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Column: DPR is building on its Hardin acquisition

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Aug 30, 2013,

DPR’s acquisition of Atlanta-based Hardin Construction Co. in April appears to be working. Since the combination, DPR Hardin has won six projects out of its Georgia office totaling more than $230 million.

That has led to the company adding nine new full-time employees, including three project managers. It also has formed a regional management team and a regional leadership team out of its Atlanta office.

“As we continue to expand our capabilities in the region, it is imperative we attract and retain the industry’s top talent to best serve our long-standing and new customers in the market,” said Russ Brockelbank, Atlanta regional manager for DPR Hardin, in a statement.

The project wins include the $53 million Charleston Midtown hotel, the $32 million Crescent Howell Mill in Atlanta, the$25 million Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Decatur, and several other projects across the state.

The company said the project wins and the new hires “are symbolic of DPR Hardin’s combined strength to better serve the needs of customers” in the Southeast.

The regional management team also spells out the leadership of the Southeast office. In addition to Brockelbank, Andy Andres will serve as project executive and Justin Griffin will serve as preconstruction manager. The three also will serve on the Regional Leadership Team of up to a dozen employees leading the Southeast operations.

DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company based in California that has grown into a multibillion-dollar organization with 18 offices around the country.

Trust for Public Land

Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, is being honored by the Trust for Public Land in the Southeast at its annual fundraiser — “On the Rocks” — on Oct. 6 at the Bellwood Quarry.

Dossman and the Georgia-Pacific Foundation are being honored for being conservation champions. The Georgia-Pacific Foundation, founded in 1959, has made the environment and sustainability a cornerstone of its giving. It is a platinum sponsor of the event.

On the Rocks also will showcase one of the most important proposed urban parks in the Southeast — the future Westside Reservoir Park — at that event.

The proposed 100-plus acre park is along the Atlanta Beltline, and it was identified by renowned landscape architect Alex Garvin in 2004 when he did an in-depth study of the Beltline called the “Emerald Necklace.”

The Trust for Public Land was instrumental in not only commissioning that study but also implementing key portions of it by acquiring land that would be used as parks and green space.

The Westside Reservoir Park, better known as the Bellwood Quarry, could become the city’s largest park and also be transformed into a critical 1.9 billion gallon water reservoir serving the city.

The On the Rocks fundraising event is now in its fifth year, and it has raised more than $400,000 for land conservation in the state. Georgia Schley Ritchie and Diff Ritchie are co-chairing the event.

Outstanding Directors Awards

It’s time for great directors on corporate boards to be recognized. Atlanta Business Chronicle is launching a new event — Outstanding Directors Awards — to be held Dec. 5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

The awards recognize that in today’s competitive environment, high-performing directors have never been more important. The 2013 event will honor those directors who have demonstrated the vital leadership and business savvy necessary to help guide their business’ success.

The Chronicle, in partnership with the National Association of Corporate Directors Atlanta, is urging all CEOs in the state to nominate a member of their board of directors by Sept. 6. Do this at www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/nomination/58031.

Once nominations have been received, an independent panel of judges will select the honorees for these prestigious awards based on commitment to, and impact on, the boards they serve. Honorees will be announced in October.

Scottdale Child Development Center

Maryum Lewis has been named executive director of the Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center, according to Keith Blair, chairman of the Scottdale board.

“We are delighted that Maryum has agreed to bring her considerable experience and talent to the center,” Blair said. “She has over a decade of success in Atlanta working in leadership positions with organizations committed to high-quality early childhood education.”

Before accepting her new position at the Scottdale Center, Lewis served as director of development at Quality Care for Children, a statewide child-care agency, and as director of development for Genesis Shelter, a transitional homeless program for families with newborns that has a fully licensed child development center.

 

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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