Georgia Institute of Technology, Campus Center
Cooper Carry is working with Georgia Tech to expand the size and reach of the existing Student Center. The team, beginning with the goal to increase opportunities for the campus community to reset, restore and refuel, has programmed and designed four buildings extending over 11 acres organized along a major pedestrian pathway.
Working closely with the landscape architects, the entire area features new hardscape and landscape that seamlessly tie together the project buildings and adjacent campus fabric, improving accessibility and offering abundant outdoor spaces for programmed and impromptu gatherings. The existing Student Center will be remade, with a fully-renovated portion joining a new addition, offering extensive retail options, student organization spaces, two theaters, dining and lounge and recreation spaces. Clear wayfinding and many entrance points will encourage exploration and extend activity to all portions of the building.
The new buildings differ in scale, from a standalone café to a wellness-themed pavilion to an event building featuring 11 meeting rooms and anchored by an 11,600 square foot ballroom. All buildings feature abundant daylighting and views, including the ballroom, with building orientations and entries determined by pedestrian routes. The first phase of construction, which includes the three new buildings, is slated to open for fall 2020, with the renovation/addition work beginning then and opening for fall 2022.