The COVID-19 pandemic is already influencing future architecture. For example, take S9 Architecture’s new adaptive reuse project, Campus 244. This hybrid, well-ventilated, touchless tech campus will serve Atlanta’s burgeoning startup community. New York’s S9 Architecture, headed by co-founder and principal John Clifford, designed this million-square-foot mixed-use campus for an emerging tech hub.
Campus 244 will include offices alongside hotel, retail and green spaces. The Georgetown Company and affiliate RocaPoint Partners own the project, which will reimagine Gold Kist, an existing mid-century facility, into a 400,000-square-foot building with timber overbuild. Rather than demolish an existing commercial building, the project will repurpose and rebuild.
The campus will be located in Atlanta’s growing Central Perimeter market. Campus 244 aims to serve the tech, legal, financial and start-up space with post-pandemic working accommodations. Planned features include well-ventilated offices with terraces, breezeways, walkable paths, touchless tech and open staircases for maximum airflow and space.
Additionally, the campus includes a high-end boutique hotel. The 145-room Marriott Bonvoy Element Hotel’s design includes a lobby bar that extends into an outdoor green space. Public restaurants and bars will fill out the block, giving people more options for how and where they work and meet together close to the office.
The first phase of the build includes the adaptive reimagining of the existing Gold Kist office building into a five-story, Class-A building. The updated office spaces inside will have generous 15-foot ceilings, private outdoor balconies, and open interior spaces that prioritize natural daylight and fresh air throughout. The building will be equipped with high-ventilation HVAC systems for optimal health and wellness, touchless elevators and restroom fixtures, and operable windows.
“At Campus 244, we’re bringing a proven model of a dynamic restaurant mix surrounding a central greenspace that provides an activated sense of place for employees and visitors alike,” said Phil Mays, Principal at RocaPoint Partners. “As the momentum in the submarket has continued to grow, we are capitalizing on the opportunity to deliver a unique and totally reimagined transit-oriented campus.”
Close to the Dunwoody MARTA Station, the project will not only add to the community with adaptive reuse and green space but access to public transit, too.
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