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Summer 2009


Rodgers Report

Breaking Ground With New Technology

Integrity. Quality. Satisfaction. Concern.

News for Employees and Friends of Rodgers Builders and Mid-Atlantic Construction

City Classroom rendering courtesy of UNC Charlotte, KieranTimberlake Associates & Gantt Huberman Architects.

"groundbreaking" is a traditional ceremony that celebrates the first day of construction for a building project. We are very excited that our teams have participated in four groundbreakings over the past few months; these included: Huntersville Town Center (Huntersville, NC), UNC Greensboro School of Education, North Carolina Dance Theatre (Charlotte), and UNC Charlotte Center City UNC Charlotte Center Classroom. The modern 143,000-square-foot UNC Charlotte Center City Classroom Building, located at the corner of Ninth and Brevard Streets, will amplify the University's presence in the heart of Charlotte. The Center City Classroom Building will be a cornerstone in Charlotte's plans to redevelop 22 acres within its First Ward; this includes extending Charlotte's light rail service into the northeast corridor where UNC Charlotte's main campus is located. UNC Charlotte post-graduate degree candidates should feel excited about the upcoming changes--plus the variety of programs and degrees (sports marketing


Recent Awards & Rankings

On March 24, 2009 the UNC Greensboro Aycock Auditorium Renovation Capital Improvement Project received a Certificate of Merit from the NC State Building Commission. Rodgers Builders ranked #7 in the nation in Modern Healthcare Business News Weekly's listing of "Top Healthcare General Contractors." In May 2009 Southeast Construction (SEC) magazine ranked Rodgers Builders #16 in its list of "Top 50 Green Builders" in the Southeast. Additionally, SEC magazine ranked Rodgers Builders #16 in its annual listing of "Top Contractors" in the Southeast region, #2 among NC contractors, and #7 among SC contractors. The Charlotte Business Journal ranked Rodgers Builders #5 in their Top 25 General Contractors list. Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine ranked Rodgers Builders #164 in its national list of "Top 400 Contractors."

and management, architecture, business administration, and engineering, etc.) that will be offered at this new UNC Charlotte location. Utilizing BIM (Building Information Modeling) on all our projects has become a standard practice. And for our historic/renovation work, we are using a laser scanner to create pointcloud images that can be converted to a building information model. (Please visit the new Services/Virtual Construction section of the RBI website.) Rodgers Builders and Mid-Atlantic Construction employees are committed to improving the way we work, using new technology and expanding our knowledge base through ongoing education. We offer congratulations to our 24 team members who recently passed the LEED® AP exam; this brings our LEED professional team to 50. We are also very pleased to recognize Jonathan Hartsell, Jeremy McGinnis, and Daniel Wright who recently passed their Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam and are now licensed professional engineers. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Our Passion is Building.®

UNC Charlotte Center City Classroom Groundbreaking

[left to right]

B. D. & Pat Rodgers, Jennifer Trevisol, Allen White, Neil Stucky, Eric Rothrock, Charles Warren, Jeff Gillespie, & Jane Freeman [Photo by Leigh Wainwright]

Slated For Silver, But Shooting For Gold



Rodgers Builders Aims High

Lowe's Project Team

Nick Baker* Mike Blasius Chris Bolk Jeff Bremer* Yvonne Bridges* Scott Carr* Mark Cassel Will Caulder Rosalind Davis* Jane Freeman* Bryan Kelley Cory McClamrock Doug McKelvy* Will Myer Josh Norris* Matt Porter* Joe Reece* Eric Reichard Gerald Tucker Daniel Wright* * Pictured in Lowe's race car photo (below). Photograph courtesy of Lowe's racing team.

t took Rodgers Builders, Inc. (RBI), in a partnership with RT Dooley (now a Balfour Beatty company), approximately two years to complete the Lowe's Phase III buildings located at their corporate headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina. The Lowe's project team achieved this while adhering to many of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® recommendations. The two 7-story office buildings, totaling 750,000 square feet, now contain Lowe's Customer Support Center; in addition to conference rooms, information technology center, an auditorium, electrical rooms, operations center, executive offices, a kitchen/cafeteria, and company store. Concurrently the RBI team worked on a 30,000-square-foot central energy plant, two cast-in-place concrete parking decks (holds 2,750+ cars), a new canopy and entrance plaza, plus 3-story connectors that link the existing buildings to the new ones. The project didn't stop there--entry roads (including one that connects to a new exit off Interstate 77), a double helicopter pad, infrastructure upgrades, and hardscape projects were also on the list. Time management and scheduling were key to the success of the Lowe's project. RBI Construction Manager Scott Carr, LEED® AP, explains: "To manage our time we divided the project into various buildings and areas with each segment having its own project manager and

