The project is located on a 147 acre parcel within the 340 Acre, 4 million total square foot, mixed-use development, the Orchard Hills Business Park, located off GA-16 along interstate I-85, in the City of Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia.
This specific project is a $140+ million, 1.5 million square foot LEED certified, branding, warehousing and distribution facility for a large international Fortune 500 client in the manufacturing industry. The building has 150 dock doors, almost 1,000 auto parking spaces and almost 1,000 trailer parking spaces. The developer is a large international real estate investment and development company headquartered in San Francisco. The General Contractor is a large national contractor headquartered in Chicago. With the lack of direct sewer availability and low water pressures on the property, Vaughn and Melton had to design a sewer lift station for a one-mile long force main as well as coordinate with other engineers for a 200,000 gallon water tower to be able to provide adequate pressures for proper fire protection.
For this specific project, and the Business Park as a whole, Vaughn & Melton is performing all aspects of design including horizontal and vertical alignments, right-of-way, drainage, hydrology, erosion control, and utility relocation and design of the entire infrastructure, as well as full civil site design for the individual sites throughout this development. We have been involved with this project from the due diligence and surveying stages, to master concept development, DRI approval and rezoning, and subsequently design and permitting of individual sites, through issuance of final plans and plats used to bid for construction. We also assist with construction administration and inspection.
Some of the issues that the project had to overcome in order to commence development included wetlands, streams (State Waters), archaeological sites, endangered species, impaired streams, and as mentioned above, low water pressure and a lack of sanitary sewer service.
Being located along the historic Native American McIntosh trail, several sites were discovered that were eligible for the National Register. These were considered to be critically important sites for the history of the Mvskoke (Muscogee) people. Along with the developer, we had to coordinate with historians, archaeologists, tribal liaisons, the USACOE, McIntosh Trail Historic Preservation Society, and the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Historic Preservation Office to prepare maps, site lines, alternate roadway alignments and other remedial efforts to be able to protect and/or document these sites.
Several wetland areas, open waters, intermittent and ephemeral streams existed on the property. Turkey Creek, traversing the property had to be crossed with our proposed 4-lane parkway over a mile in length. Again, V&M had to coordinate with the environmental specialists, the USACOE, EPD, DNR and the County to prepare maps, exhibits and plans to permit removal of the wetlands, encroachments into the buffers and mitigation of these encroachments.