The Atlantic Drive Promenade is an important corridor running through the heart of the Georgia Tech campus. The goals of the project included transforming Atlantic Drive into a multipurpose pedestrian corridor, effectively managing stormwater, enhancing the plaza at the College of Computing to become an active place for gathering, maintaining continuity with the improvements on Atlantic Drive north of Ferst Drive, and providing additional bike parking throughout the corridor.
The focal point is Highpoint Plaza itself, a civic-minded space for gathering, dining, and programmed events. Strategically located at the crest of the hill, this plaza successfully reconciles the access requirements to all of the surrounding buildings within a single, simple gesture, giving each approach a sense of destination and the whole a sense of place.
The first phase of the integrated planning process consisted of a series of site visits to confirm existing conditions and observe pedestrian movements throughout the corridor at various times of the day. Following data collection and analysis, three stakeholder meetings and design workshops were held with faculty, employees, staff, and students. These workshops identified the challenges with the existing conditions and helped inform the focus areas and phasing strategy for the project. Numerous options were discussed and evaluated against a range of social, economic, and environmental considerations. Final recommendations were documented in an Opportunities + Focus Areas diagram that established the framework for the project.
Perkins+Will; also Long Engineering, Inc.; Newcomb & Boyd Consulting Engineers; Costing Services Group, Inc.