Alpharetta City Hall Opens as Centerpiece of New Development
We are pleased to announce and celebrate the grand opening of the new Alpharetta City Hall, at the heart of Alpharetta, Georgia’s new Downtown City Center Master Plan. We would like to congratulate Mayor David Belle Isle, the Alpharetta City Council, and the city of Alpharetta on their new landmark.
The traditional design of the City Hall evokes the charm of historic Southern municipal buildings treasured by their communities. The City Hall not only serves as the civic seat of Alpharetta, it also serves as a place for community gathering. The cupola establishes a visual link from the surrounding historical neighborhoods to the City Center. The City Hall is sited on a new City Park, which features a terraced amphitheater and future band shell for concerts, a stream, and plentiful mature trees painstakingly preserved by the design team.
Designed by DMSAS together with Architect of Record Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc. (SRSSA), the four-story red brick and limestone-colored cast stone building houses city departments and offices on the ground, second, and third floors. The main first floor features a grand double-height oval lobby, 145 seat Council Chamber, and multiple rooms for community events, private fêtes, and a permanent exhibit of Alpharetta history, so that the building belongs not only to the government, but to the community itself. Jones Lang LaSalle served as Program Manager for the City Hall, and Choate Construction Company served as Construction Manager for this first phase of construction. SRSSA also designed the Municipal Parking Garage, which provides ample parking support for the City Hall and all future phases of the City Center.
The City Hall and City Park form the nucleus of DMSAS’ Downtown City Center Master Plan. Also included in this first phase of construction is the Town Green, which provides a place for community recreation and gathering. The Town Green will be surrounded by several blocks of mixed-use low-rise development, slated for future phases of construction. The Alpharetta City Council has just selected a team to develop these parcels. To complete the civic side of the City Center, the Fulton County Library and City Hall Garden are sited to the south of the City Hall. The Garden has already been completed while the Library continues to undergo construction.
As the City Hall officially opens for Alpharetta town business, DMSAS was honored to be represented at the ceremonial ribbon cutting by Principal Michael Swartz and Director Sean Nohelty. We are excited to watch a new downtown unfold, bringing a sense of place to Alpharetta’s strong community.