Manhattan Construction Co. Begins Construction on Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network’s New Headquarters in Hall County, Ga.

ATLANTA – Representatives of Manhattan Construction Co. joined state and local officials, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Monday for the groundbreaking of the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network’s (GPLN) new headquarters in Hall County’s new Gateway Industrial Centre.

Georgia Poultry Lab Groundbreaking  

Manhattan Construction will build the $13.7 million, 39,000-square-foot facility. Completion of the single-story building, which will feature laboratories with biosafety levels (BSLs) of 2 and 3 as well as general office space, is scheduled for late summer 2014.

GPLN provides diagnostic and monitoring services to Georgia’s commercial poultry industry to ensure the safety and health of poultry flocks, eggs and other poultry products. Its headquarters are currently located in Oakwood, Ga.

“This is an exciting project for Manhattan, and we are honored to be a part of Georgia’s ongoing efforts to improve the poultry industry through the application of more sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring technologies,” said Barton Plunkett, a senior vice president for Manhattan who oversees the firm’s Atlanta office. “The poultry industry is a major component of Georgia’s economy, and this facility will strengthen this vital, job-creating industry.”

More than 100,000 residents of Georgia are either directly or indirectly employed by the poultry industry.

“The health of poultry flocks across Georgia has a critical importance,” Gov. Deal said. “This new laboratory will play a key role in protecting the jobs of tens of thousands of Georgians and in sustaining this state’s annual $28 billion poultry industry.”

Manhattan Construction has constructed some of the nation’s most advanced science and technology facilities. The company is currently building the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) replacement facility in Fort Detrick, Md. When complete, it will contain the largest block of BSL 3 and 4 laboratory suites in the world.

About Manhattan Construction:

Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 general builder. Manhattan Construction operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan Construction’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.