Atlanta Federal CenterAtlanta, GA, USA Prentiss Properties Ltd., Inc. Turner Associates, Associate Architect Government 1.7 million ft2 / 157,000 m2 Office Building of the Year (2006), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Atlanta TOBY Award: Earth Award Category (2006)
The Atlanta Federal Center is located in Downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Richard B. Russel Federal Building and the MARTA Five Points station. The complex occupies the site of the historic Rich’s Department Store.
The design objectives provided efficient and economically effective space, a building massing that enhances the character of the urban context, and rehabilitation of a historically significant structure. The project includes a 24-story tower along the Spring Street Viaduct, with a 1,600-car garage at its base, and a 10-story building along Broad Street, adjacent to the 1924 Rich’s Department Store.
The tower and the 10-story building are connected by a six-story building over Forsyth Street. All special functions are located on the first two levels of the complex. At the ground level the cafeteria has a landscaped outdoor eating area. The Conference Center incorporates three large conference rooms, several small conference rooms and a pre-function area. The Health Unit and Fitness Center is located on the second floor of the Rich’s Building. The Day Care Center incorporates an exterior play area at its location in the new building at the corner of Broad Street and MLK.
This campus organization encloses a vast green urban space at the heart of the complex. The new building exterior, composed of aluminum, glass, precast concrete, and granite, serves as a backdrop to this new park, located at the intersection of Alabama and Forsyth Streets.