As one of the founders of Spoonflower, one of the Triangle’s top 20 fastest growing companies, I recently had the opportunity to work with Imperial Design Builders over the summer of 2015 on the expansion of our offices and manufacturing facility in Durham on Meridian Parkway.
The Imperial team, led by Jay Jenkins, worked with us and with a local architecture firm, Center Studio, to put together a plan to combine two existing vacant suites at 2810 Meridian Parkway and to configure the new space to accommodate all our nonoperational teams, including accounting, engineering, customer service and marketing. The result was a fantastic new space that has been admired and envied by many visitors since we moved in at the end of July.
As a partner in planning and executing this project, Jay Jenkins and his team were outstanding. Jay and his colleagues were always well organized, positive, and brought a cando attitude to even our most difficult requests. They delivered the work on time (even a bit ahead of schedule), on budget and afterward have continued to stand by the quality of the work they performed. Throughout a sometime stressful process, the Imperial team remained affable collaborators who could be relied upon to keep the big picture in mind. By contrast, our landlord hired another firm – larger and better known locally than Imperial Design Builders to manage the renovation of an additional warehouse and production annex for us in another suite at the same time. That project ran late and, in the months afterward, turned out to have included some critical, safety related flaws. That experience provided a dramatic contrast to the work done by Jay and his team, and serves as a reminder to us of the importance of choosing a trusted partner.
As a growing company, Spoonflower will almost certainly have to move again in the next few years and we will not hesitate to reach out to Imperial Design Builders for help with that process. I cannot recommend Jay Jenkins and his team more highly.
Southern Wake Academy
In August 2015, Southern Wake Academy completed a 14-month-long construction project for our new classroom and administration building. Mr. Jay Jenkins was the project manager for our new building as a part of the Imperial Design-Ocean Builders joint venture project and was the day-to-day leader of the construction team. The highlight of the project was our opening school on time to begin the 2015-2016 school year as planned, working through some significant project delays to meet our opening schedule.
Jay Jenkins was on site daily and always well informed about the immediate situation as well as about pending and/or future portions of the overall project. He is well versed in the construction rules and codes, and he demonstrated an on-going effort to make needed contacts with subcontractors to answer questions or address issues. He addressed concerns of the customers and kept up with the timelines for completion and planned submittals well in advance to ensure delivery of materials on or ahead of schedule.
Mr. Jenkins worked as an advocate for our school during the entire project cycle, working around school hours, calendars, special events, and day-to-day routines of the school and school staff. He approached all of his duties in a professional manner and communicated frequently with us on issues, weather delays, product status, delivery delays, or other events that impacted our overall plan for the building. He was on site during the regular work-week times as well as on weekends, some nights, and through bad weather issues. During the project, there were over 50 days lost to cold, ice, or rain. Additional product delays or errors from the manufacturers caused other delays during the project, but with his leadership, the contractor delivered the building to meet our opening of school date.
I am pleased to recommend Jay Jenkins as a project manager for anyone considering hiring him in that kind of role based upon our experience with this project. I have been engaged in a building project previously for a similar-sized facility construction project for which the project manager was much less effective. Thus, I was very well pleased with the overall work and professionalism but most importantly the communication that Mr. Jenkins had with us throughout the construction period.
Weeks Turner Architecture
I have worked closely with Imperial Design Builders, Inc. for several years and most recently worked with Imperial Design Builders and Ocean Builders, as joint venture partners Imperial/Ocean, on Southern Wake Academy, a 44,000 sf. charter school in Southern Wake County.
Imperial/Ocean provided construction management service for the project, from initial preconstruction and budgeting phase through the completed project. This project was funded by the USDA and had a nine-month construction schedule. Imperial/Ocean delivered the project on time, ten months including rain days and the added complexity of the USDA processes.
I am confident that Imperial will bring skill sets to your project that includes knowledge and experience of the design and construction as well as exceptional customer service.
I would recommend your consideration of Imperial Design Builders, Inc. for future projects.
It is my pleasure to recommend Imperial Design Builders, Inc. for your construction services.
Imperial Design Builders has been the exclusive General Contractor of choice for Haddock Properties for the past 10+ years and we continue to move forward with various construction ventures in the future.
Past projects have included:
- Out of Ground construction
- Auto Body Repair Shop(s)
- Interior upfits
Imperial Design Builders works tirelessly to obtain the best possible quotes from their team of strong, reliable subcontractors/vendors in order to achieve a reasonable budget and maintain related costs during construction. Their Project Managers and Superintendents go above and beyond to ensure the quality construction services we require while maintaining project schedules. Without fail, Imperial Design Builders has always provided a superior end product. Projects completed continue to be a source of pride for Haddock Properties.
I strongly recommend your consideration in selecting Imperial Design Builders for future construction services your company may have. Without a doubt, their services excel at every opportunity.