UAB Football Operations Center and Legacy Pavilion | Birmingham, Alabama
UAB’s return to the gridiron for the 2017 season will be preceded by completion of the Blazers’ 46,000-square-foot football operations facility and covered practice field. The building will house athletic training facilities, a weight room, meeting and film rooms, locker rooms, a kitchen and dining area, study hall and office space. The connected Legacy Pavilion will feature a 100-yard turf field covered by a pavilion roof but will not have walls. As such, the facility is likely to become college football’s first “indoor” practice facility that is not actually enclosed. GMC designed the football ops building in partnership with HOK, and is providing architectural, civil engineering, landscape architecture and geotechnical services for the project.
Anderson County 5-Mile Interceptor Phase I | Anderson, South Carolina
Construction was recently completed for Phase I of the Anderson County 5-Mile Interceptor project in Anderson, S.C. The team conducted a study of the County’s sewer service area, which included basin delineation, demand and population projections, conveyance modeling, gravity line sizing and pipe material consultation, and developed a master plan based on the findings. Following completion of the master plan, GMC provided the design and construction administration for Phase I, which included nearly 7,000 linear feet of 30-inch ductile iron gravity main and one of the first large scale uses of polymer concrete manholes in South Carolina. This phase of the project provides the County assurances for environmental protection and capacity for economic development for years to come. Design is underway on Phase II, which will entail approximately 4,500 linear feet of 30-inch gravity sewer.
City of Portland Fire Halls and EMS Facility | Portland, Tennessee
GMC’s Nashville team currently has two fire halls under construction for the City of Portland, Tennessee. Fire Hall No. 1 is a one-story building that will include living quarters, administrative space and three large fire engine bays, which can be expanded to five to accommodate future growth. Fire Hall No. 2 is a combined fire station and EMS facility that will be shared by the Portland Fire Department and Sumner County Emergency Management Agency. Plans for the roughly 12,000-square-foot facility include three ambulance bays, one EMS bay and two fire engine bays. The building will also include a kitchen area, lounge area, bedroom space for all staff, bathrooms with showers and office space. Fire Hall No. 1 is slated for completion in November, followed by the completion of the Portland Fire/Sumner County EMS Facility in February 2017.
Element and Westin Hotels at Bridge Street | Huntsville, Alabama
Work is underway on the new Element by Westin Hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville. The new hotel will operate on floors 7-11 of the existing Westin, which were originally designed as residential high-end condominiums, and will feature 150 extended-stay rooms and suites, each equipped with a full kitchen. The Element Hotel is Starwood’s latest addition to its brand lineup and features modern, sustainable design with emphasis on eco-friendly practices and programs. Floors 1-6 will remain a Westin Hotel, making this the first Westin-Element combination to operate in the United States. The Westin is getting a facelift of its own, with renovations of all rooms and suites and 17 more units being added. The existing ballroom and meeting space, lobby, restaurant and bar are also being revamped, and a new 5,000-square-foot ballroom facing the lake at Bridge Street is being constructed. Renovations of the Westin are slated for completion this spring, and Element Huntsville will begin taking reservations in June 2017.