EMJ Special Projects

Quick Turnaround, Unique Builds and Programmatic Work

Who We Are

Who We Are

EMJ Special Projects is a specialized business unit within EMJ’s family of companies that provides clients with the individualized service and flexibility of a small firm with the stability and resources of EMJ Construction.

Founded in 2009, Special Projects focuses on quick turnaround, unique builds, and programmatic work. The team maintains a diverse portfolio of construction projects ranging from innovative office spaces and single tenant retail to medical facilities and historic renovations.

Special Projects delivers exceptional client experiences through collaboration and transparency and offers clients a personalized approach tailored to their project needs and long-term growth strategies. 

What We Do

Healthcare

Whether building a large, ground-up medical facility or a series of freestanding emergency rooms, EMJ Special Projects' team has extensive healthcare knowledge and a national network of relationships to execute any project and achieve client goals.

Retail

EMJ Special Projects is a premier general contractor focusing on quick-turnaround, single tenant retail stores. The team's portfolio of retail work includes Nordstrom, H&M, Tractor Supply, 7-Eleven, American Girl, and many more.

Renovation

Adaptive reuse, or the repurposing of structures into modern spaces, has grown in popularity in recent years. EMJ Special Projects offers the experience, attention-to-detail and appreciation of history necessary to successfully complete these unique builds.

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From restaurants to fuel stations to office buildings and mall renovations, EMJ Special Projects' team has wide-ranging capabilities and experience on projects of all sizes in a variety of sectors.

EMJ Special Projects

Our Leadership

Senior Vice President

Chas Torrence

Senior Vice President

Chas Torrence

Chas oversees and directs the day-to-day operations of EMJ Special Projects. His 15 years of construction experience in a variety of roles, including estimator, project manager and construction manager, serves as a valuable resource to all departments within Special Projects.  Chas earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science and management from Clemson University, and in 2017, he was named both a Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record and among the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Top 40 Under 40. Chas serves on the Board of Directors for East Tennessee’s chapter of Make-a-Wish, and he is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Miracle League of Chattanooga.

Vice President of Construction

Howard Smith

Vice President of Construction

Howard Smith

Howard has over 45 years of experience and approximately $1 billion worth of projects under his belt. As Vice President of Construction, Howard provides leadership and management to the operations team on special projects in a variety of sectors to ensure that every client, partner and colleague receives an innovative and customized construction experience. He leads the planning, coordination and execution of EMJ’s Concept-to-Completion approach and bolsters his team to deliver unique value on all projects.

Director of Construction

Gabe Thompson

Director of Construction

Gabe Thompson

With over 19 years of leading and managing construction projects, Gabe organizes and directs the construction activities at EMJ Special Projects. He provides leadership and confidence to construction teams and assists in decision making that impacts potential issues and outcomes of projects. Gabe graduated from Christian Brothers University with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing.

Our Work

Retail

H&M

Okemos, Mich.

Retail

7-Eleven

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Healthcare

First Choice ER

Cypress, Texas

Retail

Signal Mill

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Adaptive Reuse

McConnell Building

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Adaptive Reuse

CBI

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Adaptive Reuse

Bellhops

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Adaptive Reuse

CodeScience

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Adaptive Reuse

Ambition

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Office Building

SIGNiX

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Office Building

Lamp Post Group

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Retail

Two Ten Jack

Chattanooga, Tenn.