It’s been more than seven years since insurance giant State Farm announced plans for a regional hub at Atlanta’s Perimeter Center, and as the three-tower project begins to wind down (for now), the sheer numbers are impressive.
The Dunwoody complex includes more than 1.7 million square feet of office space—substantially more than Midtown’s Bank of America Plaza, the Southeast’s tallest building. It has 61 total stories, 46 breakrooms, and 44 elevators. Nearly 400,000 pounds of dynamite were required to clear the site, and it’s taken 3 million manhours to build it so far.
With the COVID-19 pandemic lingering, State Farm hasn’t fully returned to its offices. But construction work continues at an immense undertaking linked to a MARTA station that could serve as harbinger of large-scale, transit-oriented development to come in metro Atlanta, as powerhouse companies such as Microsoft are making big bets next to rail hubs.
Alex Chambers, project developer KDC’s senior vice president of development, tells Urbanize Atlanta this week that tenant improvements are ongoing at the third and final building—the smallest at 18 stories and 440,000 square feet—with occupancy pending.
The Cooper Carry-designed project opened its first building of 21 stories and 602,000 square feet in 2016, as State Farm began consolidating employees to three new regional hubs around the country. Employees had started moving into the second finished tower, standing one story higher, as the novel coronavirus hit a year ago, Chambers says.
All told, the campus will be fit for at least 8,500 employees, and State Farm reps have said many of them were choosing to use mass transit prior to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Head to the gallery above for a visual journey around the site today—and a glimpse at where State Farm’s potentially larger fourth tower could be built.
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