Sandy Springs City Center


City of Sandy Springs


Construction Cost
$120 million

Completion Date
December 2017

Project Size
14 acre development

Sandy Springs City Center

Sandy Springs

Walter P Moore provided structural engineering for the first development in Sandy Springs to provide a true urban mixed-use environment, billed by many as “the most important project in Sandy Springs history.” The City Springs project is a comprehensive public-private partnership with the common goal of creating a mixed-use development that employs new urbanist principals with a strong civic emphasis to create a true center for the young city of Sandy Springs.

The 14-acre development includes a central park, Administrative Building, City Hall, a 1000+ seat performing arts center, a studio theater, over 100,000 SF of office space, over 55,000 SF of meeting and retail space, a more than 1,600 car parking deck, and private apartments.

The majority of the buildings on site are constructed on a concrete structural frame, although structural steel is used for the more complex long-span roofs and various canopy structures. Walter P Moore designed the structure of the performing arts center to be acoustically isolated from the surrounding buildings, mechanical rooms, and restrooms in order to provide the most soundproof facility possible.

The rigorous schedule required several early packages including Mass Excavation/Shoring, Early Foundations, and Structural Frame. The two-level basement perimeter covers a massive area of over 150,000 SF per level, with a ½ mile long shoring wall perimeter. Walter P Moore’s experience with extensive and deep basement excavations in Atlanta with tight site constraints played a key role in developing a simple and constructible shoring wall system.