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4541 Enterprise Drive

4541 Enterprise Drive

In 2013, CM Black completed construction of an 88,527-square-foot, class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive in Concord, NC’s International Business Park. The project, a co-venture between C.M. Black, The Nolim Group, the real estate developer behind the International Business Park, and CESI Land Development Services, was designed by BJW Architecture.

The building fills a void of available manufacturing and warehouse space in the Cabarrus County region, and was developed with future expansion capabilities in mind.  Property features include expandable space up to 141,000-square-feet, built to suit office area, 28’ minimum ceiling clearance and the potential for LEED certification. For more information on 4541 Enterprise Drive, click here.

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See how construction of the building progressed below:

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Oiles America Corporation Headquarter’s Expansion | 2013

Oiles America Corporation Headquarter’s Expansion | 2013

In 2013, CM Black Construction completed a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the Oiles America Corporation headquarter’s manufacturing facility. Located in Concord, NC’s International Business Park, CM Black began construction on the project in late 2012. The project was finished well ahead of schedule.

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The project consisted of several renovations, including additional truck docks, increased parking capacity, incorporating energy-efficiency technology, renovations to the warehouse and office space and new research and development facilities. This is the 2nd expansion of the Oiles America headquarters. CM Black was also the general contractor for their 30,000-square-foot expansion in 2005.

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CM Black to Complete 3 New Projects for Wingate University

CM Black to Complete 3 New Projects for Wingate University

Wingate University has chosen CM Black Construction for more than 20 construction projects on its campus over the years. The ongoing partnership has recently produced a new three-level Freshman dormitory on the University’s campus, and is now continuing with several new projects in the works.

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Wingate University Freshman Dormitory | 2013

In November 2013, construction began on a 5,600-square-foot addition to the University’s Batte Fine Arts Center, also built by CM Black Construction. The new facility, to be named Hinson Art Gallery, will house the University’s extensive art collection, including a Ben Long Fresco. The Gallery will be comprised of a conventional wood-framed structure with a brick veneer facade.

CM Black is overseeing another addition to the Fine Arts Center as well, which will house the Wingate Music Department. The new addition will include six practice rooms, two studio offices, a large rotunda lobby, vocal hall and comprehensive choral and opera library.

Finally, CM Black will complete a 7,500-square-foot renovation to an existing building on the Wingate Campus, which will house a new bookstore and restaurant for the University. The new facility will combine two existing spaces for the bookstore.

Check back regularly for more information and updates on the recent Wingate University projects.

 

Past projects for the University have also included the 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.

Boy Scouts Select CM Black for Camp Barnhardt Project

Boy Scouts Select CM Black for Camp Barnhardt Project

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CM Black Construction has been selected by the Boy Scouts of America as the general contractor for the construction of a dining hall at Camp Barnhardt.

CM Black will provide both pre-construction and construction services for the organization. The project will feature two levels, a 12,500-square-foot main level and a 3,900-square-foot lower level. The new facility will include a freezer room, cooler room, dry storage, a full commercial kitchen and two serving lines.

CM Black to Build 14,000 sq. ft. Addition to Mooresville Church

CM Black to Build 14,000 sq. ft. Addition to Mooresville Church

 

West Corinth Baptist Church in Mooresville, NC has selected CM Black to construct a 14,188-square-foot addition to its existing facilities. The construction will be comprised of a combination of steel and wood framing with a brick veneer facade.

The addition will include new classrooms, office space and a multi-purpose gymnasium, which will feature a platform stage with theatrical lighting and high-performance sound systems.

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CM Black to Complete Major Renovation for Ben Mynatt

CM Black to Complete Major Renovation for Ben Mynatt

Ben Mynatt Chevrolet has selected CM Black to manage a major renovation project at its dealership. The project will convert the dealership into a combination facility for both Chevrolet and Cadillac, featuring show rooms for both brands.

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The renovations total more than 30,000-square-feet and will include:

  • Three  additions to the existing facility – a Cadillac Wing, Chevrolet office space and six new service bays
  • Aluminum Composite Wall Panel Facades for Chevrolet
  • Custom Limestone Wall Panels in the new Cadillac space
  • LED site lighting
  • New asphalt paving

The additions will be comprised of structure steel, metal stud infill and TPO roof systems.

CM Black to Build Concord City Hall

CM Black to Build Concord City Hall

CM Black Construction Company has been selected to manage the construction of a new City Hall for the City of Concord, NC. The new building, with its design inspired by Concord’s original historic City Hall, will be at the corner of Cabarrus Avenue and Market Street. The architect for the project is ADW Architects.

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ADW Architects rendering – exterior corner view

The building will be constructed with structure steel, using a brick veneer facade, and will feature both pre-cast and GFRC accents. With four levels, including three above ground and one below, the new City Hall will be approximately 74,000-square-feet.

CM Black is proud to oversee this project for the city we’ve served for more than 60 years. Stay tuned for more project details. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information on our work.

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CM Black Development Featured in Cabarrus Magazine

CM Black Development Featured in Cabarrus Magazine

Cabarrus Magazine recently featured CM Black’s newly completed 88,527-square-foot development project in Concord’s International Business Park. The class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive was developed through CM Black’s joint venture with The Nolim Group and CESI Land Development Services. Read the complete article below:

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390 Business Boulevard, LLCCM Black’s joint venture with The Nolim Group,Company and CESI Land Development Services, has just announced the completion of its 88,527 square foot class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive in the International Business Park in Concord, N.C. The building, which fills a great void for available manufacturing and warehouse space, is now available for occupancy.

“In today’s economy, very few developers are constructing speculative buildings, making inventory of available manufacturing and industrial space scarce throughout Cabarrus County and the region,” stated Anne Johnson with CBRE, who is marketing the building on behalf of the ownership. “We are excited that 4541 Enterprise Drive is now ready for occupancy and believe it should be appealing to a wide variety of businesses looking to relocate to the International Business Park, helping create needed jobs in the area.”

For both international firms eager to develop a presence in the flourishing Charlotte economy and expanding businesses who already call this dynamic region home, 4541 Enterprise Drive is the address that offers a strategic professional location and superb design flexibility for manufacturing, R&D or distribution uses. This class “A” building will also be constructed with future expansion capabilities in mind.

Features of 4541 Enterprise Drive include:

–        Available for lease

–        Expandable space up to 141,000 square feet

–        Build to suit office area

–        Immediate interstate 85 access

–        28’ minimum ceiling clearance

–        50’ x 50’ column spacing

–        Can be LEED certified

–        Skylights and ESFR sprinkler system

–        4 to 14 dock doors / side loading

Learn more about 4541 Enterprise Dr. and the International Business Park visit  or contact the agents from CBRE at (704) 331-1225.

CM Black Completes Oiles America Headquarter Expansion

CM Black Completes Oiles America Headquarter Expansion

CM Black recently completed a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the Oiles America Corporation headquarter’s manufacturing facility. Located in Concord’s International Business Park, CM Black began construction on the project last fall. Originally scheduled for completion this fall, the project was finished well ahead of schedule.

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The project consisted of several renovations, including additional truck docks, increased parking capacity, incorporating energy-efficiency technology, renovations to the warehouse and office space and new research and development facilities. This is the 2nd expansion of the Oiles America headquarters. CM Black was also the general contractor for their 30,000-square-foot expansion in 2005.

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About Emilee Stamper – Asst. Project Manager

Emilee Stamper
Assistant Project Manager, Estimator

Emilee Stamper joined the company as Assistant Project Manager upon obtaining a degree in Construction Management from UNC Charlotte in 2011. A licensed general contractor with LEED AP – BD+C credentials, Emilee has become an integral part of the CM Black team.

A skilled estimator with extensive experience in grading and quantity take-offs, Emilee has been involved with some of the company’s most notable projects, including the recent expansion at OILES America Corporate Headquarters and the development of class “A” industrial space in Concord’s International Business Park.

“Growing up seeing the time and dedication my dad put into his work made me want to join the business. The values the company is known for were instilled upon me from an early age, so it’s important to me to make sure that legacy continues on.”

About Justin Black – Project Manager

Justin Black
Project Manager, Estimator

Justin Black attended Clemson University, where he majored in Construction Management, and minored in Business. Joining the family business in 2007, Justin’s experience and knowledge both on-site and in the office have proven to be invaluable to the company and its clients.

As Project Manager and Estimator, Justin is an essential member of the CM Black team. Specializing in multiple fields, including concrete and foundation packages, he holds a General Contractor’s license, as well as LEED AP – BD+C credentials.

“One of the best things about being a part of this family, and this business, is that we learn early on the importance of knowing all aspects of the business. When you have a smaller team of people, each able to perform multiple functions, you have a company able to operate more efficiently, and with lower overhead costs, than many others who offer similar services. We all know the ins and outs of every project, so our clients are well taken care of at all times.”

CM Black Puts Finishing Touches on International Business Park Development

CM Black Puts Finishing Touches on International Business Park Development

CM Black is currently completing construction of an 88,527-square-foot, class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive in Concord’s International Business Park. The project, a co-venture between C.M. Black, The Nolim Group, the real estate developer behind the International Business Park, and CESI Land Development Services, was designed by BJW Architecture. Nearly complete, CM Black is currently putting the finishing touches on the building.

See how construction has progressed over the last few months in the photos below. 

The building will fill a void of available manufacturing and warehouse space in the Cabarrus County region, and is being constructed with future expansion capabilities in mind.  Property features include expandable space up to 141,000-square-feet, built to suit office area, 28’ minimum ceiling clearance and the potential for LEED certification. For more information on 4541 Enterprise Drive, click here.

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S&D Coffee & Tea Corporate Headquarters Expansion

S&D Coffee & Tea Corporate Headquarters Expansion

S&D Coffee & Tea is the nation’s largest custom coffee roaster, with more than 80,000 customers nationwide, including McDonald’s. In 2013, the company embarked on a massive expansion to its overall operations, including a complete renovation of its corporate headquarters in Concord, for which CM Black was selected as the general contractor.

