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Scientific Atlanta applies for special-use permit to construct a sixth building

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials with Scientific Atlanta have asked Gwinnett County for a special-use permit that would allow the company to construct a sixth building on its 279.6-acre Lawrenceville campus.

The new building, if approved, will rise four stories tall, giving the company an additional 179,529 square feet of work space, said Sara Stutzenstein, Scientific Atlanta spokeswoman.

The proposed building and a new parking lot holding 349 spaces will occupy 19.5 acres of the existing campus, according to papers filed with Gwinnett County's development review department.

The special-use permit application describes the proposed expansion as an office building. Company officials are not releasing specifics regarding the type of work that would be performed in the proposed structure, although Stutzenstein said its purpose would match work already done on campus.

"We do product testing and development, research and design, and our corporate offices are here," she said.

Scientific Atlanta was acquired by Cisco, a company that powers the Internet with routing and switching, in February 2006. That same year, Scientific Atlanta grew by 28 percent, Stutzenstein said.

She declined to comment on whether the company had plans to hire additional employees.

Scientific Atlanta makes and provides video equipment to cable operators and telecom service providers. The company employs 1,700 workers at its Sugarloaf Parkway campus and 9,500 worldwide.

Gwinnett's planning commission will hear the request Jan. 15.