BoC set to select a Braves stadium contractor May 27
by Jon Gillooly
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MARIETTA — The Board of Commissioners, which received four bids last week from firms wanting to serve as the general contractor for the proposed $672 million Atlanta Braves stadium, is expected to select one of those bids by May 27.

The chosen contractor will oversee the construction of the stadium and assemble the construction team.

“I’m glad to see that we have four,” said Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area in which the stadium will be built. “I always think it’s much better and beneficial to the county when you have more than one or two bidders, and I think it shows interest in the project.”

A committee of county and Braves staff will review the bids and present commissioners with a recommendation.

“By next Thursday, they will have interviewed the responsive bidders and scored the results,” said county spokesman Robert Quigley. “Once they do that, the county and Braves will negotiate with the highest-scoring bidder.”

Cobb County Manager David Hankerson said because the stadium design work is still ongoing, the final cost cannot yet be determined.

“Once the design is done, we can get to the next step,” Hankerson said. “The winning bidder, having a final design, will then get prices from all the (subcontractors) that will actually construct the stadium in order to determine a guaranteed maximum price based on that design. That total price will then come back to the board for approval.”

Hankerson said the contractor will have the stadium built by February 2017.

“They plan to want to play ball in it in calendar year ’17, so it’s got to be substantially completed by the end of January, the first of February,” he said. “It’s a fast, quick timeline, but it’s doable if everything goes well. So we’ve got a little over two years to build it.”

Hankerson explained how the stadium cost breaks down.

“The stadium will be, I don’t know, $500 million, $550 million, whatever, because you’ve got other costs in that $672: architecture fees, engineering fees, site preparation fees,” he said.

Any cost overruns, he said, will be paid by the Braves.

“We’re locked in at 300 (million),” Hankerson said.

One of the bidders is New York City-based Turner Construction Company, which has a resume that includes Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and Cobb County’s courthouse.

A second bidder is a partnership between Sweden-based Skanska and Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group, LLC, which built Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and the Verizon Center, home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

A third is a joint proposal from Atlanta based-Holder Construction and Hunt Construction Group, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind. Hunt built San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.

A fourth is American Builders.

Sports Business Daily describes American Builders as a group of four firms including Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction, now building the Vikings’ new stadium, and Michigan-based Barton Malow, contractor for Daytona International Speedway’s renovations, which joined forces with two Atlanta-based firms, Brasfield & Gorrie and New South Construction.

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