Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

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Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

26 October 2023

Design: EskewDumezRipple

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology
Renders: EskewDumezRipple

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

Designed by EskewDumezRipple in collaboration with Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio (RJTR), this 416,500-square-foot high-rise research building features an expressive two-tower massing (one at 14 stories and one at 18 stories). The complex will serve as Phase 3 of Georgia Tech’s ambitious expansion in midtown Atlanta, known as Technology Square. The project, and its mission to empower Georgia Tech students, faculty, and stakeholders to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition, seeks to benefit from the proximity to and interaction with nearby startups, researchers, labs, corporate innovators, and venture capitalists in this vibrant intellectual environment.

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

Differentiation in the massing and the two-tower expression (unified by a single, efficient core) arose from the varied programming to be held within. The two-tower expression simultaneously serves as visual recognition of the philanthropic mission of the project’s two key donors. The 14-story Scheller Tower will house the MBA and Executive Education programs for the Scheller College of Business and is named in recognition of the generous philanthropic commitment of Roberta and Ernest Scheller Jr., IM 1952, HON Ph.D. 2013. The 18-story George Tower, named to recognize Penny and Bill George, IE 1964, HON Ph.D. 2008, for their integral support for the facility will be the new home for the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The individual towers are unified by a central zone between them, functioning as a communal circulatory pathway where the two towers meet. This thoroughfare continues through the building form, truncating at the podium and spills into a monumental gathering space.

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

The district’s exterior promenade and its connection to the surrounding areas is unified by a vertically stacked green roof terrace held atop a monumental architectural stair legible on the facade. These elements will intelligently attenuate daylight and offer an ecological identity to the urban campus as a vertically-oriented quad. Ambitious energy performance and decarbonization goals set a foundational benchmark for Tech Institute’s-wide sustainability goals as well as an ideal to strive for in nearby Technology Square projects.

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

The ground floor space takes a traditional southern precedent—the porch—and enlarges it for maximum effect; a place for socialization and the sharing of ideas. This space is scaled to fit large gatherings and to directly engage Midtown’s important 5th Street corridor, which links back to the core of the original campus. Large-scale kinetic doorways open wide, offering up the central gathering space as the new social laboratory erasing the traditional boundary of indoor and outdoor space. Within this centralized podium are a variety of ‘collision spaces’ where students can come together for study, socialization, cross-pollination of ideas, and innovation. The gathering space aligns axially with a treed and shaded exterior terrace with a bosque of trees for year-round use and creative recreational programs.

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology – Building Information

EDR Design Team
Jack Sawyer – Principal-in-Charge, Project Manager
Steve Dumez – Principal, Design Director
Z Smith – Principal, Sustainability Director
Nathan Petty – Project Manager
William Netter – Project Architect
Kristin Henry – Project Interior Designer
Staff: Daniel Ruff, Phoenix Montague, Sheena Garcia

Project Team
Architecture and Interior Design: EskewDumezRipple – www.eskewdumezripple.com

Architect of Record: Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn
Structural Engineer: Uzun + Case
MEP Engineer: Newcomb & Boyd
Electrical Engineer:
Geotechnical Engineer: NOVA
Landscape: Design Workshop
Lighting: Clanton & Associates
Acoustical Engineer: Newcomb & Boyd
Theatrical/AV: Newcomb & Boyd
Building Envelope: Williamson & Associates
Energy Modeling Consultant: Point Energy Innovations
Surveyor: Long Engineering
Fire Life Safety Consultant: SLS Consulting
Program Manager: JLL
Renderings: EskewDumezRipple
Vertical Transportation Consultant: Lerch, Bates & Associates
Door Hardware Consultant: Allegion
Commissioning Consultant: Epsten Group
Wind Engineering Consultant: CPP Wind Engineering
Graphic Desing/ Wayfinding: McCoy Design
Cost Estimator: Palacio Collaborative
Client: Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

Tech Square 3, Georgia Institute of Technology

Renderings: EskewDumezRipple

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Location: Atlanta, GA, United States of America

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