Historic Austell House

The Historic Austell House – Renovation Project

Greater Atlanta Area — Ducere Construction Services recently held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event to unveil their new renovation project – The Historic Austell House and Business Headquarters near the Historic District of downtown Austell, Georgia.

City officials and community members were there to check out the newly renovated building, enjoy some food and drinks, admire the artwork inside, and officially introduce the new space. In attendance were Ollie Clemons – City of Austell Mayor, Darrell Weaver – City of Austell Department of Community Affairs, Jim Graham – City of Austell Department of Community Affairs, Sandra Leverette – City of Austell Council Member, Valerie Anderson – City of Austell Council Member and many other distinguished guests.

Images from the Grand Opening of The Historic Austell House

A Living Museum circa 1891

A prominent landmark, The Historic Austell House is arguably one of the most charming and picturesque of Victorians in the Greater Atlanta Area. Stepping into the Mansion is like entering into an exquisite “Highly Liveable Work of Art“.

Its interior is refined, elegant and decidedly modern, lined with artwork that feels to be carefully curated. The Victorian is situated on one of the highest points in the Heart of Austell, Georgia’s Historic District.

The Historic Austell House is available for private tours, filming and photography, weddings, receptions, showers and other group events.

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DCS Small Business Spotlight – LiteSwap

Many songs have been written about how one person can light up your life.  For Julie Johnson, CEO/Founder and Creative Director, LiteSwap, Inc based in Gainesville, FL, this is not a mere fanciful gesture of a heart-struck musician. For over 18 years as a lighting designer, Julie has been doing just that, helping design and construction industry professionals light up their projects. She is passionate about how people and the environment are affected by light. Seeing the need to improve industry options for lighting design, Julie began the development of proprietary software that streamlines the process of searching, comparing, and purchasing light fixtures for construction projects.

DCS: What makes your software unique?

Julie Johnson - Ducere Construction Services
Julie Johnson – LiteSwap CEO/Founder

Julie: This software allows designers, contractors and owners to be more efficient and collaborate faster when it comes to lighting systems. By removing time-consuming processes and allowing the software algorithms to do most of the work, the team can spend more time on what is important and less time on research, selection, and approval. Built by industry professionals and algorithm specialists, the software goes beyond the typical product specification and dives into the actual performance data to make sure the right product is selected for the project and application.

DCS: This is a great concept! We see that LiteSwap offers other services for lighting as well. How did you get started?

Julie: I came up with the idea to help provide a more efficient way to research, select and approve lighting products when lighting product technology advancements added complexity to my daily workload as a lighting designer at an engineering firm. I noticed that over 18 years as a lighting designer, the process for finding and comparing products took more time as it became harder to understand how lighting products truly perform in the real world compared to documentation. Combined with advancements in lighting technology, more metrics were needed to truly understand the differences between products to ensure proper application and design was implemented. Another frustration was the reactive nature of the industry during the design and construction process. This reactive process added time and cost to tight construction budgets. By creating a proactive solution, added time and cost is mitigated and the entire design/construction/owner team wins. It is a hard journey with several hurdles, but the industry is in dire need for this solution and there are several supporters out there to see this through.

DCS: Can you talk about CPPI or DCS and their role in helping you get started or continuing growth?

Julie: I can say that without CPPI and DCS, LiteSwap would not have the same progress to date. Both mentors were instrumental by providing guidance on product and service offerings and nurturing client and future client relationships. CPPI set up introductions and meetings with key players at the University of Florida and City of Gainesville, while DCS introduced a positive business model on all relationships and the importance of networking. Both CPPI and DCS emphasized the importance of being a good leader and how personal and positive connections to others can help lead to success. LiteSwap and I continue to grow as both mentors share their lessons learned over the years. I have been truly blessed and am happy to have met and worked with both of them.

DCS: Thank you, Julie! We certainly enjoy working with driven, problem solving oriented entrepreneurs and you are exceptional. How do you define success?

Julie: I define success by each milestone I meet and the positive impact I can have on others. I want to be a catalyst to positive change in the industry that results in better lighting in buildings. We have all of this amazing technology and research to tell us the psychological, biological and environmental impacts of good light. I just want to make it easier to provide good lighting in all buildings and knock down the barriers. If my journey helps anyone along the way, I can wake up with a smile no matter how hard the day will be. It has never been about me. It has always been a journey of something bigger. This is what feeds my soul.

DCS: We too believe in contributing to something bigger and therefore saw synergy with our companies from the start. Who is your target customer and how did you find them?

LiteSwap – Defining Lighting Standards

Julie: Because lighting systems affect several key players in the construction industry, I have several target customers: architects, lighting designers, interior designers, lighting manufacturers, lighting reps, distributors, general contractors, electrical contractors, buildings owners (such as the universities, commercial developers, etc.). I am currently relying on relationships to get me in the door. I am also learning about the RFP process and how to find and answer those. I plan on attending conferences and networking events to keep building relationships to get on projects. I want to show customers/clients that I am really there to be a team player and help everyone build better buildings and make more profit. My first major client is the University of Florida. I am currently helping them update their campus Lighting Standards and Design Guidelines and am really excited about this! Go Gators!

