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Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County
Classic Center Renovation
2019-02-22T19:47:40+00:00

Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County

Classic Center Renovation

Location: Athens, Georgia

Date Completed: 2006, 2010

Project Cost: $31.5 million

Construction Cost: $21 million

Architect: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart

General Contractor: R. W. Allen

Collins Project Management has assisted Athens-Clarke County Unified Government with numerous projects from their 2005 SPLOST program. Many of these projects were for expansions and improvements to The Classic Center. By assembling great project teams and working collaboratively, each project was successfully delivered, constructed cost-effectively, included the desired program requirements, and were completed under budget.

The projects include: expanding the Grand Hall from 22,000 to 55,000 sq. ft., construction of The Atrium, an 18,000 sq. ft. assembly and event space, upgrades and improvements to The Foundry Building, support and pre-function spaces, food service spaces, restrooms and ancillary offices. All spaces were equipped with state-of-the-art lighting controls and audio-video capabilities. One major component of the Foundry Project was the erection of a pedestrian bridge from the new Upper Level, across Foundry Street and tying into the Foundry Street Warehouse. This bridge connection included an extension of the Warehouse elevator up to the bridge level making, for the first time, an accessible connection between the Classic Center facilities. In 2015, The Pavilion was constructed as a venue for the farmer’s market, ice hockey games, concerts and parking for RV’s with utility connections for UGA football games.

For each of these projects, numerous public input work sessions were held to receive comments and suggestions and allow the Athens community to participate in the process.