Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Honored with Top Design Award
In addition to winning awards for its health care and environmentally-friendly initiatives, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton has now been named the top winner of the national Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Project Leadership Awards.  NGMC Braselton was the recipient of the Gold Award, the highest of... Read more

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 8, 2017) – Live Healthy Gwinnett proudly welcomes new partner Salude Transitional Care and Rehabilitation facility in Suwanee. Salude joins the mission of encouraging Gwinnett residents to be active, eat healthy, get checked and be positive. Celebrating this partnership and in recognition of American Heart Month, Live Healthy Gwinnett will host a series of Walk the Talks with Salude.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. Dr. Alan Wang, Salude’s CEO and Medical Director will lead the Walk the Talk event at George Pierce Park. Dr. Wang will discuss the importance of staying active, heart health and more while walking with participants. Future walks will also be at George Pierce Park on Saturday, March 11, discussing Healthy Nutrition in today’s fast-moving world, on April 8, discussing Rehabilitation and on May 13, discussing Physical Fitness.

Walk the Talk is a free, informative walk with health and wellness professionals at an enjoyable, easy pace. Walks are held at various park trails and last about an hour. Live Healthy Gwinnett is always seeking community partnerships who share in the mission of promoting positive change in the Gwinnett Community. For more information, visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or contact Marie Pinela at 770-822-3197. For information about Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. George Pierce Park is located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 8, 2017) — A portion of Hosea Road in Lawrenceville will be closed for repairs to a water main.

The road will close Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 p.m. and will remain closed until mid-afternoon on Friday, Feb. 10. The closure will be from Industrial Park Drive to Hurricane Shoals Road.

The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is a publicly-owned utility committed to providing superior water, wastewater, and stormwater services at an excellent value to residents and businesses.   DWR is widely recognized for innovation and service excellence as well as stewardship of the environmental resources in Gwinnett County.   For more information, visit www.gwinnettH2O.com.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 10, 2017) – All lanes of the State Route 20 widening project near Sugar Hill are now open to traffic.

“We, along with Georgia DOT, are pleased to open the project to traffic,” said Alan Chapman, Director of the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. “Motorists have been patient with our construction and we are happy to deliver.”

The project to create four lanes with a median stretched about four miles, from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Burnette Trail. With its opening, SR 20 will carry at least four lanes of traffic through Gwinnett County from Sugar Hill to Walton County.

The widening, which was funded by federal, state and local dollars, illustrates partnerships between government agencies. In addition to teaming up with Gwinnett on this section of SR 20, the Georgia DOT is widening the bridge over the Chattahoochee River and partnering with Forsyth County to widen the road from James Burgess Road to Samples Road.

Gwinnett County was responsible for overseeing the engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction of the project. The County used 2005 and 2009 SPLOST funds, along with general capital funds, to cover these costs. State and federal funds provided utility relocations, reimbursement to Gwinnett County for land costs associated with right-of-way acquisition and reimbursement for construction. Gwinnett County DOT also oversaw the engineering and right-of-way acquisition on the state’s bridge project.

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(Buford, Ga., Feb. 16, 2017) — Is it possible to travel around the world in less than two hours?  The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) thinks it is and invites you to become an international traveler without the need for a passport.

The GEHC and local Girl Scouts from the Apalachee Service Unit are partnering to celebrate World Thinking Day on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

World Thinking Day is a learning opportunity that highlights international friendships and reminds everyone that Girl Scouts are a part of a global community with members in more than 150 countries. 

At World Thinking Day, each participating troop adopts a specific country, shares information, provides a taste of that country’s cuisine and makes a “swap” that is reflective of the culture.

With 24 troops planning to attend, visitors will travel to countries such as New Zealand, Peru, Germany, Greece, Jamaica, France, Kenya, the United Kingdom and more.

World Thinking Day may be organized by the Girl Scouts, but the public is invited to participate. GEHC’s Director of Programming Jason West said, “You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy this program.  It is for everyone, and I hope people across Gwinnett and northeast Georgia will come and experience it.”

In honor of the event, the GEHC will charge a special discounted admission of $2.00 per person between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Visitors can participate in the World Thinking Day program and see the GEHC’s special exhibit entitled Abracadabra! Everyday Magic. The exhibit explores the science and math concepts behind common magic tricks. There will be a separate Girl Scout charge of a dime per beverage/food item and swap.

