Government Project & Program Management

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System


Fulton County, GA
Phase I: 256,000 SF (new construction and renovations)
Phase II: Various (new construction and renovations)
Project and Program Management

CBRE Heery, Inc. and H.J. Russell (the project team) formed a joint venture to provide program management services for the Fulton County Library System’s Capital Improvement Program in two phases.

During Phase I, the project team was responsible for writing RFPs and contracts for ten architects, ten construction managers at-risk, special consultants for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), wayfinding, technology, and geotechnical/materials testing/special inspections. The team was also responsible for writing building systems standards, a construction procedures manual, LEED implementation plan, performing test-fits for site selection, and providing cost models, scheduling, and investigation of permit requirements. Phase I of the program included eight new libraries and two expanded libraries, all incorporating sustainable design and construction features.

In May 2017, Atlanta-Fulton County once again called on the project team for Phase II of its Master Plan Program, involving the additional development of 23 library renovations and renovation of architecturally significant Central Library.

Your past experience with libraries, familiarity with us and our program, as well as other wisdom and experience are all really shining through. Your questions and comments in these meetings are superb—and I particularly like that you play off our comments well and often anticipate library-related concerns before we do.
Ron EnglishRetired Deputy General Counsel for the District

The main challenge of the program was to ensure the libraries’ design and construction suited the needs of the communities they served. To ensure the buildings functioned in a way that addressed the needs of end users, multiple community outreaches were held in each library neighborhood and interviews were conducted with staff, stakeholders, the library administration, as well as the Fulton County DREAM Department. The result was extremely operationally efficient libraries with the latest technology.

Example projects include:

  • New Clark County Library (25,000 SF)
  • New East Roswell Library (15,000 SF)
  • New Milton Library (25,000 SF)
  • New Northwest Atlanta Library (25,000 SF)
  • New Palmetto Library (10,000 SF)
  • New Southeast Atlanta Library (15,000 SF)
  • New Stewart-Lakewood Library (15,000 SF)
  • New Wolf Creek Library (25,000 SF)
  • Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture (16,000 SF expansion and 50,000 SF renovation)
  • South Fulton Branch Library (15,000 SF renovation and 10,000 SF expansion)