ENR Southeast Names Porsche North America Experience Center Project of the Year
The Porsche Cars North America Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta has been named Project of the Year in Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast’s Best Projects competition.
ENR Southeast’s Best Projects award “recognizes construction and design excellence in the Southeast region.”
“At the new headquarters of Porsche Cars North America Inc., the roar of jets from nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport competes with the purr of engines, as drivers try out some of the German-based auto manufacturer’s latest models on a 1.6-mile test track.
“The track is but one component of a 27.7-acre complex, named One Porsche Drive, that is part corporate headquarters, part automobile showcase and training facility, part economic development project and all brand reinforcement.”
“To bring the ambiance of Porsche motoring as close to PCNA employees and visitors as possible, the test track is routed beneath the building’s two-story, 3,100-sq-ft glass, precast concrete and steel lobby.”
“The presence of so many high-performance automobiles, not to mention the close proximity to one of the world’s busiest airports and an active freight rail line, made interior acoustics a key design consideration. Based on its research of air traffic patterns, architect HOK developed an acoustical curtain wall glazing treatment that includes 1-7/8-in. and 1-in.-thick laminated glass separated by a 6-in. air cavity. The curtain wall and the interior wall configurations combine to keep noise out.”