Ron Stewart was born in Atlanta at Crawford W. Long hospital, now a part of Emory, so he has deep southern roots. He grew up south of Atlanta in Forest Park. By the age of three, he was going with his dad, Red, an electrical inspector, to residential construction sites – to guard the truck. Ron was most often found building huts, lean-to’s, and tree houses in their back yard. He grew up helping his dad with electrical side work like pulling wires in attics and crawl spaces, and wiring window air conditioners around the neighborhoods.
Ron graduated from Forest Park High School and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Southern Polytech State University located in Marietta. He worked his way through school at UPS and graduated debt free. During the summer Ron worked as an electrician’s helper at apartments and hotels, and at Delta Hanger, AT&T and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
After graduation he worked three years as a draftsman on boards, and projects for schools, plant additions and small offices. Ron undertook extra work on the side estimating projects. This developed into a superintendent position with a small general contractor performing interior finishes on retail showrooms at the Apparel Mart, along with a small school additions and new retail construction.
He accepted an estimating position with a growing local general contracting firm producing estimates for a mid-rise hotel, condo towers on the Gulf coast and, then a $120 million addition to the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. This involved the estimated bond budget, construction budget, and the ongoing cost control estimating for the fast-track design-build project. The project finished under budget and ahead of schedule! This led to a concourse addition at the Cincinnati International Airport under the same contract requirements. Ron also managed a shell build-out for a retail strip shopping center and the remodel of a two-story retail anchor store in a popular mall in Atlanta during the airport project – completing these projects under budget and ahead of schedule.
Ron has also worked for a construction cost consultant performing on-budget confirmations for several large projects including a performing arts center, a runway addition in Nashville, and a water purification plant in north Georgia. He has also estimated several high-rise office buildings for an Atlanta general contractor and worked for a developer who built new shell construction, build-to-suit facilities and a variety of tenant finish projects. Lastly, Ron worked for two design-build contractors whose work included financial facilities nationwide, and projects ranging from bank branches to four- story office buildings.
He has over twelve years of design-build contracting experience directing the design staff with clients which enabled control of the cost, material delivery and construction quality Through Ron’s architectural and field construction experience he developed a step in the estimating process where he takes a critical review of the design to uncover constructability and future warranty issues. He is also careful to review documents for coordination and content with architects and engineers thereby reducing issues in the field and document revisions during the project which often add to the cost and create delays.
Ron’s hobbies including building small projects for friends, simple vehicle repairs, and at times, taking on larger repairs with his stepson and his cars! He enjoys Formula One and Indy Car racing, and historical sportscar and amateur races. Ron is divorced but what brings him joy and keeps him young and motivate is grilling out with his extended family which include his stepson, granddaughter, nephews and their girlfriends, and a also a newly married stepson.