Home for the Holidays in Decatur

Carter’s Associates Toured Our Projects in Decatur

Last week, Carter was “home for the holidays” in Decatur for a behind-the-scenes look at two of our current projects located right in our own suburban backyard.

Carter transported associates over in shuttles from our corporate office in Atlantic Station to the City of Decatur. The first stop on our tour was the beautiful campus of one of Carter’s educational clients, Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts women’s college located in downtown Decatur. Tom Lawrence and John Jokerst acted as our unofficial tour guides and gave us the historical background of Carter’s 16-year relationship providing project management services for its growth and expansion. Click here to view a map showcasing Carter’s involvement at fourteen of the buildings on campus; Carter has overseen the development and renovation of some of the school’s most important academic buildings like the library, science center and dining hall.


Above: Part of the group touring Campbell Hall at Agnes Scott College

The last stop of the tour ended at the construction site of Campbell Hall, a former science building that is currently being renovated into a mixed-use facility supporting both academics/student housing, where Carter associates got all geared to do a live “walk-through” of the site.  We toured the auditorium on the ground floor and went up to a partially built-out model room on one of the upper floors. Holder Construction helped us navigate through the building, as well as provided appropriate safety wear. 

Tom Lawrence shared, “Once Campbell Hall is completed it will be the most energy efficient building on the campus, thanks to a hybrid geothermal system to heat and cool the building.  A geothermal well field is being constructed in the green quadrangle adjacent to the building, utilizing forty wells, each up to 600-feet deep, to exchange heat energy.”

John Jokerst, senior vice president of development, commented, “Seeing pictures of a project online or in print is never quite the same as seeing it in person. Last week’s tours were a great first-hand opportunity for our associates to see some of the great work Carter does on behalf our clients.”

He continued, “Carter has been helping to guide the transformation of the Agnes Scott campus since 1997 with more than $150 million in capital improvements in support of the College’s campus vision to provide forward-thinking, state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by history.” 


Above: A group snapshot of some Carter associates on the future corner of multi-family

For our next Decatur destination, Carter headed over to 315 W Ponce, our latest mixed-use development featuring apartments and street-level retail, to check out its construction progress and get a birds-eye view of the site. We went up to the 8th floor of the neighboring office building, Decatur Court, and Conor McNally gave us an overview of the project and showed us the groundwork of the first major component on the site, the parking garage, which will provide shared parking for office/multi-family/retail tenants.

Our tour concluded across the street with a holiday social serving cocktails and appetizers at the Pinewood restaurant, which happens to be co-owned by Brooks Cloud, the brother of Carter’s senior vice president of investments, Scott Cloud.


Above: John Jokerst modeling his prize “gag gift”

Everyone had a great time and was proud and excited to celebrate the many achievements Carter has seen over the past year. As an investor, developer and advisor – it was nice to see two of Carter’s projects come full-circle and witness the development firsthand.

For a photo gallery of the event, click here.

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