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Tour ACI’s 130,000 sq ft Fabrication Shop!

All Under One Big Roof

ACI is an extraordinary company doing extraordinary work for our customers. After our people, one of the biggest assets we leverage to the benefit of our clients is our massive, highly automated 130,000 sq ft fabrication shop.  Here, we can prefabricate complex installations, handle large scale painting and blasting jobs, assemble massive sheet metal and duct work builds, weld and cut pipe with speed and precision and many other self-performed construction projects. A facility like this empowers us to provide truly innovative solutions as well as allowing us to save our clients time and money while ensuring the highest levels of quality and safety.

While there’s nothing like walking through our facility to truly help gain an understanding of the scope of what is possible here, we hope this video overview will give you a good idea of what ACI can do for you and your next project.

> ACI Fabrication Shop Video

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

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ACI’S Open House

Event in Honor of Our A-List

ACI would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved with our recent A-List Open House. During this highly successful event, ACI played host to many of our top customers, partners, and vendors who comprise our “A-List.”

The 200-plus guests who visited our 130,000-square-foot, highly automated production facility had the opportunity to explore our facility and experience firsthand the many self-performed services ACI has to offer.

Local food trucks from Curbside Creations, Riverside City Wood Fire Pizza, and Slideways Mobile Bistro provided much of the fare, with delicious desserts provided by Carytown Cupcakes. To enhance the cupcake experience, our sheet metal shop crafted an amazing, one-of-a-kind cupcake display!

As no special event is complete without live music, we engaged up-and-coming Virginia recording artist, Bryan Elijah Smith. The sounds of his unique brand of Americana music rang through the facility, providing entertainment that had our more than a few guests tapping their feet and singing along.

We hope this Open House allowed our guests to see how much we value them. Many new connections were made and many existing ones were strengthened. Thanks again to everyone who helped make our A-List Open House such an extraordinary success!

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

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ACI 2017 Year in Review

New Look, Expanded Capabilities, and Streamlined Operations

Before we find ourselves too far down the road into 2018, we’d like to take a moment to look back at the many changes and accomplishments we saw last year.

2017 marked another year of significant growth for the region’s leading construction and service specialty contractor. Of particular note, ACI completed a major expansion of our fabrication facility, adding an additional 30,000 square feet of workspace. This expansion brings our total workspace to 130,000 square-feet and allows us to perform more prefabricated work, exercise more control over schedules, and meet critical shut-down deadlines.

ACI also underwent a major change to their corporate branding, with a new logo, new website, and new url and email address, “acibuilds.com.” These changes more accurately reflect the modern, innovative organization ACI has become and will better represent the company in the years to come.

The internal structure of the company also underwent changes, starting with the retirement of Bill Stout as Executive Vice President Preconstruction/Construction Management, a position he held for the last 14 years. With Stout’s departure, the decision was made to better align ACI’s core growth departments :

  • Nathan Karr – Business Development Executive – Commercial
  • Hal Hamner – Business Development Executive – Industrial
  • Jeff Smith – Business Development Manager – Industrial
  • Matt Kebler – Estimating Executive
  • Ron Turski – Operational Oversight of Commercial and Industrial Estimators
  • Sean O’Brien – Roanoke Client Solutions Manager
  • Keith Dunford – Electrical Construction Project Manager
  • Gary Crawford – Electrical Construction Project Manager
  • Chance Vangorder – Electrical Construction Estimator
  • Gary Williams – Fabrication Manager
  • Scott Mezza – VDC Manager
  • Matt Niedzwick – Project Executive Industrial Service
  • Ronnie Bonds – Shipping and Receiving Manager

 

Other Highlights for 2017:

COMMERCIAL
Nathan Karr was promoted to Business Development Executive – Commercial. In addition to being responsible for Commercial Mechanical Construction sales, his work procurement responsibilities now include Fire Protection, Roanoke construction projects, and combination Mechanical- Electrical-Plumbing-Fire Protection projects.

