Midtown Union’s Class-AA Office Tower Tops Out in Midtown Atlanta
Thursday, October 7th, 2021
MetLife Investment Management (MIM), MetLife Inc.’s institutional asset management business, and Granite Properties, a commercial real estate investment, development and management company, announced the topping out of Midtown Union’s Class-AA, 26-Story, 612,000 square foot office tower in Midtown Atlanta. Anchored by the future headquarters of Invesco, the building will offer a sustainable and wellness-focused workspace, and is pursuing LEED and Fitwel certifications.
Midtown Union, a mixed-use development encompassing nearly a full city block, and consisting of three towers (office, residential and a hotel), is designed by Cooper Carry, and developed by three different partnerships. The fully integrated project includes an extension of Arts Center Way creating a new, pedestrian-friendly retail destination in Midtown with shops and restaurants. General contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie began constructing the three towers simultaneously in November 2019, for a unified delivery in Q3 2022. Topping out in close procession, the 26-story, 355-unit residential tower, “the Mira at Midtown Union,” reached the milestone in June, and the 14-story, 230-key hotel, to be operated by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, reached its height in March.
“With Midtown Union’s office, residential and hotel towers topped out, we’re pleased to see this lifestyle destination coming to life,” said Robert Merck, global head of Real Estate and Agriculture at MetLife Investment Management. “We’re confident that Midtown Union will create significant benefits for tenants, the surrounding community, and the city at large,” he added.
“We’re pleased to achieve this major construction milestone and are thrilled to be on schedule to complete this large, transformative project in Midtown Atlanta,” said John Robbins, Senior Managing Director of Granite Properties. “Midtown Union’s office tower will embody the highest quality of design, construction and amenities to offer an inviting, sustainable, healthy and productivity enhancing work environment to top talent,” he added.
Located steps from Midtown’s Arts District, and stretching along the lush park setting of Arts Center Way, the Midtown Union office building is designed to foster collaboration, creativity and community. Office workers can work, socialize or unwind in the airy, multi-level hospitality lobby, and enjoy fresh air and natural light at the 12,000 square foot landscaped outdoor amenity terrace on the 8th floor. The amenity terrace will connect to a fitness center, boardroom, conference meeting facilities and a customer lounge offering additional common spaces to gather. Each floor will feature 14-ft floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing natural light to permeate throughout the entire floor. Health and wellness features will include the installation of the clean air technology, Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization, in the building’s HVAC system; motorized revolving entry doors; touchless fixtures in restrooms; outdoor green spaces to work and meet; and, a destination dispatch elevator system, allowing office workers to operate elevators remotely via their smartphone.
“With ample open space and greenery within a park setting, Midtown Union will be a healthy and well place to work whether that happens at your desk or at the elevated landscape deck,” said Bill Halter, Principal in the Office Workplace Studio at Cooper Carry. "We applied a biophilic design strategy that integrates this new era office building within a natural setting."
In addition to the office tower, Midtown Union consists of:
- A luxury apartment complex called the Mira at Midtown Union developed by StreetLights Residential and MetLife Investment Management. The building will offer studio, one-, two-, or three-bedroom floor plans, ranging in size from 496 to 1,731 square feet. Numerous luxury amenities are planned, including concierge services, a coffee bar, a resident bar and lounge, conference and co-working spaces, a pet spa, and an outdoor amenity deck with a pool, seating and grilling stations overlooking Midtown Atlanta.
- A Kimpton hotel developed by MetLife Investment Management and AMS Hospitality. The hotel will offer a chef-driven restaurant and bar, a second-story bar and lounge, and 5,400 square feet of meeting and events space.
- An extension of Arts Center Way creating a new pedestrian-friendly retail destination offering 32,000 square feet of shops and restaurants as well as green space.
- 635,000 square foot parking deck providing 1,909 parking spaces.
“Complicated projects often don’t require a complicated solution. They just need great people working hard together, marching down a clearly defined path toward a common goal," said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President and Division Manager Mike Foushee. "The people on this project have exemplified everything that the word 'team' represents. We’re grateful for the partnership that we share with MetLife, Granite Properties and Cooper Carry, and we look forward to tackling more challenges together in the future.”
Midtown Union offers exceptional accessibility via four points of ingress and egress, offers “first-on/first-off” access to the I-75/85 Connector, and is a 2-minute walk from the Arts Center MARTA Station, providing an alternative for tenants, visitors, residents and guests.
Midtown Union’s office building is 50 percent leased. The office and retail spaces are being leased by Brooke Dewey and Adam Viente (office) and Coleman Morris (retail) of JLL.