Turner Construction Company Celebrates Major Milestone at the Freedom Center

July 06, 2016

Turner Construction Company’s Huntsville office recently celebrated the topping out of a one-story, 12,000-square-foot building that will serve as a connector of two existing properties being developed by Freedom Real Estate and Capital in southeast Huntsville. The combined properties will be called the Freedom Center. The topping out signifies that construction has reached its tallest point of the steel portion of the building.

Freedom Real Estate and Capital, a real estate investment company, is developing the Freedom Center using previously acquired properties at 4090 South Memorial Parkway and 4035 Chris Drive as the cornerstones. The new building under construction, which features office and training space as well as a conference center, will connect the two buildings.

This $3.5 million connector is part of the second phase of a three-phase project. During phase one, which was completed in October 2015, Turner renovated the 40,000-square-foot, four-story building at 4090 South Memorial Parkway, which is now home to Torch Technologies, Inc.’s headquarters. Turner is working concurrently on phase three of the project, which includes HVAC replacement, lobby and elevator refurbishment and a new roof for the four-story building at 4035 Chris Drive.

The project is part of an effort to revitalize South Huntsville.

“We understand the history and importance of the South Parkway and are thrilled to work alongside Freedom Real Estate to reenergize the area with the addition of the Freedom Center,” said Lee Holland, project executive with Turner’s Huntsville office. “The space will serve as a hub for business close to Redstone Arsenal, breathing life back into this once vibrant part of town.”

“Turner’s proven ability to successfully execute projects on time and within budget, combined with its exceptional work during phase one of the project, made it an easy choice to bring them on for the construction of this new connector,” said Bill Roark, CEO of Freedom Real Estate and Capital. “We are eager to move into the new space and look forward to the positive influence we expect it to have on the area.”

The building’s frame is made of steel and will feature aluminum panels, storefront glass and masonry. Working alongside Turner, the design team includes Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interior, 4 Site Incorporated, PEC Structural Engineering and SSOE Group. The team expects to complete phase two of the Freedom Center in the fall of 2016.

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