Plans taking shape for JAS Forwarding headquarters complex in Sandy Springs

Atlanta architectural firm ASD is in the process of customizing the 1960s-70s Cosmopolitan North six-acre, four-building site on Barfield Road in Sandy Springs into a modern new corporate headquarter campus for JAS Forwarding Worldwide.

JAS had announced in January that it purchased Cosmopolitan North from the Griffin Company and would redevelop it to serve as its world and U.S. headquarters. Griffin Construction Services is the general contractor for the more than $20 million project.

The existing campus consists of four buildings with outdoor corridors, which needed to be customized for the logistics company’s employees, visiting customers and vendors.

The renovation will connect two of the buildings with an atrium. A third building will serve as the JAS U.S. headquarters and the fourth building is being demolished.

When completed next summer, the new campus will include office and conference space, a fitness center, jogging trail, game room and hotel-like guest suites for visiting executives. The company will have 172 employees at the complex.

Journal-Constitution moving to Perimeter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) is moving its home office from downtown Atlanta to the Perimeter Mall area in Dunwoody early next year, just across the line from Sandy Springs where its parent, Cox Enterprises, has its headquarters on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road.

The AJC plans to lease 127,000 square feet of office space at 223 Perimeter Center Parkway, the former Southeast headquarters for Macy’s Inc. The length of the lease is for only five years.

The owner of the building, GID, plans to redevelop 15 acres along Perimeter Center Parkway, including two existing office buildings at 219 and 223.

The AJC plans to retain a small news bureau in downtown Atlanta and said it does not plan to sell its eight-story office building at 72 Marietta Street and adjacent former printing facility.

There is speculation Cox might have rejected a longer lease at the former Macy’s building because it plans to consolidate operations in the future at its nearby Lake Hearn campus. Cox had planned a new 28-story tower on the campus, across I-285 from Perimeter Mall, but pulled the plug on those plans last year due to the economy.

Oracle may combine offices in Sandy Springs

Oracle Corp., the world’s second-largest software company, may be leaving Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead to consolidate offices at North Park Town Center, the office complex at Abernathy Road and Georgia 400 in Sandy Springs.

Oracle reportedly also has been scouring Buckhead for up to 100,000 square feet, but many of its employees apparently commute to Buckhead from outside the Perimeter and wanted new offices closer to home. Oracle already has an operations center and data center at North Park Town Center.

Sandy Springs complex signs space renewal

Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a Dallas-based information technology company, has decided to stay in the Central Perimeter’s River Edge office building, wrapping up one of the year’s biggest office space renewals to date. The lease was signed at the end of June.

River Edge is an eight-story, 177,000-square-foot suburban office building in Sandy Springs that the company has occupied for more than a decade. The company has been in the building since 1999, when it acquired Consultec, a software and services company focused on the healthcare industry.

The lease term for the 135,000 square feet of space was not disclosed, but it is expected to be nearly 10 years and the value of the deal was placed at nearly $29 million.

SS/PC selects Liazon for member benefits

The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce (SS/PC) is partnering with Liazon, a consumer-centric employee benefits company, to offer its members a new benefits program, Liazon’s Bright ChoicesTM benefits program, in time for their benefits open enrollment period.

Liazon’s Bright Choices program provides chamber members with an array of benefit choices and options from leading carriers that small companies often are unable to access individually.

As part of this program, all SS/PC members will be able to access, with no participation restrictions or requirements: multiple health plans, ranging from traditional co-pay plans to HSA-qualified options; a health savings account (HSA) for those who choose an HSA-qualified health plan; several dental options with multiple tiers of coverage and no participation requirements; vision, long-term care, life, disability, and other supplemental insurance policies; personalized guidance from a team of professionals via Liazon’s Bright Choices online technology, consumer advocacy helpline, and in-person meeting.