VCC LLC has become a big name in the construction industry by upholding its core value of excellence. The company was founded in 1987 by Sam Alley, now chairman and CEO of VCC, and his two partners Gus Vratsinas and Ed DeMoss. The company has since grown to be one of the industry’s top construction firms. VCC is licensed in all 50 states and is internationally recognized. The company has amassed a large portfolio of successfully completed projects and is celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2012. The company’s vast experience provides clients with a true advantage due to its dedication to completing quality projects on time and within budget. This commitment has made VCC a leader in several industries including healthcare, government, retail and education projects.
The company started with one office in Little Rock, Ark., and has flourished over the years. VCC now boasts offices in Tampa, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, McAllen, Texas, Irvine, Calif., and spans internationally to São Paulo, Brazil. VCC’s team pulled nearly one half a billion dollars in sales in 2010. The company was recognized by ENR as one of the Top 100 Construction Companies in the U.S.
Guarantee Client Value and Understanding
VCC offers clients a full range of services. These services include pre-construction, construction management, design-build, consulting, general contracting and value engineering. One of the reasons why VCC has been so successful in such a relatively short period of time can be attributed the methodical and comprehensive approach the company takes towards each of its projects. Its pre-construction team works extensively with the architect and the project team during the design process. The company provides a peer review, has alternate systems options and red-line progress prints drawn up to assist the architect in order to produce the most workable drawings. VCC guarantees its clients that before a shovel hits the ground, the construction process is started with a complete and sound understanding of all possible issues.
The company then creates its exclusive Total Quality Management (TGM) program for each project. Its competitors use universal trade check-lists, but VCC draws one for each individual project. VCC field personnel, the architect, subcontractors and the quality control staff hold a pre-installation meeting to identify potential conflicts and issues. A checklist is created from this meeting and is used by superintendents to perform weekly quality control inspections.
During the construction phase of a project safety is taken very seriously at VCC. The company provides incentives and rewards to employees to ensure that all safety regulations are followed entirely. All of its field personnel have a minimum of 10-hour OSHA certifications and all are working towards obtaining a 30-hour certification.
VCC utilizes Endeavor Software to manage its projects. This allows clients, architects, vendors and subcontractors to clearly communicate and provide the most up-to-date project status data. All of the project data, which includes diaries, photographs, contracts, and schedules, can be accessed from VCC’s website via its Endeavor web portal. This offers clients a level of transparency that rarely occurs with other construction firms.
A City within City Limits
VCC’s unique approach to the construction process has created a loyal base of customers who have utilized the company’s team of talented professionals for several high-profile projects. When the developers of one of Atlanta’s newest communities needed a construction firm that could grasp its only one of its kind plans, they turned to VCC. The Atlantic Station is a national model for smart growth and sustainable design. The development will provide homes for 10,000 people, employment opportunities for 30,000 and will also have shopping and entertainment within the community itself.
VCC oversaw the construction of the infrastructure of the 138-acre, $2 billion mixed-use complex in the middle of downtown Atlanta. The company coordinated the construction for the entire complex including the linkage to existing freeways and the construction of The District, an open-air residential and commercial complex. The team at VCC literally built a city within a city.
Part of the Atlantic Station development is also 201 Seventeenth Street, a Gold-Certified LEED office tower designed by famed architects Perkins and Will. The 17-story energy-efficient office tower has an aluminum-framed glass curtain wall with full-height tempered glass, which gives office employees panoramic views of the downtown area.
VCC is also part of a project that is highly-anticipated in Louisiana. The company entails building the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, La. Construction on the two-story, 28,000-square-foot museum began in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. Alley says that it is one of the most unique projects in the country. “The building is going to be a curving, flowing museum, and it’s currently one of the largest complicated masonry jobs in the country. Each of the pieces fit uniquely like Legos,” boasts Alley.
With its distinct approach of fully educating its clients prior to construction, and its ground-breaking work on high-profile projects across the globe, it’s not hard to see how Sam Alley has grown VCC LLC into one of the nation’s top construction companies. Next stop, Top 100 in the World?
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