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Georgia Institute of Technology

Gilbane and HDR deliver a living laboratory for Georgia Tech through a design-build contract and achieved LEED Platinum

Gilbane, teamed with HDR, provided design-build services for Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Building. 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 achieves carbon neutrality without purchasing carbon offset credits. The project achieved LEED Platinum v3 certification, exceeding the Gold certification targeted by all new building construction on Georgia Tech’s campus.

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 in the same campus as the Combustion Lab, Structures Lab and Food Processing Technology Building. High Performance Building services include design peer reviews, energy modeling peer reviews, renewable energy options evaluation and Life Cycle Cost Analysis. Learn more.

The Design-Build team worked very closely and collaboratively with user representatives from across campus, while carefully managing the federal requirements of our NIST grant. Through the use of BIM technology, along with on-site building and system mock-ups and excellent team communications, the integration of systems and the detailing of the building yielded extraordinary quality and value.

– Howard S. Wertheimer, Director of Capital Planning and Space Management
Georgia Institute of Technology