Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2017

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8 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JUL-SEP 2017 GRAY CONSTRUCTION IS APPROACHING THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE. In the midst of celebrating that milestone, the company recently hosted an open house to showcase its newly renovated office space in downtown Birmingham. Located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 18th Street, the open house and the new office show the company 's continued commitment to the region. "It is with great pride that we bring friends, neighbors and partners in the community into our new home," said Patrick McCowan, regional manager of Gray Construction's Southeast Office. " We could not be happier with the location and know it will allow us to grow in order to continue meeting current and new customer needs into the future." Gray Construction's office was previously located in the North 20th Street Building, but the company quickly outgrew its capacity. The new location—formerly known as the historic Booker T. Washington Insurance Co. building—is situated in the heart of the Theatre District and has been renovated for maximum functionality, while also preserving the beauty and significance of the original structure. Gray Construction partnered with A.G. Gaston Design for the interior and the exterior redesign, which focused on accommodating a modern and open work environment. Some new features include a steel structure to square off the building and allow additional square footage and functionality within the space, a new staircase connecting the first and second floors, which creates a collaborative working atmosphere, and an architectural rebar wall to convey industrial aesthetics, among many other elements. The memorial star honoring A.G. Gaston, an Alabama business leader who established a number of companies in Birmingham and played a significant role in the city being integrated in 1963, was safely removed during construction and reinstalled on the sidewalk outside the building. "It's exciting to see Gray Construction's Southeast Regional Office come to fruition in the revitalized Theatre District downtown," said Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Sr. "This redevelopment alone will no doubt create a tremendous impact on growing businesses in this region." BUILDING ALABAMA | PROJECTS Gray Construction Opens New Downtown Birmingham Location

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