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Bailey Harris Relies on pfSense® Software to Connect Commercial Construction Sites to Azure Cloud

By Griffin Cash / Uncategorized

   April 22, 2020
By Dennis Smith

Griffin Cash, IT Coordinator

Nothing in this world is static. Things are either progressing or they’re in decline. Commercial construction is a leading indicator of growth. Whether for industry, sports arenas, hospitals, or university educational facilities – the presence of cranes and cement trucks remain one of the most visible signs of economic growth and new opportunity.

In Alabama, hypersonics technologies, automotive supply chain, and a state government strategic push for tech jobs are major construction drivers. Where there is significant construction in Alabama, observers are likely to see the Bailey Harris Construction brand.

Formed in 1979, the company has grown steadily from its first project of $214,000 to projects today in excess of $100,000,000. The three lead factors that make or break large scale construction projects are cost control, quality, and scheduling. Bailey Harris has a proven reputation of excellence in all three – enabling it to continue placing its stamp on Alabama’s fastest-growing cities and communities.

Less visible than cranes, cement trucks, and hardhats is the IT infrastructure that enables secure network communications between construction sites and corporate applications. Griffin Cash is responsible for “all things IT” at Bailey Harris.

From the time the first spade hits dirt to when the front door keys are turned over to the new facility owner – Griffin must ensure network connections are both fast and secure. pfSense® instances – on-premises and in Microsoft Azure – perform secure networking duties including connecting each job site to Bailey Harris cloud domain controllers and providing firewall protection to the controllers. Domain controllers used to be commissioned on job premises. Now they are located in the Azure cloud.

It started when an on-premises domain controller failed. Domain controllers manage security authentication requests – granting individual user access to the company’s corporate applications. When they are down, RADIUS requests for WiFi authorization cannot authenticate – and users are down. Griffin decided to leverage the cloud to prevent future hardware failure or internet outages from crippling site communications. He decided to use Azure as a Cloud Service Provider. The next step was to figure out how to connect offices and job sites to the cloud. Since Bailey Harris already had pfSense appliances at office and job site locations, it was the logical starting point. Griffin knows how to stretch a dollar, so he compared the basic Azure A0 compute instance specifications to some of his older pfSense appliances – and concluded a 1vCPU and 0.75GB of RAM would be enough power for a small scale test. In under 30 minutes, an IPSec tunnel was up, and a new domain controller was provisioned in the cloud! Moving from test to production, Griffin deployed A1 compute instances equipped with 1vCPU and 1.75GB of RAM – providing breathing room for firewall protection of each controller.

Typically, Bailey Harris will have ten or more job sites operating simultaneously – with 5-10 employees active per site, plus guest contractors. Each site is equipped with either a Netgate SG-3100 or SG-1100 to connect the site to the pfSense cloud instances for VPN termination. Soon, the company plans to also use the Azure-based pfSense instances for remote desktop web filtering. Then, pfSense software will allow Griffin to apply the same security features and procedures (standardized for office locations) for all virtual machines hosted in the cloud.

pfSense cloud instances have the advantages of product ease of use, familiarity, cost, feature add flexibility, and freedom to purchase high-quality, fast turn-around support where needed. Best of all, relative to solution alternatives, pfSense software saves thousands of dollars a year for the company. We’re thrilled to have Bailey Harris as a customer, and honored to be a linchpin in their site-cloud-corporate IT infrastructure.

pfSense software is used by thousands of businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions in the cloud. Contact us to learn how we can help provide secure networking for your cloud needs.

