Georgia World Congress Center, Phases I, III and IV
Georgia World Congress Center, Phases I, III and IV | Atlanta, Georgia
At the time of construction, the Georgia World Congress Center was the largest construction contract entered into by the State of Georgia. DPR was contracted to build Phases I, III and IV. Together, the projects totaled more than 2.7 million sq. ft. of space.
Client Georgia World Congress Center Authority
Design Team Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
This phase increased the exhibit and public access space of the convention center by about one third, adding several restaurants, an addition to the existing registration area, renovation of the administration and operations areas. Also included in the scope of work was a new central plant and a shipping/receiving dock area.
Differing needs for the many areas of the new construction dictated that separate areas, especially critical components, be completed and turned over ahead of schedule. The convention center continued to operate with new construction occurring adjacent, over, around and throughout his facility. None of the owner's convention and trade show bookings were canceled or delayed. In fact, some ahead-of-schedule turnovers enhanced the Congress Center's revenue-producing operations.
Constructed in a joint venture, Phase IV was a 1,400,000-sq.-ft. expansion with 450,000 sq. ft. of exhibit halls, 29 meeting rooms, two lecture halls, 25,700-sq.-ft. ballroom, a new entrance on the western side of the facility, and rehab of an existing parking structure.
A 3.6-acre landscaped plaza provides open space between the GWCC's Phase IV expansion and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Covered access between Phase IV and the stadium and 500 parking spaces was constructed under the new plaza.