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Lawrenceville selects project manager for new arts complex

Lawrenceville has selected a project management firm to spearhead a multi-million dollar facilities expansion in downtown. Croft and Associates, also leading the construction management of the city’s new public works facility, was selected to lead the development and expansion of the arts and cultural facility, home of Aurora Theatre, in downtown Lawrenceville.

The project, slated for completion in 2020, is expected to house a 500-seat auditorium, parking deck, a common area for meetings and networking functions and classrooms for Georgia Gwinnett College’s fine arts program while preserving and utilizing the existing theatre facilities.

“Lawrenceville’s vision is to combine its greatest strengths in arts and education to create a vibrant and active downtown and county seat for Gwinnett,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Through strategic property acquisition, SPLOST planning with the county and collaboration with our partners at both Aurora Theatre and Georgia Gwinnett College, our desire is to become a destination for tourists, a strong activity center for our residents and Gwinnett’s first – and different – college town.”

Once the contract with Croft and Associates is finalized, first steps will include collaboration with contractors on design concepts. An estimated budget of nearly $30 million will come from 2017 SPLOST funds as well as potential capital campaigns on behalf of private and non-profit partners in the project.

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