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Brasfield & Gorrie: Construction Success Story

May 12, 2014

There are many companies in the construction business. While all want to become big construction companies not all make it. Some close down, others reach a certain size and remain there, while others grow much larger and become national players with annual revenues in the billions of dollars.

One of those companies that eventually became big is Brasfield & Gorrie. It began in 1921 as the Thomas C. Brasfield Company which was a general contractor operating as a sole proprietor. In 1964 Miller Gorrie purchased the company’s construction assets. He changed the name of the company to Brasfield & Gorrie in 1967.

At the start Brasfield & Gorrie stayed in the niche Thomas C. Brasfield was operating in which were small commercial and remodeling projects. The company changed its emphasis as profitability increased and got into larger commercial, institutional, healthcare, and industrial projects.  Brasfield & Gorrie then opened its full-services offices in Atlanta and Orlando in 1984. Currently the company services clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The company has come a long way from where it started. After Miller Gorrie purchased the assets of the Thomas C. Brasfield Company, the firm’s annual revenue was less than $1 million. Today its annual revenue breaches the $2 billion mark. Brasfield & Gorrie is today one of the largest privately held construction companies in the U.S. The firm is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. As of 2012 it had more than 2,000 employees.

In the commercial segments among the construction company’s notable projects include: the corporate headquarters campus of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama; the operations center of Regions Financial Corporation in, Birmingham, Alabama; and the 1010 Midtown, a 35 storey mixed-used building in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the healthcare sector the company built the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas and the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital – North Tower & CEP – in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The firm’s best-known construction work is probably the Georgia Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium Expansion which is the world’ largest aquarium located in Atlanta, Georgia.


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