Archive December 2011

Western Avenue Baptist Church

Western Avenue Baptist Church

The 42,000 SF Educational Building ties in to the existing building and consists of wood framed walls with wooden trusses and brick veneer.

The facility includes a nursery, three serving kitchens and classrooms for children and adults. Included as a part of this project is a renovation of approximately 3,000 SF of the existing building with the addition of new parking lots and sidewalks.

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Hinds Feet Farm Phase I

Hinds Feet Farm Phase I

387544_271531546235395_886960860_nThis 3,330 SF rustic design Arts and Crafts facility (referred to as the Ark) consists of hand-hewed beams and rafters, exterior pealed log columns, rough sawed vertical siding, Tennessee stone veneer, and a standing seam copper roof. The interior contains custom heart pine and maple casework, custom light fixtures and heart pine doors, tile floors and granite counter tops.

The Ark is used to provide an enriched and nurturing environment for brain injury survivors through arts and crafts therapy, physical therapy, an alternative place to eat meals, and as a gathering place for families to spend with a loved one.

CM Black Initiates Several Projects in Charlotte region

CM Black Initiates Several Projects in Charlotte region

Ben Mynatt Buick GMC_RenderingCM Black Construction Company has been busy with other major projects throughout the Charlotte region in addition to the Levine College of Health Sciences project.

CM Black has begun a new project for the Ben Mynatt Buick GMC dealership in Concord. This project will include an interior renovation as well as an external façade upgrade. The building will feature all new interior finishes, and the exterior upgrade will house custom aluminum composite wall panels to accent and enhance the look of the dealership. To see a rendering of the building, click here.

The retrofit will also feature the construction of a new car canopy, and will also showcase a freestanding GM tower accenting the front and main entry. The project will also include new doors at the service bay and other enhancements for the dealership.

“We’re excited to begin this project and help Ben Mynatt upgrade their facilities to serve their customers,” said CM Black Project Manager Justin Black.

CM Black has several other projects it is currently working on. CM Black has also begun work on an upgrade to the facilities at Atlas Signs in Concord. The project includes almost 10,000 square feet of new interior office space inside the existing facility, and a new canopy to the front entrance. It is expected to be completed by mid-January.

CM Black has also completed grading work at the 4541 Enterprise Drive facility in the International Business Park in Concord. The speculative building has the option to expand to more than 140,000 square feet. To view the plan, facility and surrounding land, click here.

CM Black also continues work on the new facility at Hinds Feet Farm in Huntersville, NC. The 7,100 square foot facility is a non-ambulatory care facility for patients who have sustained a brain injury and will house six full-time patients including a full staff. The project, located off N.C. 73 in Huntersville, is at the existing Hinds Feet Farm facilities.

The single story structure will be built using conventional wood framing and a combination of stone veneer and poplar bark shingles, and is expected to be completed by the spring.  The roof will consist of a pitched pre-formed metal roof with dormers, similar to a residential set up.  For more information on Hinds Feet Farm, please visit http://www.hindsfeetfarm.org/.

“We are pleased to be working on so many different projects and helping businesses in our region,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “We look forward to finishing these projects to our customers’ satisfaction in the coming months.”

Economic Outlook More Promising in Commercial Construction Industry

Economic Outlook More Promising in Commercial Construction Industry

high-rise-commercial-construction-office-buildingCommercial construction has been slow to recover from the Great Recession, but there are more signs pointing to a turnaround now than at any time since that economic decline began.

Nationally, construction companies added more than 26,000 jobs between August and September, and the unemployment rate in the industry has dropped four points in the past year.

“These numbers give us a taste for how investing in construction activity can really boost overall employment figures,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America. “However, the real question is whether these numbers are an anomaly or the start of a positive trend.”

Locally, the news was also encouraging. North Carolina added 2,800 construction jobs in those two months. McGraw-Hill also estimates North Carolina’s 2011 contracts at $11.2 billion, a seven percent increase from 2010.

“We have been waiting for the construction industry to stabilize for a while, but it is a positive sign to see these encouraging numbers,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “We are hoping this is a sign of things to come.”