Award-Winning Downtown Building
Two Buckhead Plaza Office Building in Atlanta was designed to complement other buildings in the area. The completed building won the 2007 precast, prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award.
Owner: Cousins Properties
Architect: Corcoran, Nelson, Nardone Assoc., Inc.
Engineer: Echelon Engineering, LLC
Contractor: Trammell Crow Residential
Location: Atlanta, GA
PCI Award Judges’ Comments on Two Buckhead Plaza
In giving Two Buckhead Plaza the prestigious Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement award, the PCI Jury commented:
"The innovative features implemented into this total precast building make it worthy of award. This is not the first total precast building, and it won’t be the last, but there is definitely something new and unique about the use of so-called W-beams. These beams are apparently an upgrade to a typical inverted tee girder, but they enable the structure to provide continuity and provide for continuous moment frames without costly connections. The beauty of it is that it also provides for structural integrity, something we all anticipate will be implemented in the next building code cycle. By already implementing structural integrity into the design of our structures, our industry will be ready tomorrow when it becomes reality."
- 211,000 sq. ft. of elevated precast structure
- Project excelled due to precast erection speed and on-time delivery of materials to limited work area.
- Structural precast panels cast in white concrete mix with various sandblasting depths, intricate reveal patterns, projections, openings, and cornices.
- Design complements existing plaza buildings and surrounding Atlanta subcity of Buckhead.
- Architectural cladding is integral to structure.
- Precast efficiencies allow for superior ornamentation than conventional cast-in-place construction.
- Architectural skin is load bearing for precast floor members.
- Architectural skin provides lateral resistance as moment frame in north-south direction of the building.
- Structural design minimizes number of precast pieces needed.
- Building features slab-and-beam composite concrete system.
- Floor members were designed as continuous spans to reduce deflections and structure depth.
- Shallow slab-and-beam system provides equivalent of 6-ft-on-center, skip joist cast-in-place system with structure depth of 21 in. at joists.
- Building includes 1,349 total precast pieces, including wall panels, columns, tri-slabs, flat-slabs, and rectangular beams.