Plumbers and steamfi tters union opens $4 million Augustatraining center

September 14, 2023

An effort to grow the role of union-trained steamfitters and HVAC workers in Augusta came to life Wednesday.

The event was the grand opening of the CSRA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 150’s new Augusta Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center.

Local 150 was founded in 1908, and since 1949 has trained many of the construction workers who built downtown skyscrapers, hospitals, and more recently, Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle, officials said.

“We must continue to train for the future,” said Bill Wright, business manager for Local 150, to the crowd gathered for a Wednesday ribbon cutting. “This is something we have needed for a long time.”

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Photo: Peter Menk III looks at a sign from his grandfather’s mechanical contracting business on display at Local 150’s new training center for plumbers, steamfitters and HVAC workers in Augusta. Staff photo by Susan McCord

RECing Crew aims to raise $2 million for dual Miracle League fields in North Augusta

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. provided Master Planning and will be providing complete architecture/engineering/landscape architecture design services for the Miracle League fields in North Augusta.

“It’s unbelievable to be able to help out and be a part of this project,” (landscape) architect Rett Harbeson said. “You saw the joy tonight in these kids’ eyes and that is really what it’s all about.”

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Architect

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. is seeking an Architect to join our Architectural Department in Augusta, Georgia.  The Registered Architect position is available with opportunities to grow within the firm.  Registered Architect applications should have 6-10 years of experience and maintain professional registration.

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. (JLA) is a full-service Architecture, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm with offices in Augusta, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. We have served the Southeast since 1980.  JLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive salary and exceptional benefits with the opportunity to advance within the firm.

What is the benefit of working at JLA?

  • JLA invests in our employees, assisting in continuing education expenses and memberships in civic clubs and professional organizations.
  • JLA encourages professional registrations. We pay for the classes, books, testing, and fees associated with obtaining professional registrations as well as the fees for maintaining registrations.
  • We invest in you and then give you the opportunity to participate in ownership.
  • JLA is a 100% employee-owned firm. Once obtaining registration and having worked within the firm for a period, JLA offers opportunities to participate in our stock program.
  • JLA believes in a positive work culture. We have quarterly outings for employees and their families to unwind and socialize in a relaxed setting. We encourage open communication within the firm and transparency.
  • We offer excellent benefits with competitive salary, Health, Dental, Vision, 401-K investments, and a 401-K match, paid sick leave and vacation. JLA regularly matches the 401-K dollar for dollar up to 10%.
  • JLA values our employees and employee retention is significant, with employees averaging 10+ years of service.
  • JLA is stable. With over 40 years in business. JLA has never laid off employees due to workload. We hire strategically to meet long-term needs and to meet long-term growth goals.

Requirements for Architect Position:

  • Professional with a bachelors or master’s degree in architecture from an accredited university
  • State Licensed Architect or equivalent
  • A minimum of 6-10 years in planning, programming, project management, and architectural design
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Revit
  • Knowledge/skilled in graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience in schematic through construction document phases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to speak in front of an audience
  • Well organized
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Architectural Intern

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. is seeking an Architectural Intern to join our Architectural Department in Augusta, Georgia.  Architectural Intern position is available with opportunities to grow within the firm.  Architectural Intern position is an Entry Level position with 2-4 years of experience in Architectural Design and a degree from an Accredited Program.

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. (JLA) is a full-service Architecture, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm with offices in Augusta, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. We have served the Southeast since 1980.  JLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive salary and exceptional benefits with the opportunity to advance within the firm.

What is the benefit of working at JLA?

  • JLA invests in our employees, assisting in continuing education expenses and memberships in civic clubs and professional organizations.
  • JLA encourages professional registrations. We pay for the classes, books, testing, and fees associated with obtaining professional registrations as well as the fees for maintaining registrations.
  • We invest in you and then give you the opportunity to participate in ownership.
  • JLA is a 100% employee-owned firm. Once obtaining registration and having worked within the firm for a period, JLA offers opportunities to participate in our stock program.
  • JLA believes in a positive work culture. We have quarterly outings for employees and their families to unwind and socialize in a relaxed setting. We encourage open communication within the firm and transparency.
  • We offer excellent benefits with competitive salary, Health, Dental, Vision, 401-K investments, and a 401-K match, paid sick leave and vacation. JLA regularly matches the 401-K dollar for dollar up to 10%.
  • JLA values our employees and employee retention is significant, with employees averaging 10+ years of service.
  • JLA is stable. With over 40 years in business. JLA has never laid off employees due to workload. We hire strategically to meet long-term needs and to meet long-term growth goals.

Requirements for Architectural Intern Position:

  • Professional with a bachelors or master’s degree in architecture from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 2-4 years of architectural design services
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Revit
  • Knowledge/skilled in graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Well organized
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Civil Designer

Seeking candidates with extensive knowledge and experience with CADD software to provide support for engineers in various stages of capital and site development projects.  Prepares designs and drawings.  Performs data collection, field inspection, surveying and reporting.

