Concerns about the economy and the impacts of COVID-19 have been rampant across the United States.  Cooper & Company was no exception.  The first part of the year seemed riddled with new projects being postponed or delayed by owners who were concerned about immediately moving forward.  However, fast forward to this past quarter and things have dramatically changed.  Cooper has been blessed to have been awarded five new projects that will begin in the next few months.  That makes September 2020 one of the most successful months in the company’s fifty-plus year history.

New Projects

Roswell High School -The renovation and addition project consists of a 9,279 SF physical education addition with a 589 SF corridor extension located on the back portion of the school next to the auxiliary gym. There will also be a 3,799 SF black box theatre addition located on at the front of the school near the main bus loop. A 4,680 SF Career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) addition will be located at the back of the school adjacent to a 1,974 SF fine arts addition.

Cumming City Center –Cooper and Company have now been awarded two contracts for the construction services for the new Cumming City Center in downtown Cumming.   This new downtown space is situated on 75 acres between Canton Highway and Sawnee Drive to the west of downtown Cumming and behind Forsyth Central High School.  The development will offer a “main-street Americana” feel. When completed in the fall of 2021, the area will feature approximately 117,000 square feet of retail space, a new Cumming Police and Municipal Court building, an amphitheater adjacent to a small lake, two water fountains, ample greenspace including several “pocket parks,” a miniature golf course, and an extensive trail and boardwalk system meandering above the Kelly Mill Branch stream.  This new project is located within one mile of the Cooper corporate offices and provides an excellent opportunity for us to work within our own community.

JMP Commercial Warehouse –The 9000 SF addition and renovation project for existing warehouse space in Peachtree Corners will include parking, site work, and utilities.  Although this is a straight forward addition project, the Cooper team is once again excited to be a part of the continued economic development happening in Gwinnett County.

GSFIC Task Order Contractor –Cooper & Company has been selected to provide a two-year term for GSFIC as a general contractor for projects that range from $10,000 to $1,812,000. Projects are distributed to several selected contractors who are generally selected on a regional basis.  These projects can range from basic roof replacements to small addition projects for state-owned facilities across Georgia.

“It is great to see the market start to open up with new opportunities for the industry.  Cooper is really blessed that we are able to diversify our new contracts in both the public and private sectors during the past month” stated company Vice-President Jim Cooper.

The projects that have been awarded over the month of September show Cooper & Company’s diverse ability to serve owners in multiple market sectors.  Our team is looking forward to adding new projects to our K-12 Education, Government & Municipal, Industrial Warehouse, and Basic General Contracting market sectors.  These projects solidify any previous doubts about a renewed enthusiasm for continued economic growth post-COVID-19.  We look forward to additional opportunities through Q4 2020.