Lowe's corporate headquarters [Aerial photography by Eddie Hartman] superintendent, in addition to separate subcontractor and update meetings." Early on, after reviewing project plans and site logistics, the project team felt confident they could achieve LEED® Silver status, so they used this opportunity to set higher goals for themselves and the project. This successful team effort produced additional credits (points) in the Innovative & Design, Exemplary Performance category. RBI Office Engineer Jane Freeman, LEED® AP, who was responsible for overseeing the LEED® program, processed submittal data, waste management data, and indoor air quality plans that will help determine the project's final LEED® status. "By effectively monitoring and controlling our green construction activities, not only did we triple some of our goals for the project, but we helped to secure the trust of the project owner, architect, and engineer," said Freeman. According to LEED® requirements, RBI used 15-percent more recycled materials in building components than required and exceeded the percentage for regionally manufactured / harvested materials, which gave RBI an extra two points. Lowe's Phase III office buildings were designed with an underfloor air distribution (UFAD) system that is energy-efficient (and LEED®­approved). The supply air rises through the floor (via floor registers) and the return air moves downward through diffusers in the Under-floor air distribution ceiling. [Photograph by Jane Freeman] Then the air is recycled in the mechanical room and pushed back under the floor as supply air. Other LEED® initiatives included a curved, segmented, curtain wall that allows natural light to filter into the buildings. "The walls' unique design on the south side reflects sunlight and maximizes the buildings' energy," said Regional Superintendent Gerald Tucker. Both office buildings have "green" roofs that are sealed with a white EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber roofing membrane to reflect heat. This roofing system will typically keep a roof 45­65 degrees cooler, which translates to reduced energy costs and less pressure on HVAC systems. Additionally, some of the roofs are vegetative roofs, which have been landscaped with plants; they absorb water/reduce runoff, cool the roof, appeal to aesthetics, and satisfy LEED® requirements. Final LEED® status of the Lowe's project will be announced in 2010.

Integrity. Quality. Satisfaction. Concern.

Oconee Medical Center


Patient Tower Addition Becomes a Reality

Like Batson, Rodgers specializes in healthcare construction so providing for future needs was not a particular problem. Neither were the unique challenges of building a hospital. "We have been working everyday just inches away from what they do," he said, referencing the hospital's employees. "Patient care has to be as big a consideration for us as it is for them." For those reasons, a lot of construction has taken place at night ... quietly, and the firm has spent considerable time constructing access tunnels to the existing facility. Odors, fumes and infection control are also big concerns when it comes to building a hospital. Because of that, Dyar has a close group of subcontractors he uses, especially for technical services such as heating, cooling and electrical. "It hasn't been without its challenges," Dyar said of the building process, "but it has gone well. There has been a lot of teamwork back and forth with Paul and the hospital staff. I've enjoyed being here." Ward is effusive with her praise of the Rodgers firm. "There is so much regulation and it really adds to the complexity of construction," she said, referring to the multitude of inspections by the Dept. of Health and Environmental Control and other health organizations. Asked if she was able to come in and change things like a homeowner might do during the construction of a house, Ward gets a restrained Aerial photography by Eddie Hartman


odgers Builders is pleased to announce the completion of Oconee Medical Center's new patient tower in Seneca, South Carolina. The 210,000 squarefoot, brick building has six stories, a mechanical penthouse, and a basement level. The project team worked closely with the hospital's CEO, Jeanne Ward, and Paul Cook, AIA, of Batson Architects to ensure the project's timely success. A considerable amount of press has been written about the Oconee patient tower. Below is an excerpt from "It's a New Day in Healthcare," courtesy of the Daily Journal/ Messenger newspapers (May 8, 2009). Vision of Continuing Care Becomes a Reality -- written by Brett McLaughlin, editor. Long before construction of the patient tower actually began in March 2008, Ty Dyar of Rodgers Builders was part of the mix. Blending the vision of Ward, the hospital board, community focus groups and a lot of employee input, Cook was able to apply his firm's experience -- 95 percent of Batson's work is institutional with a particular focus on healthcare -- to draft a plan to which Dyar could apply cost estimates and budget plans. Dyar was eventually asked to cost out a "bulked up" structural foundation that would actually allow OMC to add three more floors to the existing building when the Upstate demographic demands it. The mechanical systems to be installed also became part of that dynamic. Those changes were ultimately implemented.

