Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 120
Institutional | NEW SOUTH CONSTRUCTION - LANIER TECHNICAL COLLEGE
A JOINT VENTURE IS ADDING TO
GEORGIA'S TECHNICAL COLLEGE
SYSTEM. BY TIM O'CONNOR
New Sou Construction -
Lanier Technical College
www.ne ou construction.com
* Project cost: $93.9 million
* Location: Gainesville, Ga.
* Employees on-site at peak: 346
"Due to e ize of e project,
we were elective in e ubcontractor and material vendors
at we olicited for pricing."
- Jeff Brown, project director
hen Lanier Technical
College announced plans
to build a new campus in
Gainesville, Ga., New South
Construction saw an opportunity to become
involved in another high-profile project in
the state. The Atlanta-based general contractor had relationships with the Georgia
State Financing and Investment Commission, which manages the funding for the
project, and the state's larger technical
college system, however, it had not previously worked with Lanier Tech., New South
Construction created a joint venture with
Carroll Daniel Construction, a fellow firm
located in Gainesville that had completed
jobs for Lanier Tech in the past.
In Carroll Daniel Construction, New
South Construction found a like-minded
partner that shared its integrity and emphasis on safety. "Our two firms are really
right there together," Project Director Jeff
Brown says. "Both our businesses approach
projects the same way, we have the same
ethics and integrity."
Combined, the joint venture assembled
the ideal team for the new campus project.
New South Construction broke ground on
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South Construction created a joint venture
with Carroll Daniel Construction to help Lanier
Technical College build a new campus.
the campus in fall 2016 and construction
on the first building began in February
2017. As of March, the structures for all six
campus buildings were completed and the
team was prepared to start turning over
one building for partial occupancy each
month beginning in April. The campus
is on schedule to open in January 2019.
"The experience of both firms has allowed
us to be successful on this job and is why
we thought it would be a good fit for us,"
The six structures that will make up the
new campus include an administration building; an instruction building
for classrooms; an industry building
for applied technical programs such as
welding, motor and diesel mechanics, etc;
a health building for medical classes; an
economic development facility that will
also house the campus' central plant; and a
46,000-square-foot conference center with
a ballroom suitable for conferences, training events and trade shows. The campus is
being built on 94 acres and will eventually
be home to 5,000 students.
The scope of the project has increased
significantly since its initial planning, largely thanks to the generosity of a donor who
provided Lanier Tech with the additional
land to build the conference center. To take
advantage of that opportunity, along with
additional funding from the State of Georgia, the college increased its original budget
from $75 million to $93.9 million.
The land donation made the conference
center possible, but it also presented one
of the biggest challenges to the project's
timeline. The conference center sits on a hill
at the edge of a scenic lake, promising to
deliver beautiful views that will heighten
wedding day experiences and give weary
professionals a needed mental break from
marathon panel discussions.
However, the lakeside location meant
there was an abundance of rocks littered
throughout the hill, complicating the ability
of the grading operation needed to level
out the hillside for the footprint of the new