College of Law Building Receives Award of Excellence from Atlanta Urban Design Commission

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The Georgia State University College of Law new building at 85 Park Place has received an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

The Georgia State University College of Law new building at 85 Park Place has received an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

The annual award recognizes projects, programs, individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed toward the enhancement of the city of Atlanta’s built environment, the preservation of its physical heritage and the balance between the old and the new.

“Winning a 2016 Award of Excellence for New Construction is a great honor,” said Ron Stang, lead architect with Stevens & Wilkinson. “The commission is very much focused on good design in the urban core, often with a bent towards historic preservation. So getting recognized for a new, institutional facility is quite special.”

“We built this building to serve the community, so to be recognized by the broader community we serve is affirming,” said Professor of Law Doug Yarn, building co-chair and one of several faculty and staff members who devoted more than a decade to envisioning and helping create the college’s new home.

The law school was built to not stand out, but instead incorporate elements of the buildings surrounding it, which includes the historic Candler Building.

“Its reflective surfaces mirror the neighboring buildings,” Yarn said. “As you approach on foot, its angles welcome the pedestrian in rather than overwhelm.”

The building was designed by architects Stang and Jones Lang LaSalle of SmithGroup JJR (Washington, D.C.) and built by McCarthy Building Co.

The College of Law building also received the 2016 American Institute of Architects – Georgia People’s Choice Design Award, Built category, in April.

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