Qualification Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Two-year degree from a vocational college in Engineering Technology or associate degree in Drafting & CADD.
  • Two years of relevant field or office experience in Civil Engineering preferred.
  • Must possess a current state driver’s license and maintain throughout employment.
  • Proficient in Autodesk Civil 3D and standard AutoCAD software.

Essential Job Duties

  • Additional CADD programs that will be used include AutoTurn.  Candidate would be trained to use this program, if needed.
  • Performs technical and sub-professional engineering work related to the development, drafting, and construction of projects for municipalities, developers and individual clients.
  • Prepares engineering designs and drawings and assist in construction cost estimates as needed for projects.
  • Provides support for engineering projects by researching and compiling maps and data as needed for project development.
  • Update and assist in implementation of CADD policies and procedures.
  • Assists in surveying assignments.  Collects, compiles and prepares reports of survey data.
  • Collects field data necessary for assessment of various site components including infrastructure.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Adequate in Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Johnsonville Municipal Building Nears Completion

MATTHEWROBERTSON
Morning News
mrobertson@scnow.com

JOHNSONVILLE — Below budget and ahead of schedule — that’s how Johnsonville Mayor Johnny Hanna describes the city’s new city hall that is now taking shape on what was the parking lot of a grocery.

“This was the old IGA parking lot. We purchased the property with the vision of doing exactly what we’re doing,” Hanna said during a quick tour through the building — framework done inside and roof ready to go on. “We’re just trying to improve it, move forward, modernize. As it’s taking shape I feel like the citizens are taking ownership and some pride in it.”

When completed this will be the first purpose-built municipal building the city has had, said David Mace, downtown development manager.

Other buildings have just been “taken over and renovated” by the city.

“There was a lot of meetings, a lot of planning, a lot of overlooking plans,” Hanna said.

“We got a little big to start with and sized it down, tried to do it as economically possible and still keep it possible,” Hanna said.

The building includes a wish list of needs and will double as a community building.

“Everything was well thought out,” Hanna said.

Once completed the building will have a cluster of small offices for city leaders, an area for the city clerk along with a water and sewer office and drive-thru payment window and some currently unused space into which the city can grow.

It will also have an emergency operations center and a council chamber capable of seating 120 people.

“Before you had fire, city and police operating from three different sites,”Hanna said. “Now can put three in one building without chance of losing power.”

The new council chamber will have video display panels and cameras for Zoom-style meetings and can be closed off from the building’s offices to allow it to serve as a community room, Hanna said.

“Hopefully we can fill those seats with concerned citizens and move it forward as a city,”Hanna said.“ Have more people involved than just a few.”

As the city moves forward with construction, Hanna said, the fate of the current city hall remains up in the air.

He said several options were being discussed.

From Morning News 8-8-2020

Plans take shape to honor 12-year-old electrocuted at Augusta park

By Susan McCord in the Augusta Chronicle, Posted Mar 9, 2020 at 5:18 PM

Plans are taking shape to memorialize Melquan Robinson 18 months after the 12-year-old was electrocuted at an Augusta park.

Robinson died Oct. 15, 2018, after climbing a Fleming Athletic Complex fence to retrieve a ball. The fence carried a live current, and a later inspection revealed the park had no equipment grounding connector that would have shut off the electricity.

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Construction of the City of Johnsonville Municipal Complex

Construction of the City of Johnsonville Municipal Complex located at 117 E. Broadway Street

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held Tuesday, November 11, 2019

Members of Johnsonville City Council look on as ground is broken for the new municipal complex by:
(L to R) City Administrator Jim Smith, Mayor-Elect Johnny Hanna, Mayor Steven Dukes, Rett Harbeson
of Johnson, Laschober & Associates, and Kent Gunter of F.B.I. Construction Company.

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Auto supplier gives pre-opening plant tour

By Damon Cline
Originally Published in the Augusta Chronicle, 7/10/2019

A European auto supplier opening its U.S. headquarters in Augusta gave local officials a pre-opening tour of the plant that will produce acoustic barriers for automakers such as BMW, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz.

Executives with Barcelona, Spain-based Acoustic & Insulation Techniques on Wednesday said the 75,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in the Forward Augusta Industrial Park will open in October with more than two-dozen employees.

A second-phase expansion, which would supply General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, could nearly double the workforce at the south Augusta plant near the corner of Tobacco Road and Mike Padgett Highway.

Antonio Pomes, president and CEO of the Spanish company known as AIT, said the company has been supplying U.S. customers for 18 years from its plants in Spain and Poland.

“I have always said we have had an American dream,” Pomes said during the tour. “We are very happy for all the people who have cooperated with us to make it a reality.”

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