This summer, we wished a fond farewell to one of Van Winkle Construction’s most experienced and treasured members. Project Superintendent Charles Allen joined Van Winkle Construction in the field in the fall of 1984.
Since then, his incredible character and exceptional work ethic elevated him in the eyes of his peers, coworkers, and clients. Charles’ dedication to a job well done brought him great personal and professional satisfaction. The high standards he held for himself set an example for those around him.
Charles on the Project
In Charles’ own words, he has a “good eye” for buildings. His reputation attests to it. With merely a glance, Charles could discern the proper or improper construction for a building. His unparalleled eye for detail benefited his projects in innumerable ways before standardized BIM and clash detection. Central Baptist Church Douglasville experienced Charles’ dedication and talent firsthand. Early in the sanctuary’s construction in 2000, Charles noticed that, upon its completion, congregation members seated in the balcony’s back row would hit their heads against the ceiling. His quick appraisal saved the Owner, Architect, and construction team from potential disaster.
Charles According to His Peers
According to Project Manager David Towles, “Charles was a leader on the projects he was working on, and everyone knew that.”
“Charles has been a good friend as well as co-worker for many years,” said Ed Van Winkle III. “He supervised and built many iconic buildings for Van Winkle Construction. Charles is a wonderful person, and a great communicator. Charles always produced quality work and is a man of great character. It has been an honor to work with him.”
Charles’ Exceptional Project History
Over the course of his career, Charles’ work won sixteen awards. His impressive resume of high-profile projects includes the new Friendship Baptist Church and Emory University Youth Development Center as well as multiple additions and renovations for Trinity Presbyterian Church, Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Norcross First Baptist Church, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Decatur City Hall, St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Wallace State Community College, Piedmont Driving Club, and Country Club of the South.
When asked, Charles could not recall his first project with Van Winkle. In fact, the earliest project he could recall was his first as Superintendent in the late 1980s – the Atlanta Medical Center renovation.
Charles retired after the completion of The Cottages at Rockmart.