Volume 27, Issue 5- September/October 2013

Down and Dirty in the ATL
Commercial Construction Projects Popping Up All Over the Metro Atlanta Area


A city known for its distinctive skyline, Atlanta has become “The Hollywood of the South” in recent years as movie makers flock to the city to film their projects. The city’s spacious, yet fascinating architectural design has proven every bit as alluring as its Southern charm and tasty Southern food. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many projects that has Hollywood A-listers and architects alike rushing to the ATL.

Some Notable ATL Projects

Project No. 1: 77 12th Street
Location: Atlanta
Architect: Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio LLC General
Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Glass Subcontractor/Installer: Glass Systems Inc.
Glass Fabricator: Viracon

Situated along the city’s “Midtown Mile,” 77 12th street is a 23-story tower comprised of 330 luxury apartments with multiple floor plans. Street front retail provides 20,000 square feet of shopping and dining space.

77 12th features 96,000 square feet of YWW 50T window wall supplied by YKK AP America. The challenge was to provide the appearance of a curtainwall system without the cost typically associated with this type of system. The engineers at YKK AP America utilized an innovative floor slab cover and a deep mullion version of the YWW 50T high-performance window wall system to meet the aesthetic and budgetary requirements of the project.

Other YKK AP America products featured on the complex include the YCW 750 OG curtainwall system, ThermaShade® sunshades, YTD 350T terrace doors, 350 YSD 600T sliding glass doors, Model 35D entrances (at interior locations) and the Megatherm® XT entrances energy saving swing doors at exterior locations.

Project No. 2: Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Library and Learning Center
Location: Lawrenceville, Ga.
Architect: Leo A. Daly, Atlanta General
Contractor: The Potts Company, Conyers, Ga.
Glazing Contractor: Glass Systems Inc., Lithonia, Ga.
Curtainwall, Storefront Framing, Doors, Sunshades: Kawneer Co.
Aluminum Composite Panels: Alcoa Architectural Products (Reynobond)
Panel Fabricator/Installer: Kistler-McDougall Corp., Woodstock, Ga

Located on the campus of the Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, the 90,000-square foot Georgia Gwinnett College Library boasts 37 rooms that can be used for group or project work and has a capacity for 300,00 volumes. The GGC Library is the first in the state to have achieved LEED Gold certification. The project features PPG’s Solarban 70 XL Starphire glass.

Project No. 3:
North Atlanta Care Location: Alpharetta, Ga.
Architect/Designer: Lyman, Davidson, Dooley LLC
Installer/Glazing Contractor: Southeastern Glass & Glazing LLC
Glass Fabricator: GGI in Secaucus, N.J.

Those offices for a group of doctors underwent a complete remodel in 2012. Many of the doctors love to scuba dive and wanted to create a feeling in the waiting room as if you were scuba diving. The image used for this project was found on a website by one of the doctors.  They sent the image reference to GGI, which created it as an Alice® digital image that was then printed on ˝-inch tempered, Starphire® glass.

Taking Glass Into the Clouds

Project No. 4:
The Sun Dial Restaurant Location: Atlanta
General Glass Vendor: Viracon

Situated 723 feet above Atlanta, the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View is Atlanta’s only tri-level dining complex featuring a revolving upscale restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory View Level that offers a 360-degree panorama of the Atlanta skyline.

A breathtaking 85-second ride in one of the restaurant’s two scenic glass elevators carries guests to the observatory View Level atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Conveniently located within close proximity to Atlanta’s most renowned businesses and tourist attractions such as CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field, World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Dome and the Georgia Aquarium, the Sun Dial has become a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.

The restaurant closed for renovations in April before reopening in August.


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