IMC Celebrates 40 Years

IMC Construction is proud to announce its 40th anniversary. In 1976, IMC Construction opened its doors with a handful of employees. Now, the company boasts over 100 employees and works in a multitude of markets including healthcare, education, retail, hospitality, multi-family, and industrial. The company has always maintained an exceptional reputation and consistently is recognized as a Best Place to Work, a Top Philanthropic Company, and as the largest merit shop contractor in the Philadelphia area. Through the years, IMC has invested in tools and departments such as virtual design and construction to better serve our clients and to excel in the industry.

Robert Cottone, President and CEO, stated “It is remarkable to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of IMC Construction. This is a testament to the principles of honesty and integrity that Buck and Tom Williams founded the company on and are lived out daily by its employees. We are fortunate to have the best employees in the industry supported by a true family environment.”

IMC employees and guests enjoyed a 40th Anniversary / Holiday Celebration at the soon-to-be-complete King of Prussia Mall Expansion. Guests enjoyed a fun evening with live music, a sneak peek at the mall expansion, and an abundance of food and drinks.

The Miracle of the Harbour Town Clubhouse Video and article courtesy of The Island Packet

New logoThe Miracle of the Harbour Town Clubhouse Video and article courtesy of The Island Packet. Every 50 years or so, Hilton Head Island pulls off a miracle in Harbour Town. A ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the new $23 million Harbour Town Clubhouse revives the miracle of 1969. That’s when the first clubhouse was finished. It was a rather lonely building in the woods. A new marina with candy-striped lighthouse were just beginning to emerge from the marsh nearby. They say the clubhouse paint had not yet dried as professional golfers began teeing it up, and Harbour Town Golf Links designer Pete Dye was still grooming one of his devilish sand traps. This time, the miracle is re-investment. And the new clubhouse opens with weeks to spare before the touring golfers return April 13 for the 47th playing of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. “We feel that we have much more than just a golf clubhouse,” said Sea Pines Resort president Steve Birdwell. “We hope it is an iconic destination for the visitors and residents of Hilton Head Island for generations to come.” Brothers Charles and Joe Fraser, who developed Sea Pines and got the tournament rolling, did not live to see the new vote of confidence from their successors, William H. “Bill” Goodwin Jr. and Alice T. Goodwin of Richmond, Va., and their children. The Goodwins have now rebuilt the Plantation Club and the Beach Club. They have reinvested all of the resort’s cash flow and much more into the bold idea of Sea Pines. Perhaps no one represents the miracle of 2015 better than John Cottis, the project superintendent for Choate Construction Co., based in Atlanta. “We did not have a Plan B,” Cottis said of his job to cram a 16-month project into 10 months between tournaments. “The glass is never anything but full. Not half-full. Full. That’s the way we all saw it.” ‘Breathed it’ A lot of things were working against the contractor. Time was the main thing. Demolition on the old clubhouse began May 9, 2014. The new one was finished March 6, 2015. They put a three-story, 55,000-square-foot building on the site of the old one of about 30,000-square feet. And it had to mesh perfectly with an existing adjacent building, the Harbour Town Conference Center. Workers put in 60-hour weeks, working six days a week and sometimes seven. The site was abuzz with 125 to 160 workers per day. They had to be shuttled to the work site, which is surrounded by residences and a golf course that never closed. The contractor had to lease land off-site from the Town of Hilton Head Island for materials storage. The job involved 38 subcontractors and vendors, said Cottis. Only five workers were Choate employees. Cottis greets workers by name. He gives tours. He reflects on his childhood when he wanted to be a club pro, and when his dad brought him from Savannah to Heritage tournaments at Harbour Town. He thinks about his roots in the carpentry trade — which he preferred over college — helping build homes on a booming Hilton Head. He mentions his other local jobs in 15 years with Choate — heading the new renovation of the Long Cove Club’s clubhouse on Hilton Head, the Dataw Island Clubhouse near Beaufort, and the cottages at The Cloisters on Sea Island. And he says none of it compares to being a part of the Harbour Town Clubhouse. “We lived it,” he said. “We breathed it. We ate it. It was our life for almost a year.” When the certificate of occupancy was delivered, a great burden was lifted. And he cried. To read the rest of the article, click here

