Atlanta’s tall burgundy stalwart has gone a little greener lately.
Construction appears to have finished on a new communal green space that aims to enliven a busy intersection of Peachtree Street, help revitalize Midtown’s southern neighborhood and create “a new gateway” to the tallest building southeast, according to the project managers.
The entrance to Bank of America Plaza, where Peachtree Street meets North Avenue, has been rebuilt into a more functional and inviting public setting for lunch breaks, yoga, food trucks, and outdoor festivals, among other uses.
Previously, the setting was very much like that of the 1990s: garden and walled, like an unwelcoming private property.
The building’s owner, Shorenstein Properties, broke ground on the 1.2-acre greenspace project, designed by Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent, a year ago this month.
The goal was to fill what Shorenstein calls a functional outdoor space void in the area, while providing respite from the office that apartment-dwellers will want in a post-pandemic world.
Shorenstein calls the 55-story structure built in 1992 “the crown jewel of the Atlanta skyline” and the city’s “most iconic” building. The urban park will help connect it to the neighborhood and enhance it from the street, according to the owners.
The original planters have been removed to better engage the sidewalks, while new concrete, granite and wood landscaping areas have been installed to create a series of social spaces leading to the tower entrance .
The finalized park will feature fresh landscaping and a mix of tables, chairs and benches for public use.
Gray Kiser, project manager at Lord Aeck Sargent, called Bank of America Plaza a regional icon which, as a product of the early 1990s, never established “a meaningful relationship with the street or its immediate context”. . The overarching goal of the park is to better introduce the building into the fabric of Midtown and downtown, per Kiser.
Bank of America Plaza has leased renovated spaces in recent years to technology companies such as Featurespace, Flexport, Revel Systems and Riskalyze, joining legal and professional services firms Troutman Pepper, Hunton Andrews Kurth and LBBS, among others.
A spokesperson for Shorenstein told Urbanize Atlanta in October that the green space should be open to the public by the end of 2021, but by the end of January the fences surrounding the property were still standing. We’ve requested an updated timeline and will update this story with any additional information that comes along.
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