999 Peachtree, a 28-story building in Midtown Atlanta, marks the flagship building of the Peachtree Place development, one of the most extensive urban redevelopment projects undertaken in metropolitan Atlanta. In keeping with the "working neighborhood” theme established for Peachtree Place, the main design objective of the tower was that it reflect the neighborhood feel of this older urban community.
Heery was tasked to design the building with an urban appeal. Heery’s approach centered on three basic ideas: circulation as a unifying element, both on the site and in the surrounding neighborhood; a reinterpretation of early high-rise architecture; and maintaining a comfortable human scale in the shift from pedestrian streetscape to the high-rise tower.
Additionally, Heery’s own Atlanta headquarters is located in the 999 Peachtree tower. When Heery renovated its offices, it turned to its own designers to create a space that demonstrated the firm’s design sensibility, its long term commitment to sustainability, and its expertise in integrated project delivery. From day one, the team was united on all discipline fronts – design, engineering, and construction management. Reconfiguring the firm’s highly trafficked conference areas to accommodate a wealth of different meeting requirements was a top priority. Staff can now choose from large conference rooms and formal presentation style board rooms to informal brainstorming areas. Incorporating as much natural light as possible was also a priority for the design team. The break rooms and libraries house both clear-frosted and deeply colored acrylic polycarbonate panels that add a unique design statement while allowing in a small amount of diffused light. Ultimately, the 88,244 SF, six-month renovation touched virtually every part of Heery’s offices on three floors in a Class A office building, earning LEED EB Silver with the design team’s help.