Posted January 07, 2014
For the first time in decades, all of Food City's corporate-level employees are under one roof, in a sleek, bright, shiny building nestled in the historic district of downtown Abingdon.
"We had folks spread out over five different buildings across Abingdon and Washington County," said Steve Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T, the company that oversees grocery chain Food City. "It's helpful to put us all together. ... We're already seeing that's a better way to do business."
Food City employees held an open house for members of the media, local businesses and vendors Thursday afternoon.
Food City purchased the old Johnston Memorial Hospital building in 2011, along with its parking garage, clinic and the Eastman Credit Union building. The facility sits on 17 acres.
The old hospital was torn down and a new one built in about 18 months, starting in spring 2012, Smith said. About 80 percent of the materials were recycled, and parts of the old building were used in the new one, he said.
The parking garage was renovated and is still in use. Employees were moved in by floors, and it took about a month to get the 400 or so work stations set up in the new space.
Smith said it was important to him to keep the facility in Abingdon, where the company has been headquartered since it moved from Grundy in the 1970s.
"Abingdon has been home for a number of years," he said. "Certainly, the historical part of Abingdon is a real draw. I'm proud to say that the town and the county were very supportive of this facility. ... We found it to be in our best interests to stay here in Abingdon and keep our home at home."
Jim Street, of J.A. Street and Associates of Blountville, Tenn., oversaw construction. He's been working with Food City since the early 1980s.
"Getting it all up and operating sure makes you feel good," he said. "You get cold chills when you come in and see it being used for what it's meant to be used for."
The four-story building features a food prep kitchen, full-service cafe, data center and more than 400 work stations with room to grow, Smith said.
"There are a lot of moving parts to running a grocery store," he said, adding that the center will also serve as a recruiting tool.
Smith said he's proud of the full-service cafe where employees can spend time together as well as a revolving art exhibit that will be installed in a hallway through a partnership with Mallory Fine Art, based in Abingdon.
"We've got a lot of salespeople, vendors and manufacturers that come in, and we hope we can sell some local Southwest Virginia or Northeast Tennessee art," he said. "That's one of the things that being a hometown, local company, we thought that was a neat thing ... if we can help an artist sell his wares as well that's even better."
Smith said the building represents the company's commitment to the area.
"Hopefully from what you see here, you can tell we're in this game for the long haul," he said
Posted March 18, 2015
J. A. Street & Associates, Inc. was awarded the 2014 General Contractor Circle of Excellence Award on March 17 at the annual AGC awards dinner.
Posted June 23, 2014
The Davis Pipe Site in Sullivan County utilized a 60-acre parcel of land for fabrication of welded stainless steel and alloy pipe and fittings from 1977 to 2004. The site sat vacant for eight years. In 2012, the site was approved for a Brownfield redevelopment by way of Birch Street Properties, LLC. The first Resource Conservation and Recovery Act brownfield agreement in the State of Tennessee with the cooperation and collaboration of the TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management, TDEC Division of Remediation, Region IV EPA, Sullivan County officials and J.A. Street & Associates – the result of a true public/private partnership. The site contains seven permanent industrial buildings and several secondary structures, including an office trailer, guard shack, diked containment area, three wooden sheds, and an engineered liner system that covers a closed-in-place hazardous waste management unit. Surveys indicated that there was not significant contamination and that it was suitable for restricted redevelopment. This project has developed numerous public and private relationships. Birch Street Properties has developed relationships with the county government, the local community, and the business community. A special relationship has developed between Birch Street Properties and a local church outreach program that is occupying one of the buildings. The church outreach group assists with general site maintenance in lieu of paying rent for an open space. This private/public partnership has allowed these businesses to operate on site and employ 60-plus persons which in turn contribute to the economic base of the small town of Blountville.
Posted February 27, 2014
The Mountain Music Museum was established in 1998 when Tim White and James Bryant CO-founded the organization. Harry Esenwine, who managed Bristol Mall, gave a home to the ACMA, and let us establish The Mountain Music Museum and The Pickin’ Porch Show there. Allen Hurley approached the ACMA early in 2012 and offered his assistance to the organization with a proposal for a new home at his building at 626 State Street. “We are excited to be part of this event and are pleased to announce that we plan to broadcast the live Pickin Porch concerts on our station on Monday evenings and rebroadcast the shows on Saturdays as well.” stated Dr. Kenneth Hill of WPWT Radio. Tri-Cities Top Gun Radio features bluegrass, classic country, old time and Americana forms of music in their broadcast format. The station also streams live at www.topgunradio.com Supporting the renovations for the move to State Street is Allen Hurley, J.A. Street Construction, Gla-Mar, Galleries, Bryant Label Company, White Sign Company, and Kiser Supply. If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to the ACMA or are interested in advertising at the Pickin’ Porch shows at the Foundation Event Facility or on Tri-Cities Top Gun Radio please call 423-383-7829 for information. The ACMA welcomes any and all support you can lend our all-volunteer non-profit organization.
Posted January 02, 2014
On December 27, 2013, the Sprint Call Center in Blountville, TN was awarded LEED Certified status through the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. In achieving LEED Certified status, the Sprint Call Center has the following attributes:
19% less in energy use than comparable buildings
45% less water use than comparable buildings
40% of the value of materials sourced regionally
63% of construction debris diverted from the landfill
21% of the value of the building materials in recycled content
7% of parking reserved for LEFE vehicles (with preferential location)
J.A. Street & Associates is determined to be a good steward of the environment through the work that it does. As part of this vision, the company used sustainable techniques, methods and materials within the construction of the new Sprint Call Center in Blountville, TN. They charged the designers to create distinctive offices with minimal impact on the natural environment.
(From the USGBC website)What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
With 10.4 billion square feet of building space participating in the suite of rating systems and 1.5 million feet certifying per day around the world, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.