Campus Expansion Over Last 20 Years

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1990 campus map
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Georgia Tech's campus changed dramatically in the past 20 years. As the home of the 1996 Olympic Village center, Georgia Tech built six major apartment buildings and some campus service buildings, including the Olympic Aquatic Center, on campus. In 2003 Tech Square opened to public. Meanwhile, the Olympic Aquatic Center was renovated into a multi-purpose sports complex called the Campus Recreation Center. In addition the Joseph B. Whitehead Student Health Center, Klaus Advanced Computing Building and several research centers rose around the campus. During these campus expansion projects, Tech spent billions of dollars to build a better environment for both education and research.

On the right hand, there are 1990 and 2010 campus map. Compared with those two maps, there are a lot of "empty" spaces around the campus in 1990; however, there are not only no "empty" space for a building, but also several research buildings and facilities rose outside the campus area. We can tell the huge changes during this short period.



During early 90s', the most important projects undergoing construction were the ULC(Undergraduate Living Center) and GLC(Graduate Living Center). Georgia Tech spent 12.4 million on the Undergraduate Living Center project[1] located in the living area of west campus, aside Woodruff Residence Hall, which covers nearly 200,000 square feet and is presently used as a main residence hall for student athletes and 7.8 million on Graduate Living Center project[2] located on 10th street, which covers 140,000 square feet and is used as a friendly environment for the graduate living experience. ULC was closed during summer 2000 for new carpet and painting.[3]

Callaway Manufacturing Research Center

Callaway Manufacturing Research Center, a 4-floor steel concrete research building constructed on the northwest corner of campus center area in 1990, which cost 15 million and covered 120,00 square feet. The Callaway Manufacturing Research Center provide plenty of space for manufacturing research(78 rooms), packaging research(28 rooms), mechanical engineering(62 rooms) and material science(7 rooms) research, education and technology transfer [4]. Callaway Manufacturing Research Center include: Approximately 60-70,000 net assignable square feet of office and research facilities, 15,000 square feet of shop bays, 30,000 square feet of research laboratories, 3,800 square feet of Class 1000 Clean Room, 8,000 square feet of electronic packaging laboratories, Over 100 faculty/student offices, 6 conference rooms - one containing a high-end video conferencing system, A 100-seat auditorium featuring state-of-the-art audio/visual systems[5].

1995-1999: Olympic Village

Georgia Tech served as Olympic Village in 1996

"In order to develop the permanent facility infrastructure required by the Olympic Village and to make long-term improvements to the Georgia Tech campus, the Board of Regents undertook construction of new housing projects, numerous housing renovation projects, and the Georgia Tech plaza, an attractive, new, open area that was the main gathering place in the international zone." [6] In order to prepare for housing during the Olympic Games, Georgia Tech started the following six huge housing projects in 1995: the Fourth Street Apartments(Jack C. Stein House), the Center Street Apartments, the Eighth Street Apartments, the Hemphill Avenue Apartments(Crecine, John Patrick Residence Hall), the Sixth Street Apartments(Maulding, William & Jeanette Residence Hall), and the North Avenue Apartments. The North Avenue Apartments were designed for Georgia State University student's housing when the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games planned the Olympic Village. One 8-story building and one 13-story building were constructed in the southeast corner of the campus as a part of the North Avenue Apartments project. After the Olympic Games, these facilities would be used and managed by Georgia State University, another public institution located nearby. They would provide the first university-owned, dormitory style housing available for Georgia State students. In addition, the Board of Regents also constructed six other midrise buildings on the east and west sides of the campus."[7] The North Avenue Apartments project was funded by Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and twenty years of student rent revenues. All of the new housing apartments gave space to accommodate 9,384 students after the Olympic Games.

Another huge project started in 1995 was the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center complex took 14.6 acres and cost nearly 17 million dollars. It was the first open environment Olympic Aquatic Center ever and "represented the first time in Olympic history that all the aquatic disciplines—diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo—were housed in one venue."[8] During 2001-2004, Georgia Tech spent 44 million dollars to expand the Aquatic Center into what is now known as the Campus Recreation Center, a central place for sports and recreation.

2000-2004: New Era

Several buildings were constructed at the beginning of 21st century which gave a good start to campus expansion in the new century and a new era of architecture.

Love Manufacturing Building, third Manufacturing complex, was built in 2000 aside of Callaway Manufacturing Research Center, cost 27 million dollars and covered 160,000 square feet. The role of the manufacturing complex is to create an interdisciplinary academic environment that is conducive to the development of modern manufacturing technology[9]. The facility assigned 127 rooms for Material Science and 156 rooms for Mechanical Engineering[10].

Tech Square open to public in 2003

Opened to the public in 2003, Tech Square cost 122 million dollars and included the following five building complexes: College of Management, Global Learning Center, Hotel and Conference Center, Barnes&Noble/GT Bookstore, and Economic Development Building. This has transformed the three-block site from surface parking lots into a new dynamic urban community.[11] Tech Square now provided retail stores, restaurants, hotels, more classrooms, and research labs to enhance student campus living and learning experiences which happened never before as President Clough said, "Despite being in the middle of a city, Georgia Tech has never had the nearby shopping and dining opportunities that characterize a typical college town"[12]. "Old Fashioned" Tech Trolley connected campus with Tech Square and Midtown Marta Station, making commute students easier to get to classes on time.

In the same year, both the U.A. Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Building and the Ford Environment Science & Technology Building finished construction and opened to the public, which gave Bio-medical engineering students and faculties more classrooms and labs.


Klaus Advanced Computing Building was like a giant monster rising on campus defending the northeast corner beginning in the year 2006. 57 million dollars were spent on Klaus Building which has become a campus landmark. Klaus Advanced Computing Building houses seventy laboratories, eight computer class labs, five large classrooms with distance-learning capabilities, plenty of faculty offices and a two-hundred seat auditorium. The three-story parking deck beneath the facility holds 550 vehicles which alleviated the parking problem around campus.

Marcus Nanotechnology Building was another new landmark on campus that opened to public in 2008. The 97 million dollar giant is a pure research building providing research rooms and labs for microelectronics, medicine and pharmaceuticals, nanoscience and nanotechnology.

In 2009, Clough Undergraduate Learning Center started construction aside the main library, which will have two three-hundred seat lecture halls with tables and removable chairs as well as undergraduate learning labs on the second, third, and fourth levels. The Clough Learning Commons is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011.[13]

Due to Georgia Tech Planning, they proposed to expend the Electrical and Computer Engineering building as Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty and research activities have outgrown the Van Leer building and are currently located in eight different buildings across campus.[14]


  1. Building Information: ULC,
  2. Building Information: GLC,
  3. Housing gives West Campus dorms a facelift, Technique, Friday, September 8, 2000
  5. Callaway Manufacturing Research Center Facilities,
  6. The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, 1997 by The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
  7. The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, 1997 by The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
  8. The Official Report of the Centennial Olympic Games, 1997 by The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
  9. New facility honors manufacturing giant, The Whistle, September 18, 2000
  10. Building Information:LOVE, J. ERSKINE JR. MANUFACTURING,
  11. Campus Planning: Tech Square
  12. State of the Institute highlights a reshaped campus, providing ‘Intersections of Innovation’, The Whistle, VOLUME 28, NUMBER 33,OCTOBER 6, 2003
  13. Plans unveiled to name Undergraduate Learning Commons for President Clough,
  14. ECE Building Addition,
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