MetroPower Thrives on Healthcare Projects in Central Georgia


MetroPower is currently working on multiple projects in middle Georgia, serving our valuable clients in the healthcare industry. Projects include:


The Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital Navicent Health, a 5-story 183,000 square foot children’s hospital with NICU.  Located in Macon, Georgia, it is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in central and south Georgia. MetroPower has approximately 30 people on site for the new construction and renovation project, which includes power distribution, new generators and modifications of existing generators, lighting, nurse call, fire alarm, paging, security, telemetry, voice and data.  


MetroPower is also working with Batson-Cook on addition and renovation projects for two more hospitals in Macon: the Coliseum Hospital and the Coliseum Northside Hospital(CNH).  The project for CNH is primarily for the Emergency Department, including interior work plus a helicopter pad.  The project scope includes interior renovations and power distribution upgrades, plus an upgrade to a larger generator.  The Coliseum Hospital, any gear older than 1973 needs to be replaced, including emergency and normal gear upgrades and variable frequency drive updates.  

“We’re well-versed in healthcare market, as we have already worked with some of these customers on similar projects,” said Josh Cleveland, Branch Supervisor.  “We’re thrilled to be working on these projects and will continue our unwavering commitment to safety and delivering high-quality products and service.”


MetroPower is also adding generators to Magnolia Manor Senior Living locations throughout Georgia, including facilities in Americus, Columbus, Macon, Moultrie, Savannah, St. Mary’s and St. Simons.  Recognized as a leader in retirement living, Magnolia Manor is adding generators as a proactive measure after seeing the damage and extensive power outages caused by the extreme weather passing through much of Georgia last year. 

Strong Relationship Helps Secure Multi-year Contract in Industrial Market


Shaw Industries is performing one of the largest single projects in its history at Plant 65, a textile facility located in Andalusia, AL. Thanks to the performance of our crews and our 20 year relationship with Shaw, MetroPower was awarded a multi-year contract to complete the mechanical and electrical installation at the plant.


The project, named the Phase I Modernization, includes the demolition and construction of a five level tower for new equipment installations and will include new Extrusion Equipment, Air Compressors, Chillers, Lighting, Power Distribution (both medium voltage and low voltage) and equipment power connections. 


“We’ve completed over $3 million of work at the Plant 65 site during the past year,” said Andy Kennedy, Branch Manager for MetroPower. “Being awarded the multi-year contract is a testament to our people and the quality of our work at multiple Shaw locations with both electrical and mechanical scopes.”


Chris Scott is leading the Plant 65 Phase I Modernization and has employed the expertise and assistance of several other department managers including Sylvester Jones, Wesley Johnson and Wayne Scott. Our teams rely on their experience to skillfully accomplish the work, exceed safety standards and ensure customer satisfaction amidst a fast paced environment. 


“We look forward to working with MetroPower on this project,” said a Shaw Industries representative. “We value the relationship, quality of work and exceptional standards.”


For more than 20 years, MetroPower has been installing extrusion equipment throughout the southeast for Shaw Industries.


Lagniappe: Tony Varamo


As Workforce Manager, Tony is often the first point of contact for those considering a career with MetroPower. And for many, he’s the reason they choose to join our company.


“Tony is the primary reason that I’m a MetroPower employee,” said James Davis, management trainee, branch 21. “In just a few conversations, his genuine nature and passion sold me on the company. He continues to encourage me to further my education, invest in myself and advance my career.”


Tony oversees our Apprentice and Management Trainee Programs, is heavily involved in field force recruiting and assists branch leadership in attracting trades people to MetroPower. 


“His dedication to his work is evident in the care he demonstrates in every conversation,” said Edwin Garcia, XXX. “He is passionate about development and takes personal pride in identifying talent and bringing them to our company.”


“I appreciate that Tony is genuinely interested in me as a person, not just an employee,” said Tyler Cobb, management trainee, branch 08. “We talk weekly and I look forward to working more closely with him.”  



Introducing Our New Behavior-Based Safety Program


As part of our commitment to staying a step ahead and preventing accidents before they happen, MetroPower is rolling out an innovative Behavior Based Safety (BBS) initiative.  The new company-wide program will require 100% participation from every employee, from the top down and bottom up, and is designed to take our ownership and awareness of safety to the next level.  


Why Behavior-Based Safety?