  • CJW Chippenham Emergency Department Renovation:
    26,000 SF, full MEP
    Project timeline is set for March, 2018 to August 2019.
  • Altria Headquarters
    Two-Phase Design-Assist Renovation
    Phase I: 160,000 SF three-story addition
    Project Timeline is set for June 2018 to October 2019
    Phase II: Renovation of existing 195,000 SF facility
    Project Timeline is set for November 2019 to October of 2020


INDUSTRIAL
ACI’s Industrial Division continued to impress, meeting both sales and revenue goals while winning more jobs than in any previous year. They secured an uniquely exceptional project with San-J International, the first ever project to allow ACI to deliver on eight of their industry practices – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Fire Alarms, Process Piping, Equipment Setting, and Process Controls.

Among the many other notable awards for ACI Industrial were four NOx Emission Abatement Mechanical Projects for AdvanSix (Honeywell-Hopewell), as well as numerous projects for Altria, DSM, DuPoint, Merck, Park 500, and Phillip.

Hal Hamner was promoted to Business Development Executive – Industrial. Hamner oversees all sales of major industrial capital projects but also skid fabrication and construction management opportunities.

Jeff Smith was promoted to Business Development Manager – Industrial Division and manages all sales for Industrial Services.

 

SERVICE & SPECIAL PROJECTS
The Service Division expanded significantly in 2017, with a focus on adding more top-notch talent to their ranks and securing many “firsts” for the ACI Service & Special Projects Division. They added 10 new service vehicles and one pump truck this year. Among this Divisions many project successes this year:

  • Phillip Morris
    Three-year grease trap plumbing and cleaning contract.
  • Quirk Hotel
    Contract with to make repairs to all mechanical systems.
  • Southern Graphics
    Replacement of 19 units and hail guards.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Renewal of mechanical and electrical contract for 30 university buildings.
  • Norfolk State
    Replacement of 210 fan coils.
  • Chesapeake Conference Center
    Replacement of 14 roof-top units and installation of the first prolonged building system.


ELECTRICAL
ACI saw significant growth and change within the Electrical Department last year, achieving sales approaching $8,000,000, doubling the approximately $4,000,000 of the prior year. As part of ACI’s new streamlined organization, Electrical was moved into the ACI Construction Division, with Keith Dunford and Gary Crawford promoted to Project Managers and Chance Vangorder promoted to Electrical Estimator. As part of the Construction Division, ACI electrical has been instrumental in the work with San-J International as well as the large addition and renovation project at CJW Medical Center.

 

FIRE PROTECTION
ACI has won numerous jobs for our Fire Protection scope this year. Most notable is the fire protection scope for a new Facebook facility. This massive job will span over 18-months and use approximately 13,000 sprinkler heads. Other notable Fire Protection jobs include the new Eldor Corporation facility in Roanoke and the UVA Chemistry Building renovation, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES
ACI added more than 300 employees growing to nearly 700 employees in 2017

To help reach more potential employees, ACI’s Human Resources team has greatly expanded their operations and added multiple new approaches, such as on-site job fairs and increased involvement with apprenticeship programs. In fact, ACI was able to enroll more than 60 apprentices in 2017 alone. Human Resources has also increased social media usage, creating a Facebook page dedicated solely to talent acquisition (www.facebook.com/ACIcareers).  A new toll-free phone line was also launched in 2017, 1-877-WRK-4ACI.

 

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
As an ever-more diverse company, ACI joined SKANSKA in a Virginia Diversity Advocates meeting in June of 2017. This meeting brought together supplier diversity advocates from State Governments, Local Governments, and the private sector from across the State. The all-day session at the Black History Museum provided participants with current information on relevant legislation, construction industry trends and leading practices in supplier inclusion.

ACI continued to support  efforts to be inclusive in our development of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. Of special note is ACI’s support of Katilyst Company (Richmond, VA), and GP Supply (Greensboro, NC). Katilyst is a women-owned, innovative HVAC and energy consulting firm and has become one of ACI’s Affinity Partners. GP Supply is one of largest minority-owned plumbing supply houses in the country. ACI was instrumental in helping them to overcome obstacles to certification as a minority-owned business in Virginia.

In addition, we have made many introductions to Virginia-based government agencies and private sector firms. Two ACI executives have agreed to mentor GP Supply’s CEO and the hope is that soon, they will open a warehouse and distribution center in the Richmond area.

