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Best Interior / Tenant Improvement Project in the Nation, Engineering News Record (ENR)

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Fri, Aug 28, 2015

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Couturier Iron Craft, Inc. a key player in the Carter's Inc. relocation improvement project in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brought on board by Perkins + Will and Choate Construction, Atlanta, Couturier Iron Craft is credited for the manufacturing and installation of the two decorative metal stairs and glass railing system connecting the 17th, 18th and 19th floors of the award winning space. Couturier attributes the recognition of "Best of the Best Projects" as a reflection of talent, skills and creativity of all individuals involved on the project. (Read more below)

Engineering News Record magazine (ENR) released its national “Best of the Best Projects” winners for 2014, designed to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievements in the U.S. among projects completed between June 2013 and June 2014. Choate Construction Company won two of these awards.

The Carter’s, Inc. build out in Atlanta, GA won for the Best Interiors/Tenant Improvement category in the nation.

The William Carter Company, better known as Carter’s, Inc., was founded in 1865 and is the leading brand of children’s clothing, gifts and accessories in America, selling more than 10 products for every child born in the United States.  The Company owns the Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace.  In an effort to attract and retain high quality talent, improve productivity, promote collaboration and encourage sustainability, Carter’s, Inc. relocated their headquarters to occupy 11 floors at Phipps Tower in Atlanta.

Carter’s 275,000-SF LEED Gold certified space, designed by Perkins + Will, highlights the company’s heritage of quality, innovation, and value throughout each of its 11 floors.  While their products might be developed for a juvenile crowd, their office space is sophisticated and contemporary. As each brand under the Carter’s, Inc. umbrella is unique, the design scheme of each floor is also unique through the use of different materials and colors schemes.

Each floor includes a library for informal gatherings equipped with a coffee bar and seating area as well as a break room with both bar-height and traditional table seating.  Features throughout the spaces include custom product display cases, extensive use of glass wall systems, wood wall and ceiling systems, high-end lighting with daylight harvesting, and over 100,000 SF of walnut wood flooring.  Two exposed staircases allow easy transition between the 17th, 18th and 19th floors, encouraging employee collaborating and connectivity. (


Couturier Iron Craft's completed decorative metal staircase.




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