Project 2: Classic Center Expansion

Project Summary

The Classic Center Expansion included expanding the Grand Hall from 22,000 sq. ft. to 55,000 sq. ft. Construction of the Atrium, an enclosed area that will serve as a pre-function area to the Exhibit Hall, was done to create an 18,000 sq. ft. assembly and event space. The atrium includes a large custom hanging art piece in front of the windows.  The Foundry Building received upgrades and improvements, support and pre-function spaces, food services spaces, restrooms, and ancillary offices. All spaces were equipped with state of the art lighting controls and audio-visual capabilities. One major component of the Foundry project was the pedestrian bridge from the new upper level, across Foundry Street, and connecting to the Foundry Street Warehouse. The pedestrian bridge connection included an extension of the warehouse elevator up to the bridge level. This made, for the first time, an accessible connection between the Classic Center facilities. In 2015, the Pavilion was constructed as a venue for the farmer’s market, ice hockey games, concerts, and parking for RV’s with utilities connections for UGA football games. 

Key Project Statistics

  • Designer: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart & Stewart Associates, Inc.
  • Contractor: R.W. Allen, LLC
  • Program Manager: Jacobs Engineering
  • Sponsor: Classic Center Authority
  • Original SPLOST Budget: $23,748,000
  • Total Cost: $23,503,113
  • Completion Date: February 2013