Pencor Construction

Another big day! Bob & Mary had a meeting this morning with Jared Penny and Kyle Martin of Pencor Construction. This is the company that has agreed to be our General Contractor for the build of the stand-alone Transplant House. The meeting began with a phone conversation that included Amanda, but it was extended after the call simply because Mary needed some visual information about moving forward. Bob totally understands what will happen because of his construction background, but Mary was in the dark.

So this is what resulted and now Mary has a clear understanding:

September – December 2020 – Site Selection (Emory’s Executive Park Property). This will involve negotiating a land lease and will include a Letter of Intent which will list the business terms of the lease, approvals and payment agreement.

January – March 2021 – Site Design. This will include things like a land survey, zoning, entitlements and land disturbance issues. A Civil Engineer will be involved.

April – July 2021 – The architect will produce the final product (everything from bricks to landscape to fire control to roofing and furniture) A Structural Engineer and possibly other “experts” will be involved.

August – September 2021 – Permits. This will involve DeKalb County and it’s apparently anyone’s guess about length of time to complete.

October 2021ARE YOU READY? The build will begin.

Apartment #7 Opens

September 10th was a BIG day in the life of the Foundation We opened Apartment #7, which was entirely furnished, top to bottom and every which-way by the Georgia Furniture Mart. Thank you to Mike & Michelle Hall!

The day started with “Open House” signs and balloons announcing the festivities. Media began to arrive and to call in. The day was spent doing interviews, which was both interesting and stressful to say the least.

This took the efforts of a team of people, including the Halls and their assistant, Thaddeus, Amanda and Mary Elise from our PR Firm, Belara Apartment folks and members of our Board. Everyone pitched in to get it done.

And the best part, and most important part, of this story is the fact that on Monday morning a new transplant patient and his caregiver from Emory will be moving in. And that, my friends, is what this is all about!

15 Days of August & September

It was a whirlwind! I’m just going to make a list of everything that happened, day-by-day, for future reference

8/27 – Set up hotels for the Echols Family, due to a water leak in Apartment #2 that required extensive maintenance work. Hilton has a strange way of accepting payment when you are not the guest…JUST SAYIN’

8/28 – Called Carl to order a washer & dryer for #7

8/29 – Checked out repairs on Apartment #2

8/30 – DAY OFF

8/31 – Set up utilities for #7

9/1 – Carpet cleaning for #3 / washer & dryer delivered to #7 / trip to the bank for cash for the washer & dryer / met Amanda, MaryElise and Michelle Hall at #7 for “measuring day”

9/2 – Met Mike Hall at #7 / Gas South turned on in #7 (had to be there)

9/3 – Got dryer in #3 fixed

9/4 – Picked up bedspreads for #3 at the cleaners / Cleaned #1

9/5 – Set up the kitchen & bathrooms in #7 with help from BOD / helped Dryden clean #1

9/6 – Georgia Furniture Mart moved in furniture

9/7 – Welcomed new caregiver to #3 / got boxes out of garage for #7 / replaced lamp in #1 / sent picture of washer in #1 to Renee

9/8 – Picked up bedspreads for #1 from cleaners / bought remote batteries / delivered #3 remote / welcomed new caregiver to #1 / had leasing office activate gate fobs / had washer in #1 repaired

9/9 – Cataract Surgery for Bob – Up at 3:00 a.m. to get to VA by 5:00 a.m. / COVID-19 test / waiting for 2 hours for results / actual surgery / visit with surgeon / home by 3:00 p.m. – ALL WORTH IT!

9/10 – Open House at #7 from 10:00-3:00 – Media attended and called in / interviews all day / visit from AnnMarie / Comcast set up internet

And that was IT! The biggest part of this was 14 round trips from home to the apartment, meaning 1,400 miles on the car and 28 hours in the car!