 

ROANOKE
With Sean O’Brien promoted to Client Solutions Manager and handling all major projects, ACI’s Roanoke location is poised for continued growth. This year, ACI Roanoke was awarded the Eldor project, consisting of the Design Assist for Mechanical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection for this new state of the art 250,000 SF facility located in Daleville, Virginia. This is a unique project because ACI Roanoke and ACI Richmond will team to complete the project. The Roanoke team will manage and install the mechanical and plumbing scopes, while Richmond team installs the fire protection piping system.

In addition, the Roanoke Division was also awarded the mechanical and plumbing for the upcoming Washington & Lee Indoor Athletic Facility (180,000 SF). Construction is set to begin in April of 2018 and will take approximately 18-months to complete.

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

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ACI Sets Precedent Regarding Diversity

Harnessing the Power of People with Different Backgrounds

For many companies, diversity is a buzzword that has become too hard to ignore. From Silicon Valley and the world’s largest tech companies to smaller heavy industry players, employees and the community alike are demanding statistics on a company’s makeup, and, if a company doesn’t measure up on diversity, change.

But Atlantic Constructors doesn’t think diversity is enough.

“Diversity by itself is just a mix of differences, but true inclusion is making the mix work,” said Terrence Kerner, President of ACI. “If we learn to harness the power of people with different backgrounds and experiences, it makes us more innovative.”

With over 700 employees, the leading service and construction provider for commercial and industrial markets knows that it’s the people that set the company apart in the industry.

Bill Cooper, ACI’s Director of Diversity Strategies, shared this after working with the company for a few months: “ACI builds not by counting people, but by making people count.

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Helping Out in Puerto Rico

Transporting goods from a church in Suffolk, VA to an island more than 1,000 miles off the U.S. coast has proven to be incredibly difficult. Jonathan Gonzalez is an ACI employee at our Suffolk location and a Puerto Rico native with many family members residing on the island. After Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, Jonathan waited several days without hearing if his family was okay. Finally, he got word from a radio station that his family had survived. Like many other Puerto Ricans in the wake of the storm, he decided he would make the trip to the island himself to bring supplies to his family and community.

ACI employees at the Suffolk location collected more than $300 to help Jonathan buy supplies. With this contribution, Jonathan was able to bring 1,000 pounds of food, water and water purification systems, cases of baby wipes for bathing, electronics, flashlights, batteries, battery chargers, extension cords, and a satellite phone to establish communication. ACI also purchased black bins that helped transport the supplies easily. Upon arrival, Jonathan received law enforcement escorts and help from the mayor to disperse his goods as efficiently as possible.

With a little help from ACI, Jonathan was able to provide much-needed relief for 10 days. There is no doubt it takes a certain kind of team to support a fellow employee in this way. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Jonathan’s journey and his efforts in assisting the people of Puerto Rico.

He shared images of the overwhelming damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Click the links below for more.

View Pics and Video of Jonathan in Puerto Rico

See How You Can Continue to Help Puerto Rico

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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ACI to Hold Huge Hiring Event

Event Features On-the-Spot Hiring and Sign-on Bonuses*

 

Don’t miss out on the ACI Hiring Event on Tuesday, October 3 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at ACI’s Main Office.

Call 804.523.8792 or email hr@acibuilds.com for more information.

 

> Click to download a flier with all the details of the event!

*Bonuses for specified positions only. See flier for details.

 

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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ACI Cuts the Cord

ACI Makes Major Investment in Safety and Efficiency

In order to meet new OSHA regulations for silica dust exposure, Atlantic Constructors, Inc. (ACI) partnered with Milwaukee Tools to provide, among several other new tools, the Milwaukee HAMMERVAC™ Dedicated Dust Extractor which connects directly to and is powered by the M18 FUEL™ 1” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer. This design allows for a very compact HAMMERVAC™ and rotary hammer combination to fit in the most confined work spaces, utilizing the same replaceable certified HEPA filter as other HAMMERVACS™, which filter 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3µm.

 

Evan Shriver, ACI’s Executive Vice President for Construction Operations believes this initiative to be another clear indication of ACI’s dedication to providing something extraordinary to our clients. “These new tools represent a major, $100,000+ investment which will not only ensure ACI meets or exceeds OSHA requirements, but will also provide more efficient layout while increasing safety, quality and productivity for our workers and our customers.”