Professional photography by Dave Dawson grin on her face and shakes her head 'no.' "There's a lot less latitude to do things," she said. "While you might change the location of a sink in your house, here the location is regulated. Dyar and Cook chimed in to point out that the grade of many components is also much higher, right down to the light switches and wall outlets. For both Cook and Dyar, the Oconee Medical Center patient tower has been a personal project as well. Dyar was born at OMC ... and now lives just nine miles away. He admits that, for as long as he drives by the tower, he will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Cook won't drive past the hospital every day, but he lives in Easley and will see if often. Additionally, he said, the facility has been part of his life for more than 15 years. "Oconee Medical Center is, by far, the most significant client of my professional career," he said.

Oconee Project Team

Lester Brown Justin Corrao Joe Dame Ty Dyar Chris Glover Bob Glusenkamp Terry Horomanski Frank Johnston Diego Montes Harry Oglesby Wayne Royal Debbie Van Beek Mitchell West

A Foundation For The Future


Jamestown Middle School

ne more year to go! Guilford County schoolchildren will have to wait an additional year before the new Jamestown Middle School is complete. That's alright--the project is currently on schedule--and Mid-Atlantic Construction (MAC) is set to finish the concrete work within the next few weeks.

Rendering courtesy of SchenkelShultz Architecture

Mid-Atlantic Construction: Concrete is all we do. And we do it all.®


also poured 1,000 cubic yards of concrete for the footings. As with all concrete projects, adhering to schedule is a top priority, especially when there is a non-negotiable deadline like the first day of school. MAC was delayed five weeks prior to starting their work on the Jamestown project, but the loss of time didn't discourage this group. MAC is a team of highly dedicated individuals who are determined to meet their deadlines. They are focused on working smarter--they maximize their resources, maintain flexible schedules, and adhere to a daily tasks list that contains goals to be completed each day. The MAC team completed the scope of their work on time, which is very important because it affects the contractor's remaining schedule. As far as MAC is concerned, Jamestown Middle School is destined to open on time.

Mid-Atlantic Construction: Current Projects

Food Lion Headquarters Renovation Salisbury, NC Carolinas Medical Center Surgical Modernization ICU Tower: 8th Floor Infill Charlotte, NC Blue Ridge Electrical Membership Corp. Maintenance Building West Jefferson, NC Presbyterian Hospital Central Energy Plant Charlotte, NC State of North Carolina ITS Emergency Electrical Infrastructure Raleigh, NC Duke Energy ­ Cliffside Steam Station Modernization Project: Water Treatment Structures Cleveland/Rutherford County, NC

Slab-on-grade pour The new Jamestown Middle School is located on 69 acres of land surrounded by a residential neighborhood. MAC was awarded the contract for foundations, slabs, and retaining walls by New Atlantic Contracting. Over the course of five months, MAC placed 160,000 feet of slab-on-grade and 60,000-square-feet of slab-on-deck. They

Jamestown Middle School: Project Team

Will Bryant Jeff Byrd Roger Byrd James Craver Mike Freeman Naham Galeas Arturo Garcia Arcadio Granado Steve Howell Terry Huss Terry Matthews Devin Moore Tim Purdue Devin Rhyne Christy Sommer James Thompson Baldemar Villarreal

Cast-in-place foundation columns at retaining wall [Jamestown Middle School photographs by Devin Moore]

Integrity. Quality. Satisfaction. Concern.

Project Milestones & Celebrations

Groundbreakings and Topping Outs

The following projects recently celebrated significant milestones.


