Chairman wants to advertise for Braves stadium builder, overseer
by Jon Gillooly
March 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 3202 views | 8 8 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tim Lee
Tim Lee
slideshow
MARIETTA — County Chairman Tim Lee will ask the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to advertise for the hiring of the main construction firm that will build the proposed $672 million Atlanta Braves stadium set to open in 2017.

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.

Comments
(8)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Gaveour money away
|
March 20, 2014
Your Medicare tax money is being sent to other states, do you care about that?
Ben Twomey
|
March 20, 2014
How do you figure that?
Ben Twomey
|
March 20, 2014
Seems to me like, since it will be Cobb County taxpayer money paying for this project one of the requirements should be that these firms be local firms, either Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb or Cherokee County etc, with preference being for Cobb County. There are a lot of well-qualified general contractors in this area and I, for one, am tired of my tax money being sent to somebody's crony firm in some other part of the country.
Col. Mustard (Ret.)
|
March 20, 2014
So, in other words, you want to limit the competition. How much do you think that would save the taxpayers? The MDJ really needs to impose some limits on how low an IQ has to be before allowing posts.
Alley Oop
|
March 20, 2014
I agree with the colonel. I have also made it my own personal requirement that I will not read anything written after the words "seems to me...".
Ben Twomey
|
March 20, 2014
To the "Colonel" and the knuckle dragging Alley Oop.

After spending 42 years in the construction business, I pretty much know my around. One thng I do know is that if a company tells you they can move personnel from St. Louis to Atlanta, pay rent and per diem for key personnel to stay here and still do a job for less than R. J. Griffin, Choate or Winter Construction all of which have been building top quality projects in this area for over fifty years, you better hold onto your wallet because you are about to be had.

Take a look at what happened to the Marietta High School project. Late completion, cost overruns are just two of the problems on that fiasco.

You fellas seem to rely on insults rather than facts. You must be liberals.
anonymous
|
March 20, 2014
If they put it out to bid, then Cobb or other local folks should have the upper hand according to Ben. No need to pay for living expenses for those carpetbagger workers. Let the process work and make sure those that are awarded the contract be responsible for any extra costs. That means real specs and a backbone to say no to change orders. If not, then the the costs will come "Two-Mey"
Arlene Held
|
March 21, 2014
Sounds like Ben has a little too much wrapped up in this future project to be objective. Only local companies like his are fair and above board. All those "furriners" are just plain cheats. Yes, I think we all see how your bread is buttered 2me.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides