CFCC Construction Institute is a success!

PBC Design + Build recently partnered with Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association(WCFHBA) in hopes to fill a labor gap in the construction industry.  After spending some time volunteering as a “mock interviewer” with Step Up Wilmington, a local non-profit that helps people who have been affected by unemployment, it became very clear to Kyle Henry, CEO of PBC Design + Build, that there were other ways to help.  Kyle had also been spending some time with members of WCFHBA, Cape Fear Community College, and fellow construction industry leaders to develop a two-week intensive training institute to help fulfill the need for entry-level tradespeople in the construction industry. A program that could help place anyone (willing and able) into the fields of masonry, carpentry, plumbing, or HVAC after just a two-week commitment to learning and a decent amount of dedication.

Kyle Henry Became a Driving Force

Kyle had valuable input to add:  “CFCC had the idea of starting their Construction Institute in response to the demand our industry had shown for needing additional labor at all skill levels.  Over the years, our industry has done a poor job appealing to the younger generation as well as the general population.  Working with your hands, which can be very profitable and fulfilling, has gained a negative stigma.  This program is a perfect example of finding someone who wants to work and learn a trade, and then helping them find a route to get there.  Our industry is proud to offer second chances to folks that want to be involved.”

CFCC 2-Week Construction Institute

We are so happy to announce that CFCC successfully held their first two-week long Construction Institute this summer.  Each course included entry-level skills such as safety, measurement, math, and how to use both power and hand tools.  An eighty-hour course in one of the four trades by qualified instructors, real world experience in a respective field, and a certificate upon completion.  Perhaps the best part of the program was on the last day of classes when the students were afforded the opportunity to participate in “hiring day”.   Students were interviewed by prospective employers, providing them the possibility to go directly from learning to production. PBC is so excited to say that ELEVEN students have gained employment through CFCC’s first ever Construction Institution!  We are just as excited to share that at least one of those eleven came through the Step Up Wilmington  program… check out Sal’s journey…

A few of PBC’s next generation participated!

PBC Recognized As Industry Leader by GuildQuality

Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.

Out of 600+ eligible applicants, PBC is one of 300+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care. In North Carolina, PBC is one of only 8 awarded in our category for “New Home Builders.”

In determining which businesses received the 2018 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates, and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend and the percentage of customers who responded.

PBC Design + Build achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality.

“The independent GuildQuality surveys are a great asset to our team; we gather unfiltered information to improve our process based on client experiences and feedback.”
Kyle Henry, CEO, PBC

2018 Guildmaster Press Release

PBC Participates in WOMEN BUILD Benefitting Habitat for Humanity

The women of PBC participated in WOMEN BUILD on Monday, May 7th for the Cape Fear Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Since 1991, women from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities through the WOMEN BUILD event.

The ultimate goal of Cape Fear Habitat WOMEN BUILD is to build a home in partnership with a local hardworking family and provide access to an affordable mortgage.  This home will be funded/constructed primarily by women and will provide a female-friendly work site that empowers women to take leadership roles and learn new skills while building homes, community & hope.

TEAM PBC ROCKS

Team PBC helped to exceed the fundraising goal with the assistance of generous friends, clients and suppliers.  Our fearless women worked together on the framing portion of this new home using just hammers, nails, a tape measure and their brains.  🙂

TEN All Star Experiences!

GuildQuality conducts an independent customer satisfaction survey with all of our clients upon completion of their job. We read every one (EVERY ONE!) to see how we can improve our program and processes. TEN all star experiences in a row is a formidable achievement and the PBC Team is VERY PROUD!

Click here to go directly to GuildQuality to see what our previous clients have to say!

Diamond Award Winner

The Brunswick County Parade of Homes awarded PBC with a Diamond Award at the celebratory banquet last night!  Yes, the diamond is the size of Jon Henry’s head!

Southport: Let’s Get Reacquainted.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal nails it! The word is out, we are headed back to Southport because we have truly missed you!

Click here to get the scoop >>>>Custom Homebuilder Rebuilding in Southport

The Cate Greene Virtual Tour

Another amazing virtual tour! The Cate Greene Idea House is in Brunswick Forest on the Cape Fear National Golf Course.

Virtual Tour

Brunswick Forest

The Cate Greene is in the Star News!

The Star News featured The Cate Greene on the cover of the Real Estate Section this week, accompanied by an article about the 2016 Brunswick Forest Showcase.  Check it out!

2016 Parade of Homes Winners

Team PBC picked up a few awards last night at the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association 2016 Parade of Homes!

GOLD Award Winner: The Lark, River Bluffs

GOLD Award Winner: The Tangier, Autumn Hall

SILVER Award Winner: The Cate Greene, Brunswick Forest

BEST IN SHOW, Master Bath: The Cate Greene

BEST IN SHOW, Kitchen: The Tangier

From WCFHBA:  Since 1986, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association has showcased the region’s finest new homes through the Annual Parade of Homes.  This year was significant in many ways, as the event not only celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary, but also featured the first ever Showcase Community Sponsor, Compass Pointe.

This year’s Parade featured 83 single-family houses, townhomes, and custom built homes with a combined value of $41.5 million dollars. The homes were categorized by price range and judged based on craftsmanship, quality of materials, and interior and exterior features.  The winners of the competition were announced at the Annual Awards Banquet, held Friday April 29th at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside.

Welcome John Jarvis + Will Weir

Please welcome our two newest team members, John Jarvis and Will Weir!

John Jarvis joins the PBC Sales Team representing New Hanover County. His strong background in sales, construction + design– specificially in kitchens, baths and architectural concrete–gives him an advantage when curating the blueprint of a custom home. John Jarvis: “There is nothing I love more than walking the site with a client and making their home dreams come true with my team of designers and the quality that Plantation Building Corp brings to the project.” John has lived on Pleasure Island for almost a decade with his wife and 3 children, enjoying the local surf and beach community.

Will Weir joins the PBC Project Manager Team representing New Hanover County. His well established construction experience began in college when he was a draftsman for a local architect designing coastal homes and small commercial projects. Upon graduation, he was employed as a superintendent for a commercial construction firm that had projects across the state, which led him to the Wilmington area where he has been building homes for the past two years.