The firm’s designs on new complex expands Capitol Hill’s footprint and serves as a gateway for the rejuvenation of the City’s Memorial Drive and Capitol Avenue corridors

ATLANTA, G.A. – March 2017 – Stevens & Wilkinson, a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm, continues work on the Atlanta Judicial Center after breaking ground on the project in August 2017. Robert A.M. Stern Architects from New York serves as design architect on the project.

The Judicial Center represents the first step in expanding the Capitol Hill footprint and government entities in downtown Atlanta. After thoroughly assessing multiple and unique sites, this was chosen for its proximity and utilization of an existing site already owned by the State.

“I believe it is an important infrastructure and capital investment by our state that is only going to improve downtown Atlanta and offer the courts a more modern and forward-thinking building that encourages collaboration and embodies the rule of law,” said Bill Clark, AIA, LEED AP, president of Stevens & Wilkinson’s Georgia office.

The complex, which will approximately cost $105 million to construct, will become a catalyst for future development of Capitol Hill. The Judicial Center is being built on the former location of the Georgia Archives Building. Dubbed the “White Ice Cube,” the state imploded the building in March 2016 to make way for the new Judicial Center.

The design of this prominent civic building preserves the classical architectural approach that has symbolized the courts since their inception. The building will house the newly expanded Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals. Plans also include a five-story atrium with expansive windows overlooking the Capitol, providing a commanding view of the Gold Dome across the street.

The Court of Appeals will occupy a courtroom on the main atrium level while the courtroom for the Supreme Court will be located on the sixth floor. Both courtrooms include vaulted ceilings and wood paneling embellishments. Twenty-four chambers for the judges and justices flank the courtroom wings and fill the interceding floors. Lower floors contain offices for Clerks of the Court and other support functions.

Additionally, the project serves as a gateway for the rejuvenation of downtown Atlanta and the Memorial Drive and Capitol Avenue corridors, the two-mile stretch of Memorial Drive east of the Downtown Connector that has become the site of one of Atlanta’s biggest development booms since 2014, as well as the Turner Field redevelopment along Capitol Avenue.

“This project will provide a sense of connectivity in downtown Atlanta that has been missing for years,” said Clark.

In addition to the Atlanta Judicial Center, Stevens & Wilkinson has completed multiple county government facilities in recent years, including, most recently, the Florence County Judicial Complex in Florence, S.C., the Lancaster County Courthouse in Lancaster, S.C. and the Sumter County Courthouse located in downtown Sumter, S.C. Other notable projects include 180 DOT, Capitol Hill Parking Deck, and Liberty Plaza.

The new Atlanta Judicial Center is expected to be completed in 2019.

About Stevens & Wilkinson:

Founded in 1919, Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to providing clients with “Smart Design Solutions.” The firm’s combined design capabilities lead to projects executed with creative, innovative and holistic design solutions. Learn more: www.stevens-wilkinson.com.