September 16, 2013
Charlotte, N.C.— A M King Construction, a global leader in design and construction of food processing and cold storage facilities, was chosen by the International Trade Administration, a function of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to host leaders from six Eurasian countries on September 16, 2013. The program participants, from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Ukraine, are leaders, academics and government officials in the agriculture and food industry. Their learning experience program is called Special American Internship Training, or SABIT.
The Department of Commerce’s Justyna Kottke asked A M King Construction to participate in the program due to their extensive expertise and national awards in the food processing and cold storage industries.
During their day at A M King Construction’s Charlotte headquarters, the delegates received a comprehensive overview of how U.S. food processing and cold storage facilities operate. They were assisted by two translators who spoke Russian along with the English language. Delegates also had wireless translators to help interpret the day’s content.
Programs were led by A M King owner Brian T. King, director of operations Dan Crist, architect John Koury, and director of preconstruction Stuart Jernigan. Brian King first gave an overview of A M King as an industry leader, which segued into how typical U.S. food facilities operate, the design and construction process, the importance of food safety and the financial aspects of building and operations.
Koury continued the program with a look at USDA and FDA regulations that included recalls and their legal implications, washing and sanitization, and how design and construction interact. Jernigan then discussed process equipment coordination and refrigeration, which explored topics such as safe and efficient use of Freon and ammonia refrigerants. Then, Crist picked up the conversation about building structures; wall, door and roof systems; and applicable equipment.
Delegates received valuable information to take back to their home countries as they expand their food processing operations. They will also use this training to increase the cold chain infrastructure necessary to maintain food freshness and reduce food spoilage, which is presently a significant problem in many of these countries.
A M King will continue to maintain communication with these delegates and the Department of Commerce to provide expertise and assistance.
“A M King is a company built on community values and sharing knowledge,” King said. “We are thrilled to open our doors to this delegation and help improve systems globally. I have worked on projects around the world and believe that when the international bar is raised, we all benefit.”
The SABIT group is touring around the country to meet with leaders and officials in their industry. They started in Washington at the end of August and will end their travels at the PACK Expo in Las Vegas, which touts itself as the “world’s premier packaging and processing trade show.”
The overall mission of SABIT is to provide information on innovations and trends in processing and packaging methods, quality control, marketing, new product development, international standards and general business practices. It aims to both improve international standards and help delegates build key relationships with U.S.-based business leaders.
October 21, 2013
Norwood, N.C.— While a typical day sees A M King Construction employees working hard to construct things, on a recent morning the focus was on demolishing things. In this case, the objects of demolition were clay pigeons. The aim of the morning, though, was supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
A M King Construction team members worked as score keepers, trappers and event staffers at the annual Red Shoe Shootout, a clay shooting competition at The Fork Farm in Norwood, North Carolina. The event included everyone from first-time shooters to advanced shooters, and featured a dozen different shooting challenges.
“This was a fantastic event,” A M King Construction’s Donna Morris said. “The entire A M King team enjoyed meeting all the shooters, the staff at The Fork Farm and everyone else who helped this event come together. This is our third year helping with the event, and we’re happy to make it an annual tradition.”
“One of the things that makes me most proud of A M King is our commitment to community service,” A M King partner Brian T. King said. “We have enjoyed supporting Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte since it opened, and we plan to keep supporting it for many years to come.”Proceeds from the Red Shoe Shootout further RMH’s mission of “providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children.”
August 26, 2013
Charlotte, N.C.— Brandi Tonnesen joins A M King in the role of designer and drawing production. She will also assist in the project administration during construction.
June 24, 2013
Charlotte, N.C.— A M King Construction is increasing its commitment to the design-build process with the creation of an innovative new Design Center at its Charlotte, North Carolina, headquarters.
“We truly believe in a collaborative and integrated design-build process and its advantages for our clients,” A M King Construction President Brian T. King said. “The value of design-build is in taking a project from concept through construction through a more streamlined process with less chance of miscommunications or delays when compared to more traditional delivery methods involving multiple and fragmented firms.
“The Design Center provides us the unique environment to even more fully integrate the design-build process,” King continued. “It’s a physical location where both our clients and our design team can define their visions, and collaborate together with the preconstruction and construction teams to see those ideas come together in a complete and efficient design that will lead to lower overall project costs and greater project quality.”
Located on the first floor of the A M King Construction building at 1610 E. Morehead just minutes from Uptown in Charlotte, the Design Center is conveniently located in the same building as A M King’s construction professionals, and adjacent to office space for McVeigh and Mangum Engineering, an engineering firm and strategic partner of A M King providing structural, electrical and mechanical engineering services. John Koury, member of the American Institute of Architects and director of Design Services for A M King, manages the Design Center.
“I have never before seen a space like this devoted to collaboration between design and construction,” Koury remarked. “As an architect, I have an appreciation for benefits of the design-build delivery method. This Design Center allows us to maximize that process as a team in a collaborative space. This delivery method is more in line with the pre- 20th century tradition of building where client, designer and constructor are on the same side of the table instead of opposite each other. ”
Koury says the collaboration begins when clients come to the Design Center to discuss project objectives and desires. “When people think of design, they tend to think about aesthetics,” Koury explained, “but so much of the success of design-build is in the process. By having a place to talk through the design expectations and project goals with the entire project team, we have a much better opportunity to explain the process to our clients and give them the tools and knowledge they need to move forward with confidence.”“A M King’s Design Center was created with our clients in mind,” says King. “Our clients expect us to continuously improve our service by delivering our projects in a more efficient manner, with higher quality and at a lower price. This unique space is another innovative method that will allow us to demonstrate our commitment to our clients, and to A M King’s commitment to delivering a Better Building Experience.