TF05 - Historic Grant Park: Preserving the Vision Today

Friday, November 22 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

Abstract Text:

Established in 1883, Grant Park is Atlanta’s oldest park and is currently home to miles of walking and jogging paths, along with Zoo Atlanta, across its 130 acres in East Atlanta. Join us to learn how the park is evolving to support the neighborhood growth while maintaining the vision originally set out by the Olmsted brothers. Attendees will visit three recent projects that are using sustainable construction to balance this historical vision and growth. The new 1,000 space Grant Park parking structure adds 6,400 square meters of green space, a rooftop restaurant space, and increased stormwater infrastructure for Grant Park. Learn how the parking deck is pursuing a unique combination of Parksmart, SITES, and LEED. The historic Cyclorama building is being revitalized and reborn as Savanna Hall, a new exhibit for Zoo Atlanta. The project is pursuing LEED Gold and will maintain the historic façade while transforming the interiors a one-of-a-kind event destination overlooking the wonders of the African savanna and significantly expanding wildlife habitats. The Zoo Atlanta Elephant Barn is pursuing LEED certification and is a new, state-of-the-art animal facility for the Zoo’s African elephant exhibit. The 3-story facility contains stalls and keeper support spaces for up to seven elephants.

Learning Objectives:

Compare the three sustainable projects developed simultaneously pursuing LEED v4 BD+C, SITES v2 and Parksmart, despite drastically different scopes of work, and all under the history of Grant Park.

Discuss the importance Integrative Design played in the overall design, including the challenges faced by locating in a historical neighborhood.

Explain the intersection of multiple rating systems (LEED, Parksmart, and SITES), to recognize the overlapping and competing credits of the multiple building rating systems.

Compare the sustainable aspects of the design for three structures used for completely different occupant types (transportation, humans, and elephants) and how that palyed into the pursuit of Parksmart, LEED v4, and SITES.


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, SITES Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, SITES Specific

Event Type: Tour > Session