Restoration of Historic Farm Brings Prime Contractors Top Industry Honors

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga.--()--Prime Contractors Inc. took top honors in the 2015 Associated General Contractors of Georgia’s Build Georgia Awards for its work on behalf of the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) to restore the historic building and grounds of Hardman Farm in Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga.

The general-contractor company received first place in the design-build division for renovation projects completed by contractors with gross construction revenues between $5 and $20 million. The award was presented today at the 2015 annual convention of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.

Contractors and their projects, which had to be completed in 2014, were judged on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional project safety performance
  • Overcoming the challenges of a difficult project
  • Innovation in construction techniques and materials
  • Excellence in project management and scheduling
  • Dedication to client service and customer care

Prime Contractors worked closely with the Georgia DNR’s Parks and Historic Sites Division and Historic Preservation Division to overcome many challenges, from time constraints to the age of the wood and framing. In some cases, specifications and a narrative of the work were available to guide restoration. Period-appropriate materials and methods had to be used in order to give visitors a sense of what life was like in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley over 100 years ago. Please visit for more information.

According to Prime Contractors, the Georgia DNR needed the early-1920s-era buildings and grounds of Hardman Farm rehabilitated quickly. As a result, it turned to the state’s ezIQC® construction-procurement system contracts, which offer public agency facility owners access to on-call contractors who, like Prime Contractors, have contracts in place to provide specific services and materials at set prices.

“With DNR using ezIQC for its time-sensitive projects, we get a scope of work, we get the project priced and we get shovels in the ground quickly,” said Branson Washington, Prime’s project manager.

While Prime Contractors routinely builds commercial buildings –banks, post offices – in and around Atlanta, the company took this project in stride even when it required restoring decomposed wood and building structures to mimic those of the early 20th Century. According to Washington, a lot of the technical specifications and processes for “vintage” work were already in the construction-procurement system. That helped the contractor provide accurate estimates and a finished project worthy of an award.

Prime Contractors, Inc. is a general contracting firm specializing in design build, commercial renovation, and negotiated projects. Prime operates under a philosophy established at its founding in 1979: Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Pride. With over 100 years of cumulative experience and strategic use of technology, the company is easily able to anticipate the many challenges and potential problems that affect completion dates and budgets. Prime strives to provide its clients with quality construction services through teamwork, innovation and dedication to excellence at every level.


Heins-Romba Associates
Phil Romba, 864-349-7607

Release Summary

Prime Contractors, Inc. won a top construction-industry honor for work on behalf of the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources to restore the buildings and grounds of Hardman Farm in Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga.


Heins-Romba Associates
Phil Romba, 864-349-7607