Aug 26 Russell Team Wins 2021 CMAA South Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the Year
H. J. Russell & Company, along with joint venture team member CBRE | Heery, received the “Overall Project of the Year” and “Program Management Greater than $100M” awards during the 2021 CMAA South Atlantic Chapter’s Awards Ceremony recently. The chapter’s annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards program recognizes projects and programs that reflect outstanding performance in the practice of construction management.
In a joint venture with CBRE | Heery, Russell provided program management services for Phase II of Fulton County Library System’s $275-million Library Capital Improvement Program (as well as Phase I), which comprised the renovations of 21 legacy libraries and the construction of the new Hapeville Library.
In addition to the CBRE | Heery/Russell joint venture (H/R) providing design and construction phase services for the 22 projects in Phase II and writing RFP’s and contracts for the six Design/Builders, they carried over from Phase I to Phase II previous work that included building systems standards, a construction procedures manual and a LEED Implementation Plan, as well as providing cost models, scheduling, and investigation of permit requirements.
One of program’s goals was to provide Fulton County with more efficient libraries that met the operational needs of the staff and provided better service and experiences for patrons of the libraries – to make the renovated libraries consistent in quality and function as the new and expanded libraries that were completed in Phase I of the Capital Improvement Program. Some of the facilities include meeting rooms, and other ancillary spaces for use by the communities that they serve.
Due to the large quantity of the renovation projects, the projects were broken into different groupings which allowed multiple design/builders to participate in the capital improvement program. Renovation projects ranged from 3,000 sq. ft. (Mechanicsville Library) to 200,000 sq. ft. (Central Library). Each of the renovation groups had their own design/build team, which provided more opportunities for firms to compete in the local market area. The goal for each project was to provide an energy efficient facility, with more natural lighting and other sustainable features that allowed the teams to obtain certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.