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EquipmentShare Breaks Ground on New Rental Equipment Facility in Richmond Hill

EquipmentShare Breaks Ground on New Rental Equipment Facility in Richmond Hill

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) EquipmentShare, a national equipment rental business, broke ground on a new facility, located at 145 Thunderbird Dr., Richmond Hill, GA. This facility will be used as an equipment rental facility, as well as, one of their installation centers for their Tech company, Equipment Share Track. The Dewitt Tilton Group is the contractor for the project.

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on First GA Location for EquipmentShare

CAPTION: LEFT TO RIGHT: Jonathan Miller, Director of Construction (EquipmentShare); Billy Meadows, Territory Manager (EquipmentShare); David Brown, Director of Business Development (EquipmentShare); Matt Hicks, General Manager (EquipmentShare); Chris Tilton (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Kim Thomas (The Dewitt Tilton Group); Councilman Bill Donahue (Richmond Hill); Suzanne Meadows (The Trisha Cook Team of Keller Williams Realty)

“This is a build-to-suit project for our client, and it will be the first location in Georgia for EquipmentShare, where the closest existing locations are Charleston and Jacksonville,” said Chris Tilton, one of the principals of the Savannah-based construction firm.

EquipmentShare is a contractor-focused equipment rental business, giving contractors access to an extensive construction fleet. The company also offers technology solutions and other services to the contracting field. Founded in 2014, it operates 26 facilities in 11 states.

Construction is expected to be complete on EquipmentShare’s new building late this year or in January 2020. The facility will feature 20-foot eave heights, six 16’ tall garage doors, washing bay, office space and fully fenced equipment yard.

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 guarantees 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

Jon Miller
Director – Construction and Development
(423) 402-7270

Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group

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Metal Buildings as a Trend

Metal Buildings: Modern Marvels?

By Chris Tilton

Time was, when you heard the words “metal building,” your lip might well curl a bit. The best that could be said was that they were utilitarian. They may have gotten the job done, but they didn’t do it with any style or grace.

It was sort of like your reaction to your least favorite neighbor’s eyesore of a metal yard shed but on a larger scale.

But things change. Bag phones became smartphones. Black-and-white TV became color and then the high definition. Video rental stores became streaming services. And metal buildings became a trend, driven by innovation that drove up demand. Today, a metal building may be the proper option for your new build.

Don’t just take my word for it, look at the statistics. Over the past five years, the structural metal product manufacturing in the US industry has grown to reach revenue of $50 billion in 2019, according to IBISWorld.

Sustainability has a lot to do with this. “Green” building practices are a driving force in today’s construction industry, and it’s kind of hard to beat a material that can be assembled with recycled metal and then be recycled itself decades down the road.

Metal buildings are “green” in more ways than that. Insulated metal panels, or IMPs, are the building blocks for many metal buildings. IMPs sandwich insulating foam between two “skins” of metal panels. Some of this material boasts impressive R-values, which is how we measure the effectiveness of an insulating product. Given Savannah’s climate, that’s a big plus.

Want more eco-features? Some forms of metal roofing reflect the sun’s heat, rather than passing it along into the building beneath. You don’t have to air condition heat that doesn’t get inside in the first place.

Other positive factors are durability and the fact metal buildings are inherently resistant to fire.

Modern manufacturing processes make precise fabrication of IMPs and other components possible. That means when raw materials arrive on the construction site for an intelligently designed metal building, they really aren’t “raw.” They’re ready for the assembly that makes them part of the cohesive building process.

But what about the appearance?

Even with all the plus factors metal buildings have going for them, I’d like to think no one wants to build a homely building, and early generations of metal buildings were just that. The Quonset hut of the World War II era wasn’t a beauty to most of us (although that trademarked product still has its fans today), and its successor buildings tended to be grim metal boxes – sort of soulless filing cabinets for factories and people.

But that’s changed, too. Architects have learned how to work with the new materials, and metal building components come with a versatile selection of shapes, sizes and finishes.

And in color? Well, builders are no longer limited to the dust-colored options of the first generation of metal building components. You know, those vague variations on beige, gray and olive. Instead, the full-color palate is available to play a role in metal buildings making positive design statements.

Metal buildings entered the market as industrial properties, places where utilitarianism was an asset. Today, however, they’re finding their way into properties that house retail or office space, places that depend, to some degree, on the commercial equivalent of curb appeal.

Is metal my favorite? Well, I confess to a certain fondness for the new Livingood’s store in Pooler, Jeff’s Beverage in Richmond Hill and the Preciball USA headquarters, metal buildings that we built in the last two years. It’s the perfect choice for some projects and a good choice for others – but not for all. Any new build project requires careful consideration of all the options, and there’s no cookie-cutter solution.

That said, metal buildings are here to stay, having shed their initial major flaws and picked up numerous refinements.

Chris Tilton is president and co-founder of Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah-area commercial construction company.

Chris Tilton
Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company