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The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on New Livingood’s Location

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on New Livingood’s Location

(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding held a groundbreaking ceremony on a new location, 1225 West U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga. The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm based in Savannah, Ga., has been hired to build the 12,000-square ft. structure.

Livingood’s is a family owned appliance and mattress company with locations in Savannah and Okatie, S.C. Founded in 1976, the store sells major brands that include Bosch, Sub Zero/Wolf, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Serta, Tempur-Pedic®, Electrolux, Maytag and General Electric.

The new location in Pooler will be the company’s third showroom and will serve customers in west Chatham County.

“We saw a need to expand into the Pooler area,” said Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s. “We have a growing base of customers who live in the area and wanted to make shopping more convenient for them.”

The Dewitt Tilton Group expects the project to take approximately seven months with work to begin immediately.

“Livingood’s has always been a favorite among locals in the Lowcountry,” said Chris Tilton, co-owner of The Dewitt Tilton Group. “The new showroom will give Livingood’s an opportunity to better serve their customers and reach a wider audience.”

According to the World Population Review, Pooler, Ga. has experienced a 21.96 percent population growth between 2010 and 2016, where it was reported that the population size of Pooler, Ga. was 23,744.

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Livingoods Store

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Livingoods Store

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Livingoods Store

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Livingoods Store

The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Livingoods Store

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 LIVINGOOD’S APPLIANCES & BEDDING
Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is a family-owned appliance and mattress store located in Savannah, Ga., and Okatie, S.C. Since 1976, Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding has served customers in Savannah and Okatie with home appliances and mattresses, offering excellent customer service. Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is an authorized dealer of major brands such as Bosch, Sub Zero, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Kitchen Aid, Viking, Miele, Tempurpedic, Serta and many more. For more information, please visit https://www.livingoodsonline.com/

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Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
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912-737-2072
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Jeff’s Beverage Hired The Dewitt Tilton Group to Build New 12,304-Square-Foot Facility

Jeff’s Beverage Hired The Dewitt Tilton Group to Build New 12,304-Square-Foot Facility
Groundbreaking Ceremony on New Project in Richmond Hill Held Dec. 19

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Jeff’s Beverage is building a new 12,304-square-foot store for the Richmond Hill area. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at 3945 Hwy 17 in Richmond Hill.

Jeff’s Beverage will occupy 8,104 sq.ft. of the new building with the remaining 4,200 sq.ft. of space available for lease. “This building is directly located on Highway 17 in very close proximity to Interstate 95 with excellent road frontage, visibility, high traffic counts and is easily accessible from the highway,” said Kathy Nielsen, who owns the store with her son, Jeff. “The building has been designed for a multitude of occupants and we are looking for the perfect business to attract local residents as well as those traveling north and south on I-95.”

Jeff’s Beverage will have an open floor plan with a humidor, custom coolers and storage along with office space, restrooms and a private second story conference room. The space available for leasing will remain unfinished for a future tenant.

“With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest wine, beer and spirits stores,” continued Nielsen.

The company’s co-owner and founder, Jeff began working in the alcohol industry while in college before deciding he wanted to “start his own.” With the help of his parents, his business idea became reality. “We are still growing and going strong after 17 years now,” said Nielsen, “We believe a big contributing factor to our success is how involved Jeff and I are in the day-to-day operations, as well as the support we’ve received from the great community of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas.”

The Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah will begin construction immediately, and the project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018.

“We’re really excited about this project,” said Chris Tilton, co-owner of The Dewitt Tilton Group. “It is important to us to create a building that suited the brand of Jeff’s Beverage.”

Jeff's Beverage and Dewitt Tilton Group

(From left to right) Chris Tilton and Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group and Kathy and Jeff Nielsen of Jeff’s Beverage.

Jeff's Beverage and Dewitt Tilton Group

(From left to right) Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Jeffrey Nielsen Jr., son of Jeff Nielsen; Kathy Nielsen, co-owner of Jeff’s Beverage; Chris Tilton, co-owner of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Mayor E. Herald Fowler, Mayor of Richmond Hill; Jeff Nielsen, co-owner of Jeff’s Beverage; Andrew Dewitt, co-owner of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Trace Palmer, 2017 Chairman of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Comme

Jeff's Beverage Groundbreaking

(From left to right) Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Jeffrey Nielsen Jr., son of Jeff Nielsen; Kathy Nielsen, co-owner of Jeff’s Beverage; Chris Tilton, co-owner of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Mayor E. Herald Fowler, Mayor of Richmond Hill; Jeff Nielsen, co-owner of Jeff’s Beverage; Andrew Dewitt, co-owner of the Dewitt Tilton Group; Trace Palmer, 2017 Chairman of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce

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

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Jeff’s Beverage Hires The Dewitt Tilton Group to Build New 12,304-Square-Foot Facility

Jeff’s Beverage Hires The Dewitt Tilton Group to Build New 12,304-Square-Foot Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony on New Project in Richmond Hill Scheduled for Dec. 19

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Jeff’s Beverage has announced plans to have the Dewitt Tilton Group build a new 12,304-square-foot store for the Richmond Hill area. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at 3945 Hwy 17 in Richmond Hill.

Jeff’s Beverage will occupy 8,104 sq.ft. of the new building with the remaining 4,200 sq.ft. of space available for lease. “This building is directly located on Highway 17 in very close proximity to Interstate 95 with excellent road frontage, visibility, high traffic counts and is easily accessible from the highway,” said Kathy Nielsen, who owns the store with her son, Jeff. “The building has been designed for a multitude of occupants and we are looking for the perfect business to attract local residents as well as those traveling north and south on I-95.”

Jeff’s Beverage will have an open floor plan with a humidor, custom coolers and storage along with office space, restrooms and a private second story conference room. The space available for leasing will remain unfinished for a future tenant.

“With this new facility, we are expecting to bring new inventory, new jobs and economic growth to one of the Southeast’s largest wine, beer and spirits stores,” continued Nielsen.

The company’s co-owner and founder, Jeff began working in the alcohol industry while in college before deciding he wanted to “start his own.” With the help of his parents, his business idea became reality. “We are still growing and going strong after 17 years now,” said Nielsen, “We believe a big contributing factor to our success is how involved Jeff and I are in the day-to-day operations, as well as the support we’ve received from the great community of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas.”

The Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah will begin construction immediately, and the project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018.

“We’re really excited about this project,” said Chris Tilton, co-owner of The Dewitt Tilton Group. “It is important to us to create a building that suited the brand of Jeff’s Beverage.”

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

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

How to Protect Construction Sites during Hurricane Season

By Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

Hurricane Irma is probably a memory to most, but hurricane season lasts until November 30, and for builders, the weather plays a major role in any construction plan.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to put a hurricane safety plan into place for any construction site. Having a clear strategy ready to go reduces the risk of unnecessary damage, helps prevent injuries on the site and gives you peace of mind.

Let’s start with the basics.

A hurricane watch is issued when a storm is expected to arrive within 48 hours, and a warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are within 36 hours. When a hurricane watch is announced, it’s time to put your plan in place and prepare the construction site.

Steps for Creating a Contingency Plan
The first step is to create a checklist for areas and equipment in need of protection. This list will most likely include tools, heavy equipment, generators, fuel tanks, portable toilets and other materials that cannot be moved to an inside location. Be sure each item on the check list is assigned to a specific member of the team and take time to review the checklist prior to any potential threats.

Your contingency plan should also include a communications piece. In addition to notifying your on-site team, subcontractors should be notified that the site is halting all work until further notice.

Planning for large amounts of water is key to any plan. Heavy rains and flooding are leading causes of damage to construction sites. It is imperative that any construction site is equipped with permanent and temporary drainage systems to maintain the structural stability of the area.

If there are vehicles on the site, they should be moved to higher ground and away from structures that could be damaged. Plus, consider filling the tanks on these vehicles prior to any hurricane or storm.

One of the last but most crucial steps is to turn off access points for all utilities. Now is also the time to remove any project documents from the construction trailer and secure them to an offsite location. As you leave the site, snap a few photos on your phone for future reference. These may come in handy if any items are missing or damaged after the fact.

After Effects
Any good contingency plan will include necessary steps for clean-up and getting back in business after a hurricane. Once you return to the site, assess and document any damage, giving special attention to downed power lines, unstable structures or wet electrical panels. Items to have on hand include cleaning supplies and fuel for vehicles. Finally contact the appropriate utilities and contact your insurance carrier for any assessment needs.

It’s important that all construction companies have a written hurricane preparation plan. Ideally, the plan will be detailed with specific assignments and action deadlines. And during hurricane season, be sure to monitor the weather on a regular basis.

This type of preparation does require added cost, effort and time but can be extremely valuable in the long run and may be your best investment. If construction managers follow these outlined steps and provide clear communication, any site will be up and running considerably quicker and suffer much less loss.