Community Sponsorships

UNC Charlotte ­ Center City Classroom Building Groundbreaking: April 14, 2009 CAT excavator operated by UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois [Photograph by Leigh Wainwright] UNC Greensboro ­ School of Education Groundbreaking: May 18, 2009 [Rendering by O'Brien/Atkins Associates] A Child's Place (Charlotte) Allegro Foundation (Charlotte) American Heart Association (Charlotte) Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County Cannon Memorial YMCA (Kannapolis) Charlotte Rescue Mission Classroom Central (Charlotte) Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Belmont, NC) Discovery Place (Charlotte) Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council (Charlotte) Givens Estates (Asheville, NC) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington, NC) Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation (Easley, SC) Self Regional Healthcare Foundation (Greenwood, SC) Women After Five for Sistercare (Columbia, SC) YMCA of Greater Charlotte

North Carolina Dance Theatre Groundbreaking: April 22, 2009 [Rendering by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates]

Presbyterian Hospital ­ F Wing Vertical Expansion Topping Out: June 4, 2009 (L­R) Yvonne Bridges, Cory McClamrock, Ernie Crenshaw and Drew Robinson [Photograph by Wanda Phifer]

Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Topping Out: May 15, 2009 Terry Horomanski [Photograph by Lin McAbee]

Huntersville Town Center Groundbreaking: June 9, 2009 (L­R) Will Caulder, Zac Gordon (Town of Huntersville), and Will Myer [Photograph by Wanda Phifer]

Rodgers Builders: Upcoming Projects

Queens University Presbyterian Child Development Center Charlotte, NC Nash General Hospital 3rd Floor Bed Tower Renovation Rocky Mount, NC Greenwood School District 50 Oakland Elementary Additions & Renovations Greenwood, SC Nash General Hospital Neurosurgery & MRI Project Rocky Mount, NC

North Carolina Central University Chidley Residence Hall Durham, NC Self Memorial Hospital ­ Cancer Center Greenwood, SC Cabarrus Health Alliance Headquarters & Clinic Kannapolis, NC

Finishing Touches


Building Communities with Care

TWC photos by Leigh Wainwright

Time Warner Cable Corporate Headquarters: Phase 2 Charlotte, NC

Seeking LEED® certification

Rodgers Builders was very proud to return to Time Warner Cable's (TWC) corporate campus and work with their team on the Phase 2 expansion, which nearly doubled the amount of available space. The expansion, which took 10 months to complete, consists of a four-story, 106,000-squarefoot office building (including a 5,000-square-foot fitness center) and an adjacent four-level parking deck with 326 spaces. This project was completed two months ahead of schedule. Wes Spurlock Mid-Atlantic Construction provided the concrete package for the precast parking deck, which included the foundation and slabs. The cast-in-place footings required 600 cubic yards of concrete and the same amount was used for the slab-on-grade and the concrete washes. The TWC office-building project had very specific requirements for floor flatness (FF) numbers on the cast-in-place concrete floors located on levels 2-4. The challenge was to achieve high FF numbers while placing the slabs on unshored steel and metal decking. RBI's Project Superintendent Wesley Spurlock, PE, recalled the experience: "The subcontractor, EWI Construction, not only met this challenge and hit the numbers, they exceeded those requirements (doubled the number) to the point they were recognized for the flattest elevated slabs in the world." EWI Construction won the 2008 Golden Trowel award for the TWC project--the flattest elevated deck pour (66,810 SF) in the world--not just the United States. Thanks to: Donald Avery, Taylor Beard, William Bryant, Ralph Bull, James Craver, Terry Edwards, Will Fitzpatrick, Michael Freeman, Naham Galeas, Arcadio Granado, Jeff Heavner, Jerry Heavner, Steve Howell, Grant Huffstetler, Ron Huss, Terry Huss, Cristy Lee, Randy Marin, Terry Matthews, Devin Moore, Bobby Morris, Shannon Mull, Loyde Neal, Kim Pennington, Tim Purdue, Devin Rhyne, Wes Spurlock, James Thompson, Jennifer Trevisol, Baldemar Villarreal, and Tony Willis.

Self Regional Healthcare Operating Room Addition Greenwood, SC In May 2009 Rodgers Builders completed an operating room (OR) addition at Self Regional Healthcare, which included three state-of-the art operating rooms, two sterile processing rooms, medical gas cylinder/manifold room, and several sub-sterile corridors. The new OR addition was intentionally built with separate mechanical, electrical, medical gas, plumbing, and fire sprinkler systems--in the event there was a problem in the existing ORs. Additionally, RBI relocated the main domestic and fire water lines, which feed the majority of the hospital. After the new water lines were laid out, adrenaline levels rose while the system had to be shutdown to complete the tie-in portion. This revolved around two nights in the middle of January with heaters, tents, and temperatures below freezing. While the fire sprinkler line was down, the majority of Greenwood's Fire Department (and their trucks) were mobilized at the hospital in case of a fire. A highly coordinated endeavor to say the least! Thanks to: Jason Bryant, Shirley Chadwick, Ty Dyar, Terry Horomanski, Donnie Joyner, Jack Lefler, Charley Patrick, Steve Phifer, Thomas Rhea, Jim Whitaker, and Graham Whitley.

