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Founded in 1986 with over 30 years of service in the state of Georgia, LUSK has built its reputation on personal service and commitment to quality. Our list of repeat clients is testimony to the fact that service, professionalism, and quality work are always in demand.


Our Vision

To continue to grow and learn with each project we complete.  To continually push ourselves and encourage those around us.  To maintain a strong relationship with the client even after the project is done.  

Mission & Philosophy

 Our mission is to create a relationship where quality, trust, and integrity are foremost. To be involved in projects with meaning and distinction that leave a long lasting impact on our community. No matter the challenge, Lusk & Company will be there through it all.


Our Philosophy is founded on the following principals:

  • Treat all relationships with the highest level of integrity, honor and transparency.

  • Strive for excellence in all we do.

  • Create win/win situations.

  • Provide each client with a project of the highest quality and workmanship possible.

  • Treat each client with the utmost courtesy and respect.

  • Educate our clients in order to guide their decision making, yielding the best value for their budget.

  • Reward our employees consistent with their contribution.

  • Provide opportunities for our employees to learn and grow.

  • Listen to others, always keeping an open mind.

Industry & Professional Affiliations 

Allen K. Calhoun

Allen is one of two principal owners at Lusk & Company, Inc. and serves as President, Preconstruction Manager and Estimator. Allen brings over thirty-eight years of estimating experience across a wide range of projects. He is particularly skilled in conceptual estimating and value engineering.

Allen is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction.

Brent Nitschke, P. E.

Brent is one of two principal owners at Lusk & Company, Inc. and serves as Vice President and responsible for field operations and construction administration. Brent brings over twenty years of experience from a wide variety of project types.

Brent holds a MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed structural engineer in Georgia and Virginia, and a licensed commercial general contractor in Georgia.

Susan J. Gatins

As the corporate controller of Lusk & Company, Susan Gatins oversees the accounting, financial management and treasury functions of the company. Susan brings over thirty years of experience in construction and development as well as property management accounting. Susan is a registered Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Darla School of Business at the University of South Carolina.


Bryan Rogers

Bryan is Senior Project Manager with over fifteen years experience. Bryan is a confident and resourceful Project Manager and under his leadership many of his projects have won awards and distinction. Bryan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kennesaw State University and is also a Registered LEED Accredited Professional.

Janet L. Matelski

As the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for Lusk & Company, Janet oversees all aspects of the office including, but not limited to coordinating training, insurance & contract compliance as well as preparing all submissions for open projects. Janet brings over thirty-five years of administrative /office management experience to Lusk and is a veteran of the U. S. Navy.

Don Ehlers

Don is our most senior project superintendent having been with Lusk & Company, Inc. for over twenty-five years. Prior to coming to Lusk & Company, Don owned his own framing and construction company and is particularly knowledgeable in site development and ground-up structures. Don is a veteran having served in the United States Army.


Michael Boylan

Michael comes to Lusk & Company, Inc. with more than ten years in the construction industry having worked his way up from pushing a broom to project superintendent. Michael has worked in both residential as well as commercial construction.

Randy Smith

Randy has been in construction for over thirty years having served as carpenter, superintendent, project manager, and owner of a residential construction company. Randy also has extensive experience in demolition having owned a demolition company for over twelve years specializing in commercial and industrial demolition work

Rocky Littlepage

Rocky brings over thirty years experience to Lusk & Company, Inc. He has served as a field superintendent in the industrial, commercial and agricultural general construction industry. He has particular skilled in structural steel erection and welding.



Bud Branan

Bud brings over thirty years experience to Lusk & Company having owned his own construction company specializing in large residential renovations up to two million dollars. Bud has experience as a carpenter, superintendent, and project manager. Bud has an eye for detail and interior finishes.

Joe Thomason

Joe brings over twenty-five years experience to Lusk & Company, Inc. He has experience both in the residential and commercial construction industry. Joe has served as superintendent, estimator and project manager as well as a network cable repair manager.

Brian Huff

Brian brings nearly twenty years experience as a hands on framing and trim carpenter. He is a keen problem solver, has an eye for detail and is consumed with doing things for the benefit of the project. His energy and enthusiasm has help endear him to clients and he portrays a "can do" attitude no matter the situation.


Joe Stephenson

Joe has spent over thirty years in the construction industry with a wide variety of experience. Prior to Lusk, Joe worked in the lumber, hardware, home centers, industrial and e-commerce industries. His well-rounded background brings a unique perspective to our projects.


Tyler White

Tyler has worked in the construction industry for over eight years. While in school he worked with a General Contractor and Demolition Company. He is skilled in carpentry, demolition, estimating, and construction administration.

Tyler earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a special emphasis in Management from the University of North Georgia.

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Tate Godwin

As the project coordinator for Lusk & Company, Tate is responsible for the review of sub-contractor submittals, contract conformance and vendor coordination. Tate will insure efficient communication between field personnel and the office to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.

