TSW, an Atlanta-based architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm, has completed the design of a signature community destination for the City of Peachtree Corners on Peachtree Parkway near Medlock Bridge Rd. in Gwinnett County, and is currently working on the project's construction documents. The two-acre Town Green, the focal point of Peachtree Corners' new Town Center, will include a large, active oval lawn, interactive water feature, a botanical garden and two open air pavilions including one with a stage. The Town Center is being developed by Atlanta-based Fuqua Development in partnership with the Peachtree Corners Downtown Development Authority. The project will break ground later this spring.
"The Town Green will be a gathering place where adults and children can play, relax and enjoy the outdoors," said landscape architect Adam Williamson, senior principal of TSW. "We've designed the active oval to be slightly sloped so it will serve as a natural amphitheater when the City of Peachtree Corners presents concerts, festivals and other events, or shows films on a large outdoor movie screen. The Town Green will include a splash fountain, playable art, a community garden, outdoor dining areas and a path through a Botanical Garden that will connect the Town Green to The Forum shopping center. What visitors might not notice, but is crucial to the Town Green's viability, is a sustainable stormwater management system. We've designed a rain-harvesting cistern and bioswales to collect rainwater as it is channeled away from the park's surface and building rooftops. The rainwater will be stored and used as part of the Town Green's overall irrigation."
Fuqua Development recently completed the purchase of a portion of the 21-acre, undeveloped site where the Town Center will be built, and announced Cinebistro as the Center's anchor tenant. In addition to the Town Green, the Peachtree Corners Town Center will include restaurants, ground-level retail shops, second-level office space, a veterans' monument, and over 70 high-end, three-story townhomes to be built by Inline Communities, LLC.
"Across the country, and especially in the metro Atlanta area, suburban communities are seeking to create walkable, mixed-use town centers," said Williamson. "Public greenspaces are vital to these efforts, creating a sense of place. TSW has been involved in several park projects for neighboring metro Atlanta communities including Kennesaw, Duluth and Lawrenceville. In a dense residential suburb, it can be challenging to find an appropriate, available location to create a park. Peachtree Corners, which was incorporated in 2012, specifically acquired the 21 undeveloped acres at the heart of the city's retail area for the purpose of creating a town center. After several years of careful planning, the project is now ready to get underway."
TSW is a full-service planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm. The award-winning Atlanta company was founded in 1990 and specializes in sustainable community design, architecture and landscape architecture. TSW is a leader in the New Urbanist movement and employs a community planning and design process that links tradition and context with today's cultural and environmental demands. Sustainable design is an integral part of all TSW work, from the master plan level to the individual building components. TSW's staff members are LEED Accredited Professionals and their designs incorporate a range of ideas for progressive energy and resource saving solutions. www.tsw-design.com.