Oakley Appointed Interim CEO

With the resignation of the current CEO, Will Karbach, Branch Group has appointed its Chairman of the Board Mr. Ron Oakley as interim CEO effective July 1st.  With this appointment, Mr. Oakley will assume the day to day responsibility for running the Branch Group.  The presidents of the four operating companies as well as the CFO and CHRO will report directly to Mr. Oakley.

Mr. Oakley brings with him over 45 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry.  Most recently, he was the CEO of M+W (now Exyte), a design and construction company that serves technology customers around the world, including Intel, Micron, Novartis, and Solar City.  Ron has extensive experience in vertical construction in both public and private sectors (stadiums, condominiums, higher education, performing arts centers, etc.) and has a long history in Civil projects in the U.S. and overseas.  He has served multiple DOTs across the U.S. including VDOT, having developed the I-895 bypass around Richmond, the first Public-Private Transportation Act project in the state of Virginia.  He also has experience with mechanical fabrication and installation of high purity piping systems, clean rooms as well as large piping systems in the power generation industry.

Recently retired, he has consulted with Branch and has served on the board since 2018.  While in the interim CEO position, Mr. Oakley will remain chairman of the board and will assist in the identification and selection of a permanent CEO along with the Board of directors and Executive Team.

The Branch Group, Inc. supplies corporate services and strategic leadership to its operating companies, so they can meet the growing construction demands of the surrounding communities. Rooted in a history of mutually beneficial relationships with clients and industry partners, the company continues to enhance its reputation as a respected name in the construction industry within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

L.A. Lacy Top Projects for 2019

From a specialty upfit to new construction, L.A. Lacy continued to provide exceptional customer service to their clients in Central Virginia last year and added several projects to their portfolio.

Read more about their Top Projects of 2019:

Project Name: Liberty University SeaQuest Aquarium
Project Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

Project Type: Specialty tenant upfit, mechanical and plumbing scopes

Project Highlights: SeaQuest Lynchburg is a 22,000-square-foot interactive aquarium dedicated to connecting the public with animals from all over the world. L.A. Lacy was responsible for new plumbing and HVAC systems throughout the building, and the project included highly specialized aquarium equipment and custom displays.

SeaQuest Lynchburg opened in October 2019 and is located in River Ridge Mall. This location is the SeaQuest’s ninth facility in the United States, and each aquarium averages 12,000 to 15,000 visits monthly.

Project Team:

Tim Southern
Project Manager
Curtis Wright
Plumbing Superintendent
Joel Reese
Superintendent
Milenko Zarubika
Sheet Metal Foreman
Rod Harris
Plumbing Foreman

Project Name: UVA Health System University Hospital Expansion
Project Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Project Type: Medical gas piping, enabling and supportive projects, including MRI relocation, emergency power, and the Lane Road staircase

Project Highlights: The University Hospital Expansion includes approximately 425,000-square-feet of new construction and expands the emergency department, operating rooms, and inpatient care facilities. L.A. Lacy was responsible for all medical gas piping throughout the expansion and the 95,000-square-foot existing building renovation, including source equipment and monitoring systems for the impatient tower
Project Team:

Tim Southern
Project Manager
Keith Shifflett
General Superintendent
Plumbing and Special
Projects Teams

Project Name: UVA Pinn Hall 4th Floor Renovation
Project Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Project Type: Renovation of medical education and research facility with mechanical and plumbing scopes

Project Highlights: The UVA Pinn Hall fourth floor will serve as a research lab for UVA hospital, focusing on tissue culture and microscopy. The new state-of-the-art space will incorporate an open lab design and accommodate eight research faculty members, 35 postdoctoral, and laboratory support staff. The open design will facilitate collaboration and expansion of projects.

L.A. Lacy installed approximately 70 new chilled beams, 40 terminal box units, specialty laboratory piping and ventilation systems, and significant testing protocols.

Project Team:

James Harrison
Project Manager
Curtis Wright
Plumbing Superintendent
Joel Reese
Superintendent
Jeff Meadows
Sheet Metal Foreman

Project Name: S&P Global Headquarters Renovations
Project Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Project Type: Renovation of commercial office space

Project Highlights: Gilbane Building Company awarded L.A. Lacy the mechanical and plumbing scope of work on multiple floors, including the roof and basement. With other areas of the building occupied during construction, crews adhered to the owner’s occupancy requirements and worked during compressed and phased schedules.

Project Team:

James Harrison
Project Manager
Rod Harris
Plumbing Foreman
Jeff Meadows
Sheet Metal Foreman

Project Name: Lifespire Culpeper Assisted Living Facility
Project Location: Culpeper, Virginia

Project Type: New Construction

Project Highlights: LifeSpire of Virginia celebrated the completion of The Culpeper in May 2019. The new 125,000-square-foot assisted living facility features 133 units, state-of-the-art amenities, and multiple dining areas. L.A. Lacy installed an advanced variable refrigerant flow system and preformed work in several specialty areas, including the salon, laundry room, and therapy room. In total, we installed 14 rooftop air handler units, 51 heat pumps, and mini-split units, three dedicated outside air units, and individual tenant vertical heat pumps for each room.

Crews faced some minor challenges because the existing facility, built in the 1940s, was adjacent to the new site and still housed tenants throughout construction.

Project Team:

James Harrison
Project Manager
Curtis Wright
Plumbing Superintendent
Keith Shifflett
General Superintendent
Joel Reese
Superintendent
Milenko Zarubika
Sheet Metal Foreman

G.J. Hopkins Top Projects for 2019

Last year was a busy time for G.J. Hopkins, with projects in the Roanoke and New River valleys and beyond. Some of the industries they served include education, nonprofit, technology, and government.

Here’s their list of top projects that they started or completed in 2019:

Project Name: Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Solar Array
Project Location: Salem, Virginia

Project Value: $71,851
Project Type: Time and Material (Labor Only)

Project Highlights: RER Energy Group designed and provided materials for the array and contracted G.J. Hopkins’ Special Projects Division to provide labor to install the 658 solar panels. The project was the first large-scale solar install for G.J. Hopkins and took the team about four months to complete.

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Branch Builds Top Projects of 2019

With projects in Virginia and North Carolina, 2019 was a busy year for the Branch Builds family, and they continued to exceed their clients’ expectations. Thank you to all the project teams for another great year!

Learn more about their Top Projects of 2019:

Project Name: Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) New STEM Building
Project Location: Roanoke, Virginia

Project Value: $24 Million
Project Type: Higher Education Science/Lab Facility | CM@Risk Delivery

Branch Builds Project - Virginia Western Community College STEM BuildingProject Highlights: Branch Builds was selected over strong national competition for this state-of-the-art, high-tech STEM Building, adding to our impressive science/lab project resume. The 72,000-square-foot facility, dedicated to science, technology, engineering, (more…)

Branch Civil Top Projects of 2019

Branch Civil celebrated many successes in 2019. They completed projects ahead of schedule, saved their clients money, created new partnerships, and had a significant impact on the communities in which they serve.

It was a busy year, but here’s their list of the Top Projects of 2019

Project Name: IKEA Norfolk

Project Location: Norfolk, Virginia

Project Value: $11,700,000.00

Project Type: Private: Retail

Ikea NorfolkProject Highlights: Branch Civil developed an 18-acre parcel for IKEA’s 331,000-square-foot retail store/warehouse and a three-story parking garage. (more…)