Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kiwanis Children's Park in Sanford
SANFORD, N.C. – We are excited to announce the opening of Kiwanis Children’s Park! A ribbon cutting ceremony organized by Lee County was held on Friday, October 15, 2021. Lee County staff, the J.M. Thompson project team, and excited Sanford residents were some of who attended the event. Kiwanis Children’s Park is part of a four park revitalization plan in the city of Sanford, NC. J.M. Thompson served as the general contractor on this project with WithersRavenel as the architect.
“This is a long-awaited project for our community!” said Lee County Development Services Director Santiago Giraldo. “Our department couldn’t be happier to be sharing this monumental event in our County’s history, as this ambitious project was made possible by community support and great partnerships; and will, without a doubt, change the landscape of our county and become a gathering destination for generations to come.”
Kiwanis Children’s Park was designed to be all inclusive for children of all ages. Construction resurfaced the existing two adult tennis courts and rebuilt tennis courts sized for children ranging from 5 to 11. The children-sized tennis courts can also double as pickleball courts. Along with this, the park has a newly installed playground that is inclusive and accessible to children of all ages. There is ample parking and two new picnic shelters to encourage the community to enjoy the revitalized recreational space.
Due to strong advocacy from the community, four new pickleball courts were installed at Kiwanis. Some of the city’s most avid players attended the ribbon cutting to show their support for the new park. As soon as the speeches were completed, many of them paired off into teams and began competitive matches. Even Travis Thompson, our Director of Operations, Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Keel and Development Services Director Santiago Giraldo participated in some lively games with the residents of Sanford.
“It has been a pleasure working with Lee County staff to revitalize four signature parks in the Sanford community,” said Travis Thompson, Director of Operations at J.M. Thompson Company. “I can honestly say these parks offer something for everyone and every age. As a father of a young child myself, I will be proud to take my son to see the youth tennis courts and towering playground at Kiwanis Children’s Park.”
“In this current era of hand-held devices, our children are not expending as much energy in the form of healthy physical activity,” said Lee County Commission Chairman Kirk Smith. “Anything that promotes exercise, gets kids outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine is great! The new playground equipment at Kiwanis Children’s Park will most definitely stimulate the adventurous and inquisitive nature of children to get them outside as well as being active.”
Many children and adults alike enjoyed climbing the playground and zipping down the tall slides! This park represents the community it is a part of. J.M. Thompson was proud to be a part of producing the smiles and joy this park has brought to Sanford.
J.M. Thompson Ranks in ENR’s Top 100 Green Contractors in the United States
J.M. Thompson is proud to announce that we have ranked 95th on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 100 Green Contractors in the United States list. We are honored to be recognized in this way as we continue to help our clients achieve more energy efficiency in their construction projects.
One way J.M. Thompson has prioritized green construction is through building the Care First Animal Hospital project in Raleigh, NC to the Passive House standard. We have worked diligently to mitigate drafts and humidity levels within the building with extensive insulation and waterproofing to regulate the internal temperature of the building and minimize the necessity to run central heating and air. This unique way of designing and constructing a building will provide the owner with extensive energy saving opportunities in the years to come.
It is our pleasure to take part in the “go green” movement and we will continue to look for new opportunities to strengthen our skills in this area.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Randolph County School’s Trinity Middle School
Randolph County’s Board of Education celebrated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Trinity Middle School on Sunday, August 8, 2021. The excitement was palpable knowing that 700 students will be using the new facility this fall. The J.M. Thompson team, comprised of Senior Project Manager Dickie Thompson, Assistant Project Manager Mia Choe, Superintendent Taylor Trogden, and Assistant Superintendent Al Brown, worked diligently on this project from conception to completion. The team members were honored to construct a beautiful school for Randolph County and future generations of students.
J.M. Thompson is proud to have partnered with SmithSinnett Architecture on this 136,095 square foot project. This two-story school is outfitted with administrative offices, a full size gym, modern classrooms, and a large media center. The site amenities include a new softball and baseball field and a soccer and football field.
“Trinity Middle School is a beautiful facility,” said Dr. Stephen Gainey, Superintendent of Randolph County School System. “The opening of this school is a dream come true for our school system. Trinity Middle School and its fantastic, state-of-the-art facility will be a source of pride for the Randolph County School System for many years to come.”