Construction industry positions Alabama for future success

By Griffin Cash / Uncategorized

Allen Harris –

Alabama’s construction industry is built on a foundation of customer service, integrity and work ethic. As CEO of Bailey-Harris Construction and board chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama (ABC), I have experienced firsthand the value a career in commercial construction has on our state’s economy and future leaders.
Commercial construction is vital to Alabama’s economic footprint and touches every aspect of our residents’ lives. A study recently conducted by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama found that commercial construction stimulated nearly $13 billion of business in our state and generated 156,000 full-time jobs in 2015 alone.
According to the study, the economic impact of commercial construction has also generated a payroll of more than $6 billion a year and made a direct impact of $444 million into the state Education Trust Fund.
These numbers showcase the impressive impact the construction industry has in our state. Because of this, we must continue to build on its success and invest in efforts that enhance education initiatives and craft training skills to create a pipeline of opportunities for future industry leaders.
Two years ago, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama and Alabama’s K-12 education system joined together to establish the Academy of Craft Training to recruit, educate and employ high school students through construction careers. The Academy gives students the opportunity to build relationships and learn from industry leaders and prospective employers. It has quickly become a model for public-private partnerships with the Associated Builders and Contractors, the State Department of Education and the Department of Commerce hitching wagons to better our workforce product and our state.
While just two years old, the Academy has quickly become a model for all-in workforce development. Within its first year of operation, the Academy of Craft Training placed 94 percent of participating seniors in a job after graduation.
By equipping students with the necessary skills and real-world experience, the Academy provides opportunities for students to learn craft skills, make a good living and eventually advance into a supervisory level with long-term career benefits. For example, our teachers are industry trained; our classrooms resemble construction jobsites with rules and regulations to which we adhere; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn at all times and other practices that emulate actual job conditions are employed.
Upon the course completion, we are finding our student graduates have a positive infection. Infection? Yes, a positive infection that translates to a passion for the industry. It was last a fall Saturday afternoon at an Auburn University campus jobsite and I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Jacob, a recent graduate of the Academy. “Jacob, what in the world are you doing here?” I asked. He had come to see the site crane operator, Tommy. He and Tommy had developed a working mentor relationship on a Tuscaloosa jobsite. Jacob immediately inquired, “Mr. Harris, where can I get a vest and glasses? I need to help walk the rig out.”
Late on Saturday afternoons, most young men would be hanging out with friends or relaxing. Jacob just wanted to be around the work. Passion is something our instructors talk and cultivate often at The Academy. Yes, work cures most ills.
Through stories like this, we see how Alabama’s construction industry touches lives. I encourage the Alabama legislature to continue supporting this important initiative.
By teaching students hands-on trade skills and requisite soft skills, paired with values of integrity and work ethic, we can ensure that future leaders will continue to build upon Alabama’s construction industry that supports our communities.
Allen Harris is Founder and CEO of Bailey-Harris Construction, a leading industrial and commercial contracting firm based in Auburn, Ala. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama.

Bailey-Harris Announces Promotion of Russell Harris to President of the Company

By Griffin Cash / News

PRESS RELEASE
 
Contact Information:

Alana Cobb
Assistant to Allen Harris, Chief Executive Officer
Bailey-Harris Construction Company
334-821-0807
[email protected]

Bailey-Harris Announces Promotion of Russell Harris to President of the Company 

 

Auburn, AL, January 2018 – Bailey-Harris Construction has announced the promotion of Russell Harris to President of the Company.  The son of Founder and previous President, Allen Harris, Russell has lived and breathed construction his whole life.  An Auburn, Alabama native, Russell graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Construction Management.  Russell served a 2-year tenure with The Conlan Company while in school in Atlanta, and immediately returned to Auburn to join the Bailey-Harris team upon graduation.

At Bailey-Harris, Russell went straight into the field, working on several large projects in Montgomery and Auburn.  He worked his way up to Superintendent with his last project in that role being a $20 million pharmaceutical facility.  Since coming into the office 7 years ago, Russell has been in the project management realm over multiple projects.

Possessing the gift of administration and planning, Russell has taken an active lead in corporate management, company growth, strategic planning and business development.  Following the succession plan laid out in previous years, Bailey-Harris is pleased to announce Russell’s elevation to President of the Company.

“Being prone to get into the details, means and methods, I am happy to say that Russell has the concomitant gifts that will complement not only what I do, but what the entire Bailey-Harris team does, as we take much gratitude for having the capability and supreme personnel to serve our precious clients in a construction and design-build capacity,” remarks Allen Harris, who will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Russell, who resides in Auburn with his wife Melissa and two children, states he is thoroughly excited about the opportunity presented to him.  “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to build on the successful foundation laid by my father.  He has poured his heart and soul into this Company and is the key to what we have become today.  I am humbled to be considered worthy of this position and hope to continue the legacy he began almost 40 years ago.”

