State Farm officials held a ceremonial ground breaking Thursday for the first new building in their planned Dunwoody campus.
Gov. Nathan Deal and officials with the city of Dunwoody, State Farm and developer KDC headlined the ceremony for the new corporate campus to be known as Park Center.
The first building, a 13-story office tower atop a seven level parking deck, is expected to open in late 2016. The project will include retail businesses and restaurants and a 175-room hotel. It will be connected to the MARTA station adjacent to Perimeter Mall.
Additional buildings will follow, with the entire development expected to include 2.2 million square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space and the hotel.
Dallas-based KDC is the developer and Cooper Carry & Associates is the architect. Holder Construction is serving as general contractor.
State Farm has said it will add about 3,000 metro Atlanta jobs over the next several years as it builds the massive new campus in Dunwoody, with plans to eventually employ more than 8,000 in metro Atlanta.
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