Both throwback and forward-thinking, the new Chamblee City Hall project has distinguished itself among a surge of development activity around the city’s historic downtown and Antique Row.
The multifaceted, 3518 Broad Street project recently tallied hundreds of votes to win the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia 2023 People’s Choice Award for best built project over 5,000 square feet, which was presented to city leaders and architects last week.
Described by Chamblee officials as “state-of-the-art,” the 27,000-square-foot Chamblee City Hall blends modern convenience and programmatic philosophies (see: large outdoor social spaces) with industrial vibes and nods to the former rail town’s early 20th century roots.
Designed by the Goodwyn Mills Cawood architecture firm, Chamblee City Hall broke ground in March 2021 and opened in October, replacing the former Chamblee Civic Center and Chamblee Police Department. The city issued $17 million in bonds through its Urban Redevelopment Agency to fund the project’s design and construction, an effort to help bolster Chamblee’s broader Town Center plans.
Located a few blocks from Chamblee’s MARTA transit hub, city hall is meant to serve as a centerpiece for what’s envisioned as a master-planned, ITP downtown. Alongside new city council chambers, city departments under its roof include parks and recreation, economic development, city clerk, finance, and the city manager’s office.
“We had asked [GMC architects] to design a building reflecting our past, but with vision towards our future,” Chamblee Mayor Brian Mock said in an AIA award announcement. “They exceeded our expectations. I’m thrilled that those voting found it every bit as beautiful as we do daily.”
Find a closer look at the new AIA-award winning civic facilities in the gallery above.
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