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City selects city center architect
by Staff Reports
March 05, 2014 10:39 AM | 841 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Sandy Springs Tuesday announced it has selected Midtown-based Rosser International Inc. as the architect of record to lead the design process for the civic facility to be located in the city center. The city also announced its selection of Chicago-based Johnson Consulting to help the city explore multi-use opportunities for the facility.

“These two firms were chosen for their creativity and extensive experience, including a track record of committing to community engagement which is critical as we develop the city center,” Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough said in a statement.

Rosser is known for its extensive work in creating a variety of different architectural styles, from modern buildings to traditional development in an historic setting. Examples of its work include the World of Coca-Cola Museum in downtown Atlanta, the Performing Arts Center in Greensboro, N.C., and the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Upon the execution of the contract, Rosser will assist the city in Phase 1 activities, which include identifying visual goals and developing a conceptual design.

Johnson Consulting, a real estate and hospitality-consulting firm, will help the city determine best uses for the facility’s performing arts and meeting spaces. The company’s previous work includes strategic planning for convention and conference centers, arenas, entertainment/urban development districts and performing arts facilities. The feasibility study should be completed in May.

The city issued a request for proposals in February for a master developer to assist the city in comprehensive development of the city center. Responses to the RFP are due March 28, with a contract signed in mid-summer.

In an emailed response to questions about the possibility of more architectural firms being hired to handle the city center plans, Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said, “Once we have a master developer, there could be other architects related to the broader site.”

 Information: (770) 730-5600 or www.sandyspringsga.gov
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