Rodgers expands Raleigh regional operations and services

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Rodgers Builders, Inc. has expanded and relocated its Raleigh offices, the company says. The expanded office will be led by Jeff Emerson, Jay Mosier and Chad Tate. Offices are leased from Highwoods Properties, Inc.

Emerson is vice president of construction operations. Mosier is senior preconstruction project manager, and Tate leads business development for the regional office. The company says the new Raleigh location allows Rodgers to add capacity for virtual design and construction (VDC) along with its full service preconstruction and construction management expertise.

Focusing on the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina region, the firm serves key clients in healthcare, higher education, commercial and cultural market sectors. Noteworthy projects in the region include: North Carolina State University’s Talley Student Union, renovations to suites at PNC Arena, a new Women’s Center at Nash Health Care for UNC Hospitals, and a Specialty Pavilion and Vertical Expansion for Carteret Health Care.

Projects currently under construction include a new Advanced Technology Education Center at Alamance Community College, a new cancer center and bed tower on the campus of Vidant Medical Center, a new student center at East Carolina University, and an expansion and renovation of Vandora Springs Elementary for Wake County Schools.

Founded in 1963 by B.D. Rodgers, a graduate of North Carolina State University, the Rodgers Raleigh office will continue a core value of Rodgers: building community with care. The regional team will engage in partnerships with key community organizations.

Paul Sullivan named NC business unit leader for Gilbane Building Company

Paul Sullivan has been appointed as the North Carolina vice president and business unit leader for Gilbane Building Company.

He will provide executive level oversight for the geographic region with a focus on the Raleigh Durham and Charlotte markets, the company says in a news release.

Sullivan has been serving as operations manager and vice president with Gilbane, working with various clients including Duke University, BB&T, Google, and Wake County Schools.

In his role, he will continue to increase Gilbane’s visibility in various markets including corporate office, K-12, higher education, science and technology, mission critical, and healthcare, while focusing on the development of the overall business for North Carolina in both the public and private sectors, the announcement says.

“Paul has proven himself to be a great asset to our team though his operational management,” said senior vice president Michael Brown. “He has shown tremendous passion and dedication in providing outstanding services to our clients and continuing to achieve our strategic objectives for Gilbane in the region. I have every confidence his strengths and leadership skills will continue to enhance our future growth.”

Sullivan has been with Gilbane (and formerly WG Mills) for more than 16 years, beginning his career in the Sarasota, FL office. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a bachelor degree in Building Construction. He is actively involved in the community advocating for increased awareness of the construction industry in North Carolina through programs such as ACE Mentor. He also serves on the board for Rebuilding Together of the Triangle.

Michigan architect acquires Charlotte based ai Design Group

Grand Rapids, Michigan based architecture firm Progressive AE Inc. has announced that it has acquired Charlotte, NC based ai Design Group Inc.

The new company will be headquartered in Grand Rapids and leadership will remain the same, according to a news release. ai Design will now be referred to as a Progressive AE company, and Progressive AE will now have a North Carolina office.

Progressive AE president and CEO Bradley Thomas cited a variety of factors for the acquisition, but chief among them was access to growing markets, which North Carolina fit, he said.

“We recognized that we had a lot of eggs in the midwest so we wanted a physical presence in another market,” Thomas told MiBiz, adding that he views the North Carolina market as place where Progressive can recruit employees from and attract others to the company. “There’s a lot of growth (in North Carolina) and a lot of similarities in the business climate.”

Thomas wrote in a blog post on Progressive AE’s website that existing clients will “experience little change as a result of this merger other than more resources and opportunity.”

“Our two firms are very much aligned, both culturally and strategically,” Wesley Jones, principal of ai Design Group, said in the news release. “We’ve invested in the best talent, we share a client centric approach based on relationships and customer service, and we’re both highly committed to our local communities. It’s a natural fit and a great move for our staff and the regional and national clients we serve.”

Deal terms were not disclosed.

Image: ai Design Group website

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