Professional photography by Dennis Nodine

Integrity. Quality. Satisfaction. Concern.

7 Thompson Child & Family Focus Child Development & Outreach Center Charlotte, NC The origin of Thompson Child & Family Focus (TCFF) dates back to 1886 when the organization first began as an orphanage. Nowadays TCFF is focused on helping at-risk children at one of their four campuses located throughout the Charlotte region. On February 16, 2009, TCFF opened the doors to their new Child Development Center located at 1645 Clanton Road. It took Rodgers Builders less than one year to construct the 24,000-square-foot, singlestory, wood and steel frame building with brick trim, which included skylights and three solar panels on the roof. Landscaping on the 4-acre property included installation of a rain garden (bioretention area). The colorful front entrance has a steel/EIFS canopy with various recessed shapes painted a variety of colors to enhance the atmosphere for the children. Inside there are classrooms, offices, and a large outreach/training room. Mid-Atlantic Construction provided a complete concrete package, which included footings, columns and slabs. They were also responsible for the colorful, stained concrete floors in the classrooms. Thanks to: Ron Cohn, James Craver, Naham Galeas, Steve Howell, Terry Matthews, Devin Moore, Bobby Morris, Shannon Mull, Louis Poplin, Tim Purdue, Eric Reichard, Devin Rhyne, Christy Sommer, Chad Tate, James Thompson, Baldemar Villarreal, Tony Willis, and Keli Wright.

Professional photography by Stephen Young

Carolinas Medical Center (Main Campus) Surgical Services Department ­ Family Waiting Room Charlotte, NC Within a nine-month period, Rodgers Builders converted one of CMC's oldest patient room wings (originally built in 1962) into an open floor plan for the Surgical Services Department's new 13,000-square-foot Family Waiting Room. The project team encountered a number of challenges such as shallow floor-to-floor heights (less than 10 feet), which made overhead coordination and installation of MEP systems difficult. To accommodate the open floor plan, the vertical plumbing risers had to be relocated while remaining operational as they fed the stacked patient toilet rooms above and below the new space. Upon entering the new Family Waiting Room there is a beautiful cascading "water wall," plus a series of glass and sculptural wall panels throughout the space. Other features include: laptop workstations, children's play area, private consultation rooms, patient tracking monitors, and an HD theater system with state-of-the-art audio/visual. The Family Waiting Room was the first completed project within the Surgical Services Department; upcoming projects include renovation/expansion to Sterile Processing, Sterile Storage, Pre-Op, Post-Op, Surgery Administration Offices, and Surgeon/Staff Locker Rooms and Lounge. Thanks to: Fran Benson, Melissa Bosiger, Martha Bruce, Andy Cyr, Brian Diamond, Richard Greer, Terry Johnston, Austin McCarthy, Dan Morris, Steve Phifer, Kevin Reddick, Joe Shook, Marty Sims, Hank Thornlow, Gerald Tucker, and Greg Watterson.

Professional photography by Tim Buchman

Community Involvement

8 odgers Builders and idAtlantic Construction employees and their families continue to make a difference within our company, our industry, and in our communities. Below are some of the latest examples. January 2009 In response to the economic crisis, Rodgers Builders, Inc. donated a major gift to the Critical Need Response Fund, which helped support nonprofit organizations in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. This fund was created via a partnership with The Leon Levine Foundation, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Carolinas, Mecklenburg Ministries, and Foundation For The Carolinas. The goal was to "raise and distribute funds from December through March to shelter, feed, clothe and keep warm those in need." ( The campaign continued into April and the Critical Need Response Fund reached approximately $2.7 million. January 2009 Bob Glusenkamp, Ron Cohn, Ray Jasinski, and their spouses, attended the 16th Annual Pride Awards at The Westin Charlotte, which recognizes African Americans in Charlotte's residential commercial real estate and construction industries. The Walter B. Davis Company, Inc. (WBD) was the winner of the "Builder of Excellence Award." Rodgers Builders and WBD have a MBE mentor/protégé partnership where they share resources on projects such as Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, CMS ­ Bailey High School, and UNC Greensboro ­ School of Walter B. Education. Davis


Our Mission: "Building Community with Care"


April 2009 Co-workers Chad Harris and Devin Rhyne traveled to San Buenaventura, Costa Rica as part of the GO Team (Global Outreach) from First United Methodist Church [Lincolnton, NC]. The duo was part of a team of 28 volunteers who spent a week in Central America building a 1,200-square-foot parsonage for a local church.

