Georgia Tech Campus Center
Cooper Carry led this design-build project for Georgia Tech to transform the size and reach of the existing Student Center and to create opportunities for the campus community to reset, restore, and refuel. Cooper Carry’s team programmed and designed four buildings extending over 11-acres and organized along pedestrian pathways. Through this concept, the team was able to “explode the box” of the traditional student center by extending it across the campus, where it could have the greatest impact on students’ well-being.
Working closely with OLIN landscape architects, the entire area features new hardscaping and landscaping that seamlessly tie together the buildings and adjacent campus fabric, improving accessibility, and offering abundant outdoor spaces for programmed and impromptu gatherings. The Campanile fountain part of this landscape is being re-envisioned with its iconic sculpture as the focus of a new plaza, which will support a wide range of activities, from quiet moments to game day celebrations.
The three new buildings in Phase I differ in scale, including a standalone café, a wellness-themed pavilion, and an event building featuring eleven meeting rooms and an 11,600 SF ballroom. All buildings feature abundant daylighting and views, with building orientations and entries determined by pedestrian routes. The existing Student Center is being reimagined in Phase II with a total renovation joining a new addition. The renovated center will offer retail options, student organization spaces, two theaters, dining and lounge areas, and recreation spaces. Clear wayfinding and many entrance points encourage exploration and extend activity to all portions of the building and site.
Phase I is complete and opened in Fall 2020. Phase II will open in Fall 2022.