Georgia Tech's Technology Square Wins the Silver from LEED

Georgia Tech's Technology Square Wins the Silver from LEED

The newly built Technology Square complex at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The complex is one of only 16 projects in the world to attain this certification and the second within the state of Georgia.

Currently, building construction represents 17% of the overall waste in the world. Technology Square was designed to limit waste and utilize recycled and local materials. According to architectural firm Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, the new project includes the following environmental accomplishments:
  • Through energy efficient systems the project was able to exceed energy codes by 16%.

  • Over 75% of all materials used in construction were local, quadruple requirements set forth by LEED.

  • Technology Square features 112% of the LEED requirement for the use of recycled building materials.
Entering what was once a faltering section of midtown, Georgia Tech President G. Wayne Clough envisioned extending the existing campus over Interstates 75/85. In supporting this vision, TVS designed a master plan with permeable edges, intended to be inviting to students, visitors and residents alike. This forged a new artery between Georgia Tech and the midtown community. The new Technology Square project exceeded goals set forth by Midtown Alliance by promoting pedestrian activity by incorporating street level retail, landscaped courtyards as well as tree-lined sidewalks.

Recently, the project was awarded a Golden Shoe award by PEDS (Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety) for being the most pedestrian friendly development in the metro Atlanta area. In addition, the Atlanta Regional Commission has honored the project with the 2003 Development of Excellence Award for innovative design and development.

"A Silver-level rating certification is a significant achievement for a building project. The added significance of Georgia Tech's Management Building is the opportunity for the education facility to serve as a practical application of the benefits of high-performance green buildings to the future business leaders that will pass through this facility," said Christine Ervin, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new 188,872 square foot College of Management formally opened October 24, 2003 and is part of the Technology Square complex, which includes four buildings totaling 653,000 square feet.