June 13, 2016
Dublin, GA, – Garbutt Construction Company announced today one of the firm’s highly publicized restoration projects, The Old First National Bank Rehabilitation, received first place in the Build Georgia competition facilitated through Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc (AGC Georgia). The Old First National Bank Building in Dublin, Georgia or “Skyscraper” project has been previously recognized for excellence from credible organizations including The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Georgia’s Downtown Association. This award is received by Garbutt President, Sean Moxley and Chris Davis who managed the design-build project. The two represented Garbutt at AGC Georgia’s Annual Convention held in Hilton Head, SC.
Sean Moxley says “We are honored to receive this award from AGC Georgia on a historic restoration project of such significance here in our hometown. In addition to representing quality construction, this project was our firm’s pilot project for utilizing LEAN construction initiatives, a culture which aims to eliminate waste from the typical construction process.”
Thanks to community efforts in which Garbutt Construction was a leading force, what once was the First National Bank Building in Dublin, Georgia is now home to Georgia Military College (GMC). This movement continues to have a profound impact on the surrounding community and state. As the tallest building from Macon to Savannah, Georgia, this historic property is a staple to Dublin and its history. Constructed in 1912, the seven-story structure was built by lawyer and business man extraordinaire, Frank Corker. Through a pair of successor banks and a legion of professionals, the stone tower has stood as a sturdy sentinel against apathy and the eroding woods of time. Frank Corker’s dream became a nightmare in the autumn of 1928. The once powerful First National bank, the largest county bank in Georgia which occupied the ground floors of the tallest building south of Atlanta, failed. And now, some eighty-seven autumns later, Corker’s dream lives again.