Parchment reflected on his four years of volunteer work: "I see a connection between Hawthorne and our mission statement -- to build community with care. We make a difference in these students' lives.... They need support and guidance to stay on the right path. Rodgers Builders has been one of Hawthorne's support mechanisms, which I am proud to be part of." May 12, 2009 Eric Reichard, Chairman of the Board at Florence Crittenton Services (FCS), was a guest speaker at the Lucille Giles Award Luncheon honoring Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Pender McElroy.

"We basically poured concrete all week long," recalled Rhyne. "The village was very remote and nestled deep in the rainforest. Dump trucks arrived with crushed raw materials; we mixed everything with an electric mixer and then used wheelbarrows to transport the concrete." Daily temperatures were close to 100 degrees. "At night we slept on a 4-inch mattress [covered with plastic] on a concrete floor in the church's storage building," said Harris. "Four local women prepared our meals and for fun the group went to a local swimming hole to cool off and enjoy the waterfalls." This is the first mission trip for Harris and the fifth trip for Rhyne. May 2009 James Clayton and Conroy Parchment attended the math and science awards ceremony at Hawthorne High School (an alternative school within CharlotteMecklenburg Schools). Clayton accepted a "Community Partners" award on behalf of Rodgers Builders, who has sponsored the awards program since 2005.

FCS presents their annual award to individuals who are committed and dedicated to the agency's mission of promoting health and hope for tomorrow's children by providing comprehensive health, educational and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents, women and their families throughout the Carolinas. B. D. Rodgers was the recipient of this award in 1999.

B. D. Rodgers & Eric Reichard [Photograph by Sarah Brown]


(L­R) Lance Miller, Andrew Quinley, Donna Craft, and Merle Overcash. [Photograph courtesy of Cabarrus Pets Society]

Quality. Satisfaction. Concern.

9 May 2009 Lance Miller and Andrew Quinley played a round of golf to raise money for the Cabarrus Pets Society's third annual Pars for Pets. Cabarrus Pets Society is a non-profit organization that cares for homeless dogs and cats. The event took place at the Cabarrus Country Club in Concord; teammates included Donna Craft and Merle Overcash. June 2009 John Daniel gave a construction presentation to the second-graders at Candler Elementary (suburb of Asheville, NC), which included his nephew Dylan. The children enjoyed the photos of the tower crane at the Deerfield Retirement project. (Right) John Daniel teaches second-graders about construction. [Photograph by Jaime Daniel]

All In A Day's Work

Jonathan Byers has been appointed the 2009 Office Engineer Facilitator. "I felt honored to be selected the 2009 OE/ PE group facilitator. Our group is focused on sharing Jonathan Byers knowledge [Photo by Beverley Goins] and we're dedicated to continuing the excellence set forth by the company." -- Jonathan Byers, EI, LEED® AP Members of Rodgers Builders' information technology department, Sonny Haigler, Markus Hill, Chris Pham, and Victor Pinott, spent a good portion of the Memorial Day weekend reconfiguring and rewiring RBI's offsite data center. They chose the holiday weekend since fewer employees would need access to the network and it allowed extra time for any unforeseen challenges. Working with fiber optic wires can be risky, and dangerous if you break one

(L­R) IT team: Markus Hill, Chris Pham, Victor Pinott, and Sonny Haigler [Photograph by Leigh Wainwright] (glass). There were 96 network connections that had to be removed, replaced, and then tested. Everything had to be perfect. Each procedure had a precise order because the system would fail otherwise. Sonny was in charge of this undertaking, which took four and one-half hours to carefully remove every network and power connection from the systems and eight hours to put everything back in service. In addition to remapping the storage network area and optimizing the server rack, the IT team upgraded the phone system and migrated CMiC to a new SAN (Storage Area Network). Vice President of Technology Markus Hill commented on the project's success: "Everyone was committed to getting it done right; they took a lot of pride in their work. Victor dealt with multiple SAN hardware and software issues and did a great job getting everything working properly. And Chris understood the criticality of what he was doing; he worked more as a trusted peer, than an intern." Paul Cooper, Mike Crook, Ben Dellinger, Dee Keziah, Doc Llerena, Doug McKelvy, Ted Petrisko, Phyllis Primm, Josh Schlechty and Seth Spurlock attended the NC Health and Safety Council Awards luncheon where RBI received a gold-level Certificate of Safety Achievement from the NC Department of Labor. The award recognizes RBI for an incidence rate that is 50-percent below the industry average.