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The project required extensive demolition, both inside and out. Interior construction includes renovations to the main entrance lobby, as well as the addition of a new board room and office space. Outside, CM Black is replacing the existing main entrance curtain wall system.

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The existing hard-coat fascia circling the entire building was removed, and a new exterior insulation finishing system added. The new façade boasted several areas of aluminum wall paneling and a steel canopy with a vegetated roof projecting from the front entrance.

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About Emmitt Black, President

About Emmitt Black, President

Emmitt Black, President of CM Black Construction Company

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With more than 30 years of construction and construction management experience under his belt, Emmitt Black has a reputation of ensuring that a client’s project needs are met. More importantly, that they are met on time and within budget. His hands-on, day-to-day management style allows him to fulfill those needs and avoid potential issues or unnecessary delays.

Emmitt specializes in design/build and LEED-certified construction, and works closely with both architects and clients throughout the building process.

Project Update: 4541 Enterprise Drive

Project Update: 4541 Enterprise Drive

C.M. Black is well on its way to completing an 88,527-square-foot, class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive in Concord’s International Business Park. The project, a co-venture between C.M. Black, The Nolim Group, the real estate developer behind the International Business Park, and CESI Land Development Services, was designed by BJW Architecture, is scheduled for completion in May 2013.

IBP 390 Blvd. UdpateThe building will fill a void of available manufacturing and warehouse space in the Cabarrus County region, and is being constructed with future expansion capabilities in mind. Property features include expandable space up to 141,000-square-feet, built to suit office area, 28’ minimum ceiling clearance and the potential for LEED certification. For more information on 4541 Enterprise Drive, click here.

CM Black Featured in Charlotte Business Journal

CM Black Featured in Charlotte Business Journal

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The Charlotte Business Journal recently showcased C.M. Black in a feature article highlighting some of the company’s milestone projects and ability to survive and thrive, even through volatile economies. Below are some excerpts from the article.

“Emmitt Black believes a combination of things helped his family business survive the recession. The president of C.M. Black says those strategies included a decision years ago to do more on the construction sites… instead of relying on subcontractors…”

“The company has consistently won bids at Wingate University, where it has completed more than a dozen projects. Jerry McGee, Wingate’s president, is impressed with the brothers’ ability to meet deadlines and complete work as promised.”

“The company has built some of Cabarrus County’s largest buildings, including the $20 million former CT Communications Inc. headquarters. The brothers also built the $35 million former First Charter Corp. headquarters that is now home to Electrolux North America…”

combination of things helped his family business survive the recession. The president of C.M. Black says those strategies included a decision years ago to do more on the construction sites… instead of relying on subcontractors…”

“The company has built some of Cabarrus County’s largest buildings, including the $20 million former CT Communications Inc. headquarters. The brothers also built the $35 million former First Charter Corp. headquarters that is now home to Electrolux North America…”

 

About Clinton Black II

About Clinton Black II

Clinton Black II, Vice President of CM Black Construction Company

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As Vice President of CM Black, Clinton has more than three decades of construction and construction management experience. With a dedication to quality and clients, Clinton oversees all details of his projects, and maintains strong relationships with subcontractors, architects, engineers and suppliers. With an extensive background in pre-engineered buildings, Clinton often leads client projects of this type, though his knowledge and experience in all areas of commercial and industrial construction make him one of the most valued general contractors in the region.

Construction Begins on Class “A” Spec Building in International Business Park

C.M. Black has partnered with The Nolim Group, the real estate developer behind Concord’s International Business Park, as well as CESI Land Development Services, to construct an 88,527-square-foot, class “A” speculative industrial building at 4541 Enterprise Drive. The property, designed by BJW Architecture, is expected to be completed in May 2013, and will fill a void of available manufacturing and warehouse space in the Cabarrus County region.

The building, which will offer a strategic professional location, as well as superb design flexibility, will be constructed with future expansion capabilities in mind. Other features of the property include expandable space up to 141,000-square-feet, built to suit office area, 28’ minimum ceiling clearance and the potential for LEED certification. For more information on 4541 Enterprise Drive, click here.

2012 Year in Review

2012 Year in Review

2012 has been a year of growth and development. C.M. Black is proud to have been involved in some of the area’s most notable projects, from new buildings to extensive upgrades and expansions. As we look forward to a new year, take a look at some of the company’s most memorable work of 2012.

Ben-Mynatt-Buick-GMC_Rendering-e1320778972523Ben Mynatt Buick – Completed in May, the project involved extensive interior renovations, as well as an external façade upgrade. Also included were new interior finishes, custom aluminum composite wall panels, a new car canopy, freestanding GM tower accenting the main entry and other enhancements to the overall design…Read more.

Hinds’ Feet Farm (Puddin’s Place) – In July, work was completed on a 5,000-square-foot residence for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. The fully handicapped-accessible mountain-style retreat was built for Hinds’ Feet Farm, an organization dedicated to providing care to brain injury survivors. Dubbed “Puddin’s Place,” the residence enables the organization to provide a home for up to six individuals needing full-time care…Read more.

Wingate Freshman Dorm – Wingate University and C.M. Black partnered again this year for what will be the 12th major project the company has completed for the institution. The latest endeavor is a 60,000-square-foot freshman dormitory with the capacity to house 300 students. C.M. Black began construction on the three-level dorm in March, with completion set for the end of December. Past projects for the University have included the Batte Fine Arts Center, the Hayes Classroom Building and the Levine College of Health Sciences Building, which was finished just last year…Read more.

OILES America Expansion – In August, C.M. Black broke ground on a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the manufacturing facility at the corporate headquarters of OILES America Corporation in Concord. The project includes additional truck docks, increased parking capacity, the incorporation of energy-efficiency technology, renovations to the warehouse and office space and new research and development facilities…Read more.

S&D Coffee – The nation’s largest custom coffee roaster, whose customers include McDonald’s, embarked on a massive expansion to its overall operations, including a complete renovation of its corporate headquarters in Concord. C.M. Black’s work includes extensive demolition, both inside and out. Interior renovations to the main entrance lobby, as well as the addition of a new board room and office space…Read more.

NC Elections Bode Well for Construction Industry

NC Elections Bode Well for Construction Industry

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For the first time since the 1800’s, Republicans are in control of North Carolina’s state government, and according to a recent article published by regional trade association Carolinas AGC (CAGC), this move bodes well for the state’s construction industry.  Why?

For starters, the state’s new governor, Republican Pat McCrory, is a staunch supporter of infrastructure-funding and business. Throughout his campaign, McCrory repeated themes of growing jobs, investing in infrastructure and increasing vocational education, all of which would have direct impact on the construction industry.

In addition to a new infrastructure-friendly governor, various development projects throughout the state have also been approved by voters. For example, Wake County recently voted in favor of $200 million in bonds to expand Wake Technical Community College, add buildings to the school’s bustling Northern Wake campus and to begin construction on a new Research Triangle branch.

C.M. Black has seen a considerable increase in development in the recent months as well. Many corporations in the area are in the midst of new construction projects, including C.M. Black client S&D Coffee, which recently revealed plans for a $48 million expansion expected to create 200 jobs over the next five years.

CM Black to Complete Oiles America Expansion

CM Black to Complete Oiles America Expansion

Oiles America1CM Black Construction recently broke ground on a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the manufacturing facility at the corporate headquarters of Oiles America Corporation in Concord, NC. CM Black was also the general contractor for the 32,000-square-foot expansion to the facility in 2005.

The current project includes additional truck docks, increased parking capacity, the incorporation of energy-efficiency technology, renovations to the warehouse and office space and new research and development facilities.

Estimated to bring 15 to 30 jobs to Concord, the expansion is designed to help the corporation achieve greater flexibility, allowing them to meet global capacity for current and future product lines.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 14. Congressman Larry Kissell, the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 8th District, spoke at the event, stating that, “this investment will benefit our region immensely.” The expansion is estimated to be completed by fall 2013.

Golden Gait Trailers Expansion

Golden Gait Trailers Expansion

golden-gate-trailers-frontWhen Golden Gait Trailers needed a new facility to keep up with increasing demand, the company turned to CM Black. What followed is a 51,000 square foot sales and service facility that combines office and warehouse space. The two-story structure consists of a pre-engineered metal building with a complete elevation curtain-wall system.

“We are happy to establish our relationship with Golden Gait Trailers, and appreciate their cooperation in the building of this project,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “We are proud of the building and how we were able to complete it on schedule.”

 

Trade Tip: Avoid Stress When Finding a General Contractor

Finding a general contractor can be a daunting task, especially for those embarking on their first commercial construction project. Attempting to blindly search for a contractor at your time of need can be confusing and stressful. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.

To avoid unnecessary stress, CM Black offers this useful tip: Begin making introductions and networking before you need a contractor. In doing so, you may identify potential candidates, gain industry insight and get a better idea of what to look for in a contractor. Then, when you do need to hire someone, you can easily evaluate candidates based on information you’ve already obtained.

Here are a few tips CM Black gives for finding qualified general contractors:

  • Ask friends and family for referrals
  • Get referrals from business contacts
  • Contact companies who have worked with a contractor in the past, and ask them about their experience
  • Don’t make decisions based on price alone. Ask yourself – Is a candidate able to bid low because they are able to save you money without sacrificing quality, or are they simply less qualified?
  • Look into trade organizations like the Associated General Contractors of America. Trade organizations are a great place to start, as their websites give great insight into contractors in your region. Also check to see if there are any events coming up where you might be able to network with potential candidates.

CM Black Builds Residence for Brain Injury Survivors

CM Black Builds Residence for Brain Injury Survivors

In 2012, CM Black completed a full-time, group residence for the non-profit organization, Hinds’ Feet Farm, which is dedicated to providing therapeutic and rehabilitation services to individuals living with traumatic brain injuries.

The mountain-style retreat, located in Huntersville, is fully handicapped-accessible, and provides a home for up to six individuals, where they will be able to receive round-the-clock care.

The residence, dubbed “Puddin’s Place”, combines technical design and functionality with rustic, personal features, including the use of recycled wood, donated materials and antique beams.

