Batson-Cook honored with Build Georgia Award for work on Sea Island resort

General contractor Batson-Cook, which has offices in Atlanta and nearby West Point, Ga., has been honored with a 2007 Build Georgia Award for its work on five-star The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Ga.

Presented by the Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors of America at its recent annual conference, the honor was received in the "Design/Build" category for contractors with gross construction revenue of more than $100 million.

Batson-Cook procured craftsmen from Savannah, Jacksonville and Atlanta to work with the high-quality materials required by one of the best resorts in the world. The artists worked with nine different wood finishes and 10 different finish stones to create the elegant design required by the Smoking Room, the Colonial Lounge, the Private Dining Room and the Ballroom. Pieces from the Spanish Lounge from the original 79-year-old resort, as well as fireplace mantels, were incorporated into the project.

The Georgia Branch of the AGCA bestows the Build Georgia Award as the highest honor a construction firm can receive from the association. This first place award is the fourth the firm has received in the last six years.

Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, specializes in commercial general contracting, preconstruction, construction management and design-build services. The firm also has offices in Tampa, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Its projects in Columbus include the National Infantry Museum now under construction, the Columbus Public Library, the Columbus State University Uptown Art and Theatre complex, Aflac's Paul S. Amos campus expansion and several projects at nearby Callaway Gardens.