Arthur B. Edge Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center

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Front of Arthur B. Edge, Jr. Intercollegiate Center on Game Day

The Arthur B. Edge Intercollegiate Athletic Center is located on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology where Techwood Drive and Bobby Dodd Way intersect in Atlanta, Georgia. The center was opened in February of 1982 as a part of the J.C. “Bud” Shaw Sports Complex and is the headquarters for the Georgia Tech athletics family. The intercollegiate athletic center includes administrative offices, the Hearn Academic Center, locker rooms, training and equipment rooms, a dining hall, museums of Tech’s athletic history, and a number of other facilities. The Arthur B. Edge Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center is located at UNIQ21a41ccd2bc12627-geo-00000000-QINU.


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Location

The intercollegiate athletic center is located on the east side of the Georgia Tech campus. It is connected to Bobby Dodd Stadium where all of the home football games take place. It is surrounded by freshman dorms and the Brittain dining hall. It is directly across from Peter’s parking deck, a block away from fraternity and sorority row, and within short walking distance of the Price Gilbert Library. However, the path requires a climb up Freshman Hill. It is also conveniently located right off of Interstate 75/85 and is only a couple blocks away from Turner Studio.

History

Sign of Arthur B. Edge, Jr. Intercollegiate Center

The Edge Center was completed in 1981 and was opened to the public in February of 1982. The Edge Center was dedicated to Arthur B. Edge on October 30, 1982. Since then, the Edge Center has gone through several renovations. One of the most notable was the addition of the Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance in May of 1996. The Howard Candler, Jr. Conference Center was also opened in May of 1996. The Hearn Academic Center was originally opened in 1984 and was renovated in the Fall of 2007. The Athletic Association was established in January 1901.


The institution wanted to build a new athletic center to match its academic excellence with a nationally renowned athletic program. The Atlanta architectural firm of Robert and Company Associates made the designs of the building. The construction costs were estimated at about $4.1 million with the furnishings and equipment estimated at an additional $490,000. [1]


The dramatic architecture style that was used for this building makes it one of the most eye-catching athletic buildings in the country. When a visitor walks in, they enter through the foyer to the first floor and see the lobby rise through the top floor to a glass atrium.


The Intercollegiate Athletics Center was dedicated to Arthur B. Edge, who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1926 and was a very prominent Tech alumni and former president of Callaway Mills. While attending Tech, he was not just academically intelligent; He was also very involved in the community and was a member of many clubs and fraternities, such as Greek, honor, and service fraternities, as he was a natural leader. There was nothing he loved more than the Georgia Tech football team and he was very deserving to have this “state of the art” building to be named after him. [2]

The Building Itself

Circle of Champions

The main purpose of the Edge Center was to combine academic excellence with a nationally renowned athletic program. The building is four stories tall and is over 60,000 square feet. The building was completely funded for by a number of generous alumni and private donors. And as such, Georgia Tech now has one of the finest athletic facilities in the nation.


The ground floor provides direct access to the playing field, has locker rooms for various sports, an equipment room, and a state of the art weight room for the varsity athletes. The first floor has a “dramatic, three-story sky lit atrium lobby”. It also has a lot of office space for coaches and others working for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, the ticket office, large conference rooms, and a private lounge area for alumni and visitors. The second floor hosts the dining facilities that are specifically for the coaches and athletes. The dining hall offers a more healthy assortment of food that athletes need to preform at their highest. There are also numerous coaching offices that dominate the second floor. The third floor holds the offices of other coaches, the Hearn Academic Success Center, and a meditation room for reflective thought or religious services. [3]


The lobby of the Intercollegiate Athletic Center is decorated with the “Circle of Champions,” which is an elaborate display honoring all of Georgia Tech’s individual and team national championships. This leads to the George W. Mathews, Jr., Athletic Heritage Center, which is a museum that chronicles Tech’s rich athletic history. [4]


The George W. Mathews, Jr. Athletic heritage center is located in the Intercollegiate Athletic Center on the first floor. It tells the story of Georgia Tech’s rich athletic heritage for all the future generations of Yellow Jackets fans. The center chronicles Tech’s history in all varsity sports, but especially emphasizes the accomplishments of the football program. There are numerous displays of trophies and memorabilia with interactive displays that bring the stories of Tech’s past to life. The center also includes a theater where Tech fans can view highlight films covering achievements in Tech’s athletic history, such as national championships.


The Howard Candler, Jr. Conference Center is also on the first floor of the Edge Center and it has one of the best football conference centers in the nation. The conference center has eight meeting rooms of different sizes and also houses state of the art video facilities, which allow the entire center to be connected.


The Andrew Hearn, Sr., Academic Center is the majority of the third floor of the intercollegiate center. The academic center houses academic staff and facilities to support the academic endeavors of Tech student-athletes. The center’s support services include tutoring, academic advising, academic coaching, and study hall. There are numerous study and tutoring rooms that offer secluded environments for the student-athletes to work in. In the Fall of 2007, there was another addition to the Technology Center: a 5,000 square foot learning area on the ground floor of the Edge Building, which has a computer lab with 48 computer workstations and numerous study lounges. [5]

Georgia Tech Athletic Association

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association, also known as the GTAA, is a nonprofit organization organized in 1934 that is responsible for maintaining the intercollegiate athletic program and the Edge Center. [6] They sponsor varsity intercollegiate athletics competition in seventeen sports. The men’s sports are football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, and swimming and diving. The women’s sports include basketball, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, swimming and diving, and volleyball. The Athletic Association also consists of the following departments: academics, administration, business office, NCAA compliance, development, marketing, sports information, sports medicine, ticketing, and the Total Person Program. The primary purpose of the GTAA is to promote the educational programs of Georgia Tech through student body participation in “healthful exercises, recreations, athletic games and contests.”[7] They provide the student-athletes with the opportunity for academic and athletic success and personal growth. The environment they create allows the student-athletes at Georgia Tech to compete at the highest levels, and creates enjoyment for their supporters. They embrace Georgia Tech’s proud traditions and strive to enhance the future opportunities for their student-athletes, coaches, and staff. [8]

References

  1. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from Source Summary: A New Athletic Center in the Tech Tradition
  2. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from Source Summary:Dedication of Arthur B. Edge, Jr. Intercollegiate Center
  3. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from Source Summary:Dedication of the Arthur B. Edge, Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center
  4. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/genrel/032102aab.html
  5. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from http://issuu.com/gtathletics/docs/0910-annual-report
  6. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from Source Summary: Athletic Association-Fact Book’91
  7. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from http://www.fin-services.gatech.edu/data/Georgia%20Tech%20Athletic%20Association_FS%206%2030%2009.pdf
  8. Intercollegiate Athletic Center. In Georgia Tech. Retrieved October 3, 2010 from http://www.fin-services.gatech.edu/data/Georgia%20Tech%20Athletic%20Association_FS%206%2030%2009.pdf

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