Anthem Technology Center
Award of Merit

Owner: 740 WPeachtree LLC
Lead Design Firm: Portman Architects
Contractor: DPR Construction
Structural Engineer: Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates Ltd.
Civil Engineer State: Kimley-Horn
MEP Engineer: McKenney’s

Working on a 1.73-acre site in busy Midtown Atlanta, crews delivered the 20-story Anthem Technology Center for developer Portman Holdings. Twelve levels of office space—occupied entirely by Anthem Inc.—sit atop 7.5 levels of above-ground parking. With active streets on two sides of the project and occupied buildings on the other two sides, the team relied on just-in-time deliveries throughout the project. During construction, one active building was demolished to make way for a separate new construction project that came within 3 in. of the Anthem tower. A 60,000-gallon cast-in-place fire water storage tank was added to the project design after the building’s structure had already gone vertical. A “kinetic wall” feature on the east facade spans 50 ft wide and more than seven stories high. The wall is a series of prefabricated panel sections that have 128 individual kinetic metal flappers each. As wind passes through the parking deck, each of the kinetic flappers moves to create a wave-like motion on the building’s facade. It is the first wall of its type to be built in Atlanta.

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