A rendering of Coda at Tech Square (Courtesy Portman & Associates)
A rendering of Coda at Tech Square. See more renderings in the slideshow after the story.  (Courtesy Portman Holdings)

Construction is officially underway on Coda at Tech Square in Midtown. Located along Spring Street on the Georgia Tech campus, the mixed-use project is being developed by Portman Holdings with DPR Construction serving as general contractor to complete the John Portman & Associates designed building.

“Coda will be unlike any other building in the Atlanta region, and we very much look forward to opening this Class T building in 2019,” said Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO of Portman Holdings, during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site today, Dec. 13.

The approximately 770,000 square-foot mixed-use project represents a $375 million investment into the Technology Square innovation district.

The facility’s 645,000 square feet of office space will be complimented by 30,000 square feet of retail space, including the adaptive reuse of the historic Crum & Forster building. It will be activated by a plaza surrounded by food outlets, designed to be a local gathering place. There will also be an approximately 80,000 square-foot data center, which Next Tier HD has been selected to operate, and around 600 parking spaces.

Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony experienced two new technology products – one that will be included in the building itself, and one that illustrates the building’s infrastructure through new Microsoft HoloLens technology developed especially for thyssenkrupp Elevator.

View Dynamic Glass adjusts intelligently throughout the day to optimize the indoor climate while maintaining connection to the outdoor environment. By letting in natural light and blocking unwanted solar heat, View Dynamic Glass significantly reduces air conditioning and lighting costs. This results in energy savings of up to 25 percent.

Coda also will feature the first U.S. installment of thyssenkrupp’s TWIN elevator technology. The one-of-a-kind elevator technology has two cars arranged on top of each other that operate in one hoist way. thyssenkrupp will showcase the TWIN using its recently announced Microsoft HoloLens technology, a special mixed reality device that enables technology to visualize and identify problems with the elevator ahead of a job.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.