Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Center
Extensive expansion and renovation project on Georgia Tech’s campus designed to unite the growing student and faculty population
A Campus center for the new age
Gilbane has been selected to provide design/build services for the new Georgia Tech Campus Center. This project will ultimately convert the current student center, into an essential and viable “campus center” designed to unite the ever-growing student and faculty population.
Through partial demolition, a new addition to the Wenn Center and two new buildings; including a new exhibition hall and pavilion, the center will add over 300,000 SF of new and renovated space.
- The Wenn Center renovation will include a new three-story addition that will replace the Commons. It will also include Tech Rec, a post office and two theatres
- The new exhibition hall will house meeting and conference spaces, a 12,000 SF ballroom, that will be divisible into five smaller spaces, if need be, and a host of A/V capabilities
- The new pavilion will include an expanded paper and clay studio, office space for Georgia Tech Health Initiatives, The Center for Assessment and an indoor/outdoor café with a fireplace lounge
This multi-year, multi-phased project will take place while classes remain in session. The project is currently on a 36-month renovation schedule and will complete in 2022.
The campus vision is to utilize an owner-focused 5D strategy to create an integrated process to virtually build the project before the ground is broken. The overall campus program includes multiple building types such as institutional, medium weight and tactical structures with various lifecycle and investment strategies. The intense preconstruction effort of this approach allows the owner to make critical decisions and give design input based on the provided data that would not be available until much later in the program in a traditional approach. This 5D strategy allows the team to look at scheduling and phasing to reduce function and time resulting in savings.