Solana Senior Living Situated on a 8.5 Acre Site Completed by IMC

IMC_LogoWhite w tag.fwIMC Completes Solana Senior Living situated on a 8.5 acre site, the project includes the development of a 98 unit, 120 bed, senior living community with memory care and approximately 79,300 of total square footage. High-end finishes, custom millwork and modern furnishings give a homelike feeling for residents. The complex offers a variety of activity spaces including a wellness center, taproom, theater, art room, full service kitchen, cafe, multiple seating areas and hair salon. The site contains beautiful outdoor spaces with a courtyard, walking paths and firepit.

IMC Construction awarded the Philadelphia Inquirer &’s Top Workplace of 2015

IMC_LogoWhite w tag.fwFor a third consecutive year, IMC Construction is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Philadelphia Inquirer &’s Top Workplace of 2015. Based solely on an employee survey, conducted by Workplace Dynamics, this award highlights the positive, empowerment-focused culture valued by the firm’s employees each day they step foot in the office or a jobsite, as well as the benefits that help cultivate a healthy quality of life. From building amenities, an employer-matched 401(k) plan to professional development opportunities and more, IMC is continually striving to find new ways of delivering exceptional employment experiences. “We are honored that our employees have voted IMC a Top Workplace,” said Robert Cottone, President and Chief Executive Officer of IMC Construction. “Our culture is one of our strongest assets; only second to our talented employees.”

Choate Selected as Recipient of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Community Spirit Award

New logoChoate Construction Company’s Atlanta and Savannah offices have been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Community Spirit Award by the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The award will be presented at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in Atlanta on Thursday, April 2nd, where individuals and organizations will be honored for their commitment and contribution to the Foundation. “We are honored to present the CF Foundation’s – Georgia Chapter Community Spirit Award to Choate Construction for outstanding leadership and support in raising funds for our mission and to increase awareness in the community about cystic fibrosis (CF),” said Scot Rittenbaum, Executive Director. “Through their unwavering support and dedication to ultimately curing cystic fibrosis, Choate is a valued leader in the Foundation’s mission and is most deserving of this recognition and distinction”. During the past year alone Choate Construction, in conjunction with its employees and business partners, hosted the “Clays for a Cause” clay shoot in Savannah, “Cars & Q for the Cause” car show in Atlanta, and supported Great Strides walks in Savannah, Atlanta and throughout Georgia. In addition, Choate Construction sponsored ShamRockin’ for a Cure, CF Cycle for Life and The Peachtree Society Finest Program. Celebrating 25 years in business, Choate Construction continues its commitment to community philanthropy and takes great pride in its 25th year of partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In similar fashion, since opening its doors 15 years ago, Choate’s Savannah office has shared this passion to unite with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Georgia in creating more tomorrows. Now over two decades later, Choate Construction has raised close to $2 million for the Foundation and while their efforts have secured their spot as one of the nation’s top fundraising teams, they see tangible results in the recent progress of the Foundation’s tremendous strides in research and drug discovery. “It’s just incredible to be in the here and now,” said Emily Bridges, Marketing Director for Choate Construction. “CF was once a childhood disease and now 50 percent of those with CF are over 18 and planning out their lives. But a lifespan into your 40’s still isn’t good enough. That’s why we’re insistent on finding a cure.”

