Brasfield & Gorrie contractors in partnership to build new Atlanta Braves stadium

Membership Spotlight

Business Council of Alabama member Brasfield & Gorrie is part of the team chosen to build the new Atlanta Braves professional baseball team stadium in Cobb County 10 miles north of Atlanta.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday chose
American Builders 2017, a joint venture of Brasfield & Gorrie,
Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, Detroit-based Barton Malow Co. and
Atlanta’s New South Construction, as the construction manager for the new ballpark.
It is scheduled to open in 2017.

In addition to the state-of-the-art ballpark, the project
will have 500 apartments or condominiums, offices, a boutique hotel,
restaurants, and retail and entertainment venues. There will be a plaza for
concerts, events and movies and green space incorporated throughout the
project, according to a release from American Builders 2017.

“We formed American Builders so we could draw on the
resources, experience and expertise we have, both locally and nationally, and
be able to deliver this project successfully for the Braves and Cobb County,”
Rob Taylor, American Builders 2017 principal-in-charge, said in a statement.
“We are confident in the ability to meet the schedule and look forward to the
first pitch in the new ballpark in 2017.”

Taylor is a Regional President at Brasfield & Gorrie,
which serves customers from offices in Birmingham, Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.,
Dallas, Jacksonville, Orlando, Nashville, and Raleigh, N.C.

American Builders 2017 firms have more than 225 years
combined construction experience and have completed more than 330 sports
projects, including Target Field in Minneapolis, Coors Field in Denver, Turner
Field in Atlanta, Minute Maid Park in Houston, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in
Baltimore, and Coolray Park in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Mike Plant, executive vice president with the Braves, said
in a statement: “Our team has worked side-by-side with the staff in Cobb County
to ensure that we have the right partner in place to deliver the world-class
venue that we all expect to see here on opening day of 2017. American Builders
2017 expertise in ballpark construction, ties to the local community and
assurances of delivering the ballpark within budget gave us all the confidence
to entrust them with this project.”

The $672 million stadium will seat about 41,500.
The Braves have played in downtown Atlanta since 1966.

– Dana Beyerle