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Tight Schedules and Challenging Logistics in Atlanta Student Apartment Construction


Summit Contracting GroupNational Multifamily General Contractor, has completed construction on Theory West Midtown, a mixed-use student multifamily development in Atlanta, GA 

The project was completed in only 19 months in the bustling West Midtown area next to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Construction began in January 2018 and was completed in July 2019, right in time for the start of school.  

Theory West Midtown was 100% leased when it opened for the students of Georgia Institute of Technology. It has 525 beds (183 units) in two five-story wood frame buildings on concrete podiums, with first floor retail shops and parking garage. The total square footage is 385,917 with 10,500 square feet of dedicated retail space on Marietta Street. Resident amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, courtyard, rooftop terrace, fitness center, business center, study areas, package locker system, and bike storage. Property Website: www.theorywestmidtown.com 

This is the sixth student housing project Summit has completed for Peak Campus, the property owner/manager. The architect is Niles Bolton Associates, Inc. 

“This was one of the most satisfying projects I have worked on. The schedule was tight, as it often is in this market sector. There were many challenges, but the Summit team kept a positive attitude, never lost faith in the outcome, and pushed the schedule relentlessly from day one to the day we finished. Our client’s happiness at the end of the job was worth every day of toil on the way to the finish line. You might think that all the great subcontractors and vendors that made this job possible could have been fed up with the schedule push by the end of the job; but they were not. They were happy to have been on a well-run, fast paced, highly organized and controlled job, where they could work efficiently.”   
– Zach Graham, Division Manager at Summit Contracting Group 

An urban location requires a lot of coordination with City officials.  

Summit had to overcome several challenges with the construction location which is both historic and a very urban part of AtlantaFor the parking garage we excavated down around thirty feet right next to Marietta Boulevard, one of the busiest streets in Atlanta, which required soldier pile and lagging walls to hold up the surrounding streets and buildings. There were also utility, storm drainage, roadway and streetscape components that had to be coordinated with the city. 

Traffic maintenance and respecting our neighbors are a critical part of the job. 

One particular challenge was the close proximity of a historic City of Atlanta fire house that had been built in the very early 1900’s. This great old structure now houses the bustling 4 Rivers barbeque restaurant and is located just feet from the property line and our deep excavations. Street closures, lane closures, maintenance of traffic, and keeping the peace with the neighborhood were a major concern and a challenge. Summit employed a permitting expediter nearly full time to help us work with the City of Atlanta and coordinate all these complex permits and requirements.   

The 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta also presented scheduling challenges. 

One of the busiest and most demanding times on the job for street work happened to occur in February of 2019, which was also when the Super Bowl came to Atlanta. The City instituted a three week moratorium on all street and roadway work and our project was only blocks awayTo overcome delays we accelerated that work after the Super Bowl. It was not easy and was only accomplished with regular communication and good working relationships with subcontractors to push the schedule efficiently.     

About Summit Contracting Group, Inc.:  

Summit is a leading multifamily general contractor that has built more than 350 multifamily projects nationwide. Summit’s projects represent over 100,000 completed units with extensive experience building all types of apartments including mixed use, luxury, market rate, student living, senior living, assisted living, HUD and tax credit. An experienced management team led by Marc Padgett, President, and Nicole Padgett, CAO, combined with strong subcontractor relationships, and a passion for building has driven Summit’s success in the industry. Summit is informed by industry experience, inspired by a competitive spirit, and focused on a team approach to develop a strong lasting relationship with each of our clients. Visit our website for more information www.Summit-Contracting.com or follow Summit on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter. 

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Welcome Home sign for Theory West Midtown Multifamily Student Housing by Summit Contracting Group
Front entrance sign Theory West Midtown Multifamily Student Housing by Summit Contracting Group
New student residents of Theory West Midtown Multifamily Student Housing by Summit Contracting Group