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Ground-Breaking Held for State Farm Office Campus

State Farm officials broke ground Thursday for the first new building in a planned Dunwoody campus.

An architect's rendering of what the office tower in the State Farm Dunwoody campus will look like upon completion. Credit: KDC
An architect's rendering of what the office tower in the State Farm Dunwoody campus will look like upon completion. Credit: KDC

State Farm officials broke ground Thursday for the first new building in a planned Dunwoody campus that is being touted as the largest commercial office project in metro Atlanta's history.

The first building in the development will be a 13-story office tower atop a seven level parking deck, which is expected to open in late 2016. The project will include retail businesses and restaurants and a 175-room hotel. It will be connected to the MARTA station adjacent to Perimeter Mall.

Additional buildings will follow, with the entire development expected to include 2.2 million square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space and the hotel.

Over the next several years, project developer KDC Real Estate Development will add 1.6 million square feet to the campus.

The project is part of Park Center, a 17-acre master-planned project by developer KDC. State Farm will lease 585,000 square feet in the development’s first office building.

The first office building at Park Center consists of a 13-story building situated on a seven-level parking structure with ground floor retail space. The building will be located on a nearly 4-acre site at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway, adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station.

The new Park Center facility will serve as part of the Atlanta hub, housing employees who will work across several functions to serve customers. The staff will be a combination of new hires and existing employees. State Farm currently employs about 5,500 people in the metro Atlanta area. In the coming years, State Farm will have an estimated 8,000 employees in the area.

“The KDC project and State Farm’s entry into the City of Dunwoody are game-changers for the entire north metro Atlanta region,” said Dunwoody Mayor Michael Davis. “This high-quality development strengthens Dunwoody and the central Perimeter area as Atlanta’s largest office market.  I’m confident State Farm will find Dunwoody’s location, amenities and proximity to superior transportation resources valuable as it seeks qualified employees from throughout the region.”

mary kirkendoll May 16, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Sure wish I could understand with all these huge projects breaking ground so close by , why noone will build in Chamblee. Just noticed the huge mixed use on Piedmont & Monroe will include a Sprouts Grocery. I think the lastest news for Chamblee is another tire store on Peachtree Boulevard and extended hours for all the clubs ensuring Buford Highway's sleaze factor. It's worrisome for those that bought homes here believing things would get better. I have zero confidence in Chamblee officials.
Bill Lowe May 27, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Hi Mary Kirkendoll. Glad to see you have found your way to another Patch site to bash Chamblee and rub on the nether regions of Brookhaven. It's funny that you say no one will listen to you. Don't you wonder why? Perhaps you are as far from an expert on anything real estate related as you can get. When you are a racist, and you purchase a home 1 block away from Buford Highway which is the multi-cultural center of the Atlanta area, would anyone listen to anything you have to say about the matter? Maybe they are fearful of any contact with you because you have a proven history of legal issues and settlements with local governments. That history can easily be found by anyone that searches with something like Google for your name. I don't feel sorry for your lack of research on home purchasing---both in Chamblee and in Smyrna---that can happen to anyone that wants to be a racist and live in a racially diverse area. I feel sorry for your inability to understand how business, government, and redevelopment works. Government can help businesses to redevelopment, but cannot make the decision for them.

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