Our new Behavior-Based Safety program offers many benefits, including a(n):

·     Real-time, on-the-job constructive correction of unsafe behaviors

·     Effective method for peer accountability

·     Decrease in unsafe habits

·     Approach inclusive of employees of all levels

·     Clear focus on employee behaviors

·     Effective way to address the root causes of behavior


How does the Behavior-Based Safety program work? 

The key to this process is raising awareness of behavior through observation and feedback.  Through BBS, any employee can observe their peer, or be observed by a peer, anywhere at any job site.  


The expectation for the person observed is to cooperate and participate in the observation, as the observer collects information and provides feedback regarding safety.   The process is designed to identify both safe and unsafe behavior.  The reports focus on collecting accurate information about WHAT behaviors were observed, not WHO was observed.  In fact, the person who is observed remains anonymous in the report.   


During the observation, the observer completes a digital report (the Observation Card on eCompliance), which includes feedback on the behavior they saw.  Then, the Safety Department reviews data and assigns accountability for needed actions.  In addition to raising awareness of behavior, the information collected may inspire changes in design, process or procedure in order to reduce at-risk behaviors.


The BBS program will be effective company-wide by June of 2018. We look forward to everyone using this opportunity to reflect upon their own actions, and become more aware of those around them.  To achieve our goal of zero accidents, we must all continue practicing our motto of Safety: Working Together for Tomorrow.   

McWhirter Realty Partners Opens Birmingham, Alabama Office

Assumes Management of Medical Office Portfolio Totaling 360,000SF


McWhirter Realty Partners recently opened a new office in Birmingham, Alabama, to best serve the property management needs of its clients. This is McWhirter’s fifth location. The company was awarded a class A medical office portfolio consisting of five buildings totaling 360,000SF. The buildings are located in Bessemer, Cullman and Sylacauga and include:

·       100,000SF MOB attached to UAB MedWest

·       217,000SF in Professional Office Buildings I, II, and III, on the Cullman Regional Medical Center campus

·       42,274SF MOB at Coosa Valley Medical Center


The McWhirter Realty Partner’s office is managed by Tanya L. Shubert who has 20 years of experience in healthcare management, and Austin Purvis who serves as assistant property manager. The new office is located in the MedWest building, located at 975 9th Avenue, SW, Suite 240, Bessemer.


McWhirter Realty Acquires Four New Property Management Contracts
for Retail Centers


McWhirter Realty Partners, a comprehensive real estate services firm offering brokerage, property management and development services, acquired four new property management contracts for retail centers throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The four centers total more than 170,000 SF.   Retail Centers include:

·       The Shops at Eagle Pointe – 2990 Eagle Drive, Woodstock, GA 

·       Spalding Center – 6365 to 6395 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 

·       Alpharetta Summit – 6225 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta, GA

·       The Shops on Ponce – 3430 E Ponce de Leon, Scottdale, GA 

·       Maple Place Shopping Center – 827 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA

 The company serves the 20 county area of metro Atlanta and neighboring southeastern states.


Fifth Kauffman Tire Location Opens in Brunswick, GA

In January, McWhirter Realty Partners opened its fifth 7500SFKauffman Tire location in Brunswick, Georgia. The company has a sixth location under contract in Roswell, Georgia.


Kauffman Tire first engaged McWhirter Realty Partners in 2012 to develop a build-to-suit retail store located on a one acre site in Canton, Georgia. Since then, the two companies have developed a strong relationship in which McWhirter Realty Partners acts as a “Preferred Developer” for the Atlanta-based business.


The relationship between McWhirter Realty Partners and Kauffman Tires is based on trust and Kauffman’s recognition of McWhirter Realty Partner’s ability to complete all aspects of development including site location, due diligence, contract negotiation and management of third parties necessary for each job.

McWhirter Realty Partners Represents the Buyer of a Retail/Warehouse Complex
in Dekalb County


Wes Allen, with McWhirter Realty Partners, LLC, represented the buyer of a 45,000 SF retail and warehouse complex on 3.6 acres inside the perimeter off East Ponce de Leon. The going-in cap rate was approximately 10 percent.

McWhirter Realty Partners Represents ROLTA International 

Wes Allen, with McWhirter Realty Partners, LLC, represented ROLTA International in the sale/leaseback of a 25,000 SF building in Alpharetta. The three-story office building is located on North Point Parkway.