The site that’s become Atlantic Station has come a long way since its days as a heavy industrial district churning out steel, and its evolution is far from finished.
The latest element of the ongoing transformation will bring 230,000 square feet of office space to the Midtown mini-city—with a twist.
Rather than being erected around the typical concrete support structure, the seven-story T3 West Midtown will rely on an all-wood frame.
The name, T3, is a play on the system utilized by the project’s developer Hines: Timber Transit Technology, according to the development’s senior managing director, John Heagy.
Heagy told Curbed Atlanta during a Thursday tour that Hines’s latest project, which broke ground in May and will begin vertical construction in September, will be the second of its kind in America. (Hines developed another T3 structure in Minneapolis).
Canada and some European countries have adopted and utilized the construction technology for years in countless developments, he said.
The wood-based method, Heagy said, is roughly 10 to 20 percent more expensive than the run-of-the-mill concrete-centric builds, due to its complicated components.
Each of the seven levels at T3 will be decked out with wooden support beams and ceilings and concrete floors. The loft office spaces will also boast ceilings more than 11 feet high.
Beneath the building will be a 65-space parking lot, and atop it, an 8,000-square-foot rooftop terrace. Elsewhere, expect a fitness center and coworking offerings.
T3 West Midtown is scheduled to finish next July, Heagy said.
The project is one of many aimed to grow Atlantic Station’s footprint—and to freshen up its appeal in a city with an increasing array of shopping and eating options.
Hines aims to expand Central Park in the middle of the complex, as well as build more office space, multiple new hotels, and new townhomes.