In an academic environment where students dedicate themselves to a technology-based education, one building serves as a model for environmentally friendly technologies in today’s building design and construction. The Dupree College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) received the prestigious LEED® 2.0 Silver Certification, making it Georgia Tech’s first LEED-certified building. In addition to providing learning space for Georgia Tech students, the College of Management also serves as a green-building laboratory, educating the public about its sustainable features through tours and an interactive computer system.

git_managementThe $35 million, four-story, 330,000-square-foot College of Management is the centerpiece of the $145 million, five-building project known as Technology Square. In addition to the College of Management, Technology Square contains Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center, a hotel/conference center, Georgia Tech Bookstore, Economic Development Institute and 1,473-space parking deck. Every building in Technology Square features a concrete frame.

Holder/Hardin, a joint venture of Atlanta-based general contractors Holder Construction and Hardin Construction, self-performed the concrete work for Technology Square. Selecting from a wide variety of versatile available concrete floor systems, the College of Management, Global Learning Center and Economic Development Institute buildings utilized a modular pan slab construction with post-tensioned beams. The hotel employed a flat slab floor system with dropped beams and mild reinforcing. The parking deck was a precast concrete structure.

git_tech_squareOne of the biggest challenges with Technology Square was the size and complexity of designing and building five buildings with completely different programs at the same time. Careful coordination was one key to the success of this massive project. The general contractors, which self-performed the concrete work for this project, established preconstruction and construction teams so information regarding constructability, schedule, estimating and billing issues could be studied, discussed, and incorporated into the project plan in a holistic manner. This early-operations involvement ensured any challenges with the concrete’s design, preconstruction and estimating were successfully and seamlessly transitioned to the field.

Concrete structures were specified for Technology Square for several reasons. Due to a shallower structure depth and fewer restrictions for core drilling, concrete floors allowed the university flexibility for future modifications. The hotel was specifically designed to expand. Inserts were cast into the slab and beams for future tie-in.

At the time of construction, concrete framing provided economic benefits over steel. In addition, work began sooner with concrete frame construction because it did not require as much detailing and fabrication as a steel structure. Completed in 2003, Technology Square serves as a model for future concrete-frame construction on Georgia Tech’s campus. 

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Credits

Owner:
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Architect:
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates, Atlanta, Georgia.

General Contractors: 
Holder/Hardin, Joint Venture, Atlanta, Georgia.

Structural Engineer: 
Walter P. Moore, Atlanta, Georgia

Ready-Mix Suppliers: 
Allied ReadyMix; Decatur, Georgia.
LaFarge Building Materials, Marietta, Georgia