June 28th, 2021
Summer is here and as we emerge from quarantine we are thankful for a return to a new normal. With this new normal comes an understanding that COVID is a part of our reality and we must design and build spaces with that in mind. This transitional time provides opportunity for innovation in the green building industry and a focus on healthy buildings has emerged.

The Dragon Group (TDG) is proud to be at the leading edge of the next evolution in Sustainability. Health and wellness is not only necessary for safety, but adds values to building assets. From being leaders in renovating and building innovation centers and work spaces in Atlanta (Russell Innovation Center of Entrepreneurs)  to providing healthy building strategies for public and commercial spaces like Fort Valley State University, we are excited about the important work ahead.

 Lastly we are super excited to share that we are expanding to Alabama with three projects in the historic city of Birmingham.

We hope you are having a great, safe and healthy summer.

Yvonne Dragon
Randall Dragon
Sustainability Trends
The Four Pillars of Sustainability
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How COVID is Inspiring Healthy, Efficient Buildings
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Project Spotlight
Prince Hall - Birmingham, AL
Prince Hall Masonic building is a historic seven story building located in the historic district of downtown Birmingham. For decades, the building was the site of official Mason meetings and ceremonies as well as community events and concerts. Key black figures including Martin Luther King Jr, Count Basie and James Brown visited the building. The renovation will restore the gorgeous ballroom and create new offices and event space for emerging businesses looking to locate to downtown Birmingham. The property and building is part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and will be subject to review by the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Services for rehabilitated design compliance. The approach to the rehabilitation of the building takes careful account of the historic spaces and strives to keep key spaces intact as possible while introducing modern systems. The total building square footage is approximately 66, 525 GSF.
Anticipated WELL Health Safety Rating Features:
Cleaning and Sanitization Procedures
Emergency Preparedness Programs
Health Service Resources
Air & Water Quality Management
Stakeholder Engagement & Communication
Intern Corner
by Summer Intern Attallah Smith
In June, the TDG summer intern team had our first field experience.  Last week, my fellow intern Samantha and I accompanied Randall  to visit a new TDG project at 131 Walker Street. Sam and I observed the beginning stages of what will be Atlanta’s hottest Cajun restaurant and coffee café. The vibe is “Where Bourbon street meets Peachtree.” On this visit, we learned the about the primary requirements for initializing a project. For example, a contingency budget, accessibility design revisions, and the importance of accounting for the various elements of nature in construction. On the other side of the town, we experienced a tour from Project Manager Raven who serves as the Construction Project Manager/Owner's Representative on a healthcare project at the Grady Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic. At the clinic that serves AIDS and cancer patients, Sam and I were able to note the differences between a commercial and healthcare project. The building incorporates multiple elements of healthy building standards and maintains conscious design throughout to prevent any transmission of airborne contaminants, which is critical during this time. After weeks of research and team building it was great to be out in the field. The future in conscious construction looks peachy!
American DBE 
TDG was featured in American DBE magazine for our work on the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship(RICE). The work we are leading on this transformational project is important for our city and entrepreneurs near and far. The only initiative of its kind in the region, RICE will be part incubator, part accelerator, part innovation lab and even part museum; changing the narrative by telling the untold and under-told stories of African-American entrepreneurs and business leaders of past and present, while offering access to place and space, resources, networks, mentorship, technical assistance, and education. Atlanta's nexus between community, exposure, access, and opportunity. Ultimately building a prepared and capable pipeline of entrepreneurial leaders and Sustainable businesses that will raise the collective prosperity of Atlanta just as Mr. Russell did in so many ways. This project is a clear example of our "Why" and speaks directly to our mission of building a community. We are honored to head up this landmark project for our clients, the RICE team and the Russell family.
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