Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chattanooga celebrates grand opening of The Commons

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Photo: Erin O. Smith, Chattanooga Times Free Press

EMJ Chattanooga joined the community of Collegedale, Tenn., to celebrate the grand opening of Phase I of The Commons on Sunday, November 5.
The Grand Opening Festivities and Town Christmas Tree Lighting was sponsored by the City of Collegedale and the Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation and featured live music, a Christmas tree lighting, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Photo: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Commons, a three-phase project on an eight-acre site, will serve as a cultural and recreational center for the Collegedale community. Phase 1 contains four acres of infrastructure work, a clock tower, a 30,000-square-foot area planted with 32 Redwood trees, and a 2,000-square-foot open-air entry pavilion with restrooms. A Japanese cedar will be planted at the back of the shade pavilion to serve as a permanent Christmas tree.
Construction will begin on Phase II, an 11,000-square-foot covered pavilion, this month. While the entry pavilion will serve small gatherings, the second pavilion will be large enough to serve as an event venue for farmer’s markets, weddings and more.
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Photo: Tim Barber, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Phase III, which is estimated to be completed at the end of 2019, will be the addition of a sound stage for concerts.

“EMJ Corporation has done a great job building The Commons for all of us to enjoy,” said David Barto, Executive Director of the Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation. “A special thank you to Mr. Jay Jolley  [EMJ Chairman of the Board] for taking on this project and a big thank you for our team of project leads from Clint Dean to Matt Elliott and Joe Woolums to our ‘boots on the ground’ site superintendent, Matt Uebler. We have a good team.”

Congratulations to the EMJ team on this project:
Matt Uebler, Superintendent
Matt Elliott, Project Manager
Ryan Colbert, Project Engineer
Joe Woolums, Senior Preconstruction Manager
James Williams, Director of Construction
Clint Dean, Executive Vice President
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Collegedale Commons Planned On 8 Acres Next To Current City Hall
City of Collegedale Looking to Create Their Own History