Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building

Location:

Columbus, GA
 

Year:

2011
 

Project Scope

Awards:

First Place Award—
"Best Parking Deck for the Athens Clarke County Parking Deck",
ACI (America Concrete Institute) Georgia Chapter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
Athens Clarke County Parking and Mixed-use Building
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Design Features:
The newly upgraded bridge façade at Victory Drive and Interstate 185 in Columbus is the “Gateway” to Fort Benning. "It's magnificent," said Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence. He continued by saying this is not only the best entrance to a military facility in America, it is the best in the world. General Brown said the gateway is a memorial to all the soldiers who have served at the post.

The major feature of the gateway is a new architectural precast façade which will greet anyone travelling south with “Fort Benning Georgia” in huge letters and north bound travelers with “Columbus Georgia.” The corners of the precast façade are anchored by four towering piers. Each pier has four tall, round precast columns supporting the precast column cap holding a bronze statue. On the northeast corner is an equestrian cavalryman, The Trooper of the Plains, an enlarged version of the original Frederic S. Remmington sculpture. This sculpture represents the Armor School. On the northwest corner is the Follow Me statue of a soldier for the Infantry School. On the south side, the two column pedestals each support a bronze statue of an American eagle.

Unique Innovations:
The project used federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation, and private money from the Gateway Foundation of Columbus to install the $6.8 million project on the fifty-six acre site. Architectural precast concrete was selected to re-clad the existing bridge and provide the fifty-foot-tall pillar that support the statues. The precast finish is a white/buff mix with a moderate sandblast. There are 30,439 square feet of architectural precast with a total of 238 pieces erected on the site. The precast erector also placed the twelve-foot tall statues on top of the column caps.

 
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