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GUCA Holds Gala to Honor Hard Hat Safety Award Recipients Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc. held employs 60 individuals and is committed to making its 2014 GUCA Hard Hat Safety Award Gala on safety and the welfare of its employees first and foreMarch 20 to honor the 2013 Hard Hat Safety Award most every day. recipients. Awards were presented to members dedi“As today’s construction industry has changed, so cated to making safety a priority for every employee. has the outlook on safety with most reputable comGUCA members and guests gathered at the state panies. In these changing times safety is much more farmers market in Forest Park, Ga., to celebrate safety awareness and recognize the overall winner from the chosen category winners. The GUCA 2013 Hard Hat Safety Award is composed of categories based upon type of work, plant or pipeline construction and if company man-hours exceed or stay below 100,000 or 400,000 hours. By creating these different categories, GUCA was able to distinguish four companies who excel in applying their safety programs to all of their workers and job sites. The category winners for the 2013 GUCA Hard Hat Safety Award are as follows: • 0-400,000 man-hours plant contractor: (L-R): James King, DeKalb Pipeline Company, accepts Archer Western Construction LLC, Atlanta, the overall GUCA Hard Hat Safety Award from GUCA Safety Committee Chairman Jamey Harrison, Ga. • 400,000+ man-hours plant contractor: Harrison & Harrison Inc., and Gina Shelnutt, Western Summit Constructors Inc. Norcross, Anderson Grading & Pipeline LLC. Ga. • 0-100,000 man-hours pipeline contractor: than a box of safety glasses, a dozen hard hats, work DeKalb Pipeline Company, Conyers, Ga. boots and good housekeeping. Safety is an attitude, a • 100,000+ man-hours pipeline contractor: Blount culture, a priceless commodity. Safety must be an Construction Co. Inc., Marietta, Ga. absolute priority within our company and it cannot be “Category winners are chosen on a number of bought for an increase in an hourly wage, but is judging criteria including written safety program, achieved by implementing a sound written safety number of employees who have received OSHA program, enforcement of this program by managerequired training such as Competent Person ment and the cooperation of all,” said James King, Excavation, Confined Space Entry and First DeKalb Pipeline Company. Aid/Blood Borne Pathogen training,” said Scott The association is proud of all the members who Brumbelow, GUCA assistant executive director. help raise the bar for safety and set the standard for As with all awards there must be an overall winner, the utility construction industry. GUCA members are and DeKalb Pipeline Company Conyers, Ga., went exposed to hazards each and every day, and GUCA above and beyond others and consistently put safety continues to reward the members that go beyond in the forefront for each employee and for each job what is expected by OSHA. undertaken by the company. For more information visit www.guca.com. DeKalb Pipeline Company located in Conyers, (This story also can be found on Construction Ga., has been in business for 54 years and has always Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.construcvalued the importance of safety. The company tionequipmentguide.com.) CEG

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The design needed to convey intrigue to those driving by, according to Anthony Turpin, Pieper O’Brien Herr architects.

Riverside EpiCenter Provides Stability for Ga. Community By Cindy Riley CEG CORRESPONDENT

Earlier this year, an estimated 10,000 people turned out for the grand opening of the 112,000 sq. ft. (10,405.1 sq m) Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral’s Riverside EpiCenter in Austell, Ga. The $33 million multipurpose facility offers programs and activities for individuals of all ages. “The Riverside EpiCenter represents Word of Faith founder and senior pastor Bishop Dale Bronner’s seven-year vision to bring a positive place where everyone can enjoy a day of food, fun and fitness in a positive and safe environment,” said general manager Patrick McGrew. “The EpiCenter is a unique facility that affords something for everyone. The fact we’re a faith-based organization means people can expect a positive experience in a positive place, being served by a godly staff.” The EpiCenter, completed 18 months after construction began, is organized around a central two-story mall and features a 600-seat auditorium, 300-seat ballroom, a 38-ft. (11.6 m) high natural rock-climbing wall, six-lane bowling alley, recording studio, a two-story youth center see EPICENTER page 2


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The $33 million Epicenter multipurpose facility offers programs and activities for individuals of all ages.

The site was already prepped for the previous warehouse and large parking areas.

