Park Center Named NAIOP Georgia’s 2021 Office Development of the Year
01/24/22 | KDC Announcements
KDC’s Atlanta office ended the year on a high note. Park Center, the largest ground-up corporate office development in Metro Atlanta’s history, was recently named NAIOP Georgia’s 2021 Office Development of the Year! The expertly instilled quality, functionality, leasing, and sustainability were key factors recognized by NAIOP.
KDC’s Park Center kicked off as a one tower development in 2014. After Building 1 was completed in 2016, Building 2 and 3 kicked off in 2017. Park Center Building 2, a 621,000 square foot office tower with 42,000 square feet of retail space, was completed in January 2020. Building 3, a 440,000 SF office tower, was completed in 2021. Buildings 1 and 2 were considered Phase II of development.
Located in the population dense Perimeter Center area of Dunwoody, Georgia, KDC took special care with the buildings’ design to ensure tenants and guests could live, play, and work effectively and efficiently.
Innovative solutions were needed to combat the 17-acre development’s sheer size and establish connectivity between the buildings and the surrounding community. KDC foresaw this issue and designed a pedestrian bridge, a vehicular tunnel, and a 91,000 SF super floor connecting Buildings 2 and 3. Atlanta’s first TransitScreen is located in the Building 1 lobby for occupants to have access to real-time information on MARTA trains and other public and private transportation options.
To build an urban design in a traditional suburban area, KDC obtained Dunwoody’s first Planned Development zoning classification to encourage community innovation. Instead of removing rock and then building a detention vault, an economically sound and advanced plan was created to construct the vault using the rock itself. Decisions like this earned LEED Gold status for all of the towers.
With over 150 contractors, 5,000 tradespeople and more than three million man-hours, KDC achieved zero hours delay due to injury during the Phase II development. This achievement meant that throughout the 48 months of construction, the project, workers, and their families experienced no setbacks. Design, development, and construction teams also met with Georgia Tech, OSHA, and safety experts to derive plans that set this perfect standard.
The Dunwoody community was uplifted alongside Park Center Phase II. 5,000 new jobs were brought to the area, MARTA ridership was made more accessible, hike/bike lanes and traffic were added or improved, substantial traffic from office density was rerouted and traffic and public transportation infrastructure was established. This project ultimately led to the urbanization of a historically suburban area.