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Gainesville Public Safety Complex wins DBIA award

 GAINESVILLE, GA. — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) bestowed a Regional Design-Build award for best public project over $15 million on the Gainesville Public Safety Complex at its annual awards dinner. Heery International served as the design-builder for the $18 million project.

The Gainesville Public Safety Complex encompasses two facilities on a single campus: a 52,340-square-foot police department and municipal court and a 28,000-square-foot fire station. The outwardly straightforward project was actually rather complex, involving land swaps and neighborhood revitalization, incorporating new technology and requirements in law enforcement, and adding the second facility in the design/construction mix.

The City of Gainesville chose Heery as its design-builder under a contract in which Heery and the contractor provided design and construction services under a single contract. Using an integrated project delivery method, Heery was able to provide virtually all services in-house with its architects, interior designers, engineers and project managers filling the key roles.

“The design-build team took advantage of the decline in construction pricing to realize savings for the owner,” said Kip Padgett, city manager. “Not only was $1.3 million returned in savings, but nearly $2 million in enhancements were added to the project, including paving the surrounding city streets, security system, additional furnishings, upgraded finishes, and additional equipment.”

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