Chandlee Construction Company was chosen by one of Atlanta’s most important commercial real estate developers, LaVista and Associates, Inc., for the site development and ground-up construction of Bethany Bend Village, a classically designed office park at 13680 Highway 9 in the Milton Community of the Alpharetta, Georgia.
The first order of business was to prepare the forested site for the construction of a structure. Seth Chandlee, and his partner and father, Jim Chandlee, began by clearing the trees and brush where the buildings, roadways, drainage system and pond would be located. They prepared the land’s surface by leveling hills and filling in the low places. When this was accomplished, the drainage systems and underground utilities were placed and the roadways and curbing were constructed.
The site was ready for the ground-up construction of the seven Class A office buildings that LaVista wanted constructed on the property. The scope of the design was the construction of one, two and three story buildings with masonry façades in an Olde Towne style. The scope also included the creation of pond with a fountain feature and a gazebo that overlooks the pond.
The one story buildings have 1,250 square foot suites, the two story buildings have two 1,244 square foot suites per floor, and the three story buildings have one 1,682 square foot suite per floor. Chandlee Construction installed highly efficient, tinted vinyl coated windows and constructed the roof of dimensional architectural composite that has a forty year guarantee.
LaVista also granted Chandlee Construction the tenant-finish of every unit that was leased at the time Seth, Jim and their company had completed the ground-up construction. Some of the tenants had combined units so that they varied in size from 2,500 to 10,000 square feet. Chandlee Construction performed the basic finishes that included the insulation of the 10 foot high ceilings with R38 insulation and installed gypsum board that the crew painted. The exterior walls were insulated with highly efficient R16 insulation and R21 sound and fire insulation was installed between each unit to meet the code.
The fine finishes included hardwood solid core doors with transoms and satin hardware, crown moldings, chair rails, entry ways made of granite or marble, high-end commercial carpet, granite countertops in employee restrooms and kitchens, upper cabinets in employee kitchens, pull-down stairs to attic storage, and the installation of three-ton HVAC units just to list a few. Each unit was finished to the new tenant’s specifications.
Chandlee Construction is a design-build company with architectural, engineering and design staff as well as a retail, tenant-finish and light industrial construction firm. The team created the architectural and engineering designs, performed the site preparation and the ground-up construction for each of the seven office buildings – all for $200,000 less than the other bids.