Norfolk Southern Corporation formally opened its state-of-the-art headquarters in midtown Atlanta on Thursday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Brian P. Kemp and other Georgia dignitaries.

“There are many reasons we are proud to call Atlanta home. The city is diverse and culturally rich, with amenities that will ensure our employees and their families thrive. We are committed that Norfolk Southern and its people will be more than just residents of Atlanta — we plan to be engaged community partners, committed to the future of our new home,” said Jim Squires, chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern.

Sustainability and employee health and wellness were front and center during the design of the 750,000 square foot building, which is located on a 34 acre campus in Tech Square. The building features touchless technology throughout the facility, open work spaces, street-level plazas and rooftop terraces.

Employee amenities include a restaurant-like food hall, fitness center, on-site day care, a coffee shop, art installations and an artist in residence studio.

“To be a leader in today’s rapidly evolving transportation and logistics market, the company needed to be more agile and work more collaboratively across organizational boundaries,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer Annie Adams. “Our new building brings us together in a central location, which was designed to boost collaboration and innovation.”

Norfolk Southern employs 19,000 employees across the company, of which 3,000 will call the new headquarters home. The building enhances the company’s presence in Georgia, which dates to the mid-1840’s.

“Norfolk Southern’s presence will help accelerate the city’s competitive advantage in technology. Today our data scientists, engineers, and IT professionals are using artificial intelligence, machine vision, and advanced analytics to make the railroad industry safer, and improve service for our customers,” added Squires. “At the same time, we will continue to lead our industry in sustainability. Today’s locomotives are the most environmentally responsible way to move freight over land.”