GWCCA has invested millions of dollars over the last decade to improve the connectivity between its facilities and downtown Atlanta’s surrounding hospitality district. Extending the pedestrian experience from Centennial Olympic Park to the upcoming Signia by Hilton hotel, the Andrew Young International Blvd. projects will propel GWCCA’s connected campus.

Pedestrian Mall

Serving as the springboard for a collaborative approach to a shop-stay-play entertainment district, the pedestrian mall creates a safe, fluid pedestrian experience through GWCCA campus. To accomplish this goal, the project, in concert with the adjacent Transportation Depot project, converts two lanes of Andrew Young International Boulevard from Marietta Street west to the new Orange Parking Deck entrance into a Pedestrian Mall, extending the character of the pedestrian experience from Centennial Olympic Park. The Pedestrian Mall will ultimately connect to the new Signia by Hilton hotel at its west end when the hotel is completed in late 2023. With its increased open spaces, seating areas, and tiered decks, this project creates opportunities for customers and their attendees to enjoy outdoor space close to the interior spaces used for their events and offers possibilities for activations to enhance the attendee experience.

GWCCA is proud to partner with Georgia State Financing & Invest Commission (GSFIC), Manhattan Construction, HGOR, Nelson Worldwide, and Georgia State Construction & Interior Consultants (GSCIC) on the Pedestrian Mall project.

  • Rendering of Pedestrian Mall outside Southern Roots cafe facing southwest.

Transportation Depot

As a part of the comprehensive transformation of Andrew Young International Boulevard into an enhanced pedestrian experience, the Transportation Depot project consolidates dedicated bus and ride share options to aid attendee movement, relocating capacity for event shuttle operations to enable the creation of the Pedestrian Mall. The Depot contains loading/unloading spaces for 10 buses at a time, with staging capacity to have an additional bus waiting for each of the spaces. The transportation depot will relieve congestion along the Marietta Street corridor and improve traffic conditions by creating access and egress from the south end of the site reached via Centennial Olympic Park Drive. The Depot is designed with the flexibility to operate in multiple modes and to provide access and egress from both its north and south ends to respond to the variety of needs that each unique event presents. When not needed for vehicular operations, the Depot is designed to be used for other activations such as a location for food trucks or other guest amenities.

GWCCA is proud to partner with Georgia State Financing & Invest Commission (GSFIC), Holder Construction, Gensler, and Georgia State Construction & Interior Consultants (GSCIC) on the Transportation Depot project.

Construction Progress

Timeline

2021

March 2021
Andrew Young International Blvd. Pedestrian Mall Phase 1 Construction Begins

April 2021
Andrew Young International Blvd. Transportation Depot Construction Begins

July 2021
Andrew Young International Blvd. Pedestrian Mall Phase 1 Construction Anticipated Completion
Andrew Young International Blvd. Pedestrian Mall Phase 2 Construction Begins

December 2021
Andrew Young International Blvd. Pedestrian Mall Construction Anticipated Completion

2022

April 2022
Andrew Young International Blvd. Transportation Depot Construction Anticipated Completion
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