Lusk & Company, Inc. employs a comprehensive project management approach that provides a rich level of detail and services for our clients. The following is a list of some of the many services we offer on a project:


  • Full-time, on-site construction supervision
  • Critical path scheduling
  • Safety program
  • Purchasing and buyout
  • Value engineering
  • Contract administration
  • Regular project progress reports
  • Subcontract administration
  • Complete build-to-suit construction
  • Full renovation service
  • Tenant fit-out


  • Initial site evaluation
  • Conceptual estimating
  • Constructability analysis
  • Preliminary scheduling
  • Value engineering
  • Feasibility studies
  • Budgeting





  • Project design and engineering
  • Preliminary design, site development & evaluation
  • Construction contract administration
  • Preliminary specifications
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Fire protection engineering
  • Working drawings
  • Final specifications
  • Budgeting

See what our clients are saying about their experience with us.

Lusk performed beyond the call of duty in numerous ways, but in particular, their efforts were exceptional in the following areas: first, the scope of the project included unification of the church and a desire to temporarily convert our traditional worship space in the sanctuary every Sunday morning for use as a contemporary worship center. Second, this project was innovative in that it allowed for the transition of a highly reverberant traditional sanctuary into a sound absorbing contemporary worship center and third, the sanctuary ceiling was forty fee in the air, making it a considerable challenge to install video screens, banners and lights. Despite considerable scaffold changes and above ceiling rigging operations, Lusk kept an impeccable safety record with zero incidents reported for the entire duration of the project. ...Lusk conducted itself i a remarkable professional manner and exceeded expectations of the church. We were blessed with and exceptional project manager
— Robert Preston, AIA, Principal, The Preston Partnership, LLC

It is with extreme pleasure that on behalf of the Owner and our Firm we wish to thank you and your staff for a great job and successful completion of the construction of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity at Georgia Tech. We had the good fortune to work with a dedicated, knowledgeable and capable construction team provided by Lusk & Company, Inc. Their expertise, resourcefulness and stability lead by Tyler White, Project Manager and Joe Thomason, Project Superintendent, resulted in the successful completion of the Fraternity House on a rather tight site, tight schedule and a tight budge. It is therefore my pleasure and privilege to recommend Lusk & Company, Inc. as a first class, professional organization, that is uniquely qualified to handle any project with the necessary attention and expertise required for a successful and timely completion.
— Warren M. Epstein, AIA, Warren Epstein & Associates, Architects, Inc.

This letter is to commend Lusk & Company, Inc. for their building of our new multipurpose facility. It is definitely more beautiful than we anticipated and it is a blessing to finally be in our new church home. All of our parishioners are very pleased with the new place that offers us a large worship space, multiple classrooms, a commercial kitchen, office space, ample restrooms, and my favorite part, the chapel, which is a beautiful place to pray...
— Fr. Timothy J. Gallagher, Pastor

If one was to design the perfect storm of difficulties for a construction project, I am not sure that they could have topped the circumstances that Lusk & Company, Inc. faced on the Parson’s Alley development. Despite the combination of the city providing the site construction to the nature of a historic redevelopment within an urban setting to the site remaining open to restaurant patrons for the majority of the project, Lusk was able to handle all challenges all in stride. I certainly recognize that the calm demeanor was probably due to the extreme planning that had to occur each and every day on the site and in your offices. ...Six separate buildings, all of them with different structural systems to finishes were absolutely a difficult project to manage. ...Through it all, you were able to maintain a tight schedule and manage the numerous stakeholdrs and deliver a first-class project. I greatly appreciate and applaud your efforts and look forward to working with you again in the very near future.
— John R. Crane, President, Building Insights, Inc.

… [Lusk] is one of the few contractors that works with the designer to make the project successful. You should put them on your bid list. (letter from an architect to another peer)

…I wanted to commend you and your firm for the professionalism shown during our recent project with you… your team consistently made decisions that led us to trust them and we were always treated with respect. Our views were taken and thoughtfully considered… We look forward to working with your team again!

Lusk & Company, Inc. is committed to the highest levels of craftsmanship, quality and innovation. We are able to garner high levels of loyalty and repeat business due to this commitment.

Below is a sampling of our recent award winners, and demonstrates the broad spectrum of recognition our projects receive. 


Build Georgia Award
Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors of America

2019: Dunwoody United Methodist Church
2019: Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity House @ Georgia Tech - Merit Award
2019: St. Bernadette Catholic Church - Merit Award
2018: Parson Alley - Duluth
2018: The Elaine Clark Center - Merit Award
2017: Phoenix Sr. Living Milton
2016: Slingshot Entertainment
2015: Lloyd W. Chapin Building
2014: Gordon County Agricultural Service Center
2013: DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment
2012: First Congregational Church
2011: Hapeville Charter Career Academy – Phase II
2010: Hapeville Charter Career Academy – 9th Grade
2010: Dahlonega United Methodist Church

Atlanta Urban Design Commission - Award of Excellence
2012: First Congregational Church
2009: 135 Auburn Avenue – Southern Education Foundation
1994: King Plow Arts Center for Architecture
1994: The Bridge Family Center for Adaptive Use
1992: Psychiatric Institute of Atlanta for Renovation

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

2016: Lloyd W. Chapin Building
2015: Bogart Historical Agricultural Center
1996: Daniel Guggenheim Building at Georgia Tech

U.S. Green Building Council:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 

2012: First Congregational Church; LEED Gold
2011: Hapeville Charter Career Academy – Phase II; LEED Silver

Best Sustainable Building Practices
Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors of America

2010: Dahlonega United Methodist Church – Merit Award
2009: Friends School of Atlanta – Merit Award
2008: Aurora Theatre – 1st Place