Chis Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group

Chris Tilton, co-founder, Dewitt Tilton Group

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

Commercial Construction: Workload Rising, Workforce Declining. Inspiring Young Americans to Choose a Career in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction: Workload Rising, Workforce Declining. Inspiring Young Americans to Choose a Career in Commercial Construction
By Chris Tilton

Chris Tilton

Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how automation may soon replace people in the workforce in areas from transportation to financial sectors and others. Some academic counselors are even advising students not to pursue certain fields of study once thought to be sure bets for good future employment because a job may not be waiting for them when they get out of school.

One exception is the commercial construction industry.

Although it has benefited from many advancements in robotics, the commercial construction industry still needs skilled tradespeople to fill positions now and into the future. They include, among others, carpenters and concrete mixers, crew leaders and office managers with an immediate and ongoing need for qualified workers from entry level to management.

But the industry workforce is not growing as it should, so its leaders must do a better job of inspiring young people to seek careers in commercial construction.

Since the end of the 2008 recession, the workload has been steadily rising, but the workforce has failed to keep pace with qualified applicants needed for mid-level management positions and skilled labor jobs.

A recent study by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 73 percent of construction firms in the U.S. plan to expand their payrolls this year to meet project demands, but those surveyed also expressed concerns about the availability of qualified workers to fill those positions.

Europe is experiencing similar issues. According to a recent report in the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph, the construction industry will create nearly 200,000 new jobs over the next five years as demand for new homes fuels a boom in the sector.

So why is there such a large gap in the construction workforce? There are a number of reasons. Those who are in the profession are getting older and many mid-level professionals left during the recession to pursue other careers. Our industry must do more to retain the workers we have and lure back those who left, such as offering incentives like project completion bonuses.

But the big problem is that too few young people are pursuing construction jobs out of high school or college. That’s partly because the construction sector has an image problem and millennials tend to view the industry as old fashioned and not very dynamic. They also want security and variety in their careers and want to be challenged and valued.

So the construction industry has work to do to convince millennials of the value of working in construction. In reality, it has something for virtually everyone, from project management to 3D design and modeling, historic preservation, masonry, carpentry and more.

If we want to attract graduate-level talent from our colleges and universities, we need to change perceptions of our industry. As an example, a study by the National Association of Home Builders found that only three percent of young adults were interested in construction trades, citing the physical demands of difficult work as deterrents.

They also generally underestimated the financial benefits of a career in the construction trades. While it’s only one piece of the total employment package, competitive compensation is important. Normally, base salary is determined by the scope of the employee’s responsibilities, qualifications and years of experience. Construction workers earn an average salary of $31,910 per year. The average salary for a construction manager is $73,087 per year. Most companies offer a variety of programs that expand upon your benefits and compensation package too, and this information needs to be shared with our young workforce.

We should work closely with academic and technical colleges, as well as high schools, to provide information about the benefits of a career in commercial construction and its promising future. We should also offer more internships and apprenticeships that encourage young people to try construction and gain work experience while they learn a skill. By working with educators, we can help them define and streamline their programs to better focus on developing skill sets that are critically needed in the commercial construction industry.

Chris Tilton is the co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company. For more information or to contact Tilton, call 912.777.3404 or email chris@dewitttiltongroup.com.

Kim Thomas joins Local Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction

Kim Thomas joins Local Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction

(SAVANNAH, GA) Kim Thomas, Director of Operations at Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company, has been elected to serve as Vice President of The Savannah chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as NAWIC #380 announces the new 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

NAWIC was founded in 1953 to create a support network for women in the construction industry and to continue to grow the influence and presence of women in the industry. It received its national charter two years later. Today NAWIC serves chapters in 14 regions, partnering with leading construction firms to provide its members with mentoring, networking, leadership development, skill advancement and education on the latest industry trends. The Savannah Chapter has been active in this region for 15 years and boasts members from many local and national organizations related to the construction industry.

NAWIC presents a wonderful opportunity for me to connect and share ideas with industry leaders and educators both in Savannah and nationally,” said Thomas. “I am thrilled to take on a leadership position that will allow me to influence the growth of an organization so dedicated to supporting women in construction.”

Thomas joins newly-elected board members Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Solutions as President, Brandy Davenport of Savannah Construction & Preservation as Treasurer and Erin Clay of Guerry Lumber as Secretary. New Board Directors include Marilyn Blome of Blome & Associates and Tess Stuber of Atlanta Gas Light. The immediate past president, Tonya Reed of Henry Plumbing Company, will remain an active member of the board.