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with arcade, a study and mentoring area and child care center. A fitness club with an aerobics room is available, along with a weight room, elevated running track, an NCAA basketball floor with regulation courts for tournament play seating for 220 spectators, locker facilities, hydrotherapy pools, a spa, sauna, showers and steam rooms. In addition, a food court, a coffee/juice bar, internet cafe and a streaming video teleconferencing center is available at the facility. “There are programs available for every walk and age in life, from the young to the young at heart,” McGrew said. “It will host everything from meetings to ministries, weddings to receptions and plays to concerts. Pretty much anything one can dream up, we can execute. I would prefer to have folks enjoying our myriad of offerings than on the street with a gun in their hand or a needle in their arm. It represents a positive respite for those that seek an alternative location where they can enjoy the amenities surrounded by positive energy. “Bishop Bronner felt it was not only important to provide a positive environment to our guests, but also be a steward of the environment. There’s very little waste generated by the EpiCenter. A large portion of the building is made from reconstituted concrete, meaning even the walls are from recycled applications. LEED Silver certification is immensely important, as it demonstrates the commitment to being green in all that we do within the facility, from green cleaning supplies to reduction in waste.” General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie worked with Pieper O’Brien Herr architects and Word of Faith to construct the facility, which is located less than half a mile from Six Flags Over Georgia entertainment park. “Initially, a warehouse was located on the project site that had to be demolished, recycled and removed prior to commencement of new construction,” said Brasfield & Gorrie project manager Blake Reidling. “The large overall footprint, multiple skin systems and multiple roof elevations were challenges that had to be overcome for a successful project. These all tied in to the expediency of drying-in the building, which was critical as nearly every building area

had custom finishes that were labor intensive and climate sensitive.” Reidling said the site was already prepped for the previous warehouse and large parking areas. “The new building was located on a different section of the site, so all demo activities had to occur prior to initial grading. The total cut/fill to balance was around 21,133 cubic yards, with 3,264 yards of import. The schedule was heavily impacted by rain. This became critical during the 26,365 square yard paving activity.” Materials used included 42,000 sq. ft. (3,901.9 sq m) of custom ACM metal panel skin, 752 tons (682.2 t) of structural steel and 4,113 yds. (3,760.9 m) of ready-mix concrete. Equipment included track hoes, bulldozers, front-end loaders, AT dump trucks, back hoes, skid steers, boom lifts and AT forklifts. “We work smarter, not harder, by utilizing equipment resources,” Reidling said. “They were also critical in providing a safe work environment. B&G Equipment and Supply was critical in providing these instrumental pieces.” “The design needed to convey intrigue to those driving by, and a summons to those interested in it by presenting a feeling of transparency in using large expanses of glass and multiple points of entry, as well as comfortable, familiar materials used in interesting ways,” said Anthony Turpin, Pieper O’Brien Herr architects. Pieper O’Brien Herr first designed Word of Faith’s chapel, fellowship and education facility, which helped the team when taking on the new assignment. “We had a successful relationship prior to coming into this project, and that’s always helpful when you are now going to move arm-in-arm into an untested territory of a facility that none of us, at the very beginning, had fully fleshed out as to what it wanted to be,” said Turpin. “Designing a facility that responds well to all the diverse functions that could be happening at the same time was a challenge. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a facilities director on board during the entire design process to help us all understand the challenges, and specific nuances, required of the industry, such as scheduling demands and overall security of the facility.

