Seth Wallace Chandlee was born into a family of commercial contactors. His paternal grandfather, James Rush Chandlee, received the contract from President Eisenhower to pave Interstate 85 through his company, Ballenger. His uncle founded the Turner Construction Company in New York that built Madison Square Gardens, assisted with the construction of the subway system along with many other large projects. Seth’s Dad, James Wood ‘Jim’ Chandlee, worked his early years for Ballenger, founded Sun Earth Energy Concepts and joined Seth in forming Chandlee Construction Company.
Seth formed his first company, Chandlee Flooring, to work for Reynold’s Plantation at Lake Oconee and other local companies. He expanded the company through a partnership with Gary Bryant, then President of Johnson & Johnson, to become Chandlee & Bryant, broadening the knowledge, products and scope of their projects.
Upon moving to the Atlanta area, Seth attended DeVry University to study project management while establishing his reputation in the construction markets. While at DeVry he learned of a DOW Chemicals’ product that mechanically kills microbs, viruses and bacteria. To market the new technology he formed Bioprogressive, Inc. selling his services to residential and commercial markets – he even assisted in disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina hit.
In 2005 Seth set aside product technology to pursue his passion for property development and commercial construction convincing his father to join him as co-founder and co-owner of Chandlee Construction Company. Their first projects included Bethany Bend Village Office Park, three projects in John Weiland’s Braeburn Village, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and a variety of offices and retail businesses in the Alpharetta area.
While enjoying another shared passion with his father (buying and selling antiques) Seth made cameo appearances on the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings. This exposure caught the eye of the producers of A&E’s Drill Team whose host and designer, Lauren Makk, hired Chandlee Construction for a kitchen remodel. This led to working with construction expert
Charlie Frattini, designer Daniel Kucan, and host Tanya Memme on two episodes of A&E’s Sell This House: Extreme and a fast-track construction project on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue with Jon Taffer.
Seth and the Chandlee Construction team applied fast-track methods during the ground-up construction of the Big Sky Buckhead Bar and Restaurant. This was followed by the complete transformation of an old mill in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward district into the Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall restaurant. Each of these projects made top Eater.com lists.
Chandlee Construction continues to grow with an impressive variety of projects like the over-the-top Alter Ego Salon; an assortment of retail stores; restaurants like Chad Thai Urban Asian Kitchen, Basil’s, Urban Cookhouse, Uncle Jack’s Meat House, and Burger FI; along with multiple corporate contracts for several Tuesday Morning stores and Enterprise Rental locations.
Seth expanded Chandlee Construction to include concept and design services through partnerships with architects, engineers and designers. He is proficient in applying his knowledge of technological advancements, green construction, fast-track construction, value engineering, and lease negotiations.
In 2016, Seth further expanded the Chandlee brand by forming Chandlee Holding, LLC as a parent company and he assumed the position as Chief Executive Officer. He also formed an electric services company, Chandlee Electric, to sub for Chandlee projects and service other commercial contractors as well. Seth also formed Chandlee Rental as an investment to lease both small and large construction equipment for projects by Chandlee Construction and Chandlee Electric. The expansion of the Chandlee brand has brought on board new personnel to develop the different companies. Chandlee Construction continues to be a fast-growing commercial general contracting and design/build firm that serves the Atlanta metro area. In the one year Chandlee Electric has been in operation the company has added personnel and their projects have grown in number and size.
Seth’s goals for Chandlee Holdings in 2019 include establishing a staff incentive program that ties all employees directly to the success of the company. He created an incentive training program at Chandlee Electric for interested employees last year. The charitable giving budget has been doubled for the new year. In 2017, Chandlee Holdings place #561 on INC’s 5000 list. The goal for 2019 is to get off the 5000 list and make it onto the 500 list, hoping for a ranking of 485 or less!