Atlanta had a reputation for being better at tearing down historic buildings than restoring them.
But a shift towards preserving history may change even more as the city’s largest adaptive reuse project continues to garner accolades.
That would be Ponce City Market, the historic landmark constructed by Sears, Roebuck, & Co. in 1926. The urban centerpiece along the Beltline that combines retail, restaurants, office space and residential flats has recently been awarded several prestigious design and sustainability awards, according to a news release.
Here are details about the awards:
- 2016 Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land Institute —The annual awards recognize real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. They are widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. This marks the first time in over a decade that a project in the southeastern United States has won this award.
- 2016 Project of the Year from Urban Land Institute Atlanta —For 22 years, ULI Atlanta has celebrated outstanding leadership in development in the Southeast. The annual Awards showcase the “best in class” in real estate development in various categories.
- LEED Gold Certification —The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. By re-using the existing building structure and flooring material, installing water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, and using the latest in LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems in the base building, Ponce City Market offers tenants a space that is sustainable and efficient to operate for years to come. The building also earned LEED for Homes Gold Level certification for The Flats at Ponce City Market, and LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors for the Jamestown Corporate Office.
- “Golden Shoe” Award from PEDS — Honoring pedestrian-friendly people, places and projects, PEDS is a pedestrian advocacy organization that works with the community to promote changes that help make streets and communities in Georgia walkable. Zipcars, EV charging stations, a tenant shuttle to MARTA, space for over 500 bikes, bike valet and a direct connection to the BeltLine make PCM one of the most accessible buildings in Atlanta by alternative forms of transportation.
Ponce City Market is now owned by real estate investment and management company Jamestown and features retail, restaurants, office space, and residential flats. Previous Jamestown revitalization projects include Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco and Chelsea Market in Manhattan.