 

More about Bailey-Harris

Bailey-Harris Construction Company is a leading industrial and commercial contracting firm based in Auburn, Alabama and servicing the southeastern United States since 1979.  Specializing in the design and construction of industrial, commercial, educational, institutional, municipal, financial, healthcare, religious and specialty facilities, the firm currently represents its client base in over $200 million of construction programs.  Bailey-Harris is located at 1552 Bailey Harris Drive, Auburn, AL 36831.  Phone 334.821.0807 Fax 334.826.1152.  www.baileyharris.com

Gameday Support Facility in Auburn-Opelika News

By Griffin Cash / News

Bailey-Harris Begins Construction of New Girls Treatment Facility

By Bailey-Harris Staff / News

Auburn, AL, April 2014 – Bailey-Harris Construction Company has just begun construction of a new Girls Treatment Facility for the Alabama Department of Youth Services at the Mt. Meigs Campus in east Montgomery County. Designed by Poole and Company Architects, the facility will consist of a 16,000 square foot dormitory building with indoor and outdoor recreational spaces, as well as a separate 11,000 square foot administration-education building with offices, classrooms, a library and a severe weather safe space.

This project will be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building rating system developed by the USGBC for the construction of energy efficient buildings. The project is also on a very fast-paced timeline, but the Contractor is up to the challenge according to Richard Lovelace, Senior Project Manager for Bailey-Harris. “Although the project completion date is very aggressive,” states Lovelace, “we are confident in our plan to meet it. The Owner and Architect are both working with us as a team to achieve this goal.”

Bailey-Harris is excited to have begun construction of its first project for the Montgomery County Department of Youth Services, though this is not the company’s first project in Montgomery. Bailey-Harris has completed several projects for the Montgomery County Commission, Montgomery City Schools and the Retirement System of Alabama, to name a few. Allen Harris, President and CEO of Bailey-Harris, speaks glowingly of their relationship: “We have had a presence in Montgomery for a number of years and we thoroughly enjoy working there. Our main office is in Auburn, but Montgomery is our second home. We are pleased to be a part of the continued growth in the area.”

Bailey-Harris and Touchstone Precision Partner for Success for Third Time

By Bailey-Harris Staff / News

Auburn, AL, April 2014 – Bailey-Harris Construction Company and Touchstone Precision, Inc. (TPI) have been partners since December 2000, when Bailey-Harris began the design and construction of a 30,000 square foot facility for TPI, located at 239 Technology Parkway in Auburn.

TPI, an affiliate company of Dai-Ichi Seiko Co., Ltd., based in Kyoto, Japan, specializes in high precision insert and composite plastic injection molded components and assemblies for the automotive, electronics and medical markets. Since its inception in 1963, Dai-Ichi Seiko has been a leading manufacturer in the precision injection molding industry.

The success of TPI, which was developed stateside in 2000, contributed to a partnership with Bailey-Harris again in 2010, to construct a 9,500 square foot expansion to the existing facility.

Today, in 2014, Bailey-Harris and TPI are working together once again to complete a major expansion of close to 70,000 square feet. This project will allow TPI to move certain processes into a new building, making room in the existing building for more injection molding machines.

Bailey-Harris is proud to welcome Takaharu Tsuchiyama, President of TPI, to Auburn April 6-9, as he makes a visit to the Plains to kick off the major expansion. This is the second expansion for TPI, since Dai-Ichi Seiko decided to locate one of its 12 worldwide manufacturing facilities in this area in 2000.

Bailey-Harris Celebrates 35 Years In Business

By Bailey-Harris Staff / News

Auburn, AL, March 2014 – Since 1979, Bailey-Harris Construction Company has built its reputation as one of the most respected industrial and commercial contracting firms servicing the Deep South. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Bailey-Harris acknowledges that a firm foundation of integrity, wisdom, hard work and customer satisfaction continues to support the growth of the company and its capabilities today.

Over the past 35 years, Bailey-Harris has experienced much success in the commercial and industrial construction markets in and around Auburn and Montgomery. Customer service and continued persistence on the success of each project have allowed the firm to escalate its capabilities from the first project of $214,000 to a recent project of $100,000,000. The growth of repeat business is founded in the insistence of company leadership to be responsible, responsive and a trusted member of the construction community. “The most important thing we build is our name in the community.” is the maxim that Allen Harris, CEO and Founder, penned many years ago, highlighting the importance of quality work.

As the company looks forward, Bailey-Harris’ vision for the future is to duplicate its success in other municipalities throughout Alabama and the surrounding states. The company plans to execute that vision with an aggressive marketing strategy and the dedication of key team members.

