Norfolk Southern breaks ground on headquarters building in Atlanta, US

WCN Editorial Team 28 Mar 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Norfolk Southern has broken ground on its corporate headquarters building in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia.

The company has appointed Atlanta-based Cousins Properties to oversee construction of the new headquarters complex.

The two-tower glass structure, located on a 3.4-acre property at 650 West Peachtree St, between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Third Street, will feature 750,000ft² of office space.

A campus-style hub connecting the two towers will serve as a destination for employees to work and socialise.

An entry plaza will welcome employees, guests, and neighbours into the main lobby, where they can enjoy soaring ceilings, beautiful views and a coffee shop.

Norfolk Southern and Cousins Properties are designing a campus that will offer several amenities, including an on-site dining facility, an adjacent rooftop garden and private greenspace, a fitness centre, modern conference and training facilities, on-site child-care, as well as individual and shared workspaces.

Tech Square, where the headquarters site is located, is a hub of innovation, technology and talent in the heart of Midtown Atlanta with ties to Georgia Tech, a source of talent for Norfolk Southern’s management trainee programme.

In addition, the site will provide easy access to MARTA, highways, an airport, and the Norfolk Southern rail network.

Under the plans, the building is to be completed and occupied by Norfolk Southern in the third quarter of 2021.

Norfolk Southern has been present in Atlanta from the mid-1840s through Southern Railway and previous railroads.

Over 2,000 Norfolk Southern employees work in Midtown Atlanta at the Peachtree Street operations centre and around 500 at the company’s Norfolk headquarters.

Norfolk Southern’s migration to Atlanta has already begun. The first wave of Norfolk-based employees will relocate in July, and the consolidation will be completed when the new headquarters building is finished.

The relocation of the railroad is expected to bring 850 jobs to Atlanta and generate an economic impact of around $811m for the region.


Image: Rendering of Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters in Atlanta, US. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk Southern Corp.

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