For more information on the GEHC and World Thinking Day, please visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 16, 2017) – In her seventh annual State of the County Address, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash declared the county’s condition to be “remarkable,” highlighting multiple accomplishments while acknowledging challenges in the future.

Nash said Gwinnett’s brand is one of excellence as demonstrated by its good jobs, workforce, schools, recreational opportunities, and its exemplary bond rating.

“We’ve been building this brand over the course of decades but today, I see a strong Gwinnett brand that’s been re-invented,” she said.

Innovation is a hallmark of the Gwinnett brand, she said, citing the County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, saying the wastewater treatment plant turns byproduct from the treatment process into fertilizer, and converts methane into electricity to run the plant. She noted the state-of-the-art facility also returns 14.5 billion gallons annually of the water used by the county back to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Research institutions and others in water industry are working with Gwinnett County to discover new methods for recycling water and producing clean water more efficiently, Nash said.

Nash said collaboration between the County and its cities is another important element of the Gwinnett County brand of remarkable excellence. She spotlighted a new facility in Lilburn that doubles as a city hall and a county public library. The County is discussing similar library relocations in Duluth and Norcross, she said.

She said the County plans to work with the private sector to redevelop the 24-acre Olympic tennis venue on U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain, and with community improvement districts to improve pedestrian connectivity around Gwinnett Place mall and redevelopment and transportation along I-85 between DeKalb County and Beaver Ruin Road.

Nash also discussed the future expansion of the Infinite Energy Center as the county’s signature business and entertainment district. Mark Toro, managing partner and chairman of the board of North American Properties, described to the audience of about 750 what made Gwinnett County an attractive place to do business.

The County needs to explore new ways to improve mobility – including transit, Nash said.

“We can’t stop improving our road network, but expanded transit options must also be part of any long-term solution,” she said.

Nash also reaffirmed the County’s commitment to diversity and pledged to broaden its community outreach programs.

“Inclusion does not just happen,” she said. “It takes intentional effort. Let me be perfectly clear – failure to respect all Gwinnett residents and welcome their participation in our community is neither acceptable nor smart. Gwinnett’s future success depends on all of us, working together to build the community.”

Nash said she wanted to build on the County’s Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, Dinner and Dialogue between citizens and commissioners, and Building Bridges events for various constituencies.

New inclusionary steps by the County will include adding young people to Gwinnett 101, inviting diverse groups to display traditional art, clothing, crafts and heritage in county buildings, and reaching out to minority job applicants and small businesses.

She called on people of all backgrounds and heritage to become more involved in their county government.

Nash announced a new tagline for the County’s community outreach program: “Many Voices, One Gwinnett.”

“Gwinnett’s future depends on all of us, working together to build the community,” she said. “We must engage and empower leaders from our diverse population who love Gwinnett to champion this important work.”

Video of the speech is available on demand at https://vimeo.com/204436992 and will air frequently on the county’s government access cable channel beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight. A text version of the speech and a handout highlighting the previous year’s accomplishments can be found at www.gwinnettcounty.com.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – Commissioners on Tuesday approved pedestrian projects that run along roadways and over water. Three separate projects will address pedestrian needs on Richland Parkway, Old Peachtree and Rock Springs roads, and Harbins and Dacula roads.

District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “These projects will help to improve pedestrian safety and serve to fill gaps in the sidewalk network.”

At Richland Parkway, the contractor will build a new pedestrian bridge alongside the existing roadway bridge. Lewallen Construction Co. Inc. was the lowest of five bidders at $709,325.22.

The Richland Parkway project includes installing a pedestrian bridge as well as new sidewalks from Shore Drive to Collins Port Cove. The pedestrian bridge will be about 230 feet long and will serve to complete the sidewalk connection from Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road to Taylor Road.

The Old Peachtree/Rock Springs project will include several sections of new sidewalks along both roadways. Also Old Peachtree Road eastbound will be widened from Ridge Oak Drive to Blakely Drive, extending the right turn lane onto Collins Hill Road. The Ohmshiv Construction LLC, bid of $833,326.75 was the lowest of four received for this project.

