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New downtown Atlanta judicial complex begins rise along Connector

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Facility will be the most costly state building ever constructed

A five-story classical building, with a curving facade.
A rendering of the new building.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The most expensive building ever conceived by the State of Georgia will begin construction in downtown Atlanta today.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held across The Connector from the Capitol Building as work finally gets underway on the new State Judicial Complex, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The classically styled building is rising on the site that formerly housed the modernist State Archives, which was imploded earlier this year.

Following the demolition, plans were finalized for the $122 million complex, which will accommodate Georgia’s expanded Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

A rendering of the interior shows a light-filled central atrium, offering a dramatic view of the Capitol’s famed Gold Dome. Plans call for a large park to be constructed over the interstate to connect the new complex to the legislature, though no timeline has been given for that project.

The complex was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects out of New York, with Stevens & Wilkinson serving as the local architect. The Georgia Building Authority hopes to have the facility open in August 2019.

The Gold Dome of the Capitol will be visible from the atrium of the new building.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects