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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Northview is Summit East's latest office addition

Tallahassee Democrat

By: Dave Hodges

Summit East has grown again with the recent addition of the Northview Building at the technology office park.

Built by Mad Dog Construction, the $6 million project is 90 percent leased and features a modern style of architecture in keeping with the high-tech environment of the park.

Mad Dog project manager Shawn Roberts said the building’s construction time frame was a challenge right from the beginning.

“Our task was to complete something with less information than we ever have had to start with, less budget than we’ve ever had and less time than ever before,” Roberts said of the fast-track construction, which took six months, 26 days.

With such an aggressive schedule for the 40,000-square-foot building, the project team met with the city of Tallahassee’s Growth Management and Building departments early on to acquaint everyone with plans and requirements.

“What it comes down to is when all parties participate, communicate and cooperate, you can get things done,” Roberts said.

Besides Mad Dog, other team members were DodStone Group Architects, civil engineering firm Moore Bass Consulting and Dantin Consulting.

“It is not traditional architecture,” said Jodie Dodson, president of DodStone Group. Northview’s exterior consists of cast stone, stucco and glass, which gives workers inside a view of the outdoors – and provides more natural lighting.

While DodStone did not seek actual certification of Northview under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program — for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — the building was designed to those green criteria just the same, he noted.

“To me, the neatest thing about the building is the entry lobby and the staircase. With office buildings today you have to pick where you spend the dollars,” Dodson said. While more refinements can be incorporated in individual offices, the design shifted that emphasis to the lobby. “This is something that is used by everybody,” he said.

Design began in late October 2011. Ground was broken the last week of November. Crews worked seven days a week for the first two months to meet early milestones for site stabilization, foundation work, steel erection and dry-in.

Substantial completion of the building was achieved June 28 and tenant move in requirements were met a week early.

The project ended with final cost at 5 percent under budget, 10 percent in added amenities, and 10 days ahead of schedule, Mad Dog said.

Northview was the builder’s eighth project at Summit East, which is on East U.S. 90 at Interstate 10.

The park now has a total of 350,000 square feet of Class A office space. The 28 firms in the park employ a total of 1,000 people.

Ron Brafford, agent for Summit Group Commercial Properties LLC, said the park’s environs and emphasis on sustainable development resonates with the tenants, which include Mainline Information Systems, Auto Owners Insurance, URS, Megas Corp., ACS-Xerox, and a Staybridge Suites hotel.

“We have a lot of aesthetics that make you want to come to work out here,” Brafford said.

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