Former Hardin CEO Brantley Barrow (BBA ’76) brokered the Correll Hall deal between UGA and DPR-Hardin, which is building the first phase of Terry’s new Business Learning Community

Brantley Barrow
After earning his accounting degree, Barrow went to work for Arthur Andersen. He spent two years auditing Hardin Construction, which ultimately hired him as a controller. He worked for the company for 33 years, eventually assembling a team of investors to purchase a controlling interest in Hardin. As a former Alumni Board chairman, Barrow's understanding of Terry's needs helped DPR Hardin submit the winning bid for the Correll Hall project.

If it weren’t for the giant crane looming over the treetops that separate Lumpkin Street from the plot of land that will be the home of Correll Hall, North Campus pedestrians might be unaware that construction has begun on Terry’s new Business Learning Community. And that’s music to the ears of the executives of DPR-Hardin, the firm responsible for constructing the first phase of the BLC.

“We don’t want to be the folks that you see,” says Russ Brockelbank, who heads the regional office of DPR-Hardin in Atlanta.

Considering that the Correll Hall site is located in a section of campus where the daytime population can swell to more than 40,000 — pedestrian traffic that environment and design professor Jack Crowley says rivals pockets of downtown Boston or Chicago — perhaps DPR-Hardin should add “magic” to its list of services.

Brantley Barrow (BBA ’76) is a bit of a magician himself. The former CEO of Hardin Construction was at center stage when it came to brokering the deal with the university to build Correll Hall. In doing so, he and the DPR-Hardin team accomplished something that no construction firm had ever done on a UGA project — they submitted a bid that was under the University Office of the Architects’ stated cost limitation.

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