DCS: Wonderful, Julie! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and may your endeavors continue to succeed!

Ducere Construction Services

The Blue Book Building and Construction Network

Ducere Construction Services is a member of  the largest and most active network in the commercial construction industry.

The Blue Book Building and Construction Network brings the industry together to forge connections and build relationships. The Blue Book Network is comprised of:

With over 100 years of service to the industry, The Blue Book has continued to expand its product offerings for all project stages- from pre-design through post-construction. The digital workflow solutions enable construction professionals to find and spec products, share project documents, streamline bid communications and view, markup and takeoff documents.

The Blue Book Network remains committed to providing the information solutions and connections needed to simplify the construction process and continually advance the commercial construction industry across the United States.

Within the Blue Book Network, Ducere Construction Services standard scope of services includes the following:

CSI Master Format™ code(s).

01 24 13 – Value Engineering
01 29 83 – Payment Procedures for Testing Laboratory Services

01 31 13 – Project Coordination
01 31 19.13 – Preconstruction Meetings

01 35 16 – Alteration Project Procedures
01 84 19 – Interior Finishes Performance Requirements


CPPI ‘s Inaugural Construction Supply Chain Management Study

Ducere Construction Services recently completed an in-depth survey of professional subcontractor firms that performed various services for Charles Perry Partners, Inc (CPPI).

The CPPI Subcontractors had to meet two criteria:

1. Provided trade services (Directly or Indirectly) to CPPI on a University of Florida project, in 2017 and 2018.
2. Participated in a City, State or Federal funded project in 2017 or 2018.

The survey identified trends, challenges, triumphs, shortcomings and other interesting findings about the Supplier Diversity space from the point of view of the professional subcontractors that work with CPPI.

2018 Charles Perry Study – Tier 1 & Tier 2 – Supply Chain Initiative by Ducere Construction Services, Incorporated


The spirit of CPPI’s culture is summarized in a 5-word action statement,

“Building Long Lasting Relationships & Structures.”

The simply stated, yet commanding and multifaceted mission is a tall order and heavy lift for any world-class construction firm. Yet CPPI is committed to fulfilling its mission, in a revolutionary era, when the world of construction is exponentially becoming more technology driven and diverse.

No matter how capable employees may be, no leading construction firm can match the worlds rapid innovation and improvement with internal resources alone. To quickly apprehend relevant global developments, threats and opportunities, CPPI must develop active External Networks to monitor ongoing changes in technology, methods, markets, politics, strategies and people’s values.

CPPI Supply Chain Study Book


These External Networks can include customers, consultants, advisors and most importantly Suppliers. Developing good relations and contact with Suppliers is essential for creating visions, strategies, and priorities and for anticipating and understanding developments that affect the business. External Networks also help identify, evaluate, and capture innovations, acquisitions, and projects capable of contributing superior value.

To gain a deeper understanding of CPPI Suppliers, CPPI and Ducere Construction Services launched an internally funded initiative to increase knowledge on how CPPI’s Supply Chain practices contribute to the local socio-economic communities of Gainesville, Florida.

DCS Wins Contract to Provide Services for Einstein Bagels Renovation

Ducere Construction Services wins contract with Charles Perry Partners to participate in renovation of The University of Florida Shands Hospital Einstein Bagels in Gainesville, FL. 

This renovation was a complete makeover of the space. The makeover included a new tiled back splash, fresh new technology and all new appliances. The dining hall that this new beauty sits in shares the space with a Chick-fil-a and Salad Creation.

DCS attends University of Florida Annual Small Business Opportunity Fair

The UF Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Vendor Opportunity Fair is an all-day event designed to provide the small, minority and women-owned business community with information for success, business growth and sustainability.

Since its inception, this event has grown to become one of the most anticipated events for area business professionals each year, hosting hundreds of representatives from small, minority and women-owned businesses, corporations, UF departments and members of state agencies and higher education institutions.

Event Exhibitors


Highlights and Features

– Exciting speakers & presenters
– Business development sessions
– Learn about trends and issues important to small businesses
– The most exhibitors in north central Florida including corporations, government agencies and diverse businesses


DCS Joins the University of Florida Mentor/Protégé Program

Ducere Construction Services has joined the Class of 2017 for the UF Mentor Protégé Program in Gainesville, FL. The program is setup to facilitate the establishment of effective working relationships between mature established companies (mentors) and emerging small businesses, including woman and minority owned companies (Protégés) in order for the latter to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the established firms.  CPPI was the mentor for Ducere Construction Services.

Further, it is the intent of the university through this initiative to foster increased business development and contribute to the economic development of the community through business growth and development resulting from the mentoring of small businesses.

1. To encourage contractors/suppliers, doing business with UF, to serve as mentors by developing teaming or subcontracting relationships with small businesses as Protégés, thereby aiding in the capacity building of small businesses relevant to the procurement needs of the university.

2. Increase the overall participation of small businesses, helping the university to achieve its’ commitment to providing opportunities for small business. Foster long-term business relationships to develop a more stable and available supplier base.

3. Enable Protégés to compete more successfully for UF contractual opportunities, by encouraging mentors to assist in the development of the Protégé’s knowledge and experience through teaming arrangements, alliances, and subcontracting relationship