The opportunity

Gilbane, teamed with HDR, provided Design/Build services for this 45,000 SF facility. Located at the North Avenue Research Area (NARA) of the Georgia Tech campus, the facility houses several energy research efforts. By effectively using several energy-saving designs—including a full photovoltaic array—the facility harvests energy on-site and achieve carbon neutrality without purchasing carbon offset credits. The project achieved a LEED Platinum v3 Certification, exceeding the Gold certification targeted by all new building construction on Georgia Tech’s campus.

The solution

The research focus of the facility is sustainable energy solutions, including high-efficiency combustion engines, biomass gasification kinetics, biochemical-enzymatic conversion of biomass materials, and capture of carbon dioxide from power plants and combustion engines. The lab is on the same campus as the Combustion Lab, Structures Lab and Food Processing Technology Building.

Gilbane's High Performance Building services used on the project include design peer reviews, energy modeling peer reviews, renewable energy options evaluation and Life Cycle Cost Analysis.


Technical information

  • Architect: HDR
  • Project Square Feet: 45,000 SF
  • Construction Cost: $23 million
  • Completion Date: August 2012
  • Contract Delivery Method: Design Build