March 23

Construction Update: Centennial Olympic Park

Exterior demolition of the former Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Building has begun, signaling that an integral part of the Authority’s 2020 Vision strategic plan is coming to life.

The demolition of the Chamber building, which the Authority purchased in 2016, is the first of many upcoming changes and enhancements to Centennial Olympic Park.

As Team members recall from Town Hall meetings last year, Centennial Olympic Park embarked on a capital campaign in honor of its 20th anniversary. The campaign was successful and raised more than $27 million, funding a series of transformative projects in Centennial Olympic Park, scheduled to be complete by January 2019.

You may have already seen the fence line surrounding the former Chamber site while work began on the inside of the building to prepare it for demolition. Exterior demolition is scheduled to be completed by mid-May, but the building will not be imploded, rather, taken apart and hauled away.

During spring and early summer, the park will continue to host events simultaneously with the demolition – the Sweetwater 420 Festival (April 21-23), the  Shaky Beats (May 5-7) and Shaky Knees (May 12-14)  music festivals, hosted receptions in conjunction with GWCC events, and the 4th of July Celebration. After the 4th of July Celebration, construction will begin on Andrew Young International Blvd. through the park to raise the street to plaza level.

Also, in order to meet the January 2019 completion date, the park isn’t booking new events for the next 18 months following the 4th of July Celebration. However, previous agreements that were made prior to the construction timeline will be honored as the park will host 2018’s College Football Playoff Championship fan events and the 2018 Sweetwater 420 Festival.

Catalyst will provide monthly updates on construction milestones, impacts, and other information. If you would like to share information with clients and partners regarding these projects, please direct them to our construction update page on the Authority’s Web site: gwcca.org.