In 1996, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) began developing its vision to expand their campus eastward across 14 lanes of Interstate into the adjacent Midtown of Atlanta. This vision included a $180 million, eight-acre, 1.1 million square-foot complex that has become Technology Square. This five block project has now become a technology anchor for a downtown redevelopment renaissance that is adding its own multiple millions of square feet in new office, retail, medical, cultural, and residential space.
Block One includes: a 120,000-sq.-ft., four-story Global Learning Center and Continuing Education Center with three 75-seat tiered classrooms, a 125-seat tiered classroom, a 250-seat tiered auditorium and faculty offices; a 240,000-sq.-ft, 8-story hotel and executive conference center (includes a 7,280-sq.-ft ballroom, 17 meeting rooms, 252 guestrooms and restaurant); and 6,400 sq. ft. of retail space. The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is owned by the Georgia Tech Foundation. It is leased to a third party operator who independently operates the hotel and is certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).
Block Two includes: a 259,000-sq.-ft, four-story College of Management and executive education center building housing academic classrooms, lecture auditorium, faculty offices, a 47,572-sq.-ft Barnes & Noble bookstore, and 5,774-sq.-ft of retail space. When the Management building was being designed, the project management team overseeing the project at Georgia Tech made the decision to seek a LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Management Building was the first project for Georgia Tech to pursue a LEED Certification.
Block Three includes: a 542,000-sq.-ft, 8-level, 1,553-space parking deck and 65,000-sq.-ft, four-story academic and office building for the Economic Development Institute.
The Management Building is LEED Certified and was the first project for Georgia Tech to pursue a LEED Certification. The Management building was also a green-building demonstration project and, at the time of construction, only the second building in Georgia to earn LEED certification.