Re(in)novation

The Student Center is not just renovating, not just innovating, but re(in)novating! The Campus Center project will renovate portions of the existing Student Center and expand services into four new buildings across a 15-acre site to create program spaces necessary for our growing campus. This collection of buildings will be a central point of resources, gathering, entertainment, and restoration for the Georgia Tech community. The design activates the outdoors by connecting the building elements with accessible and engaging pathways from Tech Green to the Campus Recreation Center in order to increase student connection to campus green-space and better utilize our outdoor resources.
 

                                    4, 3, 2, 1, LIFT OFF! JOIN US FOR THE PROJECT LAUNCH

The Campus Center Project is not just breaking ground, it’s taking off! The entire campus community is invited to join us for this momentous occasion as we launch the project. The launch event will be held on the IC lawn on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. – noon. The event we will begin with remarks from campus leadership, including President Peterson. There will be popsicles and giveaways while supplies last, and the opportunity to learn more from our project ambassadors. We hope to see you there!

Site plan rendering for Campus Center

Learn About the Future Campus Center

We are renovating the Student Center and adding four new buildings to our portfolio, connected by an engaging and accessible path. Find out more about each piece below.

The Exhibition Hall

The exhibition hall will serve as the center of meeting and conference functions on campus. The building is designed to enhance and uplift the conference and large-event experience at Georgia Tech with its:

  • 12,000 ft2 ballroom, divisible into five smaller spaces
  • 11 meeting spaces with full conference and teleconference A/V capabilities
  • Expanded pre-function space
  • Convenience of housing Catering Services in the same building

The exhibition hall will be part of Phase I of construction, which is expected to last from May 2019 until Summer 2020. During Phase II of construction (Summer 2020 - late 2022), this building will serve as temporary space for critical Student Center functions like the food hall and Post Office. Click below for a closer look at the exhibition hall.

The Pavilions

Focused on the project's goals to provide locations for restoration, refueling, and creative expression, the pavilion buildings will include:

  • An expanded Paper & Clay 
  • New office space for Georgia Tech Health Initiatives
  • The Center for Assessment, Referral, and Eduction (CARE)
  • A standalone cafe with indoor and outdoor seating
  • An outdoor fireplace lounge

The pavilions will be part of Phase I of construction, which is expected to last from May 2019 until Summer 2020. During Phase II of construction (Summer 2020 - late 2022), this building will serve as temporary space for critical Student Center functions like the Student Center and Student Engagement administrative officesClick below for a closer look at the pavilions.

The Renovated Student Center

The Student Center you know today will be heavily renovated and a new three-story addition will replace the Commons. Details on this building will be further explored during Phase I construction. Finalized designs will be available in Spring 2020, but they will include:

  • Tech Rec
  • Post Office
  • Expanded student organization space
  • A multi-cultural space
  • A reflection space
  • A graduate student lounge
  • Food hall
  • Information Desk
  • Two theaters (150 seat and 298 seat)
  • Significant upgrades to outdoor spaces
  • And much more!

The Student Center will continue to function as it does today until Summer 2020, when Phase II of construction is expected to begin. Critical functions will shift to temporary space in the exhibition hall and pavilions while the Student Center is offline. Click below for a closer look at the renovated Student Center.

Latest News

What You Need to Know About What's Coming

The enabling work for the Campus Center construction begins during Spring Break to lay the groundwork for the full project construction. Click here to find out the 10 Things You Need to Know about the work that is about to begin.

Take a Tour of the Future!

Walk through the site of the future Campus Center with one of our project champions to learn more about the project, and see into the future. Tours take place every Wednesday at 4p.m. beginning Wednesday, March 27 through the end of the semester. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes, and will depart from the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. To set up a tour for your group outside of Wednesday afternoons, please email our team at scmarketing@gatech.edu.

For questions or feedback about this part of the design process, please reach out to scinfodesk@mail.gatech.edu.

 

 

 

Anticipated Timeline

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April 2019 | Enabling construction to prepare for Phase I. Click here to see a map of the construction impact.
 
May 2019 | Phase I Construction begins - Monday, May 6
 
April 2020 | Completion and opening of Cafe pavilion
 
May 2020 | Completion of Phase I construction
 
June 2020 | Transition of critical services from Student Center to new buildings; begin Phase II Construction (Student Center, Campanile Plaza, and adjacent outdoor space)
 
Fall 2022 | Grand Opening​ of full site
 
 
 
 

Project History

Expansion projects of this nature take years of work to bring about. Below are some of the major steps taken to get us to where we are now:

2005 | SGA White Paper

2012 | SCEC was formed to capture student opinion

2013 | Peer Review, SGA resolution

2015 | Visioning excersises

2016 | Student Body voted to approve project fee.
Total Voter Participation | 5,025 students
Undergraduate Votes | 4,081 students (2,980 in favor, 1,101 opposed)
Graduate Votes | 944 students (350 in favor, 594 opposed)

2017 | Ideas Competition to Select Design-Build Team
Selected Team Workshop/Cooper Carry/Gilbane/Olin

 

 

 

Project Goals

We've surveyed hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and alumni to figure out what the new building should accomplish. We know our new Campus Center will be a place to:

  • Serve the Entire Georgia Tech Community
  • Reset, Restore, & Refuel
  • Showcase Georgia Tech's Accomplishments and be a Catalyst for Creative Expression
  • Foster Friendships and Bridge Across Disciplines, Cultures, and ???
  • Promote Leadership and Involvement
  • Activate the Outdoors

 

Get Involved

If you'd like to help shape the Campus Center to come, you can get involved in a few ways!

Join the SCEC
The Student Center Expansion Committee (SCEC) is a student group that collects and passes on student opinion on the project. Their work includes focus groups. surveys, and more.

Focus Groups
Keep an eye out for information on upcoming focus groups about the Ideas Competition.

Additional Project Information