Campus Center

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.

A Look at the Campus Center Project

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 (Phase I)

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. 

The Pavilions (Phase I)

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), these buildings will serve as temporary space for critical Student Center functions like the Student Center and Student Engagement administrative offices

The Renovated Student Center (Phase II)

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. 

Latest News

What You Need to Know About What's Happening

Many exciting changes have already taken place with Phase I of construction well under way, and there is more to come! Click here to find the 5 Things to Catch Up On, and 5 Things to Look Forward to this year. We'll have more updates throughout the fall, so stay tuned!

We've Taken Off!

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 we launched the project officially with the help of campus leadership and the students from the Student Center Expansion Committee (SCEC). Stay tuned for construction updates this summer!

Connect with the Student Center Expansion Committee

The Student Center Expansion Committee (SCEC) has a new leader in place - we're excited to welcome to Hisham Temmar as our new Chair. This group of students works to funnel the student voice and keep student needs in focus as the project progresses. If you would like to contact or connect with the SCEC, email Hisham at htemmar3@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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August 2019 - December 2019 | Phase 1C/D - click here to see a map of Phase 1C/D
 
January 2020 - March 2020 | Phase 1E - click here to see a map of Phase 1E
 
April 2020 | Completion and opening of Cafe pavilion
 
May 2020 | Completion of all 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‚Äč 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

2018 | Design development phase - meetings with student, staff, and community stakeholders

Spring 2019 | Construction on Phase I began in May 2019

 

 

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 Interests
  • 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. If you would like to contact or connect with the SCEC, email Hisham at htemmar3@gatech.edu.

Faculty & Staff Champions
Georgia Tech faculty and staff interested in being one of our project liaisons should contact Kate Curnow at kate.curnow@stucen.gatech.edu.

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