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April 13, 2000

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Brad Dixon, 404-651-3575
University Relations

Georgia State to implode office building in Fairlie-Poplar district April 16

ATLANTA - Implosion of a Georgia State University office building in downtown's Fairlie-Poplar district is scheduled from 7:30-9 a.m. on Sunday, April 16. This building, at the corners of Luckie, Forsyth and Broad streets and across the street from Georgia State's Rialto Center for Performing Arts, is being demolished to make room for a new university classroom building called the Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center.

On Sunday, the demolition will close parts and entire sections of eleven streets in downtown Atlanta: Williams, Peachtree, Luckie, Poplar, Broad, Walton, Fairlie, Forsyth, Auburn, John Wesley Dobbs and Park Place. Safety measures will be taken to protect motorists and pedestrians, who are encouraged to avoid this area if possible.

As a precaution, no one will be allowed within 1,000 feet of the building. Media outlets will have to shoot the implosion from that distance. Tim Barker of AMC Demolition Specialists will assist camera operators in setting up, and he can be reached in advance at 770-310-3231.

Construction of the Alderhold Learning Center, which is scheduled for completion in late fall 2001, will officially open in spring 2002. The four-story brick building, which will complement the character of the neighborhood, will include 46 classrooms and three auditorium-style lecture halls as well as ground-level retail space for food and shops, giving patrons of the Rialto Center places to go after performances. Each day, the Aderhold Learning Center will infuse approximately 10,000 students into the Fairlie-Poplar district.

 

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