By: Jonathon Barge, vice president at Carter
Over the weekend, a helicopter crew from Michigan replaced the familiar Wachovia signs at 171 17th Street in Atlantic Station with Wells Fargo signs that are the largest Wells signs on an office building anywhere. The two large red-and-yellow Wells Fargo signs were installed letter-by-letter on the 22-story building. Wells Fargo will permanently light the signs in a ceremony at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 to mark the occasion.
Wells Fargo, which acquired Wachovia in late 2008, is the largest tenant at Atlantic Station.
The two sets of 10 letters spelling Wells Fargo are 11 feet tall and 128 feet long and made of aluminum, steel and polycarbonate. The letters were fabricated in Virginia Beach, Va., and arrived Friday on seven semi trucks. The logo directly facing the interstate is 27 feet high and 29 feet wide. The signs weigh 17 tons in all with 22,543 LED lights that use 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs.
The office tower at 171 17th Street, managed by Carter, was the first LEED Silver-Core & Shell certified high-rise office building in the world and the first high-rise office building in Georgia to receive any LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Carter has played a key role at the Atlantic Station mixed-use development, where we moved our headquarters five years ago. In addition to managing 171 17th Street, Carter also manages the 201 17th Street and 271 17th Street office towers and provides leasing for all three buildings . Carter also project managed the development of the 201 and 271 office towers and the Town Center open-air retail component.
Wells Fargo says the signs are a symbol of the bank’s commitment to Midtown and the overall Atlanta market.
Jonathon Barge provides a highly technical perspective to projects by drawing from his Mechanical Engineering design background and complex, large-scale construction experience. With over 13 years of experience in design and project management, Jonathon can understand and overcome daily field issues to keep projects moving towards successful completion. He has consistently completed challenging projects while protecting owners’ interests with an organized and detailed project management approach.