Hoar Program Management (HPM) has completed construction of the new Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater in Albertville. The complex is built on 135 acres and is expected to create 1,200 jobs and generate an annual economic impact of $120 million.
HPM served as the owner’s representative for the City of Albertville and was tasked with coordinating the project between the owners and the multiple contractors on site, all while also having the challenge of COVID-19. Despite the challenges, HPM Was able to navigate those hurdles, keeping the complex on schedule and saving the city $2 million in total project costs.
“Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater will be an economic driving force that will turn Albertville into a family destination for the entire region, and provides a place for both children and adults to have fun and stay active,” said Caleb Camp, project manager at HPM. “Whether it was finding new avenues for optimizing performance of the park’s sprawling utility network, or collaborating with the owner and contractors on change orders that would increase overall efficiency and keep things moving, the project partners rose to every challenge.”
The development has a two-story recreation center, a 7,500-capacity amphitheater, an RV park, 16 tennis courts and 14 playing fields all within the property. In addition, Sand Mountain Park includes four miles of walking trails and two dog parks located next to the gated RV park, which has spots for 17 campers.
The inside of the 103,000-square-foot recreation center features basketball and volleyball facilities, racquetball courts, an 8-lane indoor competition pool, fitness center, elevated walking track and meeting and party rooms. Outside, the complex has multiple playgrounds, an outdoor competition pool, as well as a recreational pool and water park featuring a lazy river, wave pool, splash pad and slides.
“Early on in this process, it became evident that the massive scope of the Sand Mountain Park project, with its vast multitude of partners — from a large-scale design and development team to two general contractors and a host of subcontractors, a number of consultants and so on — required us bringing in a firm that had profound experience in management and oversight at this level,” said Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea. “The city landing on HPM to fill this role didn’t come without much deliberation and due diligence, and I can say that we are very pleased with the professionalism and perseverance they have displayed throughout the project’s entirety.”
Groundbreaking took place at the park in January, 2019. HPM signed onto the project in 2017 to begin pre-construction services, joining design firm Chambless King and general contractors Ra-Lin & Associates and Carmon Construction. Also involved was Sports Facilities Management, who will manage the complex on behalf of the city.