CM Solutions – Union Co Agriscience Center

Union County High School Agriscience Center
Blairsville, Georgia

Unrelenting commitment to our client’s vision

Bowen & Watson, Inc. was brought on board early in the planning process as the Construction Manager for Union County High School’s Agriscience Center. Preconstruction efforts for our client began 2 years prior to breaking ground. To understand our client’s vision, Bowen & Watson’s preconstruction team toured with our client to more than a half dozen agricultural facilities used by other school systems in Georgia.  During this Vision Discovery stage, Bowen & Watson preconstruction experts learned more about what features our client wanted to see in their facility and answered our client’s questions regarding constructability, budget and schedule.  Our team researched new and innovative systems available for agricultural facilities and the client was presented several different options and associated budgets and timelines. Due to the early and in-depth preconstruction phase, our team was able to turn over conceptual designs, created in-house, when the architect was brought on board. The effort put forth during the pre-construction phase resulted in a facility that melded the client’s wish list while exceeding their expectations in terms of budget, schedule and functionality.

Our clients benefit from our expertise.

One thing that sets Bowen & Watson apart from our competition is the long-standing, verifiable construction experience of our people.

The preconstruction services provided to Union County Schools on the Agriscience Center project was led by David Keener, a 46 year construction industry veteran. In 1975, David began his career with Bowen & Watson with boots on the ground working as a general laborer on jobsites. Over the years he served as a Project Superintendent and later, as Project Manager, before being promoted to his current role as Preconstruction Manager. David has pioneered our firm’s CM at Risk processes and has led many of our firm’s landmark CM at-Risk projects.  As a fourth-generation farmer in rural Rabun County, David’s knowledge of agriculture was key as he helped guide Union County Schools through the planning and design phase of the Agricenter. With a portfolio of managing more than 40 construction projects valued at over $235 million, his knowledge of constructability and current K-12 market trends and costs was invaluable to the team on the Union County project.


Our clients benefit from our active participation in all delivery methods.

Other construction firms typically specialize in one delivery method or another. What sets our firm apart is our ability to be exceptionally proficient across all delivery methods.

Bowen & Watson’s portfolio of work averages 50% CMAR & Design-Build and 50% Design-Bid-Build projects. We are highly competitive in the bid market on projects of any size. Additionally, our CM at-Risk GMP pricing is not just an inflated estimate based on old, unreliable data. We are skilled at providing early and accurate pricing from a larger pool of qualified trade partners.

Our CM at-Risk clients benefit from our 50/50 expertise by getting a highly-qualified and highly competitive construction partner whom they trust to deliver maximum value on their projects.

Quick Stats

The Union County Agriscience Center is located on 51 acres, located 2 miles south of Blairsville, Ga. The main building is an 80 ft x 240ft building. The first half of the building consists of an indoor classroom, animal arena, and full kitchen. The second half of the building consists of multipurpose space, hog grow out area & hog wash racks. The Agriscience Center also includes a 56 ft x 96 ft cattle barn with cattle wash rack. There is also a pole barn used for an equipment shed. The facility has access to 30 acres of pasture.

Client: Union County School District Georgia

Architect: Southern A&E

Delivery Method: CM at Risk  (multi-project contract)


Have Questions?

When choosing a Construction Manager, carefully consider the preconstruction approach. If you would you like to talk about your building program, please contact us.

Phone  706-886-3197

Bowen & Watson has served as our Construction Manager on 3 multi-project CM at Risk contracts. Bowen & Watson’s budgeting, design review and project scheduling by their preconstruction team gave our staff the information we needed to make decisions during project planning. Their team worked diligently to ensure our vision was understood.


Chris Crow, Former Facilities Director, Union County School District
Currently with Murray County School District