Press Release: 11.18.2013

Enhancing Education Spaces

Georgia State University College of Law
Atlanta, Georgia

“This showplace building will shine a spotlight on our nationally recognized law program and will enhance its already strong experiential learning component dedicated to producing graduates who can contribute to the profession from day one.”
—Mark Becker, president, Georgia State University

The chancellor of the University System of Georgia, members of the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia General Assembly, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, along with Georgia State University officials, alumni, friends and students, recently commemorated the groundbreaking for the new law building.

Located one block east of Peachtree Street on John Wesley Dobbs in downtown Atlanta, the 200,000-square-foot space will include a conference center, a 230-seat ceremonial courtroom, areas for clinical practice and community outreach, and an International Arbitration Center. The Law Library will occupy the top two floors and offer a flexible learning space for individuals, groups, classes and guests, as well as a formal reading room, a café and outdoor terraces.

“We are honored to be part of Georgia State University’s team in providing a modern, sustainable law school that will not only train the best legal scholars in a great new environment, but also add to the continuing transformation of downtown Atlanta,” said McCarthy’s Southeast Division President Kevin Kuntz.

The estimated $82.5 million project, including about $60 million in building costs, will seek LEED Silver certification and feature numerous sustainable elements, including a green roof complete with vegetation and trees to both improve air quality and provide a unique downtown aesthetic. Several energy-efficient components of the climate control system will include the use of magnetic drive chillers, proven to be more efficient by reducing heat and friction during operation, and a variable refrigerant flow cooling system, allowing efficient multi-zone temperature control while eliminating air and water as heat-transfer mediums. Inside finishes will include high-end wood paneling on walls and ceilings and terrazzo flooring. Outside, zinc metal panels and coping will connect windows for an ultra-modern finish.

Throughout the project, McCarthy will work closely with adjacent property owners, Georgia State students and university officials to ensure a safe and productive workplace during construction. The project will be complete and ready for fall 2015 classes.

SmithGroup JJR and Atlanta-based Stevens & Wilkinson architectural firms designed the building, collaborating with GSU’s building committee.

Finishing Fast Facts

  • 16,179 square feet of wood paneling
  • 292 square yards of area accent rugs
  • 31,300 square feet of cast-in-place terrazzo flooring
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