Brasfield and Gorrie to Build Emerald Point on Smith Lake Condo Project

Known for major projects around the U.S., general contractor Brasfield and Gorrie to undertake $100 million Emerald Point condo development on Alabama's Smith Lake. This marks the builder's first entry into Smith Lake's red-hot development frenzy.

Birmingham, AL, March 28, 2007 --( Cullman County will soon be home to a new proposed $100 million condominium development project on Smith Lake, according to developers Melinda Edwards and Dewayne Campbell.

The first phase of the “Emerald Point on Smith Lake” project will consist of 54 units in a six-story building. Developers say up to three more phases may follow with 150 to 200 units to complete the development. The project is located on County Road 189 on Ryan’s Creek, property which has been in the Campbell family for over 70 years.

“This will be an upscale project,” Edwards said, “with an eye toward excellence in every facet including concept, design and construction. The team we’ve brought together mirrors that guiding principle.” Brasfield and Gorrie of Birmingham will be the general contractor for the proposed condo community. Known for large condominium projects on the coast and throughout the United States, Emerald Point Condominiums will be their first project on Smith Lake.

Additional team members include Dale Bright of Cullman’s St. John and Associates as civil engineer and architect Lewis Mckinney of Mountain Brook’s Horizon Design who envisioned a design which would capture the lake’s natural beauty. Construction will include poured concrete, making for an extremely strong structure and very quiet individual units. Rustic exterior finishes include Shakertown Cedar Shake siding and Eldorado stone. Colorful canopies will further accentuate the façade.

“Proposed unit interiors are designed for comfortable luxury,” Edwards said. “All units have at least one fireplace, granite countertops in kitchen and bath, spacious terraces with sunrise view, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances among other amenities. And all of this is standard with every unit. We made the decision that instead of offering upgrades, Emerald Point would be the upgrade.”

Edwards stated every unit would come with one dry-storage space for boats in the proposed on-site facility. Owners will also have access to proposed boat docks, fishing docks, valet boat launching, swimming pool and pavilion. The developers will also have an on-site rental office.

Units will be approximately 1,500 square feet, according to Edwards, in three different floor plans. The Ryan and Laurel units will have three bedrooms and three bathrooms. These units are named respectively for the branch of Smith Lake where the development will be located, and the flowering bushes indigenous to the area.

The final unit is named the Kullman. “This is our most unique and sought-after unit,” Edwards said. “We wanted to honor our home, which has been such a great place to grow up and live.” The Kullman is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit, which sports a smaller bunkroom and wood-burning fireplace on the terrace.

There has been tremendous interest in the project. Edwards said, “We did an initial promotion at the recent Birmingham Boat Show. The response was absolutely unexpected. We were a little overwhelmed by the interest, not only locally but from other parts of the country as well.”

Edward’s brother, Dewayne Campbell, pointed out the economic boom the proposed project will bring beyond initial construction. “We have a very good profile of our typical buyer. Upon completion of our final phase, we will have concentrated a community of individuals with combined buying power in the billions of dollars. They are already requesting nicer restaurants for the area, as well as other service-related opportunities – not to mention the various taxes that will be generated. This project will have far reaching benefits for Cullman County and surrounding areas.”

Further information regarding the project can be found at The developers said interested parties should register for a pre-construction sales package as early as possible. “These first-phase units will go quickly,” Edwards said. Construction should begin in late spring of this year.

Brasfield & Gorrie is a regional general contractor and a Forbes 500 company, serving the Southeast from offices in Birmingham, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville, Orlando and Raleigh. Engineering News-Record ranks the firm 28 among the nation’s Top 400 Contractors, based on annual contract awards of more than $1.6 billion. In addition, Modern Healthcare ranks the firm as the number one Healthcare general contractor in the nation.

Brasfield & Gorrie provides construction, design-build and construction management services for a wide variety of projects, from landmark commercial structures to industrial plants. These projects include healthcare facilities, multi-story office, institutional, hotels, retail, parking decks, industrial plants, bulk storage and water and sewage treatment plants.

Pamela Harris, PR Manager
Brasfield & Gorrie

Emerald Point on Smith Lake
Dewayne Campbell