Under Construction Atlanta: College Football & Human Rights National Museums

Two important national focal points are under construction in downtown Atlanta:  the relocated College Football Hall of Fame and the premiere of the National Center for Civil & Human Rights

They are being built adjacent to one of the nation’s top convention centers– the Georgia World Congress Center, the world’s largest Georgia Aquarium and beautiful Centennial Olympic Park.

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College Football Hall of Fame
interior view of field
interior view of field

Opting in 2009 to move from South Bend, Ind., the National Football Foundation will find a new home for the College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The new location will showcase the Hall within an exciting, entertaining attraction to hundreds of thousands of college football fans and other tourists and business travelers in one of the largest and most vibrant, diverse cities in the country.

The $66.5 million facility will top out at almost 100,000 square feet and will feature approximately 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, as well as a 45-yard indoor football field that also will serve as a unique, flexible programming and event space. The Hall is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

National Civil & Human Rights Museum
National Civil & Human Rights Museum

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be an archives, museum, and cultural research center.  Their mission is to commemorate the contributions of Georgians to the struggle for African-American freedom and equality; to highlight the contributions of current and future struggles for freedom worldwide; to encourage the discussion and study of human and civil rights movements domestically and abroad; and serve as a center for conflict resolution.

The architects for the $125 million center were the Freelon Group and HOK.  Phillip Freelon described the design as inspired by “the simple yet powerful image of interlocking arms that signifies the linkages that empower individuals and groups of seemingly divergent interests to find common ground”. The building is planned to be LEED certified, featuring terracotta cladding, with a surrounding an exterior courtyard to serve as an amphitheater and exhibit space.

monumental fountain sculpture commissioned for the center
monumental fountain sculpture commissioned for the center
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