The Atlantic Station development began in 1997 and was the largest brownfield development in the country.  The 171 17th Street Building is a 21-story, 525,000-sq.-ft. Class A office building situated within the 138-acre environmental redevelopment and reclamation of the former Atlantic Steel Mill in Midtown Atlanta. The high-rise office building is built over a 3-story, 75,000-sq.-ft. parking structure which ties into additional structured parking as part of the Atlantic Station development.

The 171 17th Street Building was the first LEED Silver certified high-rise office building (core and shell) in the world and the first LEED certified high-rise office building of any level in Georgia.

The building has an all curtainwall skin, including stone glazed into the system. The Class A building also has a double-height lobby with stone and millwork finishes and a striking view of Midtown across the Downtown Connector.  The interior decor of the public areas is a mixture of white marble walls, gray marble floors, dark wood tones and draws in beige colors from the exterior of the building.  The facade of the building, the curtainwall, meets the ground to create an impression from the interstate that the building is sitting on dirt, which hides the parking structure below the building.

The roof of the building is also unique.  The two-story, cube-shaped structure, has approximately 300 light fixtures to create a lantern effect, which appears to glow at night. The roof feature incorporates the design and materials of the existing building while providing a placeholder for prominent signage.

The building has 7,144 lites of glass.  The building design allowed for maximum use of natural light while also controlling significant heat gain through the use of high-performance glass.   Shades were installed on the windows in the bank branch lobby that automatically roll down when there is a certain amount of sunlight censored, in order to control the climate.

Green Features

The 171 17th Street Building was the first LEED Silver certified high-rise office building (core and shell) in the world and the first LEED certified high-rise office building of any level in Georgia.

Some examples of specific green-building elements that were incorporated into the building include:

  • The building design allowed for maximum use of natural light while also controlling significant heat gain through the use of high-performance glass (the building has 7,144 lites of glass)
  • A heat-reflecting white roof
  • Indoor pollutant source control systems to reduce dust and other pollutants from entering the building
  • A central chiller to reduce HVAC costs
  • Space designated for a tenant recycling program 
  • Native plant materials were also used for landscaping

Awards

  • Best of 2004 Merit Award (2004)
    Southeast Construction Magazine (ENR)
  • Award of Excellence in the Commercial Category $25-$50 million (2004)
    Associated Builders and Contractors - Georgia Chapter

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