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North American Properties and Hoar Construction Announce Topping Out at Colony Square

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North American Properties (NAP) and Hoar Construction have announced several milestones at Midtown’s Colony Square, including the completion of demolition and the topping out of Buildings 200 and 300. The major redevelopment project flips Colony Square’s insular design inside out into a highly animated, urban destination that engages Midtown’s vibrant streets and serves as the community’s Living Room.

Building 200 is the future home of the Main & Main food hall and luxury dine-in movie theater IPIC. Building 300 features street-level retail and 87,500 square feet of Class A office space. It will be anchored by the South regional headquarters of Whole Foods Market Inc.

“Our construction site is surrounded by a hotel, two office towers and three condo towers; it’s like we are building a ship in a bottle,” said John Kelley, partner and senior vice president of commercial development at NAP. “Peeling the layers back on a 50-year-old development located on an incredibly dense corner while it continues to operate 24/7 with office users, hotel guests and residents requires intense planning and flexibility. While this is a very complex project, the end result will be transformative for Midtown.”

Located at the corner of 14th and Peachtree Streets, Colony Square sees more than 25,000 cars as well as thousands of residents, workers and pedestrians every day. Hoar and NAP took extensive measures to minimize construction’s disruption to business while safeguardingthe public. These measures included building barricades designed to keep everyone safely away from the construction site, while providing windows at all levels so everyone could still see the progress being made, as well as creating safe passages for the public to access the office towers throughout the construction process. The team also used high-tech robots to demolish more than 3,100 cubic yards of existing concrete – a safer and more productive alternative.

The demolition of the former enclosed mall was particularly complex as Hoar had to reinforce the legacy structure before it could be demolished. Unlike traditional demolitions, the construction team surgically dismantled the building, removing each part piece by piece. When renovating the street-level of the two existing office towers, Hoar reinforced and expanded the weight of the structure to support a new and more modern street-facing design. Other nontraditional efforts included shoring the parking garage to support a 100-ton crane as well as installing pile caps and micropiles three floors below Buildings 200 and 300 to allow for vertical construction.

“Considering the complexity and massive scale of Colony Square’s redevelopment, we’re proud of the speed and efficiency in which our team has reached this topping out milestone,” said Michael Ohlson, superintendent at Hoar. “We’re excited to be one step closer to the completion of the reimagined destination.”

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