Artesian Contracting Supports Georgia's Military Bases

Barbara Kieker

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

For the past 25 years, Artesian Contracting has renovated, remediated and improved base facilities at military installations across Georgia. The firm is based in Albany near the Marine Corps Logistics Base and also has satellite offices at Moody AFB and Robins AFB. Approximately 80 percent of the firm's work is in Georgia and government projects represent about 75 percent of its completed projects.

"We are committed partners to the bases we serve," said Glenn Singfield Sr., co-owner of Artesian Contracting with Jake Barrow.

"We complete metal building erections as well as major renovations and remediation of older base facilities including many to make facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act."

The company has completed projects at the MCLB, Robins AFB, Moody AFB, the Anniston Army Depot and Fort Gordon, as well as the Naval Air Station, Tyndall AFB and Elgin AFB in Florida, Fort Rucker and the Naval Operation Support Center in Alabama, and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi.

Artesian Contracting was formed 25 years ago with the idea of transforming the landscape in Albany by developing a viable minority-owned construction company. In 1999, Singfield bought the controlling interest in the firm and in 2005; Jake Barrow bought out his father's ownership position. Over that time, Artesian Contracting has completed more than 100 commercial and nearly 300 government projects.

Holding Steady Under Sequestration
Although sequestration has hit defense spending hard, Singfield expects Artesian's business to stay "consistent at least for the next 24 to 36 months."

"We are as affected by sequestration as anyone doing business with the federal government. But because our country is engaged in conflicts on several fronts, national security is the last area the government is looking to cut spending."

As an 8(a) certified, Hub zone, minority-owned contractor, Artesian has the ability to bid on a set-aside amount of contracting work for the federal government. However, Singfield believes clients have sought out the firm because of its quality of work and ability to execute on promised deliverables.

"We know to be successful we must be professional, competitive, schedule-conscious and provide the best value for the dollar," Singfield said.

Building Georgia Communities
In addition to government projects, Artesian also does work in the commercial, industrial and institutional sector of the construction market. Georgia Southwestern University and Albany State University have used Artesian to make updates to their campuses, and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital used the firm to develop medical officers within its main facility. Other community-related clients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Georgia Forestry Commission and a number of churches.

"We understand that in the commercial market quality comes first followed by cost. The residential market tends to be cost only, which is why we focus on commercial," Singfield said.

Singfield views Artesian as a stakeholder in the communities in which it operates. The firm supports a variety of nonprofit organizations in its home community in Albany such as Meals on Wheels, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Strive2Thrive program and the Council on Aging.

"We hope people see us as a committed community partner," Singfield said.

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About Barbara Kieker

Barbara Kieker is a freelance writer who writes on business-related topics for a number of web-based properties. She also provides communications services to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.