Friday, October 13, 2017

Sarasota-based Tandem Construction, which lost the bid earlier this year, will take over immediately.
NORTH PORT — The Sarasota-based construction firm that complained after an out-of-town contractor was awarded the Atlanta Braves spring training stadium project will get the job after all.
In an unexpected twist, local firm Tandem Construction is taking over the project from Atlanta-based Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the primary firms to complete the Braves’ new regular season home at SunTrust Park in Cobb County, Ga.
The swap, formally approved Thursday, comes at the last minute, days before a formal groundbreaking event Monday at the stadium site in the West Villages just off U.S. 41 and River Road in North Port.
Despite the late shift, construction work is not expected to be delayed under the already extremely tight 14-month schedule for finishing the new stadium in time for pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training in February 2019, Tandem and West Villages leaders said.