Columbia client,  MAB American Management, is seeking to invest $15-$20 million dollars into the redevelopment of 4 existing commercial parcels to be combined into one parcel.  The redevelopment will include construction of a shopping center with a 49,098 sq. ft. grocery tenant anchor and 7,200 sq. ft. of retail shop space.  The redevelopment will revitalize the community by:

  • Providing a retail center that will include up to 200 permanent jobs, and 200 construction jobs over the span of the 18-month construction period,
  • Cleaning up aged commercial buildings,
  • Providing improved property access connections from Russ Avenue and Frazier Street,
  • Providing roadway and drainage improvements to Frazier Street,
  • Addressing current stormwater issues by providing a stormwater management facility to a property that current has none,
  • Providing new landscaping and pedestrian friendly facilities within the center.

The project was recently approved by the Waynesville Planning Board.  Click here to see TV coverage of the Waynesville Planning Board meeting showing our client, John Argo from MAB, and Columbia Engineering Project Manager, Jennifer Losurdo.

 The City of Suwanee, GA is now completing construction on the 2nd phase of White Street Park, which includes a large public orchard.  The project will be the first of its kind in the Southeast and will feature a fully functional orchard and natural playground that will be open to the community later this fall.  The Orchard at White Street Park will be a welcoming space for people of all ages. It is designed to provide families with a fun and engaging space that changes through the seasons.  The park’s design encourages creative and self-guided outdoor play and will eventually grow fresh fruit providing nourishment for the mind, body, and soul!

Suwanee resident, Roger Grant is a professional Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist at Columbia Engineering in Duluth, Georgia. Columbia Engineering has been supportive of Roger volunteering his time to design the orchard. As a Columbia Engineering employee, he provides construction management for the project for the City of Suwanee.  Roger has recruited his wife, Brittany, and together they manage The Orchard’s volunteer campaign on social media.  Roger and Brittany’s young sons, Ben and Wes serve as the official slide testers for the 12′ and 30′ slides that are a part of the natural

Columbia Engineering promotes community involvement and Roger Grant has served as a great example of how sharing your skills and talents can make an awesome difference in the communities in which we live.  Congratulations, Roger on a job well done!

Click here for a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article creating awareness about a May 2017 “open house” to take place before the official opening in the fall.

UPDATE:  On May 21, 2017, the open house was a great success.  Lots of folks came out to help and to see what the Orchard was all about!  The pictures posted here are from that day; however do not reflect the number of people who came out.  Everyone was so busy working at the height of the event, that pictures became a second priority!

 


 

Gwinnett County Pinnacle Small Business Awards

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Columbia Engineering was recently selected as one of the top 5 finalists for the Gwinnett County’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards- 25+ Employees!
Every year, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Gwinnett Small Business Summit. During the summit, Gwinnett County takes the time to acknowledge some of the top small business in the county. There are multiple small business categories to ensure a broad network span. Some of the categories being recognized include Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, Small Business 0-5 employees, and more.

 

Here at Columbia, we feel honored to have been selected as a finalist and we are humbled to be sharing this experience with the other finalists. The winners will be announced at the Summit on October 18th, so check back with us soon!

 

Exciting times for Athlete’s Foot as they have teamed up with one of Columbia’s respected clients, Stream Reality, to relocate their headquarters. The new office will be located along the beltline with the desire to not just make a move geographically, but to make new moves with branding and creating a new image and feel for the company. Columbia played a role in the behind the scenes action by providing civil engineering services as well as site design, landscape architecture, and arborist services. Learn more about Athlete’s Foot and their new office by clicking the link below:
https://www.bisnow.com/atlanta/news/office/athletes-foot-hq-heads-itp-beltline-for-branding-64851?be=jlosurdo%40columbia-engineering.com&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wed-07-sep-2016-000000-0500_atlanta-re

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