Utoy Creek Administration Building
This 30,000 square foot City of Atlanta owned administration building and analytical laboratory at the Utoy Creek Water Reclamation Facility also serves as a visitor center. The building has a cafeteria, a 75-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and a teaching laboratory--all available for use by the surrounding community and by tour groups wanting to learn about water treatment facilities.
Perched on a hill, the central control room has a commanding view of the entire plant. The main entryway passes over a water feature of pools connected by a runnel that cascades sixty feet from the highest to the lowest pool. Visitors cross over a bridge to enter the lobby.
Inside, display materials and a site model help identify the steps in the wastewater treatment process. The lobby also overlooks the lab and control room, allowing visitors to watch the plant at work. Elevators carry visitors to the auditorium for an audiovisual presentation describing how wastewater is treated in a modern water reclamation facility. Adjacent to the auditorium, a balcony overlooks the entire plant where the roofs of the different processing buildings are individually colored to facilitate an explanation of the various parts of the plant. Visitors can leave the building via an interpretive walkway past the middle pool of the water feature and through a wooded area back to the entry.
The building skin is made of 65 architectural precast panels, ranging in size from small filler panels to 21 ft. x 29 ft pieces.