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In Midtown, construction on Coda begins at Tech Square

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With demolition finished, site work has begun on the Portman-designed computing center

Coda Tech Square Renderings.
The portal leading from West Peachtree Street to Spring Street.
Georgia Tech

Construction is ramping up at Tech Square on Georgia Tech’s High Performance Computing Center, formally known as Coda.

Demolition began in October, with an old bank building and three-story commercial structure coming down along West Peachtree Street.

Now, demolition has moved to the interior of what remains of the Crum & Forster Building as site work is underway on the rest of the block. Plans call for the 21-story complex to fill an entire block with more than 1 million square feet of office and retail space, as well as an 80,000-square-foot high performance computing space.

Demolition of the former bank branch back in October.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

If all goes according to plan, the project should open in two years.

While construction projects in Midtown have become a bane for walkers, this project is relatively pro-pedestrian; lanes along both West Peachtree and Spring Streets have been closed to provide protected space as the adjoining sidewalks are now blocked. All too often, construction sites in the city shut down sidewalks for years, leaving pedestrians few options but to dodge traffic or take circuitous routes.

This Starbucks is now officially gone.
Michael Kahn, Curbed

Meanwhile, just southwest of the site, demolition is finally wrapping up in preparation for construction of The Standard. While most of the site had been cleared back in September, the Starbucks at the corner of Spring and 3rd streets had held out. With the last latte served long ago, expect site work to move forward before the new year.

Below are some images from this week of the full block that’s become a construction zone.

The site this week, with what’s left of the Crum & Forster Building.
Remaining images: Carol Payne, contributed
From West Peachtree Street.
The proposed Coda complex.
Portman & Associates
Meanwhile, about a block away on the booming corridor, the NCR project (foreground) and Modera Midtown join new student tower University House (at right), where the pool has a Jumbotron television.