Project Site Spotlight: The Phoenix at Braselton

The Phoenix at Braselton site is going to be a senior living community with independent living, assisted living, and memory care that will be completed within the next year.

This commercial project is off Friendship Road in Hoschton, Ga. Currently, there are more than 50 workers on the site, but once construction goes vertical there will be more than 100.

The buildings at Phoenix are considered hybrid, meaning they will be composed of concrete, wood vertical, masonry for the towers and elevators, metal framing, structural steel columns, beams, bar joints, and more.

While there, we spoke with Nick Turner, a Commercial Assistant Superintendent, who emphasized safety, quality, and schedule as being prioritized on the site at all times.

Employees are expected to uphold safety standards, like being tied off 100 percent of the time and wearing seat belts, whether they are being directly managed or trusted to get the job done. Also, everyone on the site wears a radio to improve communication and advance completion.

This safety attire is required on all project sites and should be seriously considered before going in the field. (Photo/Taylor Elliott,

Upon completion, the site will feature two independent living buildings to the east and west with parking garages below, assisted living, memory care, a courtyard, and a pool amenity toward the back of the property. Rent for future residents will start at $4 thousand a room.

An overview of the Phoenix project site from the top of Mount Jerry, an organic dirt mound named after Foreman Jerry Towe and where Memory Care will be located. (Photo/Emma Toland,
The backside of the Phoenix project site where the Pool Amenity (due north) will be located. Independent Living (east) is pictured to the left and Independent Living (west) is pictured to the right. (Photo/Emma Toland,

Although this is a construction site, professionalism and morale are maintained at all times. “It is important that our workers are kept in high spirits because they work long hours in demanding climates,” said Turner. “We value our crew and the hard work they put in… it definitely does not go unnoticed”

Our Ideal Music For Getting Things Done

There is something to be said about finding the perfect song for each moment in a day. Smooth jazz in a New York City cafe is perfect for morning coffee, but when our employees are out in the field, they need something bolder and more upbeat to get them through the work day. That’s why Reeves Young has decided to start constructing playlists too. So, whether you are working 9 to 5 or getting Another Day of Sun, listen along with us as We [Build] This City Under Pressure. What are you waiting for? Grab your Sledgehammer and meet us Where The Streets Have No Name. Don’t Stop [Us] Now, we are just Takin’ Care of Business and having fun while we do it!

How-To Read a Floor Concept Plan

Drafting a floor concept plan is one of the primary steps to beginning any construction process, whether it is residential or commercial. There are several working parts, each significant in its own way, and are standard across the industry for all plans.

There are several types of drawings, or plans, because every element of a project site cannot be addressed on a single sheet of paper. Therefore, there are civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, piping, hydraulic, and electrical plans that encompass a single structure’s requirements before construction can take place. We are going to focus on architectural plans.

“Blueprints are like a road map…you set a course but adjust according to unprecedented changes along the way” commented Kevin Smith, Vice President, Commercial Business Unit Leader.

A floor concept plan is made-up of a combination of lines, each meaning something different:

Next, there is specific information that should almost always be included. A concept floor plan should depict the exterior and interior walls, the size and location of windows and doors, built-ins and permanent fixtures, stairs, room names, location and size dimensions, the drawing scale, material symbols, and walks/patios/decks if applicable.

Further, there are abbreviations used when executing a floor plan just like there is construction jargon used on and off the field. However, it is important to keep in mind that some abbreviations vary across units, such as what is used for commercial versus heavy civil projects.

Basic Definitions

Title Blocks: important to the overall drawing; contain information not given directly on the drawing with dimensions or notes; beginning point of a drawing’s information (think, title of the project, name and address of the client, name and address of the architectural company, date of completion of the drawing package, scale of the drawing, drawing number, and the architect’s professional stamp)

Revision Block: notes any changes made to a drawing

North Arrow: indicates the north direction and therefore the orientation of the building in relation to the sun

Symbols: represent plumbing, electrical, fixtures, doors, windows, and other objects in a house or building

Material Symbols (or Material Hath Patters): used to denote each material (think, frame, brick, concrete, stone, wood, tile, glass, steel, aluminum, marble, and insulation)

Scale: a relationship of the size or distance of the item on a drawing to the real item

Dimensions: show the size and location of the features on a floor plan; continuous lines with the dimension figure placed above the line; recorded in feet and inches

Dimensioning System: fractional inch, decimal inch, and the SI metric

Perspective: a method of drawing things as the eye sees them (think, vanishing point)

Drawing Legend(s): boxes drawn to illustrate some of the common or uncommon symbols used

Single Line Drawings (or Schematics): represents all electrical lines, plumbing, air lines, hydraulic lines, and piping, regardless of size, as a single line

Isometric Drawings: designed to show a three-dimensional view of an object

Orthographic Drawings: shows the drawn object from different views (think, left side, top view, front, bottom, right side, rear, and projection view)


“Handy” Construction Terms Everyone Should Know

The construction industry is not only vibrant and collaborative, but prominent and established. Therefore, a lot of jargon comes with the territory.

It is a challenge to know exactly what is going on all the time, especially in construction where deals are fast-paced but the work takes time. That’s why Reeves Young designed a guide for construction jargon, equipment, laws, regulations, and requirements. You deserve to know the ins and outs of what we do here. So…

We are being as transparent as possible with our operations through this terms guide. We hope you find it helpful and learn something along the way whether you are an experienced professional or just starting out! Let’s get started:


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