Gilbane Breaks Ground on Atlanta Project
Gilbane Building Co. is taking on a number of challenges to build in Buckhead.
Atlanta—Gilbane Building Co. has begun construction on 1000 Park Ave., a 27-story luxury apartment tower in the center of Atlanta’s popular Buckhead neighborhood. The Wood Partners high-rise will feature 267 units of apartments and four floors of parking, with a podium-level parking deck and private garage options.
The development’s one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments will offer such upscale finishes as European-style cabinets, granite countertops, undermount stainless steel sinks, plank flooring, modern lighting fixtures and ceramic tile surrounds.
Among the common-area amenities will be a state-of-the-art fitness center, elevated outdoor terrace, pool deck, residential club and Sky Lounge with covered terrace on the 27th floor.
From the standpoint of Gilbane Building Co., the project involves a number of challenges, from staging and noise mitigation to deliveries.
“This project is located in a very tight downtown site,” Gilbane Project Executive Jeff George told MHN. “Today’s owners make use of the entire property footprint, which leaves no room for lay-down or material storage. We have to be very proactive and creative throughout construction and make appropriate accommodations.
“We have very close neighbors of the Park Avenue condos and the high-end Phipps Mall, so working within the allowed hours and noise restrictions is non-negotiable with the neighbors and the city. We are constantly challenged to find ways to ensure we don’t disrupt the nearby residents with construction noise. Also, being so close to malls, we have to manage site conditions, taking into account the constant traffic, ongoing deliveries (and) holidays. Their businesses can’t be disrupted. And that is very important to our team.”
In addition, there is an active site under construction by another contractor on an adjoining property, George said. “In order to ensure our tower crane would not intrude into their project, we researched and identified a luffing crane,” he reported. “It was more expensive, but will allow our team to work within the tight confines. We are working with the adjacent site team on coordinating the cranes. They also have a small crane of their own, and due to logistics we have to allow for it to swing over a corner of our site. Deliveries with both sites have to be coordinated, so as not to overuse Longleaf Drive, (serving) the mall delivery loading docks.”
Gilbane was chosen for the project based on the owner’s familiarity with the team, the commitment of personal involvement by Executive Vice President Bill Gilbane Jr. throughout construction and the company’s stellar safety record, George said.
In addition, Gilbane’s Atlanta operation is able to benefit from lessons learned by its office in New York, where Gilbane is one of the city’s most prolific high-rise residential builders.
“Working in the Buckhead area with its residents, shoppers, retailers, restaurants, offices and traffic makes every day different,” George said. “We are ready to take on those challenges. Our team loves it and brings the right expertise to handle this project.”