Around the Network (Fall 2016)
November 9, 2016 · Community, Projects, Uncategorized
A Winning Design
The Auburn University Jordan-Hare Stadium South End Zone Modifications project received an award of merit in the ENR Southeast 16th Annual Best Projects Awards in the sports & entertainment category. The new state-of-the-art video board at Jordan-Hare was debuted for the 2015 season, and at 10,830 square feet, is the largest in college football. Yann Cowart, Vice President of GMC Sports and a football walk-on at Auburn in the 1980s, served as the project architect and was responsible for development of the concept shape, design of the outside skin and the aesthetics. With the height of the board rivaling the top of Samford Hall as the tallest point on campus, the scale had to relate not only to the stadium, but to campus as a whole. Brasfield & Gorrie served as the construction manager and submitted the project for the award.
Building Communities from Earth to Mars
The GMC Huntsville team participated in the fourth annual Pop-Up Parks event in Downtown Huntsville. From Oct. 13 – 23, the city “moved out the cars and brought in the people” to make way for 10 pop-up parks around the Downtown Square. Coinciding with this year’s theme, “Space to Innovate,” GMC’s pop-up park design was inspired by the firm’s work on the structural test stands for NASA’s Space Launch System – the most powerful rocket in history that will take humans farther into deep space than ever before. The joint-venture team of GMC and Merrick & Company designed the test stands for the SLS, which are being constructed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
New Dorm Coming to Faulkner Campus
The project team broke ground on the future site of Faulkner University’s new multi-million dollar residence hall in Montgomery, Alabama. The suite-style dormitory is the first of two to be built in the north end of the campus and will include private bathrooms, a large common area and laundry facilities on each of the four floors. Construction of the new dorm will help the University meet the growing demand for additional housing and future growth as it prepares for another record-breaking freshman class next year. The residence hall is scheduled to welcome its first tenants for the fall 2017 semester.
From the Peach State to the Heart of Dixie
Members of the GMC Georgia team recently traveled to visit the firm’s corporate headquarters in Montgomery. After an office tour, staff from both offices enjoyed lunch out on the Lakeview Center patio, followed by some friendly interoffice competition that involved toilet paper and hula hoops (need we say more?). Several of the visiting team members joined GMC upon the firm’s acquisition of Stevenson & Palmer Engineering earlier this year.
Seneca Water Treatment Plant Wins Municipal Award
The Municipal Association of South Carolina honored the City of Seneca with a Municipal Achievement Award in the public works category for its water treatment plant upgrade. Since its construction in the late 60s, a residential area had grown next to the plant, and the unattractive facility presented operational and safety concerns. With input from city leaders as well as neighborhood representatives, the project team developed logistical and design strategies for a covered water treatment plant on Lake Keowee that would double as a venue for community functions. Not only does the facility complement its natural surroundings, but also accommodates state-of-the-art water treatment procedures. The project team included GMC, architect and engineer; Hulsey McCormick and Wallace, engineer; and Harper Corporation, construction manager.