Atlantic Station

File Type: Free Content, Case study
Release Date: January 2005
Atlantic Station

Fast Facts

Address: Atlanta, GA
Company/Developer: AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. and Jacoby Development
General Contractor: multiple contractors
Property Type: Mixed-Use
Square Feet: 15 million square feet when completed

Building Description: A 138-acre environmental redevelopment and reclamation of the former Atlantic Steel Mill in Midtown Atlanta that is projected to include 15 million square feet of retail, office, residential and hotel space as well as 11 acres of public parks.


Built on a brownfield site of a 100-year-old steel mill, this 138-acre redevelopment project in Midtown Atlanta will be home to retail, office, residential and hotel space, as well as 11 acres of public parks.

The developers note that creating a mix and maintaining a balance of employment opportunities and housing options is key to successful sustainable development. It is anticipated that 30,000 people will work in Atlantic Station and 10,000 will live there.

A Model for Smart Growth and New Urbanism

As the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the United States, Atlantic Station offers an energy-efficient, pedestrian-friendly alternative to Atlanta’s community. The redevelopment was one of the first of its kind to be approved under the EPA’s Project XL, a national initiative that tests innovative ways of achieving better and more costeffective public health and environmental protection. The project also served as the framework for Georgia’s Brownfield Program.

Atlantic Station has drawn intense media attention from around the globe, including The Financial Times (UK), The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, as international design and development teams seek to learn more about how brownfields can become viable parts of the economy and the community.

The bottomline for Atlanta? A site that once generated only $300,000 for the city (property tax) will contribute $30 million annually when the project is completed, not counting additional income from sales tax generated by $500 million in retail sales.

Green Features

Sustainable Sites

  • Remediation of 165,000 tons of contaminated soil, soil barriers and a groundwater extraction and treatment system.
  • Public/private partnership between Atlantic Station, the city and state to construct a 130-foot wide bridge that includes more transit, pedestrian and bicycle lanes than auto lanes and reconnects east and west Midtown.
  • An incentive program to encourage alternative transportation that offers access to electric vehicles and mass transit discounts.
  • An 11-acre urban oasis that has reestablished biodiversity in the area.
  • Storm water management that includes 2.5 miles of new public water mains, 5.5 miles of storm sewer and two lakes that reduce storm water runoff by 30 percent.
  • Underground or in-garage parking to reduce heat islands.
  • High albedo and heat reflecting roofs to reduce heat islands.
  • Planting of 3,100 new trees.
residential section of Atlantic Station

Residential development

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Air quality monitoring systems that include indoor pollutant source control systems and a permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system.
  • Permanent walk-off grates and mats at entries.
  • Use of low-emitting materials.
  • High performance glass and lights.

Water Efficiency

  • Drought resistant and native plants require no potable water.
  • A landscaping irrigation system that employs sophisticated controls and other special equipment to use 50 percent less water than required by most systems.
  • Low-flow fixtures and dual flush toilets to reduce water use by 37 percent compared with typical buildings.
retail section of Atlantic Station

Retail development

Energy and Atmosphere

  • An environmentally-friendly central cooling system that is 25 percent more efficient than traditional systems and includes a two-mile-long network of pipes that deliver chilled water from a 50,000-square-foot cooling plant.
  • Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants.
  • An HVAC system that includes cooling towers

Materials and Resources

  • Waste recycling program for concrete, metal/rebar and wood and use of fly ash in concrete and recycled metals in curtain wall systems.
  • Use of locally produced/recycled materials.
  • More than doubled LEED Core and Shell requirements for both recycled content and local/regional materials and achieved three innovation credits for exemplary performance in regard to those credits.