The Historic Hurt Building at 50 Hurt Plaza in Atlanta is full of early century beauty that the client requested we preserve throughout this renovation project. During the preconstruction phase, Cornerstone engaged vendors to investigate and evaluate the historical conditions and finishes that existed beneath much of the main lobby and base building common area. Through Cornerstone’s extensive knowledge of working in the 104-year-old building, we worked with the designer and engineers on design changes in a major portion of the project area, to achieve the architect’s vision for the main lobby and the new amenity floor. The phased project required strategic logistics planning due to the occupied nature of the building. Work in the lobby required our team to temporarily shut down tenant entries and re-route patrons to alternate ADA entries. Updates in the lobby included rework of plaster ceilings and modifications to create an open-to-structure floating cloud element. The client and the designer asked us to remove the old column surrounds to expose the 104-year-old steel columns. Cornerstone worked with the municipality to provide an alternative fire proofing method that would allow the column details to remain exposed per the designer’s vision.
In addition to the main lobby entry, Cornerstone updated twelve floors of common areas, which included removal and restoration of the original Tate marble floors that exist throughout the base building elevator lobbies and common corridors. Lighting upgrades as well as painting and graphic installs were completed. In conjunction with the common area renovations, a new spec model restroom was re-configured and completed. Lastly, a re-purpose and re-haul of the 18th floor was performed. Vacant since the mid-1980s, the 18th floor was converted into an amenities floor for patrons of the building. A fully-equipped fitness center and ADA-accessible shower facilities were installed. Cornerstone teamed with our design-build mechanical and electrical contractors to design and install a fully functional, 24/7 supplemental HVAC system for the fitness center. The remaining portion of the 18th floor was converted into JLL’s new leasing office and 50 Hurt’s new conference center, featuring traditional conference room space and four 45-person conference rooms that can convert to a 180-person room by way of Modernfold’s Operable Partitions.