At the Tuesday morning commission meeting, Cobb commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the final four: Heery International out of Atlanta; Brailsford and Dunlavey out of Washington D.C.; Legends Project Development of Herndon, Va.; and PC Sports of San Antonio, Texas.
Interviews were held last month with firms that were ranked based upon an evaluation of staffing, experience and performance, approach, availability and local vendor presence and financial stability, according to William Tommie Jr., the county’s purchasing director.
Commission Chairman Tim Lee said the project manager will represent the county’s best interest by monitoring invoices and making sure budget, permit and ordinance compliances are being met.
“They’re going to make sure they (the hired builder, American Builders) do everything as expected and to make sure everything is being done to standard, plan and budget,” Lee said.
The firm or individual will also conduct on-site reviews and progress meetings and ensure compliance with all of the county’s design, procurement, construction and policy.
Tommie said some of the firms have current project directors that were affiliated with a major project in the past.
Heery International appeared to be the most qualified, Tommie said, with its staff’s involvement in the development of the Centennial Olympic Stadium/Turner Field and Yankee Stadium.
Brailsford and Dunlavey provided project management for the Washington Nationals’ ball park, the Cincinnati Reds’ stadium and the renovating of the Robert F. Kennedy stadium in Washington, D.C.
The most recently established of the four firms, Legends Project Development, has staff that was part of the development of the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility and stadiums for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Marlins.
The last of the four, PC Sports, has worked on the Minnesota Vikings’ and Minnesota Twins’ stadiums.
Negotiations of the final agreement of services and fees are underway and Lee expects to have a recommendation for the Board of Commissioners to approve within 30 days.