“Hinds’ Feet Farm is proud to have partnered with CM Black for this important project,” says the non-profit’s Executive Director, Marty Foil. “We selected CM Black due to our long standing relationship, their passion for quality, attention to detail and professional ethics.

CM Black Begins Expansion for Oiles America Corp.

CM Black Begins Expansion for Oiles America Corp.

Construction has begun on a 50,000-square-foot expansion for Oiles America’s corporate headquarters, located in the International Business Park in Concord. Oiles expects the expansion to add between 15 and 30 jobs to the area, which has the community very excited.

Exterior renovations will include additional truck docks, increased parking capacity, the incorporation of energy-efficiency technology, renovations to warehouse and office space and new research and development facilities. CM Black was also the contractor for the corporation’s first expansion in 2005.

 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in which North Carolina Eighth District U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell spoke, stating that, “this investment will benefit our region immensely.” The expansion project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.

 

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.

Ben Mynatt Buick Dealership Upgrade

Ben Mynatt Buick Dealership Upgrade

CM Black completed an extensive upgrade to the Ben Mynatt Buick GMC dealership in Concord, NC in 2012.

The project involved an interior renovation, as well as an external facade upgrade. Also included in the retrofit were new interior finishes, custom aluminum composite wall panels, a new car canopy, freestanding GM tower accenting the main entry, and several other enhancements to the overall design.

CM Black was able to complete the project without hindering the use of the majority of the existing facility. Justin Black, Project Manager for CM Black, states, “The Mynatt team was amazing in conveying their constraints and needs to us. They understand the importance of both teams working together to meet the same goal”.

Ben Mynatt Buick owner, Cyndie Mynatt, explains, “From an owner’s perspective, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience than we had with CM Black. Their attention to detail made me comfortable that little things weren’t being overlooked. Whenever decisions had to be made, they always gave me great advice, so I knew I was making informed, cost-effective choices”.

Black adds, “Being that Mynatt is a family-owned company, I see many familiarities in the ways we approach business. Providing the best service to their customers is their top priority, and the upgraded facility was designed to help ensure they continue to provide that high quality service.”

Ben Mynatt Buick GMC is located at 289 Concord Parkway South in Concord.

Levine College of Health Sciences Pursues Silver LEED Certification

Levine College of Health Sciences Pursues Silver LEED Certification

Levine College of Health SciencesThe Levine College of Health Sciences building at Wingate University, which has received high praise from students and pharmacy experts alike, may receive another accolade this summer. Wingate is expected to apply for Silver LEED certification for the building.

The Levine College of Health Sciences building contains many features complying with LEED’s lofty standards. Nearly 90 percent of the building’s waste was recycled, and 30 percent of its construction was done with recycled materials. The project helped cut down on emissions, as more than 44 percent of materials were extracted and manufactured locally. The building also features a significant amount of FSC-certified wood, and includes advanced indoor air quality through specified HVAC safeguards and tactics.

“We are very proud that this building is under consideration for Silver LEED certification,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “That speaks highly of Wingate’s commitment to green building, and shows the energy-saving capability that a building can have.”

The Levine College of Health Sciences building is not the only project CM Black has completed for Wingate. The building is the continuation of a 14-year relationship with the University, which now includes the construction of a 305-student dormitory on Wingate’s campus, expected to be completed this summer.

“We would recommend CM Black for any project,” Wingate President Dr. Jerry McGee recently said. “They can handle any job, no matter how sophisticated it might be.”

Changes Coming to LEED Certification in 2012

Changes Coming to LEED Certification in 2012

USGBCLEED Certification continues to grow in popularity, but commercial construction builders who undertake new projects in the near future will likely face significant changes in how buildings are graded.

The U.S. Green Building Council is reviewing all LEED certification standards, and has developed an initial list of expected changes. Those changes cover interior design, building design and existing buildings, among other changes, and those changes are expected to be finalized by the fall.

LEED certification system changes happen every two years, and that’s why it is important for commercial construction companies to stay ahead of those developments. Justin Black, project manager for CM Black, said the continually evolving LEED certification process is something that every company must monitor.

“Green building continues to grow, and you have to know exactly what is required to meet those standards,” Black said. “As the LEED rating system evolves, builders must stay on top of those changes, and have a true understanding of how each LEED process affects the end result of a sustainable building.”

Green building slowed a little for new buildings in 2011, with only a 3 percent rise from 2010. However, LEED certified construction of existing buildings, known as LEED-EBOM, jumped 18 percent in 2010. Those projects actually accounted for more construction than new LEED projects for the first time in 2011, and that trend may continue in 2012.

Does your company know how much material needs to be recycled, or what kind of materials to use in both new and existing buildings? Changes to the LEED certification system could result in differing scores for buildings. This article details many of the changes currently being discussed, including changes to water efficiency requirements, a new walk-able street credit, and heat island reduction credit.

Perhaps the most important development in LEED certification in 2012 is that building owners must recertify every five years, to make sure they are staying current with energy saving techniques.

 

“LEED certification is an ever-changing landscape,” Justin Black said. “We look forward to seeing the finalized ratings system for 2012, and beginning the process of implementing that for our future projects.”

10 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Next Commercial Construction Project

10 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Next Commercial Construction Project

construction management1. What are your basics?

Have a plan prepared with the basics of the project. What are your needs? How much can you spend? How much time do you have? It’s important to be realistic in this phase so you are not surprised further down the road. Do your research and come up with three scenarios: “Best Case”, “Worst Case” and “Most Likely Case” for your budgets and timelines.

2. Who will be on your dream team?

Two heads are better than one, three heads better than two, and so on…to a certain point. Having too many people invested in one project can destroy it. Put together a team; decide who will be the point of contact for certain situations and who will be in charge of certain details. Before moving forward with your project, ensure that all stakeholders are in agreement on the details so far.

3. What are your limits?

Schedules and budgets are likely to change, but know where you need to draw the line. At what point will you have to scale back? Be realistic, and determine the absolute latest completion date and the maximum budget. Be flexible in changes up to those limit points, but stick to them.

4. What issues or needs can you expect?

What are the zoning restrictions that might apply to your project? What permits will you need to obtain before moving forward with the plans? What types of insurance will you need for the construction process? Is the construction going to affect your current business practices? This step can be tedious, but it’s better to know prior to construction if there will be any issues.

5. Who will be your general contractor?

In the past, it has been generally suggested that plans and budgets be sent to multiple contractors for bidding. However, in today’s environment, clients and their projects can greatly benefit by selecting a contractor at the front-end of a project. The right contractor can provide guidance and assistance in the development of concepts and budgets.  Personality matters. Make sure the contractor you hire is someone you feel comfortable with, trust, and communicate well with. A good working relationship can make a world of difference.

6. What are your expectations?

Sit down with your contractor, and make it known what your preferences are in everything from method of contact to how you expect certain situations to be handled. Find out what ancillary services your contractor offers. Can they obtain permits for you or do you need to handle them? How do they perform in the warranty period?  A contractor who is a able to provide multiple services can reduce the burdens of the owner.

7. What are your priorities?

Maybe you were set on having a 500 gallon aquarium in the lobby, but if it would mean cutting corners on essentials, it’s time to reprioritize. Make a list of absolute musts: starting with the things you literally cannot go without (permits, licenses, a floor…).  If you have to start making budget cuts, you’ll know what you can afford to lose and what you cannot.

8. How can you best use your resources?

You have a dream team and your perfect contractor, so take advantage of them. Does your contractor have recommendations for businesses to use in securing materials, licenses, etc.? Get their honest opinions on your plans and schedules. They have probably completed similar projects, and will be able to aid in determining certain items that may have longer lead or delivery times, which can impact the schedule.

9. What impact is your project going to have?

What impact could your project have on the local community? Once completed, how will the business affect the local community, economy, other businesses, etc.? You’ll want to keep these things in mind so you are well-prepared if the issues need to be addressed.

10. Have you covered all your bases?

It’s never too early to develop a good reputation. Use your research findings to determine if there will be people unhappy about your project. Address the issues head on, and be proactive. Reach out to the local media or city council and explain how your project will have a positive effect on the community. It might be useful to hire a PR professional for guidance in handling these issues.

Development Taking Off in Charlotte Region

Development Taking Off in Charlotte Region

Charlotte_NC_Skyline.33685659Recent statistics point to a 3 percent growth in construction in the Charlotte metro area from the beginning of 2011 to 2012, and many professionals believe that trend will continue. The Charlotte Observer reported that commercial construction is “improving,” and that the region’s outlook should continue to grow.

Developer Johnny Harris told the Observer that “things are getting better” and noted the rising number of building permits for non-residential construction in the past few months. One of the fastest growing major populations in the last 10 years, the Charlotte region continues to see a migration of newcomers each year.

Things are also picking up in Cabarrus County. Building permits have increased throughout the county, and new projects continue to begin throughout the area. New construction in Cabarrus County is an appealing alternative, due to the lack of available buildings in the county.

Concord Mayor Scott Padgett says he welcomes all new construction, and that the county is working hard to attract more commercial construction. “The construction of places like Carolina Courts downtown has sparked interest from investors and businesses wanting to capitalize on the large number of visitors that will be coming to campus clinics and league tournaments”. Additions to places like Wingate University are also encouraging tourism and growth.

Other economic indicators locally and nationally point to more construction.
Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008, and the stock market has hit its highest point since that time. Mayor Padgett explains that development must continue for the economy to maintain that course. “We have seen an increase in plan submittal and permitting for commercial development. Interest in industrial property has also increased in the past few months”.
The mayor also emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between costs and standards. Maintaining high quality development is a key to ensuring continued interest and growth.

Project Update: Hinds’ Feet Farm (Puddin’s Place)

“Puddin’s Place” is the latest phase in CM Black’s partnership with Hinds’ Feet Farm, an organization dedicated to serving individuals living with brain injuries. The state-of-the-art, 6-bed, family care home has been designed to handle the complex needs of its residents.

 

Currently in the late stages of construction, the home, which is entirely handicap accessible, will enable Hinds’ Feet Farm to expand their existing day program operations to accommodate individuals needing maximum assistance with every-day activities.

Check back soon for more updates on the progress of the project.

