1958: Tom Cousins, 26, leaves position of VP of Sales for Knox Homes and starts his own residential real estate business, Cousins Properties.
1962: Company goes public.
1964: Company named largest homebuilder in Georgia. Expands to condominiums and townhomes.
1965: Company builds its first office building – the Piedmont-Cain Building in downtown Atlanta.
1966: Begins developing Cross Creek Apartments, Interstate North Office Park and The Decks (the parking structure over Atlanta’s railroad gulch).
1966: Company begins building its first retail project—Cambridge Square on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
1968: Tom Cousins helps purchase the St. Louis Hawks basketball team and moves it to Atlanta.
Late-1960s: Donates land that would become the Georgia World Congress Center.
1972: Work completed on The Omni Arena
1976: Omni International Complex opens (today’s CNN Center).
1982: Cousins sells much of its retail holdings to focus on office development.
Early 1980s: Cousins begins relationship with IBM to build offices, including Wildwood Office Park in Cobb County. Cousins would create similar relationships with Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Emory University.
1986: Cousins becomes a real estate investment trust (REIT).
1991: 191 Peachtree Tower opens.
1992: NationsBank Plaza (today’s Bank of America Plaza) opens. At the time it is the tallest building in the country outside of New York and Chicago.
1992: Acquires New Market Companies.
1998: The Pinnacle opens in Buckhead.
2002: Tom Cousins retires from daily operations; Tom Bell named President and CEO.
Early 2000s: Company begins to sell older projects.
2006: Company moves headquarters to 191 Peachtree.
2006: Bank of America Plaza sold to BentleyForbes for $436 million.
2007: Terminus 100 opens in Buckhead. It would be joined by 10 Terminus Place in 2008 and Terminus 200 in 2009.
Late 2000s: Company begins selling its industrial and retail properties, decides to concentrate on high-end office buildings across the southeast.
2016: Cousins acquires Houston-based Parkway Properties and spins off its Houston properties into Parkway, Inc.
March 25, 2019: Cousins announces it will merge with Dallas rival TIER REIT.
—Timeline information comes mostly from the Cousins Properties website.
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