Ohmshiv was also the low bidder on the project to install sidewalks along four sections of Harbins Road and Dacula Road.

“This project is a partnership between Gwinnett County and the city of Dacula,” said District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. “Dacula used their SPLOST funds to help the County build the project.”

The four sections of sidewalk total just under a mile and will connect gaps of sidewalk from Harbin Oaks Drive to Liam Avenue. Ohmshiv’s bid of $438,619.60 was the lowest of the five bids received for this project.

All of these sidewalk projects include curb and gutter and drainage improvements. All County funding comes from the 2014 SPLOST program.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – The Citizens Project Selection Committee will meet Wednesday night to vote on projects in the road safety and alignment category of the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The group, known as the CPSC, is to meet at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

“Our staff presented information on the road safety and alignment category in January,” said Alan Chapman, director of the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. “The group will vote on the road safety projects this week and then staff will present information on the Intersections category.”

At each meeting, the group is briefed on a project category. Then they vote on that category at a following meeting. On Jan. 24, the group approved a list of proposed bridge, culvert and transportation drainage projects.

Prior to the November referendum, the CPSC allocated funding across these categories of Transportation projects:

  • Bridges, Culverts and Transportation Drainage,
  • Capital Projects Rehabilitation and Resurfacing,
  • Intersections,
  • Major Roads,
  • Residential Speed Control,
  • Road Safety and Alignment,
  • School Safety,
  • Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety,
  • Transportation Planning, and
  • Unpaved Roads.

Since the SPLOST vote, the CPSC has received presentations and voted on six project categories: bridges and culverts, school safety, rehabilitation and resurfacing, unpaved roads, residential speed control, and transportation planning.

The CPSC is made up of 11 members and 11 alternates selected through a grass-roots process: Interested residents from various constituencies selected the representatives. For additional information about citizen input and the 2017 SPLOST, please visit www.gwinnettcpsc.com.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 21, 2017) – Gwinnett County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $2.9 million contract to replace the Harbins Road bridge over Jackson Creek in Lilburn.

District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said, “This project not only addresses flooding concerns, but also fills in the sidewalks along Harbins Road.”

In addition to the bridge replacement, the project will include installation of sidewalk on both sides of Harbins Road from US 29 to Dickens Road. The contractor also will install curb and gutter and drainage improvements.

Georgia Bridge and Concrete LLC, submitted the lowest of five bids at $2,902,486.70. The plans call for the contractor to replace the existing bridge while raising the roadway at its approach to the bridge. While road closures will be required as part of this project, driveway access will be maintained at all times during the construction.

This project is funded by the 2014 SPLOST program.

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(Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 22, 2017) – Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. for the purpose of conducting a Global Cities Team Challenge: Smart Cities Pilot Project. A team of consultants and technology companies invited the Department of Water Resources to participate in the challenge, which looks at groundbreaking applications of internet technology (the “internet of things”) across a number of industrial sectors, including water.

Smart meters – meters connected to the internet – are emerging technology, and the pilot project will allow DWR to evaluate how this technology can be employed to not only provide enhanced service to customers, but also allow DWR to continue being a good steward of the environment and plan for the future.

Smart meter technology tracks water as it moves through the system, allowing utilities to find even small leaks in the system and prevent loss of water. As part of this pilot project, DWR will test different types of smart meters for reliability and accuracy.

During the technology test, the data from the Smart Cities Pilot Project may allow customers in the pilot study the ability to see their water use in real time, helping them manage their use and identify leaks or running toilets at their homes,” said Rick Reagan, Deputy Director of Business Services. “This can help the customer save money as well as conserve water.”

The data will also allow DWR to find even small leaks in the system and prevent loss of water. When compared with some other areas of the country, Gwinnett County has a young water distribution system and water loss from leaks is very small. As the system ages, water leaks could increase.  Smart meter technology is a proactive way to prepare for the future.

There is no capital investment for the County, and no obligation for further implementation at the end of the pilot project. Pilot project partners include AT&T (wireless connectivity), QualComm (communication chips in meters) and CH2M (project management).

DWR is in the process of identifying neighborhoods where the pilot could be conducted.

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