CTC Corporate Headquarters

The new CTC corporate headquarters and operations center consists of structural steel with composite metal wall panels, recessed access floors and a partial redundant electrical and HVAC system for full operation during emergency situations.

“This project was great. Most often, I was on site once a day meeting with our superintendent and other subcontractors, making sure that we performed to the satisfaction levels expected.”

Emmitt Black

“The CTC Headquarters is a good example of our work. It’s a very complex building with a multitude of subcontractors working in harmony with each other. It was successful because of our planning, team members and daily management.”

Clinton M. Black II

CM Black Begins Work on Dealership Upgrade

CM Black Begins Work on Dealership Upgrade

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

The retrofit will also include the construction of a new car canopy, as well as a freestanding GM tower accenting the front and main entry. The project will also feature new doors at the service bay and other enhancements for the dealership. It is expected to be completed by the spring of 2012.

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

Wingate Levine College of Health Sciences Building

The 69,000 square-foot Levine College of Health Sciences facility is comprised of a structural steel frame, metal stud exterior walls, and brick veneer that is accented with pre-cast bands. Its roof is a standing seam metal roof, and the inside includes two laboratories, complete with laboratory casework. The building is targeted to receive Silver LEED certification. The three-story building houses the School of Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant at Wingate, and is one of the landmark achievements in CM Black’s 60-year history.

It also is designed to meet the highest standards in teaching with three 90-seat lecture halls, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulations labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an iv admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center.

The building followed strict green building requirements, as CM Black recycled nearly 90 percent of its waste, and 30 percent of its construction was done with recycled materials. The project also cut down on emissions because more than 44 percent of materials were extracted and manufactured locally. The project also had more than 83 percent of its wood FSC-certified, and also substantially enhanced its indoor air quality through specified HVAC safeguards and tactics.

“Dr. Craig Boyer told me he has personally been in 110 of the 115 pharmacy schools in America, and this building is the finest he has ever seen,” Wingate University President Jerry McGee said at the ribbon cutting for the facility. “I agree with Dr. Boyer.”

Video: College of Health Sciences Building Is Star Attraction

The Levine College of Health Sciences Building opened in August, and the 69,000 square foot building is already earning rave reviews.

The building is the centerpiece to the expanding School of Pharmacy at Wingate University, and was completed on time, and under budget.

The building includes three 90-seat lecture halls, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulations labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an IV admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center.

The grand opening of the building was covered by local news organizations including the Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Observer and WBTV.

Dr. Robert Supernaw, the dean of the School of Pharmacy at Wingate, said the building will establish Wingate as a leading institution for pharmacy students, and will make a significant impact for the university. Dr. Supernaw and Dr. Jerry McGree, the president of the university, recently talked about the building and its impact in the video above.

First Charter Bank Corporate Headquarters

First Charter Bank Corporate Headquarters

The 270,000SF First Charter Center houses the company headquarters, as well as their operations and technology functions. The facility consists of structural steel with composite metal wall panels, recessed access floors, and a fully redundant electrical and HVAC system for full operation during emergency situations. The facility contains some 900 computer work stations.

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“A really integral building that really combines form and function. Everyone was very happy with the end result, but in the end it was all of our people and team members that made the project a success”

Emmitt Black

“Here is another example of how we can construct a fairly large project on time by keeping the lines of communications open and putting the customer first.”

Clinton Black

“Building the First Charter Center is the largest real estate project ever undertaken by our company and working with the team at CM Black made it a very satisfying experience. They constructed a beautiful, high-quality building that our employees enjoy working in and our visitors compliment us on every day.

CM Black worked closely with us on the many construction details that arose, met the construction completion schedule that we established, and built a first class facility.”

Robert E. James, Jr.
President and CEO
First Charter Bank

Tim Marburger Honda

Tim Marburger Honda

marburger_hondaThe 20,150 square foot Tim Marburger Honda Sales / Service Facility features partial structural steel frame and exterior wall systems utilizing split-face masonry veneer and EIFS on steel stud back up in addition to load bearing split face CMU. Roofing is fully adhered TPO on rigid insulation on metal decking. The window system is aluminum storefront with insulated glass. Interior partitions are both concrete masonry unit and gypsum wall board on metal stud construction. Interior finishes consist of carpet, VCT, ceramic tile, painted CMU and drywall, acoustical ceiling tile and painted exposed structure.

Tillery Tradition Pro Shop

Tillery Tradition Pro Shop

TilleryThe 18,700 square-foot pro shop and clubhouse facility is a two-story structure consisting of cast-in-place basement walls, suspended concrete 1st floor, wood and metal stud framing with stone and calcium silica masonry unit veneer and asphalt shingle roof.

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The Lower Level is cart storage with the first floor encompassing the pro shop, men’s/women’s locker room, and full kitchen with dining room and bar.

“The Tillery Tradition Pro Shop will help set apart the course from other local facilities. We believe its design is a perfect complement to the challenging course, and is something to showcase.”

CM Black President Emmitt Black

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.”

Tim Marburger Dodge

Tim Marburger Dodge

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This 45,000 SF single-story building features a showroom, service bays and office facilities. It is a combination of pre-engineered and structural steel with metal stud framing. The exterior is made up of synthetic materials and masonry with a pre-engineered standing seam roof. Special features include imported Italian porcelain tile floors, zolatone paint and custom-built casework.

“It took a real effort to blend both pre-engineered and custom construction together. Since this was not only an automotive show room, but also the dealer’s corporate headquarters, it was very important that finished building was a real showplace.”
Emmitt Black

“Our teams really worked well on this beautifully designed project by Yates/Chreitzberg, the architect of record. The buildings seamlessly combine pre-engineered and custom construction. The finished building speaks for itself. We are now building a second dealership for Tim Marburger in Shelby, N.C.”
Clinton M. Black II

“In a world of unfulfilled contracts and broken promises, CM Black delivered, did what they said they would do and when they promised to do it.”
“We are pleased to announce that we have chosen CM Black to build a Chrysler/Jeep/Nissan dealership for us in Shelby.”

Tim Marburger
President
Marburger Automotive Group

Albemarle City Hall

Albemarle City Hall

The renovation and expansion of the Albemarle City Hall was awarded the Best Public Building Improvement award by the North Carolina Main Street Center in 2010. The project added more than 30,000 square feet to the complex and also renovated the original 12,000 square foot structure. It will enable the city’s administrative functions to be consolidated into one facility.

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The project added more than 30,000 square feet to the complex and also renovated the original 12,000 square foot structure. It will enable the city’s administrative functions to be consolidated into one facility.

The historic city hall first opened in 1938. The facility includes a new city council chambers that can seat at least 100 people. The facility also has a community training room, a new audio/visual system, and a drive-through collections window. It can also be expanded if necessary.

One of the most impressive aspects of the project was that it was completed on time with a total project cost of $9.5 million, more than $1 million under the original budget.

“CM Black did a terrific job. All the comments I have received and heard here say the building couldn’t be any nicer. CM Black is to be commended. We were fortunate to have them on the project.”

Albemarle Mayor Elbert “Whit” Whitley Jr.

Wingate University Hayes Classroom

Wingate University Hayes Classroom

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The 13,000 square-foot Hayes Classroom building features wood frame and masonry veneer. It houses 11 state-of-the-art classrooms and two office suites. The classrooms are fully equipped for multi-media, web-based, interactive instruction, and provide a wireless computer environment for faculty and students.

The building is designed to complement the architecture of the adjacent and recently renovated Burris Hall, Wingate’s oldest classroom building dating back to 1933.

Shelby Motors Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan Building

Shelby Motors Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan Building

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The new Shelby Motors Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan dealership now consists of two buildings tied together with a drive-though canopy, totaling 21,245 SF. The facility is constructed of a pre-engineered building frame, metal studs and gypsum wallboard interior masonry walls, with a masonry and synthetic exterior finish.

 

 

 

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Green Building Outlook

Green Building Outlook

lfhcredits2Some trends in construction don’t have staying power, but it appears green building will continue to be a big trend well into the next decade and beyond.

Bank of America announced earlier this month that 20 percent of its office space will be LEED certified by 2015, and New York, Chicago and Washington DC all expect to have more than 650 LEED-certified buildings constructed in the coming years. There is already more than 1 billion square feet of LEED-certified projects built throughout the world, and that number continues to grow.

Locally, two data centers to be constructed by Time Warner Cable will also be LEED-certified. Food Lion, Harris Teeter, and Family Dollar have also been recognized for their green building efforts.

CM Black Construction Company understands the value of green building and its benefits to the environment, and continues its pledge to utilize LEED-certified buildings whenever feasible.

“We have already had extensive experience with LEED-certified projects, including the Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate University and the Board of Elections building in Cabarrus County,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “Our staff is committed to building sustainable buildings that include recycled materials and minimal waste as much as possible, and we look forward to keeping up that effort.”

The Levine College of Health Sciences building illustrates that. That building recycled nearly 90 percent of its waste, and 30 percent of its construction was done with recycled materials.

The project also cut down on emissions because more than 44 percent of materials were extracted and manufactured locally. The project also had more than 83 percent of its wood FSC-certified, and also substantially enhanced its indoor air quality through specified HVAC safeguards and tactics.

All of those techniques are expected to help the Levine College of Health Sciences building earn a silver LEED certification, and continue CM Black’s quest for green building.

“We carefully examined every step of the building process for the Levine College of Health Sciences building to ensure we were adhering to the green building standards to maintain LEED certification,” CM Black LEED AP Project Manager Justin Black said. “This building is not only a marvel to look at, but an environmentally friendly structure that will be a big benefit in the years to come.”

CM Black adds Emilee Black Stamper as Project Manager

CM Black Construction Company continues its growth with the addition of Emilee Stamper as a Project Manager. Emilee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from UNC Charlotte, and also holds a General Contractor’s Building License. Emilee is also continuing CM Black’s focus on Green Building, and recently earned her Green Associate Accreditation, the first pre-requisite for the LEED AP Accreditation.

