Midtown’s Colony Square plans to use UV light to clean air

As businesses in Atlanta begin to reopen, Midtown mixed-used development Colony Square is investing $280,000 in new lighting technology to ensure the safety of workers and visitors, according to a news release from North American Properties, which owns the development.

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As businesses in Atlanta begin to reopen, Midtown mixed-used development Colony Square is investing $280,000 in new lighting technology to ensure the safety of workers and visitors, according to a news release from North American Properties, which owns the development.

As businesses in Atlanta begin to reopen, Midtown mixed-used development Colony Square is investing $280,000 in new lighting technology to ensure the safety of workers and visitors, according to a news release from North American Properties, which owns the development.

The ultraviolet lighting system would purify and destroy airborne biocontaminants in the existing air filtering systems in the property’s two office towers, according to the release. The ultraviolet light works as a cleaner to disinfect or kill microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, mold, and dust mites. The lights are often found in hospitals and labs.

The 720,000-square-foot Colony Square development, located at the corner of 14th and Peachtree streets, has two towers with office and retail space. Two additional buildings are also under construction. Tenants include Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, 5Church Atlanta, and Establishment.

“We are taking proactive steps to make our buildings and common areas healthier for the community,” North American Properties managing partner Tim Perry said in a statement. “Clean air is one of many priorities for our team, along with increased sanitization protocols, enforcement of social distancing, and reprogramming our event plans and common spaces.”

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The UV lighting is part of the development’s “Better Together” campaign, an effort to create a safe working environment as many tenants at Colony Square prepare to return to work June 1 during the pandemic, according to the release. The development is also instituting an Elevator Concierge service that will answer visitors and workers’ questions to help them navigate the “new normal.”

As part of the “new normal,” Colony Square updated its code of conduct to include social distancing requirements, which will be monitored and enforced by security. This includes breaking up groups of more than 10 people.

Other key changes include one-way pedestrian traffic entering and exiting Buildings 100 and 400, increased cleaning staff dedicated to cleaning certain areas of the property including high-touch areas such as handles and doors, and decreasing furniture in common areas to avoid large gatherings.

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