“We somewhat muddled through based upon our diverse and extensive experience in previous building types that were all similar, yet never under one roof. Our goal was to have a facility that made a statement to the community it was placed within, was contemporary in thought and feeling and environmentally friendly.” Turpin said that aesthetics and functionality should be balanced when approaching any project. “I don’t think you should ever separate the two in the process of providing good design solutions. You can design the facility from the inside-out, or outside-in, but the main functions, each unique in their own right, should not only work well within, but should also go further and inform the exterior design. It’s a feeling, an expression of each interior function, that’s so strong that it has to be conveyed not only on the exterior by shape and scale, but also in the materials used and how they are applied and detailed. “As you begin to put pencil to paper, it’s rather easy to begin to see which functions needed to be adjacent to each other,” said Turpin. “Methods are quickly devised to control separation and sound of the quieter areas from the areas of higher physical activity, where everything from the gym’s scoreboard buzzer to the wooden thud of the bowling ball to the screams of the youth playing video games could echo throughout the facility.” Sustainable design and construction techniques were used throughout the project. A 35 percent water use reduction was accomplished through utilization of water-efficient fixtures, while more fresh air was delivered to the space than was required by code. Carbon dioxide monitors and outdoor air flow monitoring ensures proper outside air is modulated during higher occupancies. In addition, a higher level of ultration to remove particulates from the air before delivering to each space was incorporated. HVAC design strategies to ensure proper temperature, humidity airflow were utilized. Environmentally friendly refrigerants to reduce global warming and ozone depletion potential were used. Crews reduced emissions through the reduction of energy consumption, with efficient lighting systems installed in both see EPICENTER page 10


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GSU Finds Space While Expanding Students’ Minds By Cindy Riley CEG CORRESPONDENT

After three decades in a less than ideal location, Georgia State University School of Law in Atlanta, Ga., is finally getting a space all its own. The $82.3 million, 200,000 sq. ft. (18,580.6 sq m) structure — designed to include a 200-seat conference center, auditorium and library — will be situated at the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place, north of Woodruff Park. “The Urban Life Building is generally incompatible with the needs of legal education and was not built for it,” said Douglas H. Yarn, GSU professor of law and co-chair of the law school building committee. “The college has long outgrown the current facility. We have shoehorned new and expanding programs into nooks and crannies, and passed up opportunities that we can’t house. Classrooms have structural columns that interfere with teaching.” Yarn also stressed the shortage of communal and study space for students and the poor elevator and stair access, which make it difficult to move across the school during high traffic periods. The timing was right for new construction, especially since GSU was able to lock in costs ahead of the expected building boom. “Just in the past few months, material and labor costs have started to trend upward as construction in Atlanta is finally warming up again,” said Yarn. “From the college’s perspective, we are at a point in our growth and development as a law school where a new

facility will help reinforce our reputation as “We wanted to stand out without being the fact that this building will remain many a dynamic and up-and-coming law school. incompatible with the downtown architec- years after we, the administrators, are gone, The good news is the prolonged recession ture,” Yarn said. “Aspiring toward sustain- said Hill. “We’ve sought design and finish and slow recovery has helped keep down ability is simply socially responsible; how- elements that will not only be attractive, but inflationary pressures that would have nor- ever, it also reflects the concerns and desires also hold up well over time and minimize the mally driven up our costs for construction. of our constituents. need for extensive maintenance in the Our construction will coincide with the uni“The design team has been cognizant of decades ahead. versity establishing a larger presence “A lot of work has also gone into near our building with the recent ensuring that a tremendous amount acquisitions of the former SunTrust of natural light will pass through the tower and 55 Park Place.” building. Not only should this help Building Co-Chairman create a more welcoming experiChristopher “Chip” Hill, assistant ence, but also help reduce our need dean of administration and finance, to consume electricity. We’ve also said getting the go ahead for the projplaced the majority of our classect didn’t happen overnight. rooms and faculty offices on the “It’s taken us almost a decade to get lower floors of the building with to this point,” said Hill. “For the unieasy access to attractive staircases. versity system of Georgia, new conThis should help to increase foot struction projects must first be traffic throughout the building and approved by the board of regents of minimize reliance on elevators.” the University System of Georgia and Justis Brogan, project manager added to a limited list of prioritized of general contractor McCarthy system wide capital projects. As projBuilding Companies Inc., said ects at the top of the priority list are excavation and shoring are comfunded in a given year, the remaining plete, with work continuing on projects move up the priority list and foundations and site work. new projects are added to the bottom “The land was a parking lot prior of the list. With the recent recession, to this project,” Brogan said. “In fewer projects in recent years were the mid 1900s, several hotels were funded by the state of Georgia, slowbuilt on site. We removed roughly ing our climb to the top of the list.” 20,000 cubic yards of dirt, debris In addition, producing an architecGeorgia State University College of Law photo and old pieces of these buildings.” turally distinctive and environmental- Equipment being used on the project includes a Concrete structure, mechanical, ly sustainable building that comple- Morrow tower crane, a man and material lift, excava- electrical, plumbing, interior framments surrounding buildings was tors, a drilling rig, mobile cranes and a tie-back ing, exterior enclosure, finishes and drilling rig. important to GSU. see GSU page 8

Georgia State University College of Law photo

After three decades in a less than ideal location, Georgia State University School of Law in Atlanta is finally getting a space all its own.

