Technology Square

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Release Date: January 2005
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Technology Square

Fast Facts

Address: Atlanta, GA
Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology
Development Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
General Contractor: Holder/Hardin, a joint venture between Holder Construction Company and Hardin Construction Company, LLC
Property Type: University
Square Feet: 1.1 million square feet

Building Description: The development includes three academic buildings, a 252-room hotel and conference center and a 1,500-car parking deck. The exterior features brick and stucco-clad reinforced concrete structures.


In 1996, the Georgia Institute of Technology began developing its vision to expand their campus eastward across 14 lanes of Interstate and into the adjacent Midtown of Atlanta.

Begun in the fall of 2001 and completed in the summer of 2003, this $180 million, eight-acre, 1.1 million-square-foot complex includes three academic buildings, a 252-room hotel and conference center and a 1,500-car parking deck and retail space.

An Urban Village Revitalizes Midtown Atlanta

What distinguishes Technology Square from the typical campus plan is that the building components adjoin one another to create an urban street grid—a place for students and the community to socially interact. Once a four-lane artery, it is now a two-lane retail corridor with on-street parking and tree-lined pedestrian sidewalks.

As a leading model of sustainable development on the campus, this complex serves as an educational tool for the community. Educational tours, with the help of signage and an interactive computer system in the lobby, allow visitors to learn about the project’s unique sustainable design and technological features.

Since the announcement of Technology Square, more than four million square feet of new development has been completed or is under construction, sparking a revitalization of the Midtown area.

With the help of the Epsten Group, a LEED consultant, the College of Management Building earned Silver certification.

Green Features

Sustainable Sites

  • Accessible to public transportation.
  • Bicycle storage and changing rooms.
  • Tree removal and replanting.
  • Storm water management.
  • Light-colored material to reduce heat islands used on most exterior horizontal surfaces, paving and parking deck.
  • White heat-reflecting roof on management building.
  • Erosion control and management.
night view of Technology Square

All photography by Brian Gassel of Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Permanent walk-off grates and mats at entries.
  • Janitors’ closets and copiers located in separate, exhausted rooms.
  • Air monitoring of CO2 levels.
  • Use of low VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet, composite wood and agrifiber and no urea formaldehyde used in composite wood products.
  • Atriums, courtyards and glass bring in natural light.
  • Sealed ducts and pollutants ventilated outside.

Water Efficiency

  • Drought resistant and native plants require no potable water.
  • Water-efficient drip-irrigation system with moisture sensors that reduces water requirements by more than 50 percent.
  • Water-saving lavatory fixtures reduce water use by more than 30 percent over requirements.
conference center at Technology Square

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Computerized energy management and control system that measures energy use in mechanical and electrical systems.
  • 16.5 percent more energy efficiency than the national standard.
  • Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants.
  • CFC reduction in HVAC equipment.

Materials and Resources

  • Recycling of most demolition and construction waste.
  • Recycled materials used throughout, including recycled steel, carpet that is more than 50 percent recycled.
  • Majority of products used were salvaged, recycled or harvested in Georgia and neighboring states.