consider these five things before beginning any commercial building project:

1) Stormwater Management Ordinance.
Most local governments, including the City of Savannah and Chatham County, have regulations to control and minimize the adverse impacts of land development and to control post-construction stormwater runoff rates, volumes and pollutant loads on development and redevelopment sites. If your development process violates the Stormwater Management Ordinance, the local government can order you to stop work, withhold certificate of occupancy, revoke permits and even impose civil and criminal penalties.

Prior to the 1980s, stormwater management simply meant flood control and the pipes designed to convey stormwater runoff to aquatic resources. Little consideration was given to stormwater quality. While this approach worked well to reduce flooding, it did not address the negative impacts that land development can have on the health of the rivers and streams. During the 1980s, communities began to realize, in order to protect these resources from the negative impacts of the land development process, both stormwater quantity and quality needed to be addressed. As a result, in the 1990s, the National Pollutant Discharged Elimination System (NPDES) was enacted, and local communities began to revise and expand their local stormwater management programs, working towards prevention in lieu of mitigation. Chatham County-Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) implemented its local Stormwater Management Ordinance in 2012.

2) Architectural, Structural and Civil Engineering.
Construction jobs require different types of engineers to be responsible for many facets of the project, from designing to planning and managing. The engineer’s role is even more critical on commercial construction projects, which are more complicated and require a more planned and detailed approach.

The first thing to consider is what kind of professionals may be required for your specific project. Some municipalities, depending on the building type, will require an engineer either/or an architect. You will also need a structural engineer for the foundation, an MEP engineer for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing and a civil engineer for the site engineering. When it comes to determining the various professionals that may be required for your project, this is a good time to consult your general contractor. Put them to work for you, to help guide you though this process.

3) Permitting & Timing.
Consider the impact of your plans to construct and develop a realistic understanding of the timing of the permitting process. For example, you must have your plans completed before you can submit them to the local planning commission for approval. Three readings are typical for a development permit, at perhaps a rate of one reading per month. You should also anticipate several pre-construction meetings before you can begin construction. You should also factor in timelines for other permits including right-of-way, temporary power and water meter. Remember, schedules and budgets will likely change and you should be flexible up to a point, but you need to be realistic in determining your absolute latest completion date and maximum budget.

Another item to consider that could impact your timing is how the project may affect current business practices, customer relations, the local community and other businesses. You might want to visit with city council members or speak at a civic organization about your project. You may even want to reach out to the local media. It might be helpful to hire a public relations firm to help guide you through that part of the process.

4) Site Conditions.
This is probably the single most important consideration before starting a commercial project. There is a reason the sites being developed now are the last sites to be developed. As one large Pooler developer put it, “I don’t ever want to hear the words, ‘Pooler Gumbo’ again.” There are different mitigations for each type of foundation. For example, you must mitigate parking areas as well as the building pad. And don’t forget things like flood zones and fill dirt. The latter can cost more than the site itself.

The assessment of site conditions will be instrumental in developing the construction schedule as well as bids. Differing site conditions can cause schedule delays, cost increases and dangerous working conditions. They can also invalidate design assumptions, putting project performance at risk. If you choose a general contractor in advance of bidding, they should be able to guide you though this and other complicated processes. Make sure it’s someone you trust and who communicates well with you.

5) Location, Location, Location.
This is not just a real estate catch phrase. While a realtor can be a good resource for some information, like how much traffic may pass by your door, you will need to learn much more about the property as well as the applicable laws of governing jurisdictions. Is the site in an earthquake, hurricane or flood zone? What is its proximity to wetlands? Here is another good opportunity to turn to your general contractor for their expertise. If you have not yet purchased property for your project, ask them for their guidance is selecting a site that will be the best fit for your building needs, your customers’ needs and your bottom line.

Your general contractor should be a true partner in helping you navigate these initial decisions as well as throughout the design/build process. If your construction team takes these five areas into consideration, it could wind up saving you a lot of time and money.

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group with Andrew Dewitt. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com

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