Archive July 2012

CM Black and Wingate University Continue Long-Term Relationship

CM Black and Wingate University Continue Long-Term Relationship

CM Black has partnered with Wingate University again, making this the 12th project the company has completed for the institution. The current project is a three-level freshman dormitory scheduled to be completed by December of this year.

The new Wingate Freshman dormitory

Past projects for the University have included the Batte Fine Arts Center,  Cannon Dorms and three residence halls, several renovation projects, the Hayes Classroom Building, and most recently the Levine College of Health Sciences Building, which was just finished last year.  To learn more about CM Black’s partnership with Wingate, check out this short video where Wingate President, Dr. Jerry McGee, discusses the successful relationship and some notable projects.

Advantages of Small Contractors in Unstable Economies

Advantages of Small Contractors in Unstable Economies

ar130598774619434Commercial construction material prices are up 2.5% from this time last year, according to the Producer Price Index report by the U.S. Labor Department. Although residential construction activity is increasing, the commercial construction industry is still seeing declines. According to the AGA, North Carolina lost 5,400 commercial construction jobs between May 2011 and May 2012.

Many of the large general contracting corporations are being forced to reduce overhead, raise rates, and cut jobs. This can result in projects running late, going over budget, and being completed with lower quality labor and materials.

With such a volatile industry, it’s more important than ever to choose the right general contractor. CM Black, for instance, has been able to thrive, even in sluggish economies, as an independent, family-owned business. The flexibility of a small business, combined with 60 years of expertise, has enabled the company to complete projects small and large without being dramatically affected by industry changes.

“CM Black’s structure allows versatility, even in sluggish economies,” says Justin Black, Project Manager at CM Black.  “As a company who has chosen not to expand at a rate we cannot control, we tend to operate more efficiently, and with lower overhead costs, than other contractors providing similar services. Essentially, this has enabled us to maintain workloads in lethargic economies without sacrificing quality. This component has been key in developing long-term relationships with our partners.”

New Residence for Traumatic Brain Injury Non-Profit, Hinds’ Feet Farm

New Residence for Traumatic Brain Injury Non-Profit, Hinds’ Feet Farm

CM Black is completing a project for Hinds’ Feet Farm, an organization dedicated to providing rehabilitation, support, and therapy to adults living with traumatic brain injuries. CM Black has been working with the non-profit to design and build a fully handicapped-accessible residence for individuals needing full time care.

Until now, the organization has run a day program only. With the addition of a full-time residence, however, Hinds’ Feet Farm will be able to extend their services to meet the complex needs of individuals needing round-the-clock care.

The new building, dubbed “Puddin’s Place”, contains several interesting and eco-friendly features. Antique wood from a house circa 1820 was used for unique ceiling beams, baseboards and molding. Playing off the rustic and natural landscape, stone work was used throughout the project. A dedication ceremony for the residence, which resembles a mountain retreat, will be held on July 29th. Photos detailing the entire process from start to finish can be found on Hinds’ Feet Farm’s Facebook album.