HUB for Community Innovation Augusta Earns 2023 ENR Best Project Award
August 10, 2023
Choate Construction Company is honored to share the HUB for Community Innovation Augusta has been awarded “Best Project” in the Office/Retail/Mixed-Use category for the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast 2023 Best Project Awards program.
Together with the Medical College of Georgia Foundation (MCGF), the Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta, Christopher Booker & Associates, Cranston Engineering Group, and many talented trade partners, Choate Construction delivers this muti-faceted project to serve as a homebase for five critical community nonprofits.
“Having the opportunity to create something that will catalyze the revitalization of the historic Harrisburg and Laney Walker neighborhoods has been a huge honor,” says Brian Bollins, Vice President and Division Manager in Atlanta for Choate Construction. “With all of the positive growth happening in Augusta, we are grateful to help develop the area’s next generation of leaders and stay connected with this evolving community.”
The HUB, located in historic African American neighborhoods, is a game-changer for a community that has experienced decades of disinvestment. By bringing existing resources and nonprofits together in one location, the project bolsters equitable access to all the essential elements of a thriving community. Access to free, quality healthcare as well as educational support provides the tools residents need in order to stay and thrive within their community.
This project was very unique in the sheer quantity of project stakeholders, two foundations, six non-profit tenants, three lenders, new-market tax credit financing, third-party program manager, and neighborhood constituents. “Balancing the needs of all these stakeholders while also working to complete a very aggressive schedule took a level of diligence and care that was far superior to any other project I’ve experienced in my career,” said Britton Miles, Choate Project Executive.
As a direct result of the relationships developed with the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Inc. and the entire Hub for Community Innovation Augusta project team, Choate partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta to create a six-week career education program for students to learn about the construction industry and the variety of careers it offers.
About Choate Construction Choate Construction Company is one of the largest nationally recognized general contractors in the southeast with offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, and Savannah. Founded in 1989, 100% employee-owned Choate Construction specializes in both ground-up and interior construction, believing success is driven by its relationships and reputation. Choate has built a resume of projects large and small, across the nation in multiple market sectors. From its innovative OneLife safety program to its efforts to “Build Up” the communities in which it serves, the heart of Choate is its people. Please visit www.choateco.com for more information.