Brasfield & Gorrie Breaks Ground on New College Football Hall of Fame
February 22, 2013
Relocated Hall Expected to Boost Downtown Atlanta’s Thriving Tourist District
ATLANTA, Ga. (February 22, 2013) – General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie kicked off construction on the new College Football Hall of Fame today in downtown Atlanta. With an anticipated completion date of fall 2014, the $66.5 million project will continue the revitalization of the city’s tourist district, which began with construction of the 1996 Olympics venues and has since included the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights. The region attracts millions of visitors each year and contributes more than $12 billion annually in tourism revenue to the city of Atlanta. The Hall is projected to draw an additional 500,000 visitors, resulting in a boost of $9 million to the local economy.
“We are honored to play a role—as both general contractor and proud sponsor—in this landmark project for the city of Atlanta, state of Georgia, and sport of college football,” says Brasfield & Gorrie’s Rob Taylor, Regional President. “Not only will this facility pay respect to the sport and some of its most memorable legends, which have become a great part of our history and culture, but it marks another milestone for Georgia’s tourism industry and downtown Atlanta’s ongoing revitalization effort.”
The 95,000 sq ft facility will house artifacts and memorabilia of great college football players and coaches from the old College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., which closed on December 30th to pave the way for the new building. In addition to the historical artifacts and memorabilia, the new attraction will also feature state-of-the-art multimedia interactives and exhibits designed to keep visitors engaged and entertained during their visit.
Construction was ensured to begin last year after more than 10 sponsors, including Brasfield & Gorrie, committed more than $51 million in funding to finance construction. The sponsor equity commitments triggered a $27 million construction facility that the Hall of Fame had secured with Regions Bank, Fifth Third and BB&T.
For more information, please visit Brasfield & Gorrie’s College Football Hall of Fame website.
About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2011 revenues were $1.7 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 32nd among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2012.