National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Atlanta, GA

In 2008 several national fee development service providers competed to develop the new Center for Civil and Human Rights. A DaVinci Development executive-led this extremely high-profile project. Because of the high visibility nature of the project, the developer was responsible for facilitating a national design competition. Initially conceived at a 92,000 SF, $124M project, it was re-designed three times to respond to changing economics. The final 42,000 SF program is expandable in two phases to a total of 62,000 SF. The project required the coordination of architects, exhibit designers, artists, IT specialists, fabricators, and contractors.

The team worked closely on the acquisition of the property from the Coca-Cola Corporation, obtained all entitlements, and also developed the initial operating pro formas for feasibility.

The project planning began during the Great Recession of the mid-2000s and was developed and constructed simultaneously with the National College Football Hall of Fame, where DaVinci Development executives also served as program managers. DaVinci Development is proud to have been a part of this significant and iconic project and honored to have been able to partner with the late Phil Freelon. In 2015, the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects chose the project for its Honor Award.

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Size42,000 SF


Project RoleDevelopment Manager

Project TeamFreelon Group: Architect HOK - Architect of Record
CD Moody Construction Company and Holder Construction Company - Joint Venture (Construction)

*Project completed prior to founding DaVinci Development Collaborative (Cousins Properties)

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- Leonardo da Vinci

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