“I’m ready to help our clients develop their green building ideas and continue that trend,” Emilee said. “I’ve always seen the construction business up close all my life and I am looking forward to this challenge,”

Emilee is the daughter of CM Black President Emmitt Black, continuing the family business into its third generation along with cousin Justin Black, who is also a Project Manager.

“We are happy to have Emilee join our team,” said CM Black Vice President Clinton Black. “We are committed to constructing sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings in the future, and Emilee possesses the knowledge to help us. We look forward to working with Emilee and continuing on LEED certified projects.”

CM Black to Finish Two Cabarrus Projects, Begin Work on Hinds Feet Farm

CM Black to Finish Two Cabarrus Projects, Begin Work on Hinds Feet Farm

CC BOE Office BuildingCM Black Construction Company is wrapping up two other projects in Cabarrus County.

CM Black completed a new project at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center at the end of August. The 10,000 square foot facility replaces a mobile unit and also houses the fair’s management offices.

Construction of the building was approved by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners in March. CM Black completed the structure on time, an important achievement since the annual Cabarrus County Fair begins September , which attracts thousands of visitors.

“We are happy to construct this building for the county,” CM Black Vice President Clinton Black said. “We knew how important it was to have the building completed before the fair opened, and we made sure to meet our deadlines while maintaining the quality that our customers expect.”

CM Black is also scheduled to complete the Board of Elections building in the coming weeks. That 10,000 square foot structure has been under construction since March, and is part of Cabarrus County’s initiative for sustainable buildings. Deputy County Manager Mike Downs discussed the building and working with CM Black in this video.

“The Board of Elections Building is a CM at-risk project that shows our capability as a builder,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We are pleased to meet our required timeframe for this structure and show how we can successfully approach CM at-risk projects.”

CM Black is also expected to break ground in the coming weeks for a 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. CM Black previously constructed the arts and crafts facility at Hinds Feet Farm.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Hinds Feet Farm,” CM Black Vice President Clinton Black said. “We look forward to beginning this project and working with the people of Hinds Feet Farm again.” For more information on Hinds Feet Farm , please visit http://www.hindsfeetfarm.org/..

Wingate’s Levine College of Health Sciences Building Opens to Rave Reviews

The Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate University started in February 2010 as a vision, to create one of the top pharmacy school buildings in the nation.

Now, that vision is a reality, as the 69,000 square foot building is opening for students this fall amid rave reviews for the design and construction of the structure.

“Dr. Craig Boyer told me he has personally been in 110 of the 115 pharmacy schools in America, and this building is the finest he has ever seen,” Wingate University President Jerry McGee said at the ribbon cutting for the facility earlier this month. “I agree with Dr. Boyer.”

Philanthropist Leon Levine, who provided much of the funding for the Wingate building and has funded many other buildings in the Charlotte metropolitan area, was also pleased with the structure named after him.

“This is a beautiful building and we should all be proud of it,” he said at the ceremony. “I think what I am happiest about is that this building was completed on time and (under) budget. Some of our buildings haven’t been able to say that.”

The three-story building is comprised of a structural steel frame, metal stud exterior walls, and brick veneer that is accented with pre-cast bands. Its roof is a standing seam metal roof, and the inside includes two laboratories, complete with laboratory casework.

“We could not be more pleased with the Levine College of Health Sciences building,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “It is one of the finest buildings we have constructed in our 60-year history. It is a credit to everyone involved in the project, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Wingate University with this project.”

The building is targeted to receive Silver LEED certification. The building will house the School of Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant at Wingate, and is one of the landmark achievements in CM Black’s 60-year history.

“As we move into this LEED-certified masterpiece, this has been more of a partnership than any project I can remember engaging in,” said McGee.

The facility is the seventh building constructed at Wingate by CM Black. It is the largest structure on the Wingate campus, and only the second LEED certified building in Union County. It also is designed to meet the highest standards in teaching with three 90-seat lecture halls, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulations labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an iv admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center.

“We can be proud of this structure,” said Thomas Williams, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wingate. “If this building is any indication, Wingate has the prescription for a bright future.”

Wingate University Phase III Residence Hall

Wingate University’s newest Residence Hall was completed in 2010, 20 percent faster than similar projects due to the urgent need of the university, which faced record freshman enrollment. The 26,536 square foot 3-story structure consists of wood frame construction with exterior masonry veneer and vinyl siding.

The housing structure contains nine suites consisting of four shared bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, common living area and kitchen.

“The new apartment building is beautiful and comfortable.”

Jerry McGee, Wingate University President

Wingate University Fine Arts Center/Auditorium

This 46,000 SF fine arts center/auditorium features a steel frame structural system and masonry veneer. The fine arts center/auditorium consists of a combination of theatrical and music departments. Special features of this facility include a main auditorium for seating 528 people, an auxiliary recital hall that seats 275 people and a secured gallery for storage of permanent art displays.

The main auditorium has a stage complete with theatrical rigging and a 400 SF orchestra pit nine feet below finished floor.

“Good communication and working closely with the architect made this project a success.”

Emmitt Black

“Hands on management, the ability to meet the architect’s and the owner’s requests on time made this a really successful project. We are fortunate to have great clients and team members that makes us look good.”

Clinton M. Black II

“During my 30-year career in higher education, I’ve been involved in the planning and construction of dozens of campus facilities. The most pleasant and successful project I have dealt with was the construction of the George Batte Fine Arts Center on the Wingate University campus. It was an absolute joy to work with Clinton and Emmitt Black and their entire staff. I recommend them with great enthusiasm.”

Jerry E. McGee
President
Wingate University

CM Black to Construct New Building at Cabarrus Arena

Concord, NC— CM Black Construction Company will begin construction on a new office and storage building at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center this month.

The facility will include permanent offices for county fair management and more than 10,000 square foot of space.

The facility will replace a mobile unit currently used for the fair management office. The project is expected to be completed within four months. The project is CM Black’s second project currently under construction for Cabarrus County. CM Black is also working on a new Board of Elections building in downtown Concord that is scheduled to be completed this summer.

“We are excited to move forward with this new project at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center and continue our relationship with Cabarrus County,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We pride ourselves on finishing jobs on time and under budget, and we look forward to getting to work on this project for the county.”

The Cabarrus Arena and Events Center is located at 4751 U.S. 49 North in Concord. The 2011 Cabarrus County Fair will be from Sept. 9 through Sept. 17.

About CM Black Construction Company
Founded in 1950, CM Black is an independent, family-owned, LEED accredited general contractor for commercial, industrial and institutional projects in and around the Concord, N.C. region. CM Black provides all of the services needed to complete any commercial, industrial or institutional construction project, including: pre-construction, general construction, negotiated construction, design/build construction and bidding construction. CM Black Construction Co., Inc. is bonded and licensed as an unlimited contractor. For more information on CM Black, please visit www.cmblack.com or call (704) 788-4438.

International Corporate Center (Phase I)

The 70,100 SF Flex Office/Warehouse Facility is a single-story structure consisting of a steel frame and precast concrete tilt-up wall construction with metal roof deck substrate. The facility is comprised of a roofing system that includes a mechanically fastened TPO membrane and an aluminum storefront window system with tinted insulated glass.

TASCA Race Team

The TASCA race team needed a facility centrally located in Concord, NC, considered by many to be the home of motorsports. With the addition of the new Z-Max Dragway, several NHRA teams have moved into the area to call Concord their home headquarters.

The building, which is nearly 10,000 square feet, is a pre-fabricated metal building. Inside the building are the offices for the Crew Chief and Co-Crew Chief. The rest of the race shop consists of mostly open area for fabrication and work performed on the 300 mph Funny Car. There is also a room dedicated to a blower dyno, where the crew can test/monitor/adjust the parameters of the supercharger that propels the car.

North Albemarle Baptist Church

The 13,000 SF Sanctuary is constructed of a structural steel frame, brick veneered with EIFS trim, metal stud interior framing and a standing seam roof. The new sanctuary includes a baptistery and encompasses the refurbished stained glass windows from the original church.

The 11,000 SF Family Life Center is a pre-engineered building with brick veneer and EIFS trim, metal stud interior framing and a standing seam roof. The Family Life Center includes a full gymnasium, commercial kitchen and youth assembly rooms.

The 2-story 13,000 SF Classroom Building is a pre-engineered building with brick veneer and EIFS trim, metal stud interior framing and a standing seam roof. The Classroom Building includes the administration offices, elevator, classrooms and prayer rooms.

Stanly County Family YMCA

The 13,500 SF natatorium addition features new locker rooms, shower facilities, offices and a state-of-the-art therapeutic pool facility. This addition consisted of a combination of masonry and structural steel, a single-ply roof system and interior metal stud framing.

“We really enjoyed working on this project. We think it reflects our abilities to work with the architect and owner to achieve a great facility on time and on budget.”

Emmitt Black

“This was an addition to an existing structure. We had good lines ofcommunication open at all times with the owner and team members. That’s critically important on a project of this nature.”

Clinton M. Black II

Cannon Memorial YMCA – West Branch Facility

The 65,000 SF West Branch facility is a two-story building consisting of precast and masonry walls with brick veneer. The new YMCA contains two pools (a 9-lane Cool Water Pool and Family Fun Pool), locker rooms, gymnasium, multi-purpose / aerobics rooms, wellness center, YMCA office and Northeast Medical Center Therapy and Fitness Area.

Barber-Scotia Honors Complex

Barber-Scotia Honors Complex

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The 7,000 SF Honors Complex is a single-story facility consisting of wood construction with brick veneer. The Complex consists of four individual pods linked together that will house eight students per pod. Each pod has a central kitchenette and living area, while the fourth pod consists of a computer classroom and resident’s quarters.

JHE Production Group Inc., Corporate Headquarters

The 28,400-square-foot JHE Production Group corporate headquarters building consists of pre-engineered metal with brick veneer wainscoting. The two-story structure combines 8,000 square feet of office space with a 20,400-square-foot warehouse component.

First Union

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A phase of restoration to the exterior of the First Union Bank building on Union Street in Concord has been completed. This restoration included masonry repair work, painting with fresh elastomeric coatings, the restoration of the old copper cornices and the replacement of the exterior fire escape stair which provides proper egress for future interior restoration and use of the building.

