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Groundbreaking signals launch of third new Portman tower in Midtown

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Transformation of consecutive West Peachtree Street blocks is barreling ahead

Coda and the under-construction Anthem tower, as seen from 3rd Street last week.
Coda and the under-construction Anthem tower, as seen from 3rd Street last week. The third tower will rise in the foreground.
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The trifecta of Portman Holdings projects along Midtown’s booming West Peachtree Street corridor is officially happening, as of tomorrow.

A groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday for the second tower to be occupied by healthcare giant Anthem, according to a rep with newly christened Portman Architects, the company formerly known as John Portman & Associates.

Demolition and other work at the 712 Peachtree site has been ongoing, as Anthem’s first glassy tower topped out and the neighboring Coda complex opened, showcasing the world’s tallest spiral staircase.

Immediately south of the Portman projects, another entire block—save the northwest corner, for now—has been cleared for a Cousins Properties’s two-tower development to be anchored by Fortune 500 railroad company Norfolk Southern’s headquarters. (Latest renderings are here.)

How the site looked last October, prior to demolition.
How the Anthem towers site looked last October, prior to demolition.
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The next Anthem tower, planned to rise 23 stories, will be 11 feet taller than its sibling. They’ll be joined by an eighth-floor terrace and potentially a skybridge higher up, pending further studies, Portman architect Pierluca Maffey recently told Curbed Atlanta.

Along with Coda, which houses Georgia Tech’s computing center, the Anthem projects have drastically changed two city blocks between Armstead Place and 3rd Street.

The first Anthem tower is expected to open in January, followed by the connected project in mid-2021, according to Portman Architects officials.

Have a look at what’s to come—and what’s recently been delivered—below.

Officially launching construction this week is the third component, at left.
Remaining renderings and photography courtesy of Portman Architects
The trio of projects, in renderings, as seen from the east. At the eighth floor, the two under-construction towers will be linked.
Now open, the Coda complex’s stance and public corridor is seen here from Spring Street.
The 21-story, L-shaped development includes a data center and piazza where Midtown’s latest food hall is being installed.
How the three tower projects will relate to each other, as seen from the west.