ATLANTA — Georgia State has released architectural renderings for its forthcoming convocation center, a large, multi-use facility that will sit at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Capitol Avenue, just north of Georgia State Stadium.
As Georgia State now graduates more than 10,000 students a year, the convocation center will provide much-needed indoor space for the university’s commencements.
Designed by Atlanta-based architects CBRE | Heery and Perkins & Will, it will feature a glass façade that looks north toward the downtown skyline and a customizable interior that can be configured to accommodate various kinds of events. Hosting commencement, concerts, conferences and other large gatherings, it will also become the home court for Panthers’ basketball games — an enormous improvement over the Sports Arena’s capacity of 3,854.
Eagerly anticipated since its announcement last year, the $85 million project represents the latest addition to the university’s growing campus in downtown Atlanta. The university expects to complete construction in 2022.
“The new convocation center will be the first large, indoor assembly area this university has ever had,” said Mark Becker, president of Georgia State. “With our growing national reputation and record enrollment and graduation rates, it couldn’t come at a better time. It will be a building worthy of our nationally ranked academic programs, our exceptional students and our winning teams.”