Center for Civil and Human Rights – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Client: National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Size: 42,000 sq. ft.

Project value: $23.5M

Awards: Program Management Urban Land Institute Atlanta Chapter - Development of Excellence Award National Association of Minority Contractors - President’s Award


H.J. Russell & Company, along with joint venture partners C.D. Moody Construction Company and Holder Construction Company, provided construction management at-risk services to build the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The LEED Gold-certified building incorporates a high-performance exterior wall assembly, state-of-the-art environmental control systems, a vegetated roof and other energy-saving features.

Curved facades represent interlocking arms that cradle the central space. Inside, there are three levels, which include exhibits and galleries, an event space, a broadcast studio and a retail store. Moving through the building, visitors experience rich content through interactive exhibits and immersive activities.

The center tells its stories on three levels, beginning with an anchoring gallery on the lowest, dedicated to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Collection. Floating above it is a series of exhibitions and galleries addressing civil rights. Above that is a third level of exhibitions on global human rights.