Norfolk Southern (NS), Norfolk, Va., launched construction of its new corporate headquarters building in Atlanta.

“This is an exciting day for Norfolk Southern. We break ground on a new headquarters building, and equally important, begin a new chapter of our railroad’s proud history in Atlanta,” says James Squires, chairman, president and CEO. “Today, we celebrate the start of an exciting era of collaboration and alignment for the NS corporate team that will benefit our employees, our customers, our shareholders and the communities we serve.”

Norfolk Southern announced plans relocate its corporate headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta in December 2018.

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties will oversee construction of the new headquarters complex. Located on a 3.4-acre property at 650 West Peachtree St., between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Third Street, the 2-tower glass structure will feature approximately 750,000 square feet of office space. A campus-style hub will connect the two towers, serving as a destination for employees to work and socialize throughout the day. Outside, a lush entry plaza will welcome employees, guests and neighbors into the building’s main lobby, where they can enjoy soaring ceilings, beautiful views and a coffee shop open to the public.

“Cousins is thrilled to partner with Norfolk Southern to develop their new corporate headquarters in Atlanta,” says Colin Connolly, president and CEO of Cousins Properties. “We share their vision in creating an iconic project that will have a positive impact on the Midtown community and the Norfolk Southern team.”

Norfolk Southern and Cousins Properties are designing a campus that reimagines the employee work environment and experience. Amenities include an on-site dining facility, an adjacent rooftop garden and private greenspace, a comprehensive fitness center, state-of-the-art conference and training facilities, on-site childcare and a variety of individual and shared workspaces.

The headquarters site is in “Tech Square,” a hub of innovation and technology in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Plans call for the building to be completed and occupied by Norfolk Southern in the third quarter of 2021.

The relocation of the headquarters will bring approximately 850 jobs to Atlanta.