Case Studies

TMC Construction Company

Building With Skill, Integrity and Responsibility

TMC Construction Company (TMC) has served the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas as a full-service general contractor for over 65 years. The company specializes in new construction, restoration, additions and remodels, ensuring TMC continues to add new clients with a wide range and variety of projects. With a dedication to integrity and responsibility, the family-owned and -operated company engages in commercial and residential projects for both large and small companies and owners, loyally serving the community it calls home.

Building a Reputation on Gas Stations to Multimillion-dollar Contracts

TMC was founded in 1948 as the sole proprietorship of Tom McCord Construction Company (McCord Construction); hence, the acronym TMC. The young company specialized in building gas stations throughout the city and worked in this niche for decades. In the early 1970s, when the economy slowed gas station construction, TMC shifted the company’s focus on to building banks, churches and commercial office/warehouse developments, while still serving oil and convenient store clients throughout the economic cycles of the last 40 years.

In 1956 McCord Construction joined the Georgia chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and still maintains membership today as one of Georgia’s longest continual members. For years, the company has worked to uphold the values of both Tom McCord Construction and the AGC.

In 1957 the company incorporated, and in 1963 Douglas Hawks Sr. joined the team at McCord Construction. After a tragic accident and eponymous-Tom’s death, Douglas and two other principles took over McCord Construction, changing the company name to the current designation in 1977.

Shortly thereafter in 1989, second-generation Douglas Hawks Jr., current president of TMC, followed in his father’s footsteps. Douglas Jr. joined TMC after earning a construction management degree. After getting his feet wet by serving as project manager and vice president of construction, Douglas Jr. was promoted to his current designation in 1999.

Today, Douglas Jr. continues to operate TMC out of its headquarters in Tucker, Ga., to primarily serve metropolitan Atlanta. “Back in the 1990s we were licensed to do work in South Carolina, and have worked throughout Georgia, but now we mostly serve Atlanta and northern Georgia,” he details. “We’re pretty much a metro-Atlanta company; the city is loaded to the gills with contractors of all shapes and sizes, but when people look at us they see we have a good reputation and have been in business for many years.”

Invested in Atlanta

TMC has completed numerous challenging projects all over the metropolitan area and for city owners, which include: renovations of both the city of Atlanta and Decatur City Hall’s administrative offices, the pedestrian bridge over Techwood Avenue at the CNN Center, in addition to serving clients such as Bank of America, SunTrust, Hess Oil, Autozone, Toys “R” Us and many others.

More recently the company has completed work on The Grant Building, the DeKalb County School System, the new Georgia State Patrol Post, renovation of the Marietta Social Security Administration offices, as well as retail and medical office developments. TMC is truly invested in Atlanta.

TMC’s work on The Grant Building has added to the company’s trusted reputation. “During the last year we completed a renovation for a group of real estate investors that purchased the building,” explains Douglas Jr. “The Grant Building is on the historical registry as one of the oldest high-rise buildings in the city, originally built in the 1890s, we actually found the original drawings in the basement of the building.”

The 10-story building had many code issues, and therefore needed upgrades. “This was our primary project for 2012,” adds Douglas Jr. The restoration was completed in stages over the course of the year. According to Douglas Jr., TMC is currently looking to do more work for the Grant Building in the future. “We hope we can maintain this site as an ongoing operation,” he details, as many new tenants are interested in the building since the renovations.

As a full-service contractor, TMC takes full control on each project. “We manage everything, making the project less of a headache for owners,” shares Douglas Jr. “Everything from establishing workable budgets to hiring out subcontractors and on-site supervision for quality control and keeping the job on schedule. In many cases we are involved during the design phase to establish budgets that the client can count on to be accurate.”

For many years, TMC has been managing full-scale new construction, but recently the economy has diminished that market. “In 2010 things really started to hit hard,” admits Douglas Jr. “We had many jobs canceled and the new construction market pretty much fell off the map, but things started to improve in 2012, and I think in 2013 the market will continue to strengthen.”

Despite the recession, Hawks remains positive and confident that TMC can bring revenue back up to over a couple million for 2013 by sticking to smaller rehab and remodeling jobs. “We just signed another $1.5 million contract,” says Douglas Jr. “For the current situation that is a descent size job.”

For over 65 years TMC has been serving the local community. The team continues to proudly perform successful jobs all over Atlanta with the skill, integrity and responsibility needed to build a trusted reputation. TMC Construction Company continues to build on a well-respected reputation, hopeful that 2013 will be another success.

Published on: May 15, 2013


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