Georgia State University College of Law photo

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New Law School Set to Open for Classes Fall of 2015 GSU from page 4

commissioning have yet to be completed. “The major challenges on this project are the complicated and varying enclosure types around the building, the green roofs and the tight urban site, said Brogan. “We also ran into a large amount of unsuitable soils and building debris underground. We were able to remove it without any delay to the schedule or adding to the contract amount.” Equipment used on the project includes a Morrow tower crane, a man and material lift, excavators, a drilling rig, mobile cranes and a tie-back drilling rig. Materials include zinc metal panels, stone, curtain-wall, concrete and wood paneling. At peak, about 300 crew members will work on the LEED project. There are green job site trailers, no smoking is allowed and 90 percent of construction waste is being recycled. In addition, carpooling and use of public transportation is encouraged. Brogan said the green roofs and sunscreen on the west facade would be difficult, due to the proximity of adjacent buildings and the complicated systems. The project team, including the owner, subcontractors, the architect and engineers will be using BIM 360 for all issues and punch lists. The university purchased land for the new building in late 2010. The design phase took more than a year to complete, and groundbreaking commenced in fall of 2013. The new law school is expected to be open for classes by fall 2015. Yarn said the school did its homework well before the first nail was driven. “Initially, we toured every new law school building in the country and engaged in a selfdirected comprehensive programming study well in advance of bringing any architects on board,” said Yarn. “During this period, we also shifted from one site to another five times before settling in our current location. In the new law school, faculty offices will be embedded on the teaching floors. Currently, instructors are housed together on a single floor and isolated from students. This should encourage more faculty-student interaction by having the faculty offices adjacent to the classrooms. For GSU, providing the proper environment is key. “The nature of both the practice of law and the education of lawyers is changing,” Yarn said. “Although the tradition of large class lecture and isolated study still has a place in legal pedagogy, the trend is toward smaller highly interactive classes and collaborative and experiential learning. To better prepare new lawyers for the realities of tomorrow’s practice, we need facilities that better accommodate teamwork, clinical experiences, interactions with the local legal community and skill-building for advocacy in different forums.”

The law library of the future, as it’s being called, will included shelved books and quiet study spaces for individuals; however, it will contain less traditional spaces, encouraging group study, student and faculty interaction and information gathering through technology. “We’re excited that our library will have a formal reading room,” said Hill. “At the same time, we are integrating a small café into the new library. We hope that this will encourage students, faculty and staff members and visitors to engage with one another in an informal way that isn’t possible in our current space. There will also be two outdoor terraces off the library, giving our students, faculty members and staff members other opportunities to collaborate outside of a traditional classroom or office setting.” Various types of event space will be located in the new building, including a 230-seat ceremonial courtroom that will allow GSU to host speakers, competitions and other gatherings. Adjacent to the ceremonial courtroom will be flexible meeting space that will accommodate up to 225 people for a seated meal. An additional event space on the fourth floor was designed to accommodate international commercial arbitrations and mediations. The space was designed in collaboration with the Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Arbitration Society. “The current first-year class is thrilled, because these students will graduate out of this building, said Yarn. “Other students and alumni are excited that their school will have a distinctive home that will be open and welcome to their use in the future. The faculty and staff have been anticipating this for so long that many probably still can’t believe how close the reality is, but as the concrete starts pouring, the excitement will be palpable.” “We are fortunate in that a tremendous team of individuals has been assembled to guide this project from concept to reality, said Hill. “Throughout all the twists and turns, everyone has been driven by the common goal of providing a first-rate facility for law students and the legal community going forward. “For those of us involved in the design and construction of the building, the ribbon cutting ceremony in spring 2015 will signal the end of a long, arduous and challenging journey. The reality, though, is that it will simply conclude the prologue and mark the beginning of what we hope will be an inspiring story of legal education in the 21st-century.” (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG

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Roughly 20,000 cu. yds. (15,291.1 cu m) of dirt, debris and pieces of buildings were removed from the site, according to Justis Brogan, project manager of general contractor McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

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Maintaining Budget, Schedule Proves Challenging EPICENTER from page 2

the interior and exterior to reduce energy. Brewer Engineering provided the civil engineering services for the project. “Our services included site analysis, assisting in the development of the conceptual site plan and meeting with permitting agencies to secure the necessary site development permits, said David Foster, Brewer Engineering. “Brewer Engineering produced the civil construction drawing and specifications, as well as assisted in the construction administration of the development. “One of the more interesting challenges the site experienced was due to its proximity to Charlie Brown Airport. We had to demonstrate that our proposed project and its construction would not penetrate with the 100:1 notification slope for aircraft approaching the airport. We were able to demonstrate that we did not violate this airport notification zone and the project did not warrant an FAA airspace study; however, the general contractor was required, prior to using a crane, to demonstrate that it would not be raised any higher than 82 feet. If the crane had to be raised higher than 82 feet, the contractor would be required to obtain FAA determination of a ‘no hazard to air navigation’.” Brewer Engineering was involved in this project since mid-2011. One of the major site challenges was the coordination of new access points to the site from Riverside Parkway. “It involved securing traffic studies, working closely with Cobb Department of Transportation officials and reworking existing site ingress and egress easements with adjacent property owners,” said Foster. “In the end, driveway access points to the site were able to be aligned with the Word of Faith entrance across the street, as well as improving and realigning a drive for the adjacent restaurant site. “The owner desired to have the project LEED certified. We incorporated design elements to help secure LEED credits such as a storm water retention pond that could also be used as a source for irrigation, installing measures to reduce storm water runoff and providing water quality.” Gleeds USA Inc. provided construction management services. “Gleeds’ role as the program manager has been an extension of the owner’s team since the inception of this project,” said Stuart Lumsden, vice president of Gleeds USA. “In the early phases, we advised on site selection, where we utilized our in-house construction cost estimating capabilities through to construction delivery / procurement advice and selection of the design team, key specialist consultants and the general contractor. Once the project was on site, we

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managed the day-to-day construction issues, alongside the general contractor and the design team. “During the latter stages, we orchestrated the commissioning of the building systems, punch list closeout and the on-time delivery of the vast quantities of owner-furnished equipment and furniture. We will also be working with the owner closely through the financial close-out and warranty phase. We’ve been involved with this project since 2006, designing the facility on two other sites before landing on the property adjacent to I-20 where it sits today.” Lumsden said keeping the complex program within budget while trying to accommodate owner-requested changes and managing conflicts with the complicated architectural finishes was not easy. “Maintaining the construction schedule through one of the wettest years on record in Atlanta was also definitely a challenge. Due to the very wet year, the ‘dry-in’ was impeded and our interior fit-out schedule was compressed, giving Brasfield & Gorrie less time to manage the complex finishes, while maintaining the opening day that had been set. Coordinating the gym, arcade, audio, video, theatrical lighting equipment along with the furniture in a short space of time during move-in was also a challenge.” Planning, fundraising and design for the facility actually began more than seven years ago. Funding was provided by Word of Faith Ministries, with the understanding the EpiCenter will be self-sustaining. Located on the lot where a vacant building languished, the EpiCenter could mark a new beginning for the Riverside Parkway area. It is open to the public, although rental fees and/or the purchase of a membership will be required for access to areas such as the fitness center. The structure, operated by a non-profit that’s independent from the church, is part of a multi-phase plan. The sanctuary and life training center were built during stages one and two. “The Riverside Epicenter is currently the single largest project of its kind in the greater Atlanta metropolis,” said McGrew. “Reaction has been nothing but extremely positive. Folks are very understanding that with any new project of this size and intricacies, there remain a few bugs to work through, and we are working diligently to have the building 100 percent. To watch the building take shape was nothing short of miraculous. It’s awesome to be blessed with being a part of something that is simply epic.” (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG


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