First Charter – Wilmar Financial Center

First Charter – Wilmar Financial Center

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The Wilmar Financial Center is a 2-level 21,511 SF branch bank. The facility is slab on grade and supported slab with steel frame construction. Exterior walls are precast concrete panels supported by the structural steel frame and structural concrete. The roofing systems is a standing seam metal roofing and a fully-adhered TPO membrane system on rigid, tapered insulation.

 

 

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First Charter – Port Village

First Charter – Port Village

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First Charter’s Port Village location on Highway 150 in Mooresville has undergone an expansion and renovation. The project added 1,964 SF of new office space and enlarged and updated the lobby area in the existing space. Exterior updates include the construction of a new entry tower on the front elevation and painting and roof replacement with the familiar First Charter red and white colors.

First Charter Cotswold Mall

First Charter Cotswold Mall

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First Charter – Cotswold Mall branch’s interior and exterior renovations have been completed. The interior scope of work consisted of the reconfiguration of interior offices, new casework, wallpaper, painting, and floor coverings. The existing roof was removed and replaced with a standing seam metal roof. The exterior received a new coat of paint along with new landscaping.

CT Communications Operations Center Addition

CT Communications Operations Center Addition

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The new addition to the operations facility consisted of an additional 12,700 SF. The same major building components used in the original building were utilized in this new addition.

“Building is basically a simple process. Plan together. Work together. Take pride in what you do. At the end of the day you have a good building and everyone’s happy.”

Clinton M. Black II

CT Communications Operations Center

CT Communications Operations Center

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This 12,400 SF single-story building functions as CT Communications’ operations facility. The building consists of steel frame construction with metal deck roof substrate and EPDM roofing. Exterior wall construction includes metal studs with composite metal wall panel systems. General interior partitions are comprised of metal studs with conventional drywall construction. This facility contains a generator and UPS system for emergency operation.

“There are plenty of things you can’t control — the weather for example. So you have to learn patience and flexibility. There are plenty of things you can control, however, so you have to learn your craft and learn discipline.”

Clinton M. Black II

S & D Coffee

S & D Coffee

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This new warehouse and roaster building includes a combined total of 72,000 SF. The warehouse consisted of a pre-engineered building, while the roaster building was made of structural steel and contained a pre-engineered skin.

“This was a pre-engineered building. Everyone worked well together and the bottom line was a happy customer.”

Emmitt Black

“Our experience with pre-engineered buildings really helped us meet this particular client’s expectations — on time and on budget.”

Clinton M. Black II

Oiles America Corporation

Oiles America Corporation

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With an exterior that consists of storefront glass and brick veneer and an interior that features both office and manufacturing uses, the recently completed 32,129 square-foot addition provides much needed space for the rapidly growing Oiles America Corporation. Oiles America, a worldwide supplier to the automotive industry, has undergone two expansions, increasing its Concord facility to 77,687 square feet.

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Nasco Supply

Nasco Supply

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This 120,000 SF pre-engineered warehouse was constructed to be used as a distribution facility that would need high-pile stacking. The warehouse features an extra reinforced concrete slab, ESFR sprinkler system, gas air-rotation HVAC and high bay lighting.

Emmitt Black

“We understood how this project needed to go and we simply did it without fanfare.”

Clinton M. Black II

Juba Aluminum Products

Juba Aluminum Products

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This 38,000 SF corporate headquarters and warehouse consists of structural steel, composite metal wall panels and custom curtainwall. The facility features office space and a manufacturing area, along with additional flex space for future leasing.

“We sought out a contractor who conducted their business with the highest integrity, one who knew the full meaning of partnership and team work. We are pleased to announce that CM Black Construction Company met and exceeded all of our expectations of a first class general contractor.”

We were particularly pleased that the principals of the company gave very close personal attention to our project. The project was on time and within the original budget. We would recommend them to any owner and/or developer in the industry. What a great organization!

John Juba
President
Juba Aluminum Products Co., Inc.

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Harrisburg Fire Department

Harrisburg Fire Department

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This office building is utilized by both Harrisburg Fire Dept. personnel and Harrisburg Sheriff Dept. personnel. The 3,700 square-foot building is a single story, metal stud with brick veneer structure that includes offices for the Fire Chief and Sheriff. It also includes a training room for training purposes.

NorthEast Medical Center – Parking Deck

NorthEast Medical Center – Parking Deck

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The 800-car employee parking deck is located on the hospital’s main campus. The parking deck is constructed of precast concrete with ornamental brick accents. Additional components such as the stair towers and elevator cores have exterior fenestration and covered roofing elements.

Why Sustainable Buildings are the Future

Cabarrus County Deputy Manager Mike Downs discusses why his county is utilizing sustainable buildings, and how CM Black helped them in that process in the construction of the Board of Elections building in downtown Concord, which was completed in August 2011. That project was completed on time and under budget, and gave the city the first of many expected sustainable buildings for the future.

To learn more about CM Black’s efforts in LEED certified construction, please click here.

Progressive Baptist Church

Progressive Baptist Church

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This 6,600-square-foot Fellowship Hall addition consists of a wood framed structure with exterior masonry veneer and an aluminum storefront entrance with windows. Housed in the traditionally-designed space are classrooms, offices, a kitchen area and new fellowship hall.

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First Assembly of God – Albemarle, NC

First Assembly of God – Albemarle, NC

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The new 654-seat sanctuary features a choir platform, baptistery, bridal room and a custom-built cross. Other touches include a state-of-the-art audio and video set up and dramatic stained glass windows.

The exterior of the 12,000-square-foot building consists of accent panels and brick veneer.

 

 

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Cabarrus Dance Academy

Cabarrus Dance Academy

DSC_0126This project is an approximately 9,000-square-foot pre-engineered building with a brick façade, EIFS accents, and aluminum storefront windows. A 4,500-sq-ft area will house The Cabarrus Dance Academy. The Cabarrus Dance Academy has a tile vestibule, carpeted waiting area, two dance studios and a multi-purpose room with a cush II maple flooring system and floor to ceiling mirrors, a dressing room, a teacher’s lounge, and a retail dance store. The remainder of the 4,500-sq-ft building is divided into three shell retail spaces for upfit by future tenants.

Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club

Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club

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This Boys & Girls Club’s facility consists of a 48,529 SF two-story building. The main level consists of approximately 32,123 SF and the upper level will consist of approximately 16,406 SF. The main components of the building are: main and practice gymnasiums, a kitchen/concessions area, toilets and showers, office area and various multi-purpose rooms and classrooms. The facility is composed of steel and masonry.

Boy Scouts of America Camp – John J. Barnhardt Pool Facility

Boy Scouts of America Camp – John J. Barnhardt Pool Facility

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A new swimming pool and pool house was built for the Boy Scouts of America at Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London, NC. The new swimming pool, which is 3,128 SF with a capacity of 113,000 gallons features reinforced concrete construction and was built by Paddock Pools of Rock Hill, SC.

The new pool house includes 3,040 SF of heated space with an additional 1,368 SF under roof to be used for outdoor instruction and training. The pool house construction consists of reinforced masonry walls with an engineered roof truss system. The facility includes a total of (18) toilets / urinals and (18) private showers including two private special needs dressing areas. Shower areas provide separate spaces to accommodate both male and female swimmers.

Exterior finishes include split face masonry with pre-finished vinyl boxing and architectural roof shingles. Interior walls, floors and ceilings have epoxy coatings.

Precision Eye Center

Precision Eye Center

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This 2,700 SF eye clinic consists of a structural steel main structure with metal stud wall construction for interior and exterior walls.

The exterior finish is composed of synthetic stucco (EIFS) with white storefront window components. The interior consists of three examination rooms with additional testing and laboratory rooms for preparing eye care products for clients.

Coltrane Life Center

Coltrane Life Center

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The Coltrane Life Center is a 10,600 SF adult care facility specializing in the daytime care needs of older adults. Building construction consists of traditional wood-frame methods with structural metal wall studs. The building’s exterior features extended overhangs and exposed rafters, providing both architectural appeal and covered outdoor activity spaces. Two secure courtyard areas provide additional areas for gardening and other activities for participants. The building’s exterior finishes include cedar shakes and board and batten siding with masonry veneer accents.Interior features of the facility include a full-service commercial kitchen, staff offices, therapy and treatment rooms, a beauty salon and areas for daytime programming.

“Having this facility is just like heaven. I can’t say enough positive things about CM Black Construction. Working with CM Black and our construction supervisor,Jennings Koontz, was wonderful. They were all so cooperative and would do anything I asked of them — even at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. CM Black made the entire construction process a great experience.”

Susan Caudle
Executive Director
Coltrane Life Center

Wingate University – Cannon Hall Annex

Wingate University – Cannon Hall Annex

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The approximately 20,100 square-foot Cannon Hall Annex blends with the style of existing housing to create a unified look. The three-story structure, designed by Yates Chreitzberg Hughes Architects, contains nine suites consisting of four bedrooms. Each bedroom will accommodate two students and shares a bathroom, common living area and kitchen.

Green Building Continues to Make Impact in 2011

McGraw Hill projects a 16 percent increase in commercial construction in 2011, and green building is also expected to continue to surge.

Kyle Bilafer, the Director of General Services for Cabarrus County, said his county is expecting to do more green building, and expects that trend to continue elsewhere.

“I think that is the way that all government is going to go,” he said. “Charlotte-Mecklenburg is already building LEED certified buildings, and if you look at what the state is mandating, that’s the direction to expect.”

North Carolina began N.C. Project Green in 1998, a program designed to encourage green building throughout the state government. The state has begun sustainable building policies, and those policies are now being implemented at the local level.

Sustainable buildings are a key part of Cabarrus County’s construction philosophy. According to Mike Downs, deputy county manager for Cabarrus County, that philosophy is geared toward keeping Cabarrus County ahead of the curve in constructing sustainable buildings.

“We want to be a leader in that regard,” he said. “If you want to push the movement toward sustainable buildings, you have to participate in the movement. We have the power to be the leader, but we also want to help to encourage the private sector to do the same.”

Bilafer said the county has several other reasons for pursuing green building as well.

