Some of Greater Cincinnati’s top construction and development frms have teamed up to chase a massive redevelopment project in Northern Kentucky. Three teams responded to Kenton County Fiscal Court’s request for qualifcations for potential design-build teams for the County Administration Campus at the former Bavarian Brewing site at 1200 Jillian’s Way in Covington. The teams are a who’s who of design, construction, development and architecture frms.

The frst team, led by Turner Construction Co., also includes engineering consultant Brandstetter Carroll Inc., architecture frm SFA Architects Inc., structural engineer THP Limited Inc., developer/design-builder Al Neyer and real estate developer Urban Sites. The second team, led by HGC Construction, is made up of multi-discipline design consulting frm Bayer Becker, architecture frm Hub & Weber Architects PLC, engineering consultant KLH Engineers, diversifed investment company Salyers Group, structural engineering frm Schaefer, and real estate developer and property management company Towne Properties. The fnal team to respond to the RFQ is led by Megen Construction Co./Turnbull-Wahlert Construction Inc. with developer Bloomfeld/Schon + Partners. Kenton County Administrator Joe Shriver said receiving three responses ft with what the county wanted to see from this process.

“Overall, we think these teams are very solid,” Shriver said. “We will end up with a fantastic project.” The teams have been approved to move forward with the request for proposals process. The Bavarian Brewery site, which the county purchased last year from Columbia Sussex Corp. for $4.5 million, was most recently occupied by Jillian’s, a restaurant and entertainment operator that closed in July 2006. The site has been vacant since then. Kenton County’s vision for the more-than-4.1-acre property is to have 60,000 to 80,000 square feet of administrative ofce space to house the Kenton County Fiscal Court. There are four buildings that currently sit on the property – the fve-story Bavarian Brewery Tower building, the fve-story utility building, the three-story middle building and the three-story brew tank building. The county prefers the Bavarian Brewery main building be retained and incorporated into the overall campus development.

Also included in this project is the redevelopment and disposal of the real estate that presently is the Kenton County Administration Building located at 303 Court St. The county wants 303 Court St. to be redeveloped to its "highest and best use." The groups that propose projects are to use the proceeds from the redevelopment of 303 Court St. to reduce the overall cost of their proposal. The 11-story administration building is about 116,000 square feet. It is currently used for administrative ofce space. The real estate will be available after Kenton County has moved to the new campus.
The design-build contract budget is about $20 million. The fnal budget will be defned in the request for proposals.

The design phase is expected to take place this spring with construction in fall 2017. The projected move-in date is late spring 2019. The deadline for design-build proposals is listed as May 31.

Written by: Tom Demeropolis

Senior Staff Reporter

Cincinnati Business Courier

Originally published on: 2/2/17

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