Sandy Springs Selects Holder Construction as Construction Manager at Risk for City Center

The City of Sandy Springs today announced it has selected Holder Construction Company as Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to work alongside the City and its partners in the development of the civic facilities within the City’s downtown, City Center project. The City considered five firms, selected through a competitive request for qualification and proposal process.

“We were fortunate to have a number of highly regarded firms to choose from. The quality of the Holder team, coupled with the firm’s experience, including construction of many performing arts centers, as well as the level of detail they provided related to scheduling, provided us with a high level of confidence in making the recommendation to the City Council,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough.

Holder was founded in Atlanta in 1960, and is the one of the largest construction management organizations based in the metropolitan area. The firm has constructed more than 23 million square feet in mixed-use developments and 22 performing arts centers, in addition to $5.9 billion in public buildings. Past clients and projects included Cox Enterprises’ C-Tech and Corporate Headquarters Campus in Atlanta, GA; Devon Energy’s World Headquarters Complex in Oklahoma City, OK; Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center in Bowie, MD; Virginia Tech’s Center for Performing Arts and Turner Street Mixed-Use Development, in Blacksburg, VA; and the City of Raleigh Plaza and Marriott Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC.

In the CMAR role, Holder will work alongside the City and its partners: Carter (Program Manager), Rosser International (Architect) and jB+a, Inc. (Landscape Architect) in both the design and construction phases of the City Center project by evaluating cost, schedules and implications of alternative designs, as well as constructability reviews and value engineering related to the project. In addition, Holder will be responsible for construction of the public components of the City Center project.

Goals for the City Center project include the creation of a unique, vibrant, walkable City Center, which incorporates mixed-use development introducing new dining, high-end residential living, and amenity retail and entertainment options. The project also will create an appropriate setting for a new civic / cultural center that will contain multiple uses such as city offices, meeting space and a performing arts facility. In addition, the City block will encompass a green space network to accommodate a variety of activities.

Construction Management Services Civic Facility RFP Recommendation presentationgiven to the Mayor and City Council on January 6, 2015