EMJ Construction Chattanooga

Who We Are

Who We Are

EMJ Construction Chattanooga serves the needs of clients across the Southeast and beyond.

Established in 1968, the Chattanooga team maintains a diverse portfolio of construction projects ranging from large retail developments and manufacturing facilities to office complexes and multi-unit housing. Its leadership team offers more than 20 years of construction experience and is responsible for some of the largest projects in EMJ’s history.

Built on a culture of servant leadership, the Chattanooga team aims to deliver unique value through exceptional client experiences by providing a customized construction approach based on each client’s goals and vision for their construction project.

What We Do

Industrial

The Chattanooga team has extensive experience building large-scale distribution centers and manufacturing facilities for clients such as Shaw Industries Group, FedEx Ground, Kohl's, Food Lion and more.

Retail

EMJ Chattanooga has been a leader in retail construction since 1968. The team's work includes expansive lifestyle centers, regional malls, single-tenant stores for national brands, adaptive reuse, and more.

Multi-Unit

Whether a mixed use development or student housing, the Chattanooga team understands the complexity of these unique projects and creatively works with clients to deliver the value they desire.

+ More

From a distillery and a distinctive art museum to hotels and educational institutions, EMJ's Chattanooga team has wide-ranging capabilities and experience on projects of all types and sizes.

EMJ Construction Chattanooga

Our Leadership

Executive Vice President

Chas Torrence

Executive Vice President

Chas Torrence

Chas oversees and directs the day-to-day operations of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. His more than 16 years of construction experience in a variety of roles, including estimator, project manager and construction manager, serve as a valuable resource to all aspects of the company’s operations.

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.

Senior Vice President of Construction

Philip Augustino

Senior Vice President of Construction

Philip Augustino

Philip utilizes his more than 38 years of construction experience in teaching, training, mentoring and leading the construction team in Chattanooga. His experience across offices and teams offers a unique perspective and enhances his ability to connect with project teams.

He joined EMJ in 1990 as a Carpenter Foreman and soon began the company’s first safety program as the Corporate Safety Director in 1992. Over the years, Philip served in many roles, from Warranty Manager, Assistant Superintendent to Senior Project Manager. In 2005, he spearheaded the opening of EMJ’s Sacramento office, later moving to the Dallas office before settling down in Chattanooga.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Philip lives in Chattanooga with his wife. His oldest son is married with two sons, and his second son is in nursing school in Phoenix. When not at work, Philip enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, exercising, racquetball, landscaping and sun and fun vacations.

Vice President of Preconstruction

Alex Miller

Vice President of Preconstruction

Alex Miller

Alex leads the Chattanooga team’s preconstruction efforts, including general oversight, planning, conceptualizing, budgeting, bidding and design coordination.

A member of the EMJ team since 2005, Alex joined the company as a Co-op while earning a civil engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. After graduation, he was hired as a project engineer, climbing the ranks to Estimator and Director of Preconstruction prior to his current role.

Alex is based in EMJ’s Chattanooga office and lives in Ooltewah. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, Tennessee Football, snowboarding, hunting and working on cars.

Vice President of Preconstruction

Chris Grannan

Vice President of Preconstruction

Chris Grannan

Chris leads planning, conceptualizing, budgeting, bidding and design coordination of EMJ Chattanooga’s projects and provides day-to-day guidance to members of the preconstruction team.

Chris has more than 22 years of experience in project estimation and value-generating solutions and has been with EMJ for nearly 12 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Chris lives in Chattanooga with his wife of 26 years and three sons. He stays active in the community by volunteering with Junior Achievement of Chattanooga and is a member of St. Stephens church.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son in basketball and baseball, watching Notre Dame football and IU basketball along with bike riding with his wife.

National Account Executive

Jeff Brewer

National Account Executive

Jeff Brewer

Jeff works closely with the Chattanooga team to build client relationships and pursue new work in various sectors in the southeast region.

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in the development, real estate and insurance industries. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University and completed Stanford University’s Executive Program in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Jeff lives on Signal Mountain with his wife and has three grown children.