J.M. Thompson Company has been awarded the Healing Transitions Women’s Campus Expansion and Renovation Project.
RALEIGH, N.C. – J.M. Thompson Company, general contractors since 1921, has been awarded the 10,000 square foot expansion and renovation project of Healing Transitions Women’s Campus. Healing Transitions is a non-profit organization that provides a treatment and recovery center for both men and women seeking freedom from addiction. J.M. Thompson is serving as construction manager on this project with iS Design as the architect.
To provide enough space for treatment and recovery, this renovation and expansion of the Women’s Campus will include a new 10,000 square foot structure that incorporates new educational, administrative, and community gathering spaces. The renovation of the current facility includes new bath areas and laundry facilities, living spaces, kitchen and cafeteria, and food storage.
“We at J.M. Thompson are grateful to be selected as the builder for the expansion of the Healing Transitions Women’s Campus,” said Dickie Thompson, Executive Vice President of J.M. Thompson Company. “We know the life changing work done at these facilities which makes our construction contribution even more gratifying.”
The purpose behind the renovation and expansion of the Women’s Campus is to provide a better atmosphere and ample space for recovery. Healing Transitions has an open door policy and they never turn away someone who needs a safe place for recovery or shelter. In their Recovery Can’t Wait campaign, the organization stated that because of their open door policy, the overwhelming opioid crisis, and rising population in Wake County, their facilities were inadequate for the influx of individuals seeking recovery.
“After years of hard work by our capital campaign co-chairs, Dr. Bob and Carol Bilbro, our campaign volunteers, and Healing Transitions’ Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to see construction begin at our Women’s Campus,” said Executive Director of Healing Transitions Chris Budnick. “Thanks to the selfless nature of these volunteers and the generosity of our community, this expansion will assure that we can continue providing support to homeless, uninsured, and underserved women in Wake County.”
To learn more about Healing Transitions project and see how you can help, please visit: https://healing-transitions.org/.
Welcome to the Team Drew Sutton!
We are excited to announce the hire of Drew Sutton as Project Manager. Drew is a graduate of East Carolina University’s Construction Management program and has more than 15 years of commercial construction experience. Drew will lead projects from pre-construction to closeout by communicating with the design teams, managing subcontractors, and ensuring client satisfaction. “My favorite part of project management is helping clients take their ideas and transform them into reality which helps them grow and expand their businesses for the betterment of the community,” said Drew Sutton.
Jared Hicks is a Passive House Certified Builder!
Join us in congratulating Jared Hicks on becoming a Passive House (PHIUS) Certified Builder! To obtain this certification, he took a training course and passed the certification exam. Jared is one of eleven PHIUS Certified Professionals in North Carolina!
J.M. Thompson is proud to be the construction manager of the new Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin in Raleigh, NC. This building has been designed to Passive House standards and is one of the first buildings constructed in North Carolina to this energy-saving standard.
“I am proud to be a part of one of the first commercial projects of this design in the Southeast region, Care First Animal Hospital,” said Jared Hicks. “This certification helps me lead this region into a more sustainable and energy efficient future.”
J.M. Thompson breaks ground on The Healing Place of New Hanover County
J.M. Thompson Company, General Contractors since 1921, is excited to announce the groundbreaking for The Healing Place of New Hanover County. The Healing Place, a peer-led treatment and recovery center for both men and women, will be located on Medical Center Drive in Wilmington, NC. J.M. Thompson is serving as the construction manager on the project and iS Design is the architect.
This project consists of five buildings totaling over 61,000 square feet. Uses of the buildings consist of both men’s and women’s residences as well as dining, detox, and administrative facilities. The 200-bed facility will serve as a long-term residential clinic for men and women seeking treatment for addiction.
“It is an honor for us at J.M. Thompson Company to be the builders of this treatment facility knowing the impact this program will have on the lives of thousands of men and women in their quest to overcome the disease of addiction,” said Dickie Thompson, Senior Project Manager and Vice President of J.M. Thompson.