Doug McKelvy, Cheri Berry (Commissioner of Labor), and Paul Cooper [Photograph by Josh Schlechty]

Employee Celebrations


Honors and achievements of our employees and their families That's My Baby!

We celebrate with the proud parents:

New LEED® Accredited Professionals

Congratulations to: Keith Aull, LEED® AP John Barkley, LEED® AP Geoff Brown, LEED® AP Phil Buchy, LEED® AP Jonathan Byers, LEED® AP Ron Cohn, LEED® AP Chad Ek, LEED® AP Bob Glusenkamp, LEED® AP Cristen Ferguson, LEED® AP Terry Horomanski, LEED® AP Tom Humrickhouse, LEED® AP Kyle Jones, LEED® AP Cristy Lee, LEED® AP Randy Marin, LEED® AP Ivan McCorkle, LEED® AP Eddie Royal, LEED® AP Matt Seagren, LEED® AP Chris Sopko, LEED® AP Neil Stucky, LEED® AP Chad Tate, LEED® AP Jennifer Trevisol, LEED® AP Charles Warren, LEED® AP Allen White, LEED® AP Graham Whitley, LEED® AP

Kaitlin Lee Stucky, daughter of Leila and Neil Stucky, born February 9, 2009

Lane Dalton McComiskey, son of Cortney and Mark McComiskey, born January 31, 2009


Josh Banning Jeff Bremer Geoff Brown Lori Clark James Clayton James Dixson Jeff Gillespie Richard Greer Chris Morton Joe Reece Drew Robinson Brandon Sallee Josh Schlechty Marty Sims Neil Stucky Charles Warren

Addison Mae Cyr, daughter of Michelle and Andy Cyr, born May 12, 2009

Denver Shucker, son of Charmaine and Burgess Shucker, born March 30, 2009

Christopher Aaden Siano, son of Bonnie and Anthony Siano, born February 25, 2009 Margaret Blount Cowden, daughter of Quinerly and Stewart Cowden, born April 3, 2009

Project Engineer Project Manager MEP Preconstruction Manager Preconstruction Admin. Coordinator Director of Diversity Project Manager Senior Superintendent Superintendent Project Engineer Senior Superintendent Senior Project Manager Project Engineer General Superintendent Senior Superintendent Project Manager Assistant Superintendent

Seth Ryan Roberts, son of Claudia and Ryan Roberts, born May 28, 2009

Alesandro Michael Morales, grandson of Cathy Webster, born March 14, 2009

Emma Grace Schlechty, daughter of Amy and Josh Schlechty, born May 7, 2009

Integrity. Quality. Satisfaction. Seeking LEED® certification Concern.

Employment Anniversaries

These RBI & MAC employees celebrated service anniversaries between January and June 2009:


Twenty or More Years Herman Canipe (31) Sandy Aycock (31) Gerald Tucker (29) Louis Poplin (26) Danny Heavner (25) Jeff Heavner (25) Donald Avery (25) Billy Blount (24) Roger Eudy (22) Terry Huss (22) Martha Bruce (22) Terry Johnston (22) Ricky Blount (21) Tom Sammis (21) Benny Chambers (20) John Walsh (20) Bob Glusenkamp (20) Jeff Gillespie (20) Fifteen to Nineteen Years Greg Jankura (19) Dave Morrison (19) Dwayne Hall (19) Carbit Hough (18) Floyd Mercer (17) David Page (16) Ten to Fourteen Years Jerry Heavner (14) Dick Thompson (14) Bonnie Caponi (13) Ted Petrisko (12) Alex Campbell (12) Will Caulder (12) Louise Cafeo (12) Brian Schrader (12) Yvonne Bridges (11) Sinclair Williams (11) Duel Colburn (11) Josh Schlechty (11) Barry Lamb (10) Art Stockman (10) Wes Spurlock (10)

