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    A C O O P E R C A R R Y M A G A Z I N E

  • Envisioned to establish an interconnected transit hub for downtown Atlanta and to reconnect several Atlanta neighborhoods that have historically been divided by below street-level railyards, the MultiModal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) is expected to be a transformative project for the City of Atlanta and the Region.

    The Master Developer Team is being led by the team of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., The Integral Group, LLC and Cousins Properties, Inc. (FIC) in a Public-Private Partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). While GDOT is the lead public agency presently, GDOTs other partners on the public side include Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), City of Atlanta, and Central Atlanta Progress (CAP).

    The first phase of developing the 119-acre site is to build the MMPT that will encompass a +/-12-acre site and integrate both existing and proposed modes of transportation, including light and heavy rail (MARTA), inter-city rail (Amtrak), freight rail (CSX & Norfolk Southern), high-speed rail, streetcar, and local, commuter and inter-city bus lines. The initial passenger trains will run on existing freight rails that crisscross the site, and will eventually extend

    to regional destinations in Georgia and beyond, with a goal of increasing interstate commerce.

    The project is also expected to spur economic activity locally through the introduction of mixed-use development. Initial thoughts for uses include student housing, hotels, office buildings, retail and residential as compatible neighbors for the existing sporting venues. Higher education facilities and office buildings are being considered for the area directly surrounding the MMPT.

    The team is currently focused on designing the master plan and evaluating possible locations and connectivity options for the station. Three options are being developed for public presentation where local neighborhood residents and stakeholders will be invited to review the design concepts and offer comment. The development process is scheduled to run concurrently with the EPAs National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, which will assess the projects environmental impact. The development implementation plan completion and NEPA approval are scheduled for Winter 2013/2014. Ultimately, the

    MMPT will help to reshape downtown Atlanta by transforming a blighted, underutilized site into a vibrant mixed-use transit nexus.

    aspireV O L U M E O N E

    A C O O P E R C A R R Y M A G A Z I N E

    The vision behind The Woodloch Resort and Spa

    Aspire is a quarterly publication of Cooper Carry. Its intent is to celebrate the projects and our people who collaborate to make them become a reality.

    Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pratt Farmer

    Assistant Editors . . . . . . . Christina Bailey

    Amanda DLuhy

    Graphic Design . . . . . . . . .Rick Snider

    Nathan Martin

    Contributors. . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Bailey

    Celine Buthion

    Amanda DLuhy

    Lisa Goodman

    Bob Just

    Betsy Kill

    Mark Kill

    Joe McClyde

    Caroline Rawlins

    Tanne Stephens

    Welcome to our first edition of Aspire, a quarterly magazine designed to celebrate our clients, their projects, and especially our employees who transform vision into reality every day. Aspire best represents the tone and theme envisioned for this publication. We aspire to wake up every morning energized by the belief that we can change the world by designing a better environmental experience for its people. We strive to do this through the design of buildings, their interiors, and the landscape. We strive to do this by demonstrating that the spaces between buildings are as important to the human experience as the buildings themselves. We strive to do this by making evident that the spaces inside buildings are as important to the human experience as are the buildings themselves. Likewise, we strive to do this by proving that the spaces created by landscapes are equally as important. The stories found herein reflect that to which we aspire.

    On the following pages you will see a variety of projects with each having a unique set of challenges and aimed at a specific market. The common thread woven through each is the designers vision for creating memorable connections, people to people and people to place. Whether it is through a mixed-use project in downtown Cleveland, an award-winning hotel in Lancaster or our employees involvement in the community, we are striving toward our aspirations each day. Cooper Carry is a team of talented and dedicated professionals who choose to collaborate and work together. These stories reflect that desire.We hope that you will enjoy this inaugural edition. Please feel free to forward Aspire to your business associates, friends and family. We would love to have your feedback.

    Please write to us at [email protected]

    Warmest regards,

    Kevin R. Cantley, AIAPresident and CEO

    CollaborationFor Connecting

    a City


    Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

    The Integral Group, LLC

    Cousins Properties, Inc.


    Cooper Carry, Inc.

    FXFOWLE Architects

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

    Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Urban Collage

    Huntley Partners, Inc.

    Jackson Spalding

    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

    Red Rock Global, LLC

    Sykes Consulting, Inc.

    Thornton Tomasetti


    We aspire to wake up every morning energized by the belief that we can change the world by designing a better environmental experience for its people.


  • Cooper Carry is committed to beautiful design that fits strict budgets, sustainability practices, and the kind of interwoven collaboration imperative for outstanding building success. All three goals came together for the newly completed 900 N. Glebe project in Arlington, Virginia.

    900 N. Glebe Road is a seven-floor, 144,000 SF office building that houses the Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington, and includes computational laboratories, offices, and conference space. The lobby features Virginia Techs Hokie Stone, a motif throughout the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The sleek, curving east faade connects the building with its surrounding environment with a sweeping design that follows the profile of Glebe Road.

    The building is seeking USGBC LEED Gold certification; but this high ranking was not always in the plans. Throughout the majority of the project, the plan was to aim for Silverand the project was budgeted thus. With six weeks left in

    construction, it was decided to go for Gold. Without increasing the budget, the Cooper Carry team was able to dive deep into the Gold rankingjust points away from Platinum.

    The aesthetics of the building along with the sustainability achievements are impressive, but what does Principal-in-Charge, Steve Smith, AIA, think was the best part? The process. We had a great team and working with Virginia Tech and JBG was my favorite part. They were highly interactive in the design process: good people committed to great collaboration to get the best building at the end of the day.

    Last year, the Research Center was awarded the NAIOP Northern Virginia Award of Excellence for Best Speculative Office Building (4 stories and above). Being acknowledged like that by NAIOP means a lot, said Smith, because its really our own peers in the industry asserting that 900 is a good building; that we contributed something worthy of the urban fabric.

    In 2003, Cooper Carry was selected as the architect to design plans for the renovation of the historic Lancaster City Amtrak Station situated on the northern edge of the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This station provides travelers with their first impression of the city, and will act as a catalyst for new development within the northern edge of Lancaster. The station, which was constructed in 1929 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, is part of the Lancaster City Historic District. It is the third busiest Amtrak station in the state of Pennsylvania.

    The design, led by Ben Wauford, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Cooper Carrys New York Office, will result in the rehabilitation and transformation of the station from a crumbling landmark into a gleaming multi-modal facility serving Amtrak train passengers and bus lines, as well as both automobile and bicycle traffic. In addition, the new design will include administrative offices for Amtrak.

    Within the facility, the main waiting room, the platform, and the bus line ticketing and waiting areas will be restored while retail and restaurant spaces will be added. Outside,

    improvements to the landscape, streetscape and parking will allow for a multi-use destination that may one day be used for special activities, such as a farmers market and various public events. According to Chris Ernst, Cooper Carrys project manager, The historic station is not simply a transit hub, it is an anchor for the community, promoting the rich history of the City of Lancaster. It will no doubt position that part of Lancaster for future development.

    Construction is ongoing and is expected to be complete mid-year. This is one of several transit projects the firm has underway across the country.

    Lancaster Amtrak Station -On Track for Completion

    Lancaster, Penn