“New Hanover County has been one of the hardest hit areas for the opioid epidemic in the state,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman. “And right now, more than 25,000 adults in eastern North Carolina are in need of drug or alcohol treatment, but they are uninsured or don’t have easy access to treatment. The Healing Place of New Hanover County will help fill this gap by providing treatment resources to anyone who needs it, at no cost to the person. So today’s groundbreaking brings hope and a promise that there will soon be more help to fight this disease.”
To learn more about the Healing Place of New Hanover County project please visit, https://www.nhcgov.com/healing-place/.
Travis Thompson has been named 40 under 40!
We are proud to announce Travis Thompson has been recognized as one of East Carolina University’s 40 under 40 Leadership Award winners! Congratulations Travis!
Tanner Hudson - Assistant Project Manager!
We are pleased to announce Tanner Hudson has started a full-time position as an Assistant Project Manager! Tanner was part of our Summer 2020 Internship Program and continued working with us while completing his B.S. in Construction Engineering degree at NC State University. “I have always enjoyed building things and working alongside teams of people so I saw the construction industry as a way to combine these interests on a larger scale in a way that I could impact my community,” Hudson said. Tanner enjoys anything NC State and loves being outdoors.
Join us in congratulating Tanner!
Topping-out Ceremony for Care First Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC
JMT hosted the topping-out for the new Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin Road in Raleigh, NC. Over the past week, The Care First Animal Hospital community including staff, clients and friends had the opportunity to sign the beam before the ceremony. We are honored to celebrate this huge milestone and would like to give a big thanks to SteelFab, Inc and Harris Steel Erectors Inc!
J.M. Thompson hires Cade Honeycutt as Assistant Superintendent
Cade Honeycutt has joined our JMT family as an Assistant Superintendent. Cade is from Angier, NC and recently graduated from East Carolina University in their Construction Management program. In his free time, Cade enjoys fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and anything outdoors. He has been working in the construction industry since high school and enjoys all the various aspects that go into a construction project. The biggest reward for Cade is to work on a ground-up construction project and see the impact the finished project has on the community.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Town of Wendell's East Campen Street Parking and Event Space
The Town of Wendell’s East Campen Street Parking and Event Space has officially opened! J.M. Thompson is proud to have partnered with WithersRavenel on this transformative project.
“I am absolutely thrilled with our Campen Row Parking and Event Space,” said Virginia Gray, Mayor of the Town of Wendell. “The entire process was seamless and the attention to detail certainly shows. The outcome has far exceeded my expectations! I’m confident the citizens of Wendell will enjoy their new space.”
J.M. Thompson has started construction on the new East Campen Street Parking and Event Space for the Town of Wendell
J.M. Thompson (JMT) has started construction on the new East Campen Parking and Event space for the Town of Wendell. JMT and WithersRavenel have partnered on this Design-Build Project and are excited to be a part of downtown Wendell’s transformation.
“I am very excited about the East Campen Parking and Event Space,” said Mayor Virgina Gray, Town of Wendell. “It will serve as a fantastic economic development tool for Wendell and will drive business and citizens into our beautiful downtown. We have so much to offer there. I am thrilled about the opportunities it will bring to our citizens.”
We will be transforming an older part of downtown Wendell into a modern parking and event space for the town to gather. This will serve as a great space for concerts and special events. Some of the features this project includes are: food truck connections, electric car connections, gathering spaces with seating and infrastructure for future underground powerline. “I am very excited to be a part of this transformational project for the Town of Wendell,” said Marty Thompson, Project Manager and Vice President of J.M. Thompson. “The Town of Wendell has undertaken the task of revitalizing the downtown area and I am proud to be a part of the impact this project is going to have on the community.”
J.M. Thompson hires Megan Strickland as Project Coordinator
Megan Strickland has joined our JMT family as a project coordinator. Megan is from San Antonio, TX and graduated from the University of Arkansas where she was recruited to swim for the Razorbacks Swim and Dive team. She will graduate in December with her Masters in Operations Management—with an emphasis in Construction Management—and Project Management Certificate.
Megan’s favorite hobbies include taking her 2.5 year old/ 120 lb. white lab to the dog parks, hiking, and finding new local restaurants to try.
J.M. Thompson Company breaks ground on the new Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin
J.M. Thompson Company, general contractors since 1921, is excited to announce the groundbreaking for the new Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin. The existing animal hospital will remain open throughout the construction of the new building which is located at 1309 Annapolis Drive in Raleigh, NC. J.M. Thompson is the construction manager on the project and Quantum Architects is the designer.
