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Category Archives: Completed Projects

Fort Gillem makes way for new developments

Fort Gillem, a U.S. Army base south of the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport, started a phased decommissioning process in 2005 with the sale of 1,170 acres to the City of Forest Park. The city began marketing the property, which resulted in leasing parcels of land to private developers for warehouse and business park development.

fort-gillem-entranceTo make way for the new developments, some of the old brick buildings that populated the former Army base had to be carefully removed to preserve some of the bricks for historic purposes, while other buildings were completely destroyed.

The demolition company charged with removing the buildings initially had six months to complete the project. The company ordered excavators,...

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Formerly known as the Citrus Bowl

Built in 1936, the Citrus Bowl was the place to hold bowl games, sporting events and out­door exhibitions in the greater Orlando area. When it was built, the stadium was an architectural marvel. Over the next 80 years as crowds grew and more modern stadiums were built, the Citrus Bowl looked worn by comparison.

citrus-bowlIn late 2014, bids were let for $207 million to rebuild and modernize the 60,000-seat stadi­um, adding one-fifth more seat­ing and other amenities. However, the contractors had only nine months to tear down the sta­dium’s entire lower bowl and re­build the facility from the blades of green grass to the skylights.

The stadium’s lower bowl was torn down in...

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Hotels Built and History Preserved

Building two hotels, retail space and a parking garage on about two and half acres in a busy downtown is challenging by itself. But when coupled with a single job site entrance and other construction projects on the same street, you have a recipe for complications.

charlestonFortunately, in Charleston, S.C., a city known for fine restaurants, the contractors building the $80 million Charleston Midtown Hyatt Place had the right recipe to complete their job on time and enable the owners to begin serving guests when they expected.

Ground was broken on the 2.4-acre site in August 2013 to build the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotels with 304 combined guest rooms, as well as...

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Everglades Restoration Plan

In the 1950s, a 173-square-mile area in the Florida Everglades was sliced up with hundreds of miles of roads and canals, and sold off by the acre to 19,000 people from throughout the world who wanted a piece of sunny Florida. While converting the swampland into real estate plots, the developer effectively diverted the Everglades southward flow and unsettled a fragile ecosystem.

Faka UnionWhen the developer went bankrupt, the land sat idle for decades until the U.S. government and the State of Florida combined forces to buy the land and begin a process of restoring the Everglades’ natural flow into Florida Bay through the $600 million Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

In 2014, the...

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