“I would say our main reasons are to have less impact on the environment, better health effects on the people who will use the building, the cost savings involved, and having less of a carbon footprint,” he said.

Bilafer said the shift to green building can have an immediate impact on the environment, and said the cost benefits can make a big difference later.

“You’ll realize a lot of those savings later after the project has been completed,” he said. “But we’re committed to a sustainability effort from here on.”

Those sustainability efforts include the Cabarrus County Board of Elections building, that CM Black is expected to build this year. Justin Black, LEED AP for CM Black, said there will be many green initiatives with the project to encourage a sustainable approach to design.

The project will have several key tactics for sustainability. The project will:

  • Track the percentage of waste to be recycled and diverted from landfills.
  • Track Materials for Regional Priority, reducing fuel and trucking costs.
  • Utilize Low Volatile Organic Compound products, to reduce exposure for occupants.
  • Incorporate higher-efficiency Roof Top Units in its HVAC system and MERV 8 filters to virtually eliminate dust or other particles
  • Utilize open space and day lighting
  • Include Solar Tubes for natural sunlight, and use occupancy sensors for other lighting
  • Feature FSC Certified Wood and other features inside to promote green philosophies.

Implementing those tactics should produce major results. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green buildings can save up to 50 % on energy usage, 40% of water usage, and 50% or more of waste.

Bilafer said that what can be done depends on the building that is being constructed, but he said he expects green building to continue for years to come.

“You never have apples to apples comparison with buildings,” he said. “Some buildings have more limitations on what kind of green building practices you can implement. But the biggest thing for us is we want to maintain a building philosophy that prevents urban sprawl while having the least amount of impact on the environment and our resources.”

CM Black Finishing College of Health Sciences Building, Other Projects

CM Black isn’t just focusing on green building with the Board of Election building in Cabarrus County however. The construction company continues work on the Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate University.

That building is targeted to receive Silver LEED certification and is also on schedule and under budget. Construction began on that building in February 2010, and the building is expected to be completed later this spring. It will open for students for the fall semester in August.

That building includes more than 69,000 square feet of space and will also house the School of Pharmacy at Wingate. The project, already considered one of the top health sciences buildings in the region, has been completed on schedule by CM Black and within budget.

“We are very proud of the Levine College of Health Sciences building and we look forward to its completion,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Wingate University and are very pleased with the resulting building.”

The Cabarrus County Commissioners approved the county’s Board of Elections building construction in March. CM Black will renovate the 10,000 square foot structure. Work on the building is scheduled to begin this month, and it is scheduled to be completed this summer.

“We’re pleased to collaborate with Cabarrus County on the building, and make it both more functional and also more environmentally friendly,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We have always had a strong relationship with the county, and are pleased to continue that relationship with this project.”

Higher Education Projects Continue Growth Statewide

While many colleges and universities are facing budget difficulties, construction continues to surge.

UNC-Asheville is renovating five dormitories and constructing a new building. The university is also building a new track, health and wellness center, and renovating two classroom buildings.

UNC Charlotte is also in the midst of major construction projects. The university is building new recreational fields off of John Kirk Drive, a new motor sports building, new residence halls (depending on enrollment growth) and more parking options on campus. The school will also have a groundbreaking for its new football stadium in April. Queens University of Charlotte has also been part of the construction boom. The university has begun a $100 million capital improvement campaign, including construction on a new science and health building later this year, and a $30 million wellness center. In addition, Pfeiffer University has added a new campus in the Research Triangle Park, and Davidson College opened a new residence hall this year.

Wingate University will open its Levine College of Health Sciences building later this year, and has already seen record freshman enrollment for the current year. Wingate University has a relationship with CM Black that spans more than a decade, and the construction company has built at least seven projects on campus.

“We understand that colleges and universities are undergoing constant change, and need state-of-the-art facilities to keep up with the rising student population and public demand for excellence,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “This growth isn’t just a trend that will fizzle, it’s going to be a constant for the next decade or longer. We want to help colleges and universities keep pace with that growth.”

CM Black featured in DDC Magazine, Charlotte Business Journal

CM Black’s work at Wingate University has been featured in two prominent publications.

The DDC Journal did a feature on the Levine College of Health Sciences building scheduled to be completed in the spring (see page 24-25 of the issue to see more). The Charlotte Business Journal and Charlotte Observer did a story about the completion of the university’s most recent residence hall, which was completed in December and finished 20 percent faster than buildings of similar dimensions.

CM Black was also recently featured in an article in the Concord Independent-Tribune about the company’s 60th anniversary, and its Albemarle City Hall upfit and renovation was also cited by the North Carolina Main Street Center as the Best Public Building Improvement in 2010.

That news and other information are also available on CM Black’s Facebook Page. That page has seen significant upgrades, allowing visitors more opportunities to see the company’s projects and keep updated on news. To learn more, visitwww.facebook.com/CMBlackConstruction.

New Video Details the History, Capabilities of CM Black

CM Black has uploaded a new video to its web site that details the company’s history and capabilities while offering testimonials from past clients.

The video includes footage from the George Batte Fine Arts Center at Wingate and the renovation of the Albemarle City Hall, as well as photos and details of many other CM Black projects. To view the four-minute video, visit the company’s web site at www.cmblack.com.

The video, which is also available on YouTube, is the latest way that CM Black is reaching out to potential prospects through online channels. CM Black also recently began a Facebook page with company updates, and also added an archive of past CM Black articles and news on its web site.

“We understand the importance of giving people several different ways to learn about our company,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We still have brochures and other materials, but the video and Facebook page are new ways that we can reach out and help potential customers learn about us. We are truly excited to have those new capabilities available, and look forward to sharing them.”

CM Black Projects Moving Toward Completion

CM Black Construction Company is wrapping up a busy 2010, completing two buildings and maintaining progress on a third project.

CM Black is expected to complete a new residence hall at Wingate University December 15th. That residence hall will be a three-story facility with more than 26,000 square feet. It will house 96 students once it is completed, and will be the third such residence hall constructed by CM Black on campus. CM Black previously constructed the Beam and Cannon residence halls at Wingate.

The completion of that building while staying on schedule has been a point of pride for CM Black. The project will be completed 20 percent faster than typical residence halls of similar dimensions, after Wingate University needed the facility to meet an unprecedented student population at the school. Wingate had its largest freshman class ever in the fall of 2010, and needed the building constructed in less than six months.

CM Black has finished the renovation for Southern Select Community Credit Union. That building, which is located off N.C. 3 in Cabarrus County, was completed November 30th.

CM Black’s biggest current project, the Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate University, is also on schedule and under budget. Construction began on that building in February, and it is expected to be completed by the spring of 2011. That building includes more than 69,000 square feet of space and will also house the School of Pharmacy at Wingate.

“We are pleased that we have been able to continue our reputation as a builder who gets projects done on time,” Emmitt Black said. “That’s a credit to everyone involved in our projects, and it shows the commitment and dedication that our staff has to delivering high quality work even with a challenging schedule.”

CM Black Stable Despite Sluggish Economy, Expecting Rebound in 2011

Commercial construction in the Charlotte region sputtered in 2010, but CM Black officials are optimistic for a turnaround in the industry in 2011.

Nationwide, commercial construction in September fell 21 percent from the year before. Construction employment in North Carolina in September totaled 170,400, a decrease of 6.6% from September 2009 and a decrease of 34% from the state’s peak in June 2007. In the Charlotte metropolitan area, that number has dropped 17 percent.

Those numbers may paint a difficult picture, but there may be room for optimism soon. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that construction is expected to increase nationally in 2011, and that growth is expected to be even bigger locally.

A recent article in the Charlotte Business Journal stated that Business Facilities magazine ranks Charlotte No. 5 among large metropolitan areas for economic growth potential and No. 5 among most-wired cities nationwide. North Carolina ranks No. 4 for economic growth potential, fifth in work-force training and sixth in business climate. That could mean the Charlotte area is ripe for a rebound, and CM Black officials are ready to get started.

CM Black has weathered the turbulent economy well, and remains strong. CM Black President Emmitt Black credits his company’s long-standing history and relationships with others as primary reasons for CM Black’s resiliency.

“We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs in the economy since we have been around for 60 years,” he said. “But we know what needs to be done in difficult times. And, we know how to react quickly when things rebound quickly. Our customers have found our experience to be quite valuable in times like these.”

CM Black has many relationships that have lasted more than a decade, and does not need to take drastic measures just for the sake of getting work. Emmitt Black said his company will continue to maintain its reputation as a fair, well-respected corporation.

“You can’t undercut people, that’s just bad for business,” he said. “We know what it takes to get a job done right, and we won’t stray from that. We want to make sure everyone is satisfied with the final product, and that it meets our high standards.”

CM At-Risk Projects Becoming Preferred Choice for Universities, Governments

CM at-risk projects, one of the most popular construction choices in North Carolina in the past decade, are done through a general contractor who guarantees the cost of a project and provides valuable services to the owner. Those services include preparation and coordination of bid packages, scheduling, cost control, evaluation, pre-construction services and construction administration.

Those projects, first instituted in North Carolina in 2001, create a guaranteed maximum price. In CM at-risk projects, the contractor must work in a fiduciary relationship with the owner, and always act in the best interest of the owner. The Construction Manager at-risk must develop a master schedule, make recommendations, and advise on constructibility issues. The company must also pre-qualify and evaluate subcontractors.

CM Black is currently working on a CM at-risk Project, building a new Board of Elections building in Cabarrus. CM Black President Emmitt Black said his company looks forward to opportunities for more CM at-risk projects in the future.

“We are always looking for new opportunities with those kinds of projects,” he said. “Our knowledge of the local market helps us, as well as our knowledge of subcontractors and their capabilities. We understand that cost is one of the driving factors behind a CM at-risk project, and we do everything we can to ensure the project doesn’t sacrifice quality while staying within those parameters.”

