January 20, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.— Builders and construction industry professionals from across the Southeast have recognized Charlotte-based A M King with not one but two awards for excellence in the Design-Build field.
A M King earned an Excellence In Construction award from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc,, and the Best Project Renovation/Rehabilitation/Restoration Award from the Southeast Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America. Both awards recognized A M King’s work on the Toyota Automotive Dealership and Corporate Headquarters for the Stevenson Automotive Group in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
“Stevenson Toyota is a long-time client of A M King. We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to not only surpass this client’s expectations, but to gain two huge industry honors for the project,” A M King President Brian T. King said. “The A M King team holds itself to the highest standards, and DBIA and ABC clearly recognized those efforts with our third and fourth wins, respectively.”
A panel of building and construction industry leaders judged the EIC Eagle award entries on criteria including scope of the project; difficulty of the project; and quality of the finished product. Awards were given out in multiple categories; A M King’s Stevenson Automotive Group Dealership and Corporate Headquarters project won in the category of commercial projects with contracted values between $10 million and $25 million. It competed against projects of Design-Build and construction companies across North and South Carolina.
DBIA is an organization devoted to promoting single-source (Design-Build) project delivery in the design and construction community. DBIA’s annual awards competition is open to Design-Build firms across the region. According to DBIA, projects recognized are “the best-of-show that the Design-Build industry has to offer.” Winning projects must show early collaboration; be completed on-time and on-budget with no litigation; and demonstrate total integrated project delivery and incorporate unique solutions to challenges during the project.
The Toyota Automotive Dealership and Corporate Headquarters project was the first time Stevenson Automotive used the Design-Build delivery method for construction or renovation. Stevenson requested that A M King design and build this facility to meet the stringent requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council to achieve LEED certification. It involved greenfield construction of a new 73,000-square-foot new-vehicle showroom, corporate offices and vehicle service areas, as well as a separate 7,000-square-foot vehicle detail building. The main building consists of a structural steel frame with an architectural metal panel skin and a glass curtain wall system. A masonry structure with structural steel roof framing houses the 32 vehicle service bays.
“We successfully accomplished two goals. The first was staying within guidelines set by Toyota. The second was creating an innovative complex that reflected Stevenson’s regional needs,” A M King project manager Tyler White said. “We looked at every challenge, such as unsuitable soil and lack of infrastructure, as a chance to exceed client expectations.”
A M King was able to meet or exceed all Toyota Corporation standards in addition to meeting LEED specification requirements. Design commenced in 2010 and a Certificate of Occupancy was obtained May 2013. The project was completed on budget and on time.
A M King Surpasses 1 Million Man-Hours Worked, No Lost time Accidents
November 20, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. – A M King has surpassed more than 1 million man-hours worked without a lost time accident. This is a significant milestone for any company in the Design-Build and construction industry.
“A M King has an impeccable safety record throughout its decade in business, and approaches every project with a focus on the health and safety of each individual,” A M King Vice President Dan Crist said. “A M King understands that safety is everyone’s responsibility and promotes that in our culture with all internal and external relationships.”
The safety process begins with project inception and initial contact with the project owner. It is promoted to all members of the team including subcontractors. A M King requires potential project contractors and partners to provide a written safety and health program specifically for each site.
“Each project provides a unique set of challenges and A M King identifies potential risks in order to adapt its safety and health program,” said Crist. “It’s so important to address site-specific issues and to have our partners aware of those as well.”
Prior to working on an A M King project site, all personnel attend a safety orientation, which addresses the site-specific safety information as well as all standard safety and health precautions. A M King then issues hard hat safety stickers to identify each individual who has completed the site safety orientation and is eligible to work on the site. All subcontractors hold weekly ‘Toolbox Meetings’ to reinforce rules and address potential safety concerns. Routine third-party OSHA-style audits ensure A M King’s exacting standards are followed.
“These requirements establish our high expectations with regards to safety,” Crist said. “We expect our project managers, subcontractors, foremen and supervisors to reinforce that commitment each day. By reaching a million man-hours worked without a lost time accident, we know that these standards are working.”
December 15, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — A M King has again sponsored a company shopping trip to help children in need this holiday season. Each employee is given $150 to spend on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
“We have a wonderful team that feels like family,” A M King President Brian T. King said. “We understand how fortunate we are to be part of a successful business and want to help those in need this holiday season.”
The Angel Tree program gets names, ages and Christmas wish lists from children who might not get gifts otherwise. A M King employees then hit the stores in search of toys, books, clothes and more so that children in our community have presents to unwrap on Christmas morning. Among this year’s wishes: Frozen dolls, MP3 players, RipStiks and a Hello Kitty radio.
“A M King wants to be good to a community that has been good to us.” A M King’s Donna Morris explained. “The company places an emphasis on philanthropy and this is one of our favorite annual traditions. Our employees have so much fun shopping to fulfill these kids’ wishes; it’s almost as good as being there Christmas morning to see them open the gifts.”A M King’s year-round focus on volunteerism and community activism includes supporting the Ronald McDonald House and sponsoring a team in a local bike race supporting cancer research and granting employees paid time off to volunteer for a cause of their choice. “My employer inspires me,” A M King’s Morris said. “The spirit of giving here at work encourages me to help others throughout the year.”