Just over 15 months after breaking ground on its new Atlanta Region Business Center in DeKalb County, Atlanta Gas Light cut the ribbon on Nov. 29 on the new glass and cinderblock building overlooking the Gresham Road/I-20 East service road.
DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond, District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb Economic Development Director Luz Borrero and state Public Commission officials joined Atlanta Gas Light officials to cut the large red ribbon on the 51,000-square-foot building at 2505 Brannen Road.
The new AGL metro regional office replaces an abandoned park-and-ride lot that long marred the look of the service road.
It has offices, warehouse space, fleet operations and a compressed natural gas station to service Atlanta Gas Light vehicles. It will house 150 employees who are relocating to the facility which offers a centralized location to better meet customer needs.
At the Aug. 18, 2017, groundbreaking, AGL President Bryan Batson touted the location as unbeatable in the company's quest to better serve its 1.6 million metro Atlanta customers.
At Thursday's the ribbon-cutting ceremony, her said that through the facility AGL hopes to make a significant investment that will serve as a catalyst for growth in the surrounding DeKalb County community.
“We’re also able to deepen our commitment to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas for metro Atlanta homes and businesses,” he said.
AGL says the state-of-the-art building has incorporated natural gas equipment including seven natural gas heat pumps and two natural gas backup generators. It said the facility will also provide an opportunity for its workforce to leverage integrated technology to help increase efficiency when responding to service calls.
The facility also features green energy-efficient and cost-saving technologies including LED lighting, wall paint with low-emitting volatile organic compounds to help sustain indoor air quality, as well as perforated metal sunscreens on the building façade to reduce sunlight and cooling costs – and eliminate the need for interior shades.
Johnson, who hopes the regional center will be a catalyst for attracting other corporate partners and new restaurants in his district, says he is looking forward to the economic growth the facility will bring to the Gresham area and District 3.