The demand for CM at-risk projects is growing, and is expected to remain high. A study was completed by the University of North Carolina in 2009 after the university system engaged 94 CM at-risk projects within a 10-year period. That study examined those projects, which had a total value of almost $3.3 billion dollars, and said CM at-risk projects brought added value, because of features including:

• Having the contractor at the table during the design process to validate cost estimates, suggest modification to design details that simplify & speed construction, and to establish common expectations with regard to project schedule.
• Establishing a team approach to the project planning & execution ameliorates the adversarial relationship often found between owner, designer & contractor.
• Selecting the Construction Manager at Risk with a qualifications-based selection process.
• Assuring the best possible quality in the finished product.
• Achieving significantly higher minority participation over other methods construction project delivery.
N.C. State and East Carolina have also done CM at-risk projects, and so have local governments including Mint Hill, Charlotte and Cabarrus County. Fayetteville State University is also expected to do a CM at-risk project in 2011, and other universities and local governments are also expected to continue the trend into the next decade.

“We’ve really seen a surge in the number of CM at-risk jobs in the Charlotte region, particularly with local governments,” Emmitt Black said. “We look forward to working with Cabarrus County on our current project, and we look forward to working with other municipalities in the future.”

LEED Certification Growth Continues Leading Up to Greenbuild

The annual Greenbuild conference will be in Chicago in November, and the trend for green building continues to grow. Green building now accounts for almost one-third of all new construction in the U.S. That’s a staggering increase, since it only accounted for two percent of new construction just five years ago. LEED certification guidelines were only established a decade ago, but builders, and the general public, have learned about the guidelines and rating system quickly.

“The word LEED meant nothing 10 odd years ago,” Michele Russo, director of green research for McGraw-Hill Construction told NPR. “Now, that is literally like Kleenex is to tissues. When you think of a LEED building you know it is a green building.”

LEED certified buildings are designed to help the environment, but there may be other benefits as well. A recent Michigan State University revealed that workers in green buildings had fewer absences due to asthma, allergies and illness, and showed higher productivity.

Many construction experts questioned the viability of green building when the U.S. Green Building Council was formed, believing that it creates substantial additional cost opposed to a typical project. But the University of Michigan announced recently that its research indicated that on a typical $100 million project, LEED certification will add about 2 percent to the cost. That cost savings can be easily recouped through energy savings just over a few years of the building’s life.

Michigan isn’t the only college campus turning to LEED certification. Iowa State and Louisville have already built LEED certified facilities and Wingate University is also constructing a College of Health Sciences Building that is expected to be LEED certified when it opens in 2011.

CM Black Construction Company is overseeing that project, and has maintained more than 90 percent of recycled construction waste during construction.

“When you are building a LEED certified project, you have to be meticulous with all your materials,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “We are proud of how well we have done in that regard, and we are determined to maintain that kind of success with this and other future LEED certified projects we will handle.”

New Software Helps CM Black Maintain Grading Advantage

CM Black Construction Company has officially upgraded its grading services through the implementation of the AGTEK software system.

The AGTEK estimating program allows CM Black to be more competitive in its pricing. CM Black officials have undergone extensive training for the software, and now have the capability to create 3D models of landscapes to determine the best course of action.

“We wanted to maintain our advantage with our grading capabilities and AGTEK will help us do that,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black.

The program allows CM Black to create haul plans, monitor production and document for payment; or use Earthwork 3D output with GPS systems to verify land topography, set grades and machine control. The software also helps optimize earthmoving jobs and resolve issues that may arise between developers and contractors.

The program includes not only 3D views, but also creates cut/fill detail maps that can settle quantity discrepancies and streamline grading operations. That can be an essential tool in the planning, since it gives a clear view of any issues that may arise from the land surrounding the project.

“We are really excited to start implementing this program into our construction capabilities,” said project manager Justin Black. “This will give us a vital tool moving forward.”

CM Black Builds Residence Hall at Wingate, Other Projects

CM Black has begun construction on a new residence hall at Wingate University, continuing a relationship with the school that spans more than a decade

The new residence hall, scheduled to be completed by December, will be a three-story facility with more than 26,000 square feet. It will house 96 students once it is completed, and will be the third such residence hall constructed by CM Black on campus. CM Black previously constructed the Beam and Cannon residence halls.

The construction of the new residence hall has been necessitated by the largest freshman class in Wingate’s 114-year history. More than 600 students entered the university in August, and those students will be housed in temporary housing until the new residence hall is complete.

CM Black began the project in June, and will have the residence hall completed within six months.

“We are thrilled to once again work with Wingate as they continue to grow in the coming years,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We look forward to working with them on this project and maintaining the high standards of the university.”

CM Black also has other projects in the Cabarrus/Charlotte Metro area. The construction company continues to work on the Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate, which includes more than 69,000 square feet. That building, which will also house the School of Pharmacy, recently had its topping out and is scheduled to be completed by June.

CM Black also recently began an upfit for Southern Select Community Credit Union. That building, which is located off N.C. 3 in Cabarrus County, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Three keys to meeting deadlines in commercial construction

Commercial construction involves projects that can sometimes take a year or longer to complete. Those kinds of multimillion dollar projects are often pushed back because of unexpected delays and other glitches that can hold up the building process.

Those kinds of delays can cost business owners, construction companies, and many others in the project, thousands of dollars. CM Black Construction Company has been in the construction business for 60 years, and the Concord construction firm has built a reputation for finishing projects on time.

Recent construction and renovation of the Albemarle City Hall and many projects at Wingate University all finished on time, but CM Black officials said there is no secret formula for getting work done on schedule. Each project is different, especially whether the project has been negotiated or competitively bid. Those variances each create their own set of special challenges, but CM Black President Emmitt Black said three primary philosophies have helped keep the company’s projects on track no matter how they are started.

1. Planning, planning, planning

Every CM Black project is meticulously planned down through every detail.

“Before the project even starts I am looking six months down the road,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “You have to know where the potential trouble can be.”

CM Black studies all blueprints, and carefully examines all potential trouble spots well before getting started. That trouble can seem to be in the smallest of details, from the light levels in a room to where fixtures will be placed, but if changes are made later in the process, they are more likely to create delays in the finish date.

2. Communicate thoroughly with everyone involved in the project.

CM Black views a construction project as a collaboration between builder, engineer, architect and owner. Emmitt Black said subcontractors must also be kept up to speed on everything involved with the project, to limit the number of change orders that need to be implemented.

“We try to work out any potential problems with the architects even before we get started,” Emmitt Black said.

Once construction has started, Emmitt Black said his company communicates frequently with the owner of the facility and continuously updates them on progress. Getting so many people involved early in a project creates a sense of ownership, and once they fully understand the parameters of a project, the process will go much smoother and eliminate the need for change orders.

3. Do things right.

Mistakes are easy to make on any project, but CM Black’s philosophy is to always check and doublecheck every plan thoroughly before proceeding.

“We try to be prepared for anything, and by being meticulous in what we do, we can make any needed fixes earlier in the process,” Emmitt Black said.

Once a project is started, CM Black follows through with thorough review of each phase of the construction process. Those reviews also help keep construction projects on track, and keep customers satisfied.

“We understand the value of a deadline,” Emmitt Black said. “We want to make sure that we keep things moving and on schedule.”

Understanding Effective Utilization of Materials Key Part of LEED Certification Process

The commercial construction industry evolves each year, with new tactics and techniques to help keep costs in line and, more recently, to help the environment. To that end, LEED certification continues to grow in construction, with as many as 20 percent of construction projects expected to be LEED certified by 2013.

The materials used in LEED certification continue to evolve. Builders receive credit for using wood that is tracked and managed by the Forestry Stewardship Council, which helps keeps forests sustainable worldwide. Other materials can also be key factors in gaining LEED certification as they allow for innovation points to be earned.

Recycling materials and the use of such environmentally friendly materials can create as many as 13 points in the LEED Certification grading scale, under the Materials and Resources credit. Those credits can come in a variety of ways, including the use of salvaged or refurbished materials. Builders can also gain a point by using at least 10 percent of its materials from a regional source, within 500 miles of a building site. Another point can be earned by having at least half of the wood for a project managed by the FSC.

All of those scenarios are just part of the LEED certification system, but coordinating that kind of project can be a challenge. Justin Black, LEED AP for CM Black, said that the LEED Certification process necessitates a thorough understanding of knowing where to find the best materials and how to incorporate that while maintaining a LEED certification strategy.

“There is a balance that you have to understand,” he said. “Sometimes, the distance to obtain the best materials can make it a challenge to maintain your optimal green building strategy.”

Black said the company is always investigating the latest LEED certification trends, as well as new ideas in the commercial construction marketplace. He said LEED certified projects are here to stay, and CM Black is ready for the changes that come as part of the process.

“We understand the challenges that companies can face when they investigate the green building option,” he said. “We always try to work with them to help determine the best course of action from the beginning. The more you know from the start, the more success you’ll have in meeting your goals.”

Signs Point to Commercial Construction Turnaround

Commercial construction has been one of the hardest hit industries during the ‘Great Recession,” but there are some indicators that show the business is starting to return.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in June that major life insurers – which often create commercial construction loans – are starting to ease terms and lower interest rates for commercial real estate loan portfolios. Some architects are starting to see a turnaround as well.

Thomas Fridstein, the head of global architecture for AECOM, is one believer.

“We are seeing the private sector picking up,” Fridstein told CNN last month. “I feel like we’ve been through the worst, we’ve sort of hit the trough of the recession and things are on the upturn. We’ve had some major commercial clients contacting us about projects potentially starting up again, so that’s a very positive sign.”

Some states have seen a decrease in unemployment in the construction industry, including Maryland, where the backlog for commercial construction projects has increased 20 percent this year. Associated Builders and Contractors chief economist Anirban Basu told the Baltimore Business Journal that he sees that increase as “a sign that non-residential construction’s rebound is spreading beyond government-financed projects and is increasingly private-sector motivated.”

That’s an encouraging sign for an industry that saw a 16 percent decline in 2009 and expected to see another 12 percent slide in 2010 by the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel. But that forecast may be revised thanks to the current indicators, which could begin the road to recovery.

“It hasn’t been easy in the past two years, but we are hopeful that this really is the start of the turnaround,” CM Black President Emmitt Black said. “We’re looking forward to serving more customers.”