Sandy Springs city officials have selected an Atlanta architecture firm to lead the design process for the civic facility in the planned city center.

The city announced March 5 that it had selected Rosser International Inc. for the job. Rosser, the city said, worked on the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta; the Performing Arts Center in Greensboro, N.C.; and the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The city also announced its selection of Johnson Consulting of Chicago to help the city explore multi-use opportunities for the facility. Johnson will help city officials determine best uses for the facility’s performing arts and meeting spaces, the city said in a press release.

The firm’s previous work includes strategic planning for convention and conference centers, arenas, entertainment/urban development districts, and performing arts facilities, the release said.  The feasibility study should be completed in May 2014.

“These two firms were chosen for their creativity and extensive experience, including a track record of committing to community engagement which is critical as we develop the City Center,”  City Manager John McDonough said.

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