Type to search

Latest Reports

The Coca-Cola Co. unveils its new IT division offices in downtown Atlanta

By Maria Saporta

A transformed open and airy office environment has welcomed nearly 2,000 Coca-Cola employees to SunTrust Plaza’s “Garden Offices” in the heart of downtown.

The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) invited members of the board of Central Atlanta Progress to visit the company’s new home for its information technology division. The move came as Coca-Cola consolidated seven offices into five, The move of about 2,000 workers to downtown is viewed as a major boost to downtown.

But Andrew Currie, director of change implementation and communication for Coca-Cola’s Global IT and Global Business Services, said there was quite a bit of skepticism on the part of some employees to move to the downtown office building. “The fear factor was pretty high about going downtown,” he said.

About half of the employees had been working out the company’s Wildwood offices in Cobb County.

Currie said he just asked employees to keep an open mind.

“We had to create a space that really welcomed people,” Currie said. “It certainly is working out really well. Now looking back, people love this space. It is such a light and open space.”

The space was built out so that it could fit 2,177 employees, and Currie said that there are usually about 1,800 people working out of the building. A Coca-Cola shuttle bus is available to transport employees from the SunTrust building to the North Avenue Coca-Cola headquarters building.

As to whether Coca-Cola could consider moving other employees downtown, Currie said: “We are always going to look at how we are going to best locate our people.

Taking a peak at Coca-Cola's new IT offices downtown (Photos by Byron Small - Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Taking a peak at Coca-Cola’s new IT offices downtown (Photos by Byron Small – Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Another view at Coca-Cola's newest home downtown

Another view at Coca-Cola’s newest home downtown

Chairs made of recycled plastic Coke bottles

Chairs made of recycled plastic Coke bottles

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



  1. cartersspot June 16, 2014 6:57 pm

    Great addition to the area.Report

  2. MarcioWilges March 25, 2015 12:43 am

    It is not of any wonder why the employees had a difficult time initially when the announcement was made of them moving to an entirely new place and building for work. The downtown is completely diverse unlike the old place where they have worked almost their entire lifetime. Obviously they need the time to adapt and adopt the new changes of moving to a strange town and having to stay there for the next few decades.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.