The El Felix Restaurant Review

New logoThe AJC reviewed Chef Ford Fry’s newest restaurant concept The El Felix, located at the Avalon mixed-use development in Alpharetta, GA. Ranking it “very good,” the “Tex-Mex” inspired restaurant comes to life in a 6,827-SF space. Alongside other high-end retail and restaurant spaces, the restaurant brings the feel of Austin, TX, to suburban Georgia with a casual and lively atmosphere. Excerpt from the article: The eating and drinking happens in a big U set around the central foyer, with the open kitchen’s sizzle and clatter off to the far side. The tables have some breathing room. You don’t shout yourself hoarse here but rather (!!!) converse. Designers have had a lot of fun with the look, applying an interior decorator’s aesthetic sense to industrial elements — stacks of patterned concrete blocks, a chain-link fence room divider, and brickwork laid with starburst gaps. She plays around with the junkyard salvage look and the tatty hacienda look, but avoids the cliches of both. Click here to read the full article.

Young Harris College Opens Rollins Campus Center and Zell and Shirley Miller Library

New logoAfter two years of construction and many years in the making, the $41 million, 121,000-SF Rollins Campus Center has officially opened on Young Harris College’s campus. “The Rollins Campus Center would never have come to fruition without the generosity of so many that believed in the College and what we are trying to achieve for our students,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “We offer heartfelt thanks to the Rollins family for their generous lead support in making this facility possible.” The largest building constructed on campus to date, the Rollins Center includes a 60,000-SF multipurpose student center, 40,000-SF library honoring Zell and Shirley Miller, and 500-seat dining facility, as well as a banquet area, meeting spaces, and lounges. Taking full advantage of the mountain views, the design includes numerous expansive porches that create a relaxing space for students to socialize and study. The Rollins Campus Center is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. Sustainable features include the use of geothermal wells for the capture of onsite renewable energy, the sophisticated use of exterior glazing and light shelves to maximize daylight as well as views, reduced water usage both inside and out, the use of both recycled and regional materials as well as the recycling of construction waste. “Choate Construction is honored to be a part of such a major project on this prestigious and beautiful campus,” said Millard Choate, President of Choate Construction. “We recognize that constructing student-focused facilities impacts generations of future citizens and leaders, building memories for a lifetime and creating space for personal growth.” Constructed during one of the worst winters in local memory, the College Campus Center lost an incredible 192 days to weather. Despite this seemingly insurmountable challenge, the project was finished on time and even without using the officially allowed 90-day overage. The project was designed by VMDO, of Charlottesville, Va., and managed by Brailsford & Dunlavey, of Washington, D.C.

ENR Recognized Two of Choate's Projects

New logoChoate Receives Two ENR National Best of the Best Project Awards Engineering News Record magazine (ENR) released its national “Best of the Best Projects” winners for 2014, designed to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievements in the U.S. among projects completed between June 2013 and June 2014. Choate Construction Company won two of these awards. The Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, located in North Charleston, SC, won Best of the Best in the Energy/Industrial category in the nation. The Carter’s, Inc. buildout in Atlanta, GA won for the Best Interiors/Tenant Improvement category in the nation. The initial call for entries resulted in over 700 project teams submitting their best work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, the editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories. Once the regional winners were chosen, the top winners in each category from each region moved up to the national competition. A new set of judges from across the country examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality. “It is an incredible honor to receive one of these awards, let alone two, and we are thoroughly pleased to see these amazing projects receive such esteemed industry recognition,” says Millard Choate, President of Choate Construction. “All team members involved on both the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center and the Carter’s, Inc. buildout should be very proud. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to excellence.”

Harbour Town Clubhouse Tour Click

New logoClick here  for an inside look of the Harbour Town Clubhouse at the Sea Pines Resort. The brand new three-story structure provides golf cart garage and storage in the basement, 1,900-SF Pro Shop with retail display, 4,000-SF men’s and women’s locker rooms to meet the needs of the PGA Tour. Additional features and amenities include: a living room lounge, 2,000 square foot restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating providing expansive golf views and elegant 2,200-SF banquet and event room, terraces and covered porches. Provisions are made allowing the golf course operations to continue, uninterrupted, during the demolition and construction period. This project is on schedule to be completed prior to the 2015 RBC Heritage PGA Tournament.