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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ACI Congratulates Our Apprenticeship Grads!

Programs Help ACI Maintain Competitive Edge

On Friday, June 2nd & Monday, June 12th, Atlantic Constructors officially congratulated our apprentices:

  • Shelton Barker, Service & Special Projects
  • Joseph Clarke, Fire Protection
  • Joshua Maddox, Service & Special Projects
  • Shawn Mitchell, Service & Special Projects
  • Bradley Ruble, Service & Special Projects
  • Robert Snellings, Service & Special Projects
  • Ebony Thompson, Service & Special Projects
  • Gabe Jovel, Mechanical
  • Christopher Martin, Service & Special Projects
  • Sean Norris, Service & Special Projects

At the electrical graduation, VECAP presented two outstanding student awards, both won by ACI’s Josh Maddox! He received the award for the highest grade point average (98%) and was also acknowledged for his perfect attendance – he never missed a class during the entire four-year period! This is the second consecutive year that ACI apprentices have won each award. (Last year Chris Peters had the highest grade point average and Joshua Stanley perfect attendance.)

Keith Dunford, Senior Project Manager, was quick to express his excitement for all of the graduates. He also shared this about Josh, “Josh’s determination and drive are exceptional and his joyous positive attitude is contagious. We are proud of his aspiring nature and are continually impressed by his ability to go above and beyond. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow and we are looking forward to him continuing his future with ACI.”

ACI was represented at the June 2nd ceremony by Terrence Kerner, Keith Dunford, Gary Crawford, Melissa Weaver, Chancelor VanGorder, and Tim Hodge. Keith has been an instructor in the program for three years and Chance just completed his first year in this role.

Last Friday’s electrical apprentice graduation was not our only reason to celebrate. We also had three more apprentices finish their respective programs. Gabe Jovel and Christopher Martin completed the plumbing apprentice program and Sean Norris completed his HVAC training. ACI was represented at the June 12 plumbing graduation ceremony by Donna Westbrook & Melissa Weaver. Melissa Weaver, ACI’s Training Manager/ Apprenticeship Coordinator was full of congrats for all of our graduates and she offered this advice. “Sit for your test ASAP! It’s easier to access all the book knowledge that you will need now rather than 12 months from now.”

ACI’s President, Terrence Kerner, noted that “The apprentice programs play an important role in our ability to compete in an industry where there is a shortage of skilled labor. ACI encourages participation in all trades.”

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Atlantic Constructors Undertakes Massive Expansion to Fabrication Facility

$3 million project supports growth in prefabrication & modular construction services

Richmond, Va. (March 31, 2017) – Atlantic Constructors, Inc., (ACI) the region’s leading commercial and industrial contractor with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Hampton Roads, is currently undergoing a $3 million expansion to enlarge its fabrication facility in Richmond from 100,000 to 130,000 square feet. The project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2017, enables ACI to seize a competitive edge with its prefabrication and modular construction capabilities.

With the expansion, ACI is adding a significant amount of fabrication capacity, including increased overhead crane capacity, to meet the growing customer demand for “off-jobsite” assemblies and prefabrication. ACI fabricates the ductwork, piping, plumbing and steelwork to the client’s exact specifications while work at the client’s construction site is underway. The finished ACI products are then delivered to the jobsite in a ready-to-install state, increasing quality control and minimizing on-site installation time.

“A 30 percent increase in size allows us to have all of our fabrication services under one roof, which will result in greater efficiency, quality and cost-effectiveness for our customers,” said Terrance Kerner, President of ACI. “We are passionate about providing something extraordinary in terms of innovative and quality solutions for our clients. This expansion is a big step toward achieving our strategic goal to be positioned as the Mid-Atlantic region’s contractor of choice.”

“We are extremely pleased that Atlantic Constructors has made this new three-million-dollar investment in their facility here in the Bermuda District in Chesterfield County. Atlantic Constructors is a top-quality employer that truly lives their mission of being Extraordinary through Innovation, Collaboration, and Diversity,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, Chair, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “We appreciate Atlantic Constructors’ commitment to continued growth and we look forward to the new jobs this growth will bring to our community. Atlantic Constructors has been a great corporate community partner and we congratulate them on this expansion and wish them continued success.”

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.