ATLANTA — With Kell Hall out of the way, construction crews are nearing completion on the first phase of the greenway, which will become Georgia State’s signature gathering space at the center of the Atlanta Campus.
The demolition of Kell Hall and the eastern half of Library Plaza began last April. Workers hauled away the last chunks of concrete in October and have since installed new façades on Langdale Hall and Arts & Humanities where the buildings once adjoined Kell Hall. Construction has also started on the lighted walkway that will soon cross through the greenspace connecting Collins Street to Peachtree Center Avenue.
Crews are expected to start building two new staircases in late February. One will connect the Courtland Street bridge to a revamped ground-level entrance to Sparks Hall, and the other will link Langdale Plaza (the remaining section of Library Plaza behind Langdale Hall) to the greenway down below. In late March, crews should begin landscaping the communal greenspace itself.
The university hopes to open a portion of the greenway, including the walkway, by the end of May. However, because the next construction phase calls for a new ground-level entrance to Library North, complete with façade improvements and a sizable addition, the portion of the greenway that lies south of the walkway must remain closed to allow work to proceed.
Once the northern portion of the greenway opens, work will commence on the Library North addition, which the university estimates will take about eight months and conclude in early 2021. While the new entrance is under construction, the current entrance must be closed. Although Facilities Management Services is investigating alternatives, Library North might only be accessible through Library South.
If crews complete the Library North addition on time, the rest of the greenway should open to the public by the end of the spring 2021 semester.
Check out some drawings of what the completed project will look like below. Keep scrolling to watch a time-lapse video of Kell Hall’s demolition.
Video by William Davis (B.A. ’11) and Riki Prosper Kujanpaa (B.A. ’17)