Construction has begun on a new 13-story building on top of a seven-level parking building to house State Farm’s planned offices across from the Dunwoody MARTA station in Perimeter Center.

Developer KDC held a formal groundbreaking ceremony May 15 on its Park Center project, a 17-acre complex. State Farm will lease 585,000 square feet in the development’s first office building, the developer said.

The first phase of KDC’s development will include the State Farm office space, 17,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and a 175-room hotel, the developer said in a press release. At full build out, the transit-oriented development will include 2.2 million square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and entertainment and the hotel.

“We are honored that State Farm entrusted KDC to develop another office campus for its highly valued work force,” said Steve Van Amburgh, chief executive officer, KDC. “We plan to create an environment that offers employees direct access to residential, shopping and dining, in a pedestrian-friendly environment.”

State Farm has announced plans to hire several thousand people to work at its new Dunwoody campus. The new Park Center facility will serve as part of the Atlanta hub, housing employees who will perform several functions, State Farm said in a press release. State Farm said it currently employs approximately 5,500 people in the metro Atlanta area, and, in the coming years, will have approximately 8,000 employees in the area.

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