Colony Square

Atlanta, GA

Located at Atlanta’s “Main and Main,” Colony Square, a 1960’s mixed use complex has been completely re-imagined relative to its strategic position in the burgeoning Midtown of Atlanta.

Originally comprised of two twenty story concrete “brutalist” office towers, underground parking and interior food and beverage courts, the project has now been turned “inside out” at the ground level for better pedestrian connectivity, activation and engagement with Peachtree and 14th Streets.

SITE solutions charge was to reimagine the new open air level plaza experience to both unify and celebrate the new architecture. Challenges included forensic structural analysis that severely limited loading on portions of the new at grade plazas above the subterranean parking deck and fitting waterproofing and slab/paver design in an extremely thin vertical section of the fifty year old deck.

At The Grove, a formerly walled off portion of the original Colony Square at 14th St, SITE solutions created a series of terraced decks around two existing mature water oaks, providing animation, engagement with the new plazas from the recessed streetscape nearby.

Our office has been engaged to figure out ways to retrofit a landscape scheme on top of and around this 50-year old plaza roof.

The constraints on structure require us to reconcile Atlanta streetscape guidelines, leasing arrangements for tenant outdoor spaces, and overburden, all while trying to deliver an impactful experience.

Client: North American Properties
Owner: North American Properties
Beyer Blinder Belle
Lord Aeck Sargent
Kimley Horn