Technology Square

This article –and others highlighting innovative new urbanist projects in the Atlanta area– can be found in the book on the region produced especially for CNU 18: Building Metropolitan Atlanta: Past, Present & Future.

Project Name:
TECHNOLOGY SQUARE

Location:
Atlanta, GA

Project Date:
2003


Site Information:
Four blocks of formerly moribund small commercial buildings and surface parking lots at the western edge of Midtown, connected by a bridge across I-75/85 to the Georgia Tech campus.

Project Information:
Technology Square is a four-block, mixed-use redevelopment project that connects the historic Georgia Tech campus across the interstate highway to Midtown Atlanta, reconnecting the campus to the city grid and creating an entirely new portal to the Institute. Large cantilevered lantern-like glass structures mark the corners of the development, signaling to passersby on both the interstate and the local streets that something new and special has arrived.

The development’s retail shops and restaurants, geared to students and urban residents, bring new life to the streetscape. The $120-million, five-building, LEED registered design presents a new worldwide forum for business and continuing education. Brightly painted courtyards and generous use of fenestration symbolize openness and a sense of time and place throughout the design. Technology Square’s 617,000 square feet house Georgia Tech’s College of Management, its Global Learning Center, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, a new Barnes & Noble Georgia Tech Bookstore, Economic Development Building, a parking structure, retail and restaurant spaces, and offices.



Due to the collaboration of the designers and numerous users in meeting the needs of a multi-component project, Technology Square is a giant leap forward in Georgia Tech's vision of reaching out and connecting to the city and business community. In addition, Technology Square has served as a catalyst for nearby redevelopment into mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly projects.

Awards:
ULI National Award for Excellence
ULI Atlanta Award for Excellence
AIA Committee On Architecture For Education - Educational Facilities Design Citation
Merit Award in District Planning - SCUP and the AIA
Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence
Atlanta Regional Commission & Regional Business Coalition Development of Excellence Award
Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety Golden Shoe Award