The Construction Management Association of America has awarded the Winter Johnson Group two Project Achievement awards for the construction of the new Metropolitan Library, a branch library on the south side of Atlanta.

The Winter Johnson Group built the new branch library on the former site of the Capital View Baptist Church, which the neighboring communities viewed as an important landmark. The architect for the new library, Smith Dalia Architects, designed the library to meet the needs of an innovative library program while also paying homage to the history of the site.

Winter Johnson completed the project on time and within budget, despite an unusually high number of inclement weather days, which presented many challenges that the team resolved quickly and effectively. Winter Johnson worked with Smith Dalia and the subcontractors to provide value engineering and generate cost savings to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The project team also met the sustainability goals for the project.

The Construction Management Association of America—South Atlantic Chapter (CMAA-SAC) awarded Winter Johnson the top award in two categories:

  • Public Building Valued Less Than $10 Million
  • Sustainability in Buildings.

CMAA-SAC judged entries of construction projects completed in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The Metropolitan Library reflects a respect for history and a vision for the future. Four granite columns preserved from the Capital View Baptist Church now stand as a monument on the new Library’s plaza. Winter Johnson also managed the installation of light fixtures, chairs, and stained glass that were preserved from the Church. The Library’s innovative features include a curtain-wall glazing system that provides abundant light, and a raised access floor that will accommodate future changes in the interior over decades.

The project earned its Sustainability award by including a durable and flexible interior design, sensor-driven LED light fixtures, and careful management of stormwater, among other features.

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