Aug 18, 2014 | Atlanta, GA
Each summer gives Georgia Tech an opportunity to complete construction projects while there’s less traffic on campus, and this summer was no different.
Both short- and long-term projects saw progress in recent months. A few places where you may notice things look a little different:
Price Gilbert Grove: This is the area on the north side of the Price Gilbert Library near the Hinman Building. The project is divided into three phases and four sections. Completed efforts include waterproofing, new drainage installation, and the addition of concrete stairs and a patio extension, creating an outdoor space with views of the Midtown skyline. North of Fourth Street and Architecture East, sidewalks are complete and pole bases for new lights have been installed. Pedestrian access in this area will be complete at the end of August, and the project should be finished by the end of September.
Cherry Street and Ferst Drive: Upgrading the underground steam line in this area gave the campus an opportunity to also make streetscape improvements to North Avenue and down Ferst to the Student Center Transit Hub. Additional trees and shrubbery, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and dedicated bike and motorcycle parking will all lend to improving the usability of the area. Most hardscape work will be done by the time classes start, and the area should be complete by Oct. 1.
Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB): Construction of EBB continues on 10th Street and is scheduled to be complete in spring 2015. When complete, it will add 218,000 square feet of academic and research space for faculty and students in the colleges of Science and Engineering. Follow construction in real time via webcam.
Glenn and Towers Residence Halls: Towers Hall has been complete and will house freshmen this fall. Glenn is now under renovation and will reopen to students for fall 2015. A new connector building between the two residence halls is under construction, to be completed in spring 2015, and will include a meeting room, fitness center and study space. Improvements along Techwood outside Brittain Dining Hall were also completed over the summer, replacing the retaining wall and providing a more open green space for freshmen to enjoy.
Chapin Building: The L.W. Chapin Building, which houses OMED, is being fully renovated to provide a better hub of administrative and student support space. The renovation will preserve the historic look of the building while updating it for safety, service, and access for those with disabilities. The building is scheduled to be complete in November, with full operations up and running for the spring semester.