Five Years Brent Lyons Scott Carr Wil Russell Markus Hill David J. Craft Anita Gregory Eric Schammel John DeLony Wesley McMillan Donnie Joyner One Year Robert Isley Tomasz Ratulowski Kevin Reddick Charles Warren John Barkley Chris Sopko Keli Wright Frank Harris Chris Hauser Richelle Dessert Kim Hildreth Rodrigo (Doc) Llerena Justin Buford Alistair Lowe Nicholas Hylton Diego Montes Roosevelt Maske Gregory Watterson New Employees Davis Gammill, Building Information Modeler (RBI) Timothy Parrott, Laborer (MAC) Paul Rutherford, Office Engineer (RBI) John Stull, Senior Vice President & General Manager (MAC)

Professional photography by Brett Osborne Rodgers Builders opened its Center City office at the corner of West Trade and N. Pine Streets in Charlotte. The building will be submitted for LEED® certification.

New Licensed Professional Engineers

Congratulations to: · Jonathan Hartsell, PE (Electrical engineering) · Jeremy McGinnis, PE (Civil engineering) · Daniel Wright, PE (Civil engineering)

In Memory Of

C. H. "Mac" McLean passed away in 2006, but memory of him lives on. When B. D. started Rodgers Builders, Inc. in 1963, he hired Mac as the first employee and the Company's first superintendent. Mac retired in 1995. As a tribute to Mac and his dedication to RBI, the large conference room in Building 100 will be named the "McLean Conference Room."

Summer 2009

The Future of BIM

12 ollywood BIM [Building Information Modeling] is slowly fading into the sunset. Sure, BIM imagery is very cool--it's flashy--and you can rotate a building on its side or view a cross-section (that's the Hollywood part). Now construction managers, owners, subcontractors, and architects want to know about the real BIM. It looks great; but what does this product actually deliver? How will our company benefit from using BIM? Will it save time or money; if not, why use it? These were just a few of the questions Vice President of Technology Markus Hill and BIM Modeling Specialist Alistair Lowe heard while attending the June 2009 AGC (Associated General Contractors of America) BIMForum meeting in Dallas, Texas. "The acceptance level of BIM technology has exploded within the past year," said Hill. "More and more general contractors are using BIM--and clients expect it. One of the benefits of BIM is that it will keep us competitive." During a conversation with the director of construction for a major retailer specializing in home


goods, Hill asked whether he would consider working with a contractor who didn't use BIM? The director of construction replied, "absolutely not." Both men agree that using BIM (virtual construction/modeling) will save time (shorten the schedule) and money (fewer errors, less rework). BIM is a very useful tool for detecting potential structural problems and conflicts. And now that subcontractors are using BIM, they can submit bids that are much more accurate (again, saving time and money). Hill explains, "Think of BIM as a communication tool for construction projects--it helps everyone to see, and gain a better understanding, of how the building will be constructed. Better communication between all parties should result in better schedules and prices." It's fascinating to watch Lowe take a 2D drawing or 3D model and bring it to life on a computer screen. Lowe uses Autodesk® products, Revit® and Navisworks® software, to create and view/analyze the virtual buildings. With Navisworks he can also tie the information to a schedule and detect clashes (where two structural components conflict with each other). With some help from RBI's information technology department, Application Support Analyst Sonny Haigler, is setting up a Navisworks® Freedom viewer at

Davis Gammill, Alistair Lowe, and Markus Hill various jobsites. Using a special touchscreen computer, the user can zoom in on any floor, focus on plumbing, HVAC, roof, or beneath the building. While working on RBI's central energy plant project at Carolinas Medical Center Pineville, Assistant MEP Project Manager Fran Benson used the Navisworks® system to import 3D AutoCAD® drawings; later he made arrangements for each trade contractor to upload their component of the MEP system. For example, the mechanical contractor would overlay the drawing with the HVAC system. The project team would review conflicts within the structure, maintenance access clearances and collisions with other systems. Benson explains, "We used the viewer to present coordination progress to the owner/architect, which brought up concerns that we addressed before the installation. The future long-term plan is to provide an as-built model to the owner for their use with the viewer." BIM is a tool that allows us to serve our clients, saving them time and money in the planning and construction of their projects.

Alistair Lowe, constructing in BIM

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Contributors to this issue:

Scott Carr Andy Cyr Ty Dyar Jane Freeman Markus Hill Alistair Lowe

Will Myer Charley Patrick Devin Rhyne Wes Spurlock Chad Tate


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