Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 66
Commercial | T.W. FRIERSON CONTRACTOR INC. - JOURNEYS DISTRIBUTION FACILITY
'That's what makes work fun:
when you enjoy the people
you're working with.'
"The building is part of the equation,
but they have a significant investment in
the conveyor and racking systems in the
building," he says. "Our biggest challenge
on the project is trying to do both of those
projects at the same time."
But close coordination allows both
firms to achieve their goals. "We're working together to try to get out of their way
so they can do their work and continue
on," Edwards states. "[We also want]
to provide them with power at certain
locations when they need it and just work
hand-in-hand with Fortna."
Nashville-based TWF self-performs
concrete, steel erection, sheet metal and
carpentry work. The company started
operations in 1958 and has built millions
of square feet for thousands of clients.
Edwards, who has been with TWF for
16 years, credits its success to an "owner-friendly" philosophy. "There's not any
secret formula," he asserts. "We treat our
customers right and we treat our employees right."
The company is proud of its work on
the Journeys project. "It's not the biggest
or most complicated project we've done
by any means, but it's a significant project
and it's one of our highlights for 2017, for
sure," he says.
Not only has the company maintained
good relationships with its subcontractors,
but "the owner is fantastic to work with,"
Edwards asserts. "This has been a good
team, all working towards the same goal:
to safely deliver the project.
"That's what you want," he continues.
"That's what makes work fun: when you
enjoy the people you're working with and
you don't have a lot of drama."
He sees a strong future for TWF, which
recently made the transition from a second-generation family-owned company
to an employee-owned firm. "In November 2016, we started the process to become
an employee-owned company, with
one-third of the company now owned by
an ESOP Trust," he recalls.
"That will continue to unfold in the
years going forward," he says, noting that
the previous owners wanted a succession
plan that benefits its employees. "They
thought this was the best solution."
This will allow TWF's employees to
share a common goal, since they all have
a personal stake in the company, Edwards
says. "[We're] trying to set ourselves up
for the next 20 years and beyond. It's so
The Smartest Way
Sustainability is among TWF's highest values. "Sustainable construction isn't just the
newest construction trend - it's the smartest way to ensure our next generations can
enjoy the buildings we've built and the lands surrounding them," it says.
The company is committed to customized and environmentally responsible solutions for
all building types. "We have passionate and experienced LEED team members who are excited to have the opportunity to determine the best and most feasible means of delivering
an environmentally responsive, high performance and sustainable facility," it says.
Although the Journeys facility is not aiming for LEED certification, "We're incorporating
long-lasting viable features and design elements that will enable this facility to function
more efficiently, while also providing a more pleasant work environment for its employees," Brent Edwards says, noting that the project incorporates windows that allow for
natural lighting, as well as LED lighting.
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