why work with us

JH Batten, Inc. is a design-build firm with over 30 years of experience located near Winston-Salem, NC. Design-build is our preferred construction method; however, we also entertain team-build, construction management, and invited bid projects.

We at JH Batten, Inc. offer more than your typical design-builder or general contractor. We have worked to improve our process over the years and the result is a method that offers three main advantages:

  • More Teamwork
  • More Value
  • More Creative Solutions

More: Teamwork, Value, Creative Solutions

Featured Projects

At JH Batten we are proud of all of our work but here are a few of our recent featured projects. To see a more extensive archive, please go to our projects portfolio page.

Alliance Fellowship


Pulaski Church of God

Lucas Research

Pinyan Dentistry

Thomas Tire Offices
We believe that Design/Build, or as we like to call it ‘Design/Team/Build’, offers the most effective team approach for any project. It is truly a collaborative effort to deliver the owner’s expectations at the most buildable and cost effective way possible.
It is a relationship established by building a strong and talented team. That team consists of an engaged owner, skilled designers, and JH Batten, Inc. who orchestrates and communicates professionally to deliver a project that is on time and on budget.
If you have an idea and a budget, Design/Team/Build is for you.
This is and has been true of traditional Design/Build; however, we at JH Batten, Inc. establish early on that everyone has input and we work together as a team to meet all quality and cost expectations. Decisions are not made in a vacuum. We work together to create the vision and then deliver it as close as we possibly can.
We say “the earlier, the better”. Our giftedness is to make the complex simple and the best way to assist our clients in this is to engage as early as possible. We discover that the best way to save money is on the front end and not the back end.
In the end, a project’s cost is a project’s cost - it’s all about how you get there. Traditional Bid/Build is a good building approach but we have found that this method can create adversarial undertones very early in a project. It can leave you with fingers pointed back and forth, and it can create very difficult disagreements that only divide and frustrate. While Design/Team/Build is still considered a “new” approach to building and may seem unconventional, we believe this method brings more value to the client and creates a healthy relationship where teamwork and unity govern. In the end, a good Design/Team/Build project should not cost more but should deliver more.
JH Batten, Inc. offers strategy and planning services for every stage of your project. While we prefer the Design/Team/Build approach, we will also consider invited bid projects. We also offer construction management and facility maintenance services.

our team

JH Batten employs only the best people to serve you.

David Batten

David, a fourth generation builder, started JH Batten, Inc. in 1990. Originally the company focused on custom built residential projects but quickly moved into the commercial field with the first church project in 1994. Gradually the company shifted focus and now enjoys working with a variety of commercial clients. David oversees the executive staff at JH Batten, Inc., as well as developing new client relationships. David enjoys spending time with his two children, riding his Harley in the North Carolina mountains, and fishing on the North Carolina coast.

Stephen Doby
Operations Manager

Stephen joined the JH Batten, Inc. team in 2007 bringing a wealth of experience in the light industrial market, as well as retail, office build outs, and church projects. Stephen oversees our project management team, is responsible for estimating all aspects of commercial construction, assists in developing new clients, and provides oversight in various aspects of the company. Stephen and his wife Jeanelle have two children. Stephen is active in his local church and also enjoys singing in a worship band, anything outdoors, and visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

David Bolling
Project Manager

David Bolling is a licensed general contractor with over 40 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction management. Prior to joining JH Batten, he owned his own construction business focused on residential remodeling, custom home building, and light commercial construction. David has worked with several other companies prior to joining JH Batten, Inc., including over 30 years in assisted living & senior care construction experience. For more than 20 years, David has had a working relationship with JH Batten, Inc. and officially joined our team in 2013. David is responsible for fostering positive client relationships, securing projects, budget management, and overseeing construction from inception to satisfied client. David and his wife, Terry, have 2 children and are very active in their church where David has served as deacon for 3 years along with other leadership roles.

Donnie Fletcher
Project Manager

With over 36 years of experience, Donnie has worked with a variety of projects ranging from Missile Magazines and Jet Engine Test Cells for the federal government, as well as schools, hotels, fire stations, & churches. He joined the JH Batten, Inc. team in 2016 and is responsible for estimating and budgeting for preconstruction and construction projects, overseeing active construction projects, and maintaining positive client relationships. Donnie graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in 1981, married his wife Gwen in 1989 and moved to the Triad in 1999. Donnie has two children and enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, & eating crawfish.


  • “Deadlines have been met and building has been accomplished with excellence and within budget. I suppose the most encouraging thing I can say is we have sensed Batten has our best interests in mind.”

    Pastor Scott AndrewsAlliance Bible Fellowship
  • “We were honored to serve a family on the opening day of our new facility. We are now in our third week and thanks to…your staff, the glitches expected in a new facility have just not happened.”

    Connie PowellOwner - Brunswick Funeral Service
  • “The complete makeover of the Hawthorne building is remarkable and our patients compliment us every day on the improvements. The quality of workmanship throughout the building is exceptional.”

    Richard G. Reuhland, MDHawthorne OB-GYN Associates
  • “From the day leaders of this church learned about design-build until the day of completion and beyond, JH Batten, Inc. has been more than just a construction company; indeed they are partners with our congregation and others in building the Kingdom of God on earth.”

    Pastor Billy RintzHuntersville United Methodist Church
  • “We came to JH Batten with our need for more space and a vision for what we wanted in a new facility. They helped us process through the options of building a new campus from the ground up or renovating an existing structure.”

    Pastor Mark JonesPastor of Administration and Missions - RFA Church
  • “JH Batten worked with Sandy Creek for several years in developing a floor plan that was practical, yet honoring and feasible. The people of JH Batten were professional and courteous, offering advice, answering questions and concerns, listening to our building team and other church leaders, and serving in so many other ways to ultimately provide a finished product that is outstanding.”

    Pastor Travis BrockSandy Creek Baptist Church
  • “We found the whole JH Batten team to be completely professional in their association with the client and with our firm. Having worked with many different General Contractors on more than 300 church projects over the past 34 years, our association with the Batten Team ranks at the top for responsiveness, cooperation and client satisfaction. From initial planning, through construction and to final project close-out, their dedication to the client and their respect for the client’s budget was always paramount.”

    William Henry Harris, III, AIAArchitect for Providence Baptist Church
  • "From conception to realization, JH Batten, Inc. was beside us every step of the way. We are grateful to the entire team for making our dream a reality. We are actively looking for our next project and hope that JH Batten, Inc. will be along for the ride."

    Sally Thomas, Co-OwnerThomas Tire & Automotive
  • “I felt like I had a partner, a friend, and a trustworthy ally helping us through the construction process.”

    Co-Pastor Daniel CarpenterPalmetto Land Baptist Church
  • “From the early planning stages, the church has been fully satisfied with every member of JH Batten’s team.”

    Pastor Mike SchwalmCenterview Baptist Church
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Phone Number:

Office: (336) 595-8917
Toll free: (877) 595-6262




4880 Harley Drive
PO Box 879, Walkertown, NC 27051