Georgia State University 25 Park Place

Formerly known as the SunTrust Building, 25 Park Place is now occupied by Georgia State University to house many departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A phased design project, Heery is providing interior design and engineering for the 27-floor, 425,000 SF building. The first 90,000 SF phase consisted of general mechanical, electrical and plumbing/fire protection (MEP) improvements to the building and interior refit of five full floors, specifically floors 6 and 8-11. The remaining 20 tower floors are currently being designed to include new spaces such as offices, conference rooms and some special use spaces for various departments within the University, including library archives in the basement.

As part of the design process, Heery established a new building design standard, including approved materials and a distinct, branded finish palette. The designers continue to use the standardized materials and colors to create a personality for every department and floor. Each unique space creates an identity for the departments, while maintaining a cohesive design throughout the building. Every floor includes break rooms, a faculty lounge, a mail room, seminar rooms, offices and flexible space for graduate students. The second floor offers a shared conference room with an integrated digital gallery with activated, pre-functional space. Heery’s design team worked with Georgia State University to refresh these spaces with sophisticated finishes and updated furniture selections. The university saved money by reusing light fixtures, ceiling tiles and carpet in the back of house and more private areas, all while staying within the newly established design standards.

The interior design team established design standards for the entirety of the project, with individualized criteria by departments. Of special note are:

  • The building was partially occupied by non-university tenants during the Project
  • Upgrades to emergency power, including a new automatic transfer switch and new generator in the penthouse to replace the diesel generator
  • Building automation controls upgrades, including control valves for perimeter induction units on each floor
  • Select low voltage design for access control, fire alarm, CCTV, voice and data systems


Interior Design


Atlanta, GA


425,000 SF