In her role at the Dewitt Tilton Group, Thomas works closely with clients to ensure that their desires are met at every juncture, from drafting plans and working closely with architects and engineers, drafting the metal building layout (if required), to obtaining bids from subcontractors, to final approval.

Before joining the Dewitt Tilton Group, Thomas worked for six years with Chris Tilton as a Residential Project designer and office manager at John Tilton Homes & Tilton Commercial Group in Ridgeland, SC. Thomas’ previous positions include assistant project manager at Norsouth Construction Company of Georgia in Savannah, construction administrator with TMX Finance in Savannah and office administrator at 14th Circuit Solicitor (District Attorney) in Walterboro, SC. She also served eight years as the Chairman of the Jasper County, SC Planning Commission.

To learn more about NAWIC, visit http://www.nawic.org/nawic/default.asp. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced%2C Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

(LEFT to RIGHT) NAWIC’s Newly Elected Board Members: Laura Lee Bocade of DIRTT Environmental Solutions as President, Kim Thomas of The Dewitt Tilton Group as Vice President, Brandy Davenport of Savannah Construction & Preservation as Treasurer, Tess Stuber of Atlanta Gas Light as Director, and Marilyn Blome of Blome & Associates as Director. Not pictured: Erin Clay of Guerry Lumber as Secretary.

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

NAWIC Savannah Board Announced Kim Thomas of the Dewitt Tilton Group

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

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Kim Thomas
Director of Operations
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com
912-777-3404

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Five Ways to Navigate Zoning Regulations

Five Ways to Navigate Zoning Regulations
By Kim Thomas of The Dewitt Tilton Group

If you’ve ever seen one of those yellow signs posted on a building or empty lot announcing a zoning change petition, you probably know the property owner or potential owner wants to build something new or alter the current building’s purpose and must first seek permission from the governing municipality to rezone the lot.

While zoning issues are unlikely to affect most people in their lifetimes, they can be a complicated and lengthy process for a zoning petitioner.

Zoning is defined as a power granted to municipalities by the state to promote public health, safety and general welfare and to protect and preserve areas of historical, cultural or architectural significance. The land is divided into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions.

Zoning ordinances are put in place by the local municipality to help protect residents and guide commercial growth of the community in positive ways. Therefore, business owners who are thinking about buying, developing or altering a property need to become familiar with the basics of zoning and how those rules could impact their plans, budgets and timelines.

Here are five ways to better navigate the zoning process:

1. Before starting the search for a property, ask your real estate adviser to help identify how areas of the community are zoned and what parcels are best suited for your business location. If possible, look for a property already zoned for your type of business. Your real estate adviser can play a huge role in helping to find zoning that meets your requirements.

2. If you find a property you’d like to consider but is zoned differently from your needs, consult with your real estate advisor, land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to determine whether the local municipality might consider a petition for rezoning.

For example, if you’re looking at a piece of land for an industrial business and the parcel is outside an industrial park but touches it, the local planning commission is more likely to consider rezoning the parcel than if it is adjacent to non-industrial areas.

3. If the property you wish to purchase must be rezoned for your commercial needs, start the process by visiting the local government where the parcel is located. Invite your land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to join you or represent you. Navigating zoning procedures can be overwhelming for those who are not industry professionals.

4. Be aware of special circumstances. For example, if the property is in Savannah’s Historic District, your first stop should be at the Historic District Board of Review because they must approve your preliminary concept before you can take any other step in the zoning process. Again, your industry professional can help you determine whether your property is in an area where special circumstances need to be considered.

5. Try to become familiar with zoning terms such as your desired property’s zoning designation and parcel identification number (PIN) as well as how the zoning process works in your community.

For example, the Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission maintains authoritative zoning ordinances for Chatham County and working zoning ordinances for the city of Savannah. Over the past few years, both governments have been working to update and unify their ordinances, a process known as NewZO (New Zoning Ordinances).

Once your zoning is in place, the next step in the development process is to get permitting underway. This involves submitting your plans to the local planning commission, which will direct them through the appropriate departments for review and approval. As you might expect, the permitting process has its own procedures.

You can view the city of Savannah’s zoning information at http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1123 and the Savannah Area Geographic Information System (SAGIS) zoning map at http://www.sagis.org/ Zoning ordinances for the city and county are available at http://www.thempc.org/

Kim Thomas, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

 

Kim Thomas is the director of operations at Dewitt Tilton Group, a Savannah area commercial construction company.