Lee will also request permission to advertise for the hiring of a project manager to oversee the builder.
“That person will work on behalf of the county to monitor the entire construction process over the next three years,” Lee said. “It will be looking at it from our perspective. The Braves have their own people (Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle).”
County spokesman Robert Quigley said the plan is to issue a request for proposals for the builder and a request for qualifications for the project manager.
If the advertisements are issued as planned, Lee believes it will take about a month to select the two firms. The selection committee will be a mix of county and Braves staff.
“I would imagine by May we’ll be selecting somebody,” Lee said.
The builder will be tasked with constructing the stadium from the designs of Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, the Braves’ chosen architect.
“Those are big milestones,” Lee said. “First of all, we’ve got to go through the process of making sure someone is on board that understands the stadium business so our investment is best represented and taken care of. The other is the company that is actually going to build the stadium has got to have the resources and talents and capabilities to build it in three years and deliver a stadium, so who you pick is huge in having a successful project delivered on time and on budget.”
The Braves are still interviewing firms to develop the $400 million mixed-use project to be built next to the future Cobb County baseball stadium, Lee said.
The finalists for that project are Cumberland-based Pope & Land and a team composed of Cincinnati-based North American Properties, Houston-based Hines Interests and Los Angeles-based AEG.
The Braves plan to build a mix of retail shops, restaurants and residential units on 45 acres in a corridor leading to the stadium.
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said she’s waiting to see the agenda.
“I think it’s important for the county to have oversight for the stadium as far as the construction and the county standards and code,” Birrell said. “I mean, something of this magnitude, we need to make sure everything is in compliance, but I still have to see the details to find out who is going to be responsible, who’s covering the cost and where the money is coming from.”
Lee said he will know what the costs for hiring the builder and project manager are after the selection committee reviews the responses to the RFP and RFQ.