The continuous evolution of the Georgia Tech campus
February 12, 2020
• Atlanta Georgia
Several major construction projects have been completed or are nearing completion on campus this semester. Other projects are progressing as planned. Read on for the latest updates.
Full or almost wrapped
The Kendeda building for an innovative and sustainable design
The Kendeda Building for an innovative and sustainable design, a project that seeks the complete certification of Living Building Challenge version 3.1 and aimed at creating solutions that address environmental and social concerns, was dedicated on October 24, 2019 and is now open to classes . To visit livingbuilding.gatech.edu/tours for information on how to take a guided tour.
Gilbert and Crosland Tower Renovation Price
The total renovation of the Price Gilbert Library and Crosland Tower is almost complete. Crosland Tower opened its doors a year ago and presents eight stories of archives, classrooms, studies and study spaces for students, teachers and staff.
Price Gilbert's renovation is expected to be completed in June. Once opened, this building will allow full interior connectivity from the north entrance of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons to Cherry Street in Historic Hill. The recently renovated building will have physical and digital spaces that will facilitate opportunities to establish contacts and communities of interest.
The sector at the corner of Hemphill and Ferst Drive is currently under construction as part of the 80-acre Eco-Commons project in general from Tech. This small eight-acre park-type project will include a performance landscape and a passive green space, which is expected to Become the centerpiece of unstructured activities. The project will support Tech's goal of reducing stormwater runoff by 50% by incorporating a current channel to mimic the historic water flow while capturing stormwater for reuse and infiltration. The plans also require more than 600 new trees, in addition to a broad spectrum of perennials and pastures. Demolition, leveling, tree transplantation, storm line and infiltration system activities are currently ongoing. For more information on the Eco-Commons project, visit facilities.gatech.edu/ecocommons. July 2020 is the expected completion period.
Smart Labs Initiative
This initiative strives to improve the functionality of laboratory spaces in the Ford Science and Technology Building (ES&T) and the U.A. Whitaker construction by reducing energy consumption and creating a safer laboratory environment. The project is configured as a Guaranteed Energy Saving Performance Contract (GESPC) to increase operational efficiency. The modifications will address demand-based ventilation strategies, controls and monitoring of HVAC and solve deferred maintenance problems. So far, fifty laboratories in ES&T have been updated. The programming of Whitaker construction laboratories is underway. There are a total of 150 laboratories in this project. Details about the plan can be found at facilities.gatech.edu/lab-vent. October 2020 is the expected completion period.
Howey physics classrooms
This project, which has been staggered to reduce the interruption of class time, includes updating the HVAC system, updating the bathrooms, renovating the conference rooms and incorporating cutting-edge technology and sound engineering throughout building. Conference rooms 3 and 4 are in progress, with room 2 closed and serving as a construction noise damper. Hall 1 is open for classes. During the summer, the four conference rooms will be renovated. At the end of the summer, work in conference rooms 3 and 4 will be complete, and construction will go to conference rooms 1 and 2 during the fall semester of 2020. December 2020 is the expected completion time.
Through this project, the current Student Center will be transformed into a flexible space to better meet the needs of the entire campus. Ample space will be devoted to social interaction, relaxation, creative expression and the support of our diverse community. Work in Phase I is delayed only a few days due to weather delays and is expected to be completed in early summer. When Phase I buildings are complete, the essential functions of the Student Center (such as Postal Services, Restaurants and Student Center Administration) will be temporarily moved to the new buildings to continue operations when construction of the construction begins. Phase II The construction of Phase II will affect the area around the Student Center, including the bell tower square, diverting pedestrian traffic around the north end of the small amphitheater and along Ferst Drive to the south. During the transition between Phases I and II, construction traffic will increase in the southwest sector of the campus as fences and equipment are mobilized.
The New Exhibition Hall is accepting reservation requests at space.gatech.edu/gt-events.
September 2022 is the expected completion period.
Just getting started
CAMPUSWIDE DOOR ACCESS CONTROL UPDATE PROGRAM
A plan is underway to update the current controlled access system in the exterior and interior doors located in educational buildings. The scope of work includes the replacement of existing hardware systems for more than 2,000 doors on campus. Currently, the campus has multiple access systems, which makes it difficult to quickly secure buildings in an emergency. This new access control solution contains a global management module and video surveillance capability. The current phase of the work, which consists of 89 doors in the Manufacturing-Related Discipline Complex (MRDC) and the Love Manufacturing Building (MRDC II), is expected to be completed by the end of February. The next phase of access updates is scheduled to be completed in late July and includes the following buildings: Klaus Advanced Computing Building, JL Daniel Laboratory, Lyman Hall, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Stephen C. Hall Building , Weber Space Science and Technology Building, Chapin Building, Carnegie Building, David M. Smith Building, Cherry Emerson Building, Engineering Science and Mechanics Building, French Building, Guggenheim Aerospace Building, Holland Building, Montgomery Knight Building, Wardlaw Center, Evans Administrative Building (Technology tower), and the Coon building.
June 2021 is the expected completion period.
Due to the recent relocation of employees in the Coda Building in Technology Square, several buildings on the campus are being renovated to receive new occupants.
The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) and the Center for Education that integrates science, mathematics and computer science (CEISMC) are moving to 505 10th Street. The renovations will soon begin to provide workspaces, which will allow program staff to operate efficiently and collaboratively. This includes creating access to the necessary support spaces, including storage, meeting rooms, workshops and creation spaces for prototyping and testing. The project is currently in the pre-construction estimation phase and the plans are to complete the renovations by August 2020.
In addition, the plans are to renovate 45,000 square feet of interior space in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building and the Tech Square Research Building with improved workspaces, laboratories and support spaces needed for the Interdisciplinary Research Neighborhood (IRN) groups They move to these buildings. The project is currently in the pre-construction estimation phase, and the plans are to complete the renovations by May 2021.