City governments, such as the City of Albertville, are responsible for being good stewards of citizens’ tax dollars, and budgets based on tax revenue and municipal bonds cannot extend beyond plans. When building a new parks and recreation facility, the City wanted to offer the best complex possible while investing in a sustainable economic driver for the area. HPM’s team worked with the project’s architect on budgeting, awarding and scheduling from the schematic stage, adjusting design plans and project scope to make the most of available funds. HPM served as the owner’s representative for the City and design team, and played a key role in bridging the gap between multiple contractors that were involved in various phases of construction. The park includes five softball fields with one championship field, four baseball fields with one championship field and five multi-purpose fields, each with all-weather turf. It includes a 100,000 plus square foot recreation center with an indoor eight-lane competition pool, multiple basketball courts and an outdoor water park with a lazy river feature, but it doesn’t stop there. The park also features four miles of hiking trails, open grass areas, an RV Park, and a 7,000 +/- seating capacity amphitheater equipped to host national touring acts to regional and community events. The 135-acre sports, leisure, wellness and entertainment venue is expected to create more than 1,200 jobs while generating an economic impact of $120 million annually.
Keeping the “Albertville Standard”
The City of Albertville had long dreamed of a way to unite and revitalize their town. The idea had been tossed around for more than 10 years before HPM entered the scene in 2018. While private entities have created multipurpose parks and facilities like these, having a city-owned park provides considerable benefits to Albertville citizens. The firm was tasked with coordinating a complex program schedule that featured numerous logistical challenges ranging from the complications due to the pandemic to one of the rainiest winters in North Alabama history, and was able to successfully navigate those hurdles while saving the City over $1 million in total project costs. Not only that, but HPM’s leadership led to a well-defined scope, master schedule and field quality assurance and coordination of the project. By partnering with HPM, the City of Albertville has maintained the “Albertville Standard” by providing new beautification and infrastructure for their city.