This building has been designed to Passive House standards and will be one of the first buildings constructed in North Carolina to this strict energy-saving standard. “The Care First Animal Hospital is a true community leader in many respects”, said Mike Kapp, Passive House Alliance U.S. Mid Atlantic Regional Representation and Certified Passive House Consultant. “They are now global leaders with the first Passive House Animal Hospital in the world. This near net-zero energy building will set the bar to which all other animal hospitals will aspire with respect to occupant comfort, indoor air quality, durability, and energy efficiency.”
The new Care First Animal Hospital will consist of a four-level building, two bottom levels of sheltered parking, one level of a state-of-the-art animal hospital and care facility, and the top level of Class “A” office space. These features include: separate elevators and lobbies from the parking garage to each of the two floors of the building, water therapy, treadmills, surgical suites, exam rooms, a pharmacy and sustainable construction. “It is an honor for us at J. M. Thompson to be able to construct this one-of-a-kind facility for our good friend Dr. Joe Gordon and his wife Debbie”, said John Thompson, Project Executive and President of J.M. Thompson. “This building will be a showplace for not only sustainable construction, but also for other veterinarians to observe a very modern animal hospital.”
“The Care First Animal Hospital team is enthusiastic about the expanded opportunities to serve our patients, clients and community which the new animal hospital will provide,” said Dr. Gordon, Founder and Veterinarian at Care First Animal Hospital, and wife, Debbie Gordon. “The Passive House environment will provide increased comfort and air quality for the animals and people.”
J.M. Thompson's 2020 Summer Internship Program
We are excited to announce we have five interns working with us this summer! John Bryan and Raleigh Bland are seniors at East Carolina University and will be field interns at Trinity Middle School. Jared Hicks is a senior at Appalachian State University working as a Field Intern at CareFirst Animal Hospital. Tanner Hudson is a senior at North Carolina State University working as a PM Intern on Pleasant Park this summer.
Heike Schneider will be working with us this summer as our Graphic Design intern! Heike is a rising senior at North Carolina State University studying Art + Design, Animation and Interactive Media.
J.M. Thompson Begins Construction on Care First Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC
J.M. Thompson has started construction on the new Care First Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC. This project will be one of the finest animal hospital buildings in the Southeast upon completion. The facility is being built at the intersection of Oberlin Road and Wade Avenue in Raleigh, NC and will incorporate many special features. It will consist of a four-level building: two bottom levels of sheltered parking, one level of a state-of-the-art animal hospital and care facility, and the top level of Class “A” office space. Some of these features include: separate elevators and lobbies from the parking garage to each of the two floors of the building, water therapy/treadmills/surgical suites/exam rooms/pharmacy/large lobby at the animal hospital, and sustainable construction.
This building has been designed to Passive House standards and will be one of the first buildings constructed in North Carolina to this strict energy-saving standard. “It is an honor for us at J. M. Thompson to be able to construct this one-of-a-kind facility, that cares for animals, for our good friend Dr. Joe Gordon and his wife, Debbie. This building will be a show place for not only sustainable construction, but also for other veterinarians to observe a very modern animal hospital,” said John Thompson, Project Executive and President of J.M. Thompson.
J.M. Thompson Hires Mike Ferguson as VP of Business Development
J.M. Thompson is excited to announce Mike Ferguson as their Vice President of Business Development. With more than 15 years of commercial real estate and commercial construction experience, Mike will focus on building strong relationships with clients throughout the Carolinas. He is engaged in our community through National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and he loves spending time with his wife and two boys playing soccer, golf and surfing.
Trinity Middle School Ground Breaking
We broke ground on Randolph County Schools Trinity Middle School and are excited to begin construction on the approximately 136,000 square foot middle school serving up to 750 students. We are looking forward to teaming with Smith Sinnett Architecture on this project!
Pleasant Park Ground Breaking
We have broken ground at the Town of Apex‘s Pleasant Park! This 92-acre park will include over twenty athletic fields, picnic and concession areas, and Apex’s first water play area enclosed in a 1.3 acre amenity area. We are excited to begin construction on this impactful project!