At the northern end of Centennial Olympic Park, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is rising like a phoenix of artfully curved cement. Construction finally commenced in March, and the project is slated for a May 2014 opening, offering another downtown attraction next door to the aquarium. Center leaders are now soliciting donations from anyone who'd like their family (or corporation) name to be permanently etched into the project as part of a "Tile Wall" exhibit. Options include $250 and $1,000 donations, and include perks beyond the engraved tiles.
Overall, the 43,560 square-foot "living" project is expected to cost $75 million, and was scaled back from a much-larger $125 million center. Officials told Curbed Atlanta earlier this year that the center is designed to accommodate future growth. Plans could include a 6,500 square-foot gallery addition on the project's eastside. Another expansion phase is planned for a 5,000-to 7,000 square-foot auditorium on the west.
· All "Tile Wall" info [NCCHR]
· New Glimpses Into National Civil/Human Rights Center [Curbed Atlanta]
[Renderings courtesy of National Center for Civil & Human Rights]