Allen Harris has been grooming his son, Russell, and their other business partner, Travis Gamble, to be poised for success when he secedes from the business. Travis and Russell both started out after college as Assistant Superintendents and worked their way up through the ranks, each getting a good dose of the construction industry along the way. “I have been involved with the construction industry my whole life; it’s the only way I know”, says Russell. “I am looking forward to continuing the success and relationships into the next 35 years.”

In addition to being Principals of the company, Russell is a Project Manager and serves on the Business Development team, while Travis is currently a Senior Superintendent and Interim Safety/Environmental Director. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn our industry under Allen over the past 12 years, and am excited to be in a position to help lead the company into the future”, states Travis.

The future for Bailey-Harris also includes plans to construct a new corporate office building on the East University frontage of its current property in Auburn, beginning in 2016. The new office is an integral part of the company’s vision for growth.

A 35th anniversary celebration was held the afternoon of Friday, March 14th, on the property of the Bailey-Harris office. The 200+ attendees included company employees, families, friends, clients and partners. Guests enjoyed a fish fry catered by Huckleberry’s BBQ and live music by singer/song-writer Kevin Flannagan. Allen Harris commented, “It is always great to be able to get together with the Bailey-Harris family, as well as the people and organizations that have contributed to our success over the years.”

Bailey-Harris Formally Announces Completion of Park Crossing High School in Montgomery

By Bailey-Harris Staff / News

Auburn, AL, January 2014 – Bailey-Harris Construction Company has completed the new Park Crossing High School for Montgomery Public Schools in east Montgomery, AL. The state of the art facility is the first start up high school for Montgomery Public Schools since 1968 and serves grades 9 – 12. This is also the first high school in the rapidly expanding east side of Montgomery and is the realization of plans that began over 20 years ago by local Educators and Politicians. The $29.4 million facility covers 165,390 square feet on a 64 acre site consisting of two main buildings, a gymnasium and a full athletic complex.

The Project was bid with a fixed finish date of August 2013, dictated by the start of the 2013 – 2014 school year. Time extensions for weather delays or additional work were not an option. Additionally, all building structures were to be constructed on a non-conventional foundation system for this type of structure. The entire structure including the first level slab is an elevated structure to compensate for the issues that can result from expansive soils. The project was saddled with an abnormally high number of adverse weather days. Negative impacts on the project were also experienced on days following rain events due to the adverse soil conditions. At the mid-point of the project, weather related delays had placed the project approximately three weeks behind schedule. Despite experiencing 83 days with recordable rain events, the project was successfully completed on time by the joint efforts of Bailey-Harris and the firm’s subcontractors. Students were able to attend the new school at the start of the academic year with work still ongoing at the athletic fields which were finished in late December to officially close out the project.

In addition, Bailey-Harris was the recipient of a Merit Award for Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama (ABC) for this project in the $25-50 Million Institutional category.

Bailey-Harris Announces CEO’s Appointment to Board of Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama

By Bailey-Harris Staff / News

Auburn, AL, January 2014 – Bailey-Harris Construction Company formally announced CEO Allen Harris’ election to the position of Treasurer for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama Board of Directors. ABC is a national association that advances and defends the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and provides its members with an opportunity to succeed.

The Alabama Chapter, headquartered in Birmingham, takes pride in being an environment in which people and companies succeed based on free-enterprise principles within the free-market system. “I choose to be engaged in bettering our industry and being proactive legislatively. ABC of Alabama is doing that for us daily,” states Harris.

An organization focused on increasing productivity, driving down cost and spurring economic development, ABC couples those three measures with political action in Montgomery, Washington D.C. and in the workforce development arena to promote the construction industry. “This organization is truly the voice for contractors in Alabama and an advocate for its members. I am honored to be a member and to serve on its Board,” states Harris.

Part of ABC of Alabama’s focus on workforce development includes professional management education and an exclusive Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) program, designed to impact the next generation of industry leaders. Held annually, FLIC is comprised of a hand-picked group of the industry’s best and brightest. Bailey-Harris was honored to have Russell Harris, Project Manager, as a member of the 2013 FLIC.

According to Allen Harris, “As Bailey-Harris continues to build legacies and surpass expectations, it is not without the hard work of many team members. Those team members not only include Bailey-Harris employees, clients and subcontractors, but also the organizations who fight to promote the construction industry as a whole, organizations such as ABC of Alabama.”