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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Newman

Palacio Announces New Carolinas’ Division

APRIL 11, 2024 - Palacio Collaborative announces a new Carolinas’ division to support the firm’s expansive growth across the Carolinas’ market.

“Over the last 6 months, we have hired five new staff members in the cost management department bringing us to 17 estimators and 1 project coordinator,” said Angela Zelaya, Director of Operations and HR Manager. “Four of those new hires will directly support the new Carolinas’ division ensuring our client’s maintain confidence in our abilities to produce quick, accurate estimates.”


R. Kaye Smith and Marvin Coker will serve as co-directors for the new Carolinas’ division, succeeding longtime collaborator Tony Murphy who left the firm in February. They will oversee the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the Durham, Charlotte, and Greenville offices which covers projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. 

The new Carolinas’ division will altogether have a dedicated team of three Senior Cost Managers, four Cost Managers, a Project Coordinator, and a Marketing Manager.

“Kaye has been an integral part of Palacio’s regional growth serving as the SC Business Director since 2019. Her vast knowledge and experience throughout the Carolinas’ spans over 30 years,” said Michael D. Palacio, President and Chief Cost Manager. “Together, with Marvin’s demonstrated skill in working on complex projects as both an estimator and architect for more than 35 years, I am confident in their ability to lead the new Carolinas’ division with integrity and continued dedication.”

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About Palacio Collaborative

Palacio Collaborative is a minority-owned full-service construction cost estimating firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in NC, SC, TX, and LA. Strategically located, we provide quality estimating nationwide in a variety of markets. Our primary services include conceptual cost modeling, budget verification, cost management, and value management. Through innovative tools and proactive collaboration, our value-added services assist to develop accurate project budgets, manage cost, preserve the integrity of the design, and deliver a project with the highest quality and value.

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