What’s Happening in Georgia’s Engineering Community Corvias Secures Financing for First-of-its-Kind Public-Private Partnership Corvias Campus Living has secured $548 million in private financing to fund the initial phase of a publicprivate partnership (P3) with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). Under the terms of the 65-year partnership, Corvias Campus Living will improve on-campus student housing at nine of the USG’s 30 campuses, including the development, construction, management and long-term maintenance of 3,753 new beds and 6,195 existing beds. This agreement marks the first time that a state system has privatized student housing across a portfolio of campuses. Corvias has hired eight Georgia-based architecture, engineering and construction firms to assist with the USG student housing program, and will seek additional subcontractors. According to Corvias, students will begin seeing improved student housing as early as this Fall. GA 400 Widening Project Awarded The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarded Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. and North Charleston-based Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering PLLC a contract for the widening of Georgia 400 (GA 400) in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The $47.5 million contract will add one lane in each direction to GA 400 beginning from McFarland Parkway north – for a total of approximately 14 miles. I-285 and GA 400 Makeover Given Green Light The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has given the go-ahead for the planned $1.1 billion makeover of Georgia’s Interstate 285 and Georgia 400 interchange. The approval comes after the review and acceptance by FHA of environmental-impact studies on the program. Four teams of contractors are currently on GDOT’s short list of design, finance and build for the project via a public-private partnership. Proposals are due in September, with the winner expected to be announced in December of this year. GDOT Rejects Kinder Morgan Permit Application for Palmetto Pipeline GDOT denied Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc.’s permit application to build a proposed $1 billion petroleum pipeline, the Palmetto Pipeline, through eastern Georgia. In a letter dated May 18, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry cited Kinder Morgan’s failure to show how the pipeline would reduce motor fuel prices, as well as stating that current methods in place to supply the region are sufficient, in his reasoning for the rejection. National Design Contest Launched for BeltLine Performance Pavilion The Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, announced the launch of a national contest for the design of a new performance pavilion planned for the BeltLine’s Westside Trail in the Adair Park neighborhood. The pavilion is expected to be used for small dance performances, music ensembles and other public events and would include a path system and landscaping. The winning design’s firm will be awarded $10,000; submissions are due September 15. Bellwood Quarry to Become New Reservoir The City of Atlanta approved a $270 million project to turn Bellwood Quarry into a new reservoir, which will anchor the planned West Side Reservoir Park linked to the Atlanta Beltline. The City will bore a five-mile long tunnel to the quarry, bringing an estimated 2.5 billion gallons of water from the Chattahoochee River to fill the 400-foot deep hole. Once filled, the quarry will provide a 30-day raw water supply for the city, with the potential to last up to 60 or 90 days if used conservatively. Currently, the city only has a three-day backup water supply. Tim Golden Elected to State Transportation Board GDOT’s State Transportation Board (STB) announced the unanimous election of Tim Golden. Golden, a State Court Judge for Lowndes County, will represent the 24 counties in the 8th Congressional District. He currently serves on the Senate Higher Education Committee and the OneGeorgia Overview Committee and has 24 years of experience in the legislature. Golden will serve a five-year term. CALL FOR ENTRIES! The Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Awards recognize projects which demonstrate transportation planning and design expertise, as well as a commitment to GPTQ’s goals, which include: working cooperatively to deliver the transportation program efficiently with a focus on quality; recognizing and showcasing quality achievement by the partnership and its members; and improving long-term performance and durability of Georgia’s transportation system. Awards are given to engineering firm(s) in several diff erent categories, including Innovative Solution to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products, Bridge/Structural Design, and Highway Design Urban or Rural. Nomination deadline is August 15, 2015. Visit www.acecga.org for more information. The Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) awards scholarships to worthy Georgia college students who are preparing for a career in engineering or engineering technology. Since 1985, nearly 800 students have been awarded scholarships. In 2014, 44 awards and a total of $84,000 was given to students. All scholarships are competitively awarded based upon the student’s demonstrated competence in academics, interest in developing a career in engineering, financial need, as well as school and community involvement. Application deadline is August 31, 2015. Visit www.gefinc.org for more information. WTS Atlanta awards two undergraduate and two graduate scholarships to female students in the transportation field. The 2015 applications will become available in late August and awarded during the annual scholarship luncheon on October 29. For more information on the scholarships, please contact Gabriella Yanez-Uribe at YanezUribe@pbworld.com. Pooler’s City Council Celebrates the Groundbreaking of its New City Hall Complex Hussey Gay Bell is serving as the Architect and Engineer of Record for the $18 million project, which consists of the design and construction of a new three-story, 51,500-square-foot City Hall and 6,800-square-foot Municipal Court Building.
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