By Noah Robins, SBTDC/PTAC counselor at Western Carolina University
The Atriax Group is an award-winning full-service architecture, engineering, interior design and construction firm headquartered in Hickory, NC, that has proudly supported the North Carolina SBTDC/PTAC since 2003. Atriax initially connected with PTAC for help with making the jump from subcontractor status to prime for Federal contracts. Since expanding into the Federal market, Atriax has enjoyed a great deal of success contracting with Veterans Affairs, Air National Guard, Air Force, National Park Service and many other agencies. PTAC assistance has included:
- Help locating business opportunities
- Advice about marketing and outreach to agencies
- Interpreting business development program regulations and requirements
- Help navigating teaming arrangements and joint ventures
Most recently, Atriax reached out to PTAC for specific help with the regulations, eligibility requirements and application process for VA SDVOSB verification for a new joint venture that the company is leading. PTAC provided help with researching and distilling the pertinent regulations (as well as new changes to those regulations) and shared guidance with the client.
Atriax has distinguished itself with an impressive resume of projects. Locally, the most visible mark Atriax has left might be in its own offices in downtown Hickory where the firm renovated and adaptively used a 1912 historic home for their headquarters. The house is now wired for high-speed internet activities, includes large staff offices and a state-of-the-art conference room. Regarding more regional projects, the firm has been selected for projects with Asheville, Salisbury, Charleston, Fayetteville and Durham VA Medical Centers. The company enjoys great success with its current customer base. George Auten, President of Atriax said, “I like to brag that we are doing lots of work on these campuses. Nothing says you have satisfied the customer like repeat business!”
Nationally, Atriax has been part of an effort to support a prescription drug pharmacy mission for the US for the Department of Veterans Affairs. These facilities provide more prescriptions on a daily basis than any of the major chain drug stores. Atriax provides planning, design, construction oversight and project management to this effort. “Each site has its own challenge”, says Ed Henson, Vice President of Atriax. “It is a great program for us. Plus, Atriax is a Service-Disabled, Veteran Owned company, and it is particularly gratifying to be involved in meaningful work for the VA.”
“We appreciate all that PTAC has done for us during our rapid growth from a 2-person consulting firm to a 25 person office. We have many developing markets and new business and we can thank PTAC and many others for our success,” says Auten. “Our clients, regardless of the type of project, are challenging us to do more, to do it faster, greener and better and to make their business lives easier. We are providing those solutions and exceeding their expectations.” The company currently has projects from Lake Hickory to Muskogee, Oklahoma. Atriax is the also the recipient of the Catawba County Faith in the Future award for 2010 from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. To contact Atriax, please call or email Bob Sinclair at 828.315.9962 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit http://atriaxgroup.com/.