Technology Square

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Technology Square is a very popular place to go on the Georgia Tech Campus. It is filled with numerous places to eat, a couple educational buildings, hotels, and the campus bookstore. It's a great place to meet up with friends and to just relax and have fun.

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History

Technology Square is the section of East Campus that is located along 5th street between the Downtown Connector (Interstate 75/85) and West Peachtree Street at Georgia Tech. It is the commercial center for the Georgia Tech campus and was funded by the Georgia Institute of Technology, which led to its name, "Tech Square." Announced in 2000 and opened in 2003[1], the district was built over previously vacant surface parking lots and has contributed to an ongoing revitalization of the entire Midtown area. It lies on the opposite side of the Downtown Connector and is somewhat secluded from the rest of the Georgia Tech campus. The Fifth Street Bridge connects Tech Square with the rest of campus. The bridge was reconstructed in 2007 to make it more pedestrian-friendly.[2] Tech Square is also commonly called "T-Square."

GVU CENTER

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"The GVU Center at Georgia Tech is an interdisciplinary research center located near Technology Square in Atlanta, Georgia and is affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology."[3] In 1988, the same year the College of Computing was founded, two Tech professors, Larry Hodges and Bill Ribarsky, initiated the Georgia Tech Computer Graphics Interest Group, or TechGraph. The group sponsored seminars on projects relating to the members' shared interests in graphics and visualization. It was founded by James D. Foley, the Center's first director, on October 15, 1992. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is one of the best such facilities in the world. The GVU Center's current director is Elizabeth D. Mynatt, .[4] a Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing faculty member.

Management Building

Many students at Georgia Tech have class at the Management Building located at the furthest point from the Interstate. This building is a great place for Management students to take courses because it adds a feel to the course that it is in a big city, in an actual management office. Other students come to the area to take courses or for testing periods. The Building has many classrooms as well as lecture halls.

Commercial shops

The commercial shops of Technology Square allow the students to eat or shop at places that they are familiar with. There is a quite a variety of restaurants and shops that are located in Technology Square. Technology Square is so effective partially because of these locations. On any given day, students are known to go to Technology Square for many different reasons, so it is always busy.

Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe's Southwest Grill is a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants that was started in December, 2000. This chain's headquarters operates in Atlanta, Georgia. The president of the company is Paul Damico. Their menu is known for the cheap prices, and clever names. Many of the items on the menu are references to other works such as the television show Friends, and the movie Caddyshack.

Tin Drum Asia Cafe

Tin Drum Asia Cafe is a chain of Asian cuisine restaurants. The chain is known for their delectable bowls of noodles and stir fry. The menu is a comprehensive selection of many different Asian foods. The price of the items is fairly inexpensive, and the food tastes great.

Waffle House

Waffle House is a chain of restaurants that is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. The co-founder of Waffle House, Joe Rogers Sr., is a Georgia Tech alumnus. The chain serves breakfast food all day for a cheap price. Waffle House is known for staying open very late, and serving an American style breakfast to the best of its ability. This restaurant is great and highly recommended by many.

St. Charles Deli

St. Charles Deli is restaurant that serves New York deli style food. St. Charles Deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices can get to be a little more expensive than the common fast food restaurant, but overall the prices are fair. It is a great place to eat sub sandwiches of all kinds.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is a chain of book stores that is headquartered in New York. The specific chain in Technology Square is quite comprehensive. Many students purchase their textbooks from the second floor of the store. The store sells all kinds of school supplies including textbooks, pencils, notebooks, dormitory accessories, posters and many more items on the top floor. On the first floor, there is a Starbucks Cafe. Also, the store sells Georgia Tech clothing and gifts, along with a selection of books, not required by Georgia Tech students. It is a great place to shop for school supplies and textbooks.

Starbucks

Starbucks is a cafe that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The cafe is located inside of the Barnes & Noble in Technology Square. It is a great place to study, read, or just enjoy a great cup of coffee. The prices are fair and the coffee is great.

Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery is an ice cream shop. It is located closer to the interstate in Technology Square. The headquarters of Marble Slab are located in Fulton County, Georgia. The items on the menu contain a wide variety of ice cream flavors. However, for ice cream, the prices are a little expensive. So, it is not a great place to go everyday, but it is fantastic ice cream.

Other locations

Other locations in Technology Square include Ribs and Blues, Ray's Pizza, and other restaurants that are not commercially owned. Each restaurant has something different to offer to customers, which gives Technology Square diversity. There are also places to purchase electronic devices, to get a haircut, and other small places to go.

Controversy

Georgia Tech has proposed the demolition of the Crum & Forster building[5] in order to expand Technology Square. Ironically, the 80-year-old historic landmark was designed by the architectural firm of Ivey & Crook, who helped found the school of architecture at Georgia Tech in 1908.

Groundbreaking Remarks

President Clough spoke at the groundbreaking of the $180 million dollar Technology Square project on September 6, 2001, . At the time, businesses in Midtown, such as BellSouth, were expanding. Georgia Tech aimed to mirror Midtown's expansion renaissance. Tech Square's purpose, Clough said, was to reconnect Georgia Tech with Midtown and to create a high-tech business center. Technology Square was planned to include the DuPree College of Management building, the Global Learning Center, Barnes and Noble, a hotel and conference center, and other buildings. The buildings were designed to complement each others functions.[6]

Parking

Parking at Technology Square is much easier than it may seem to be. There are several options with respect to parking. If the driver is in possession of a parking pass, then they can park at the Georgia Tech Conference Center. If the driver does not have a pass, then there should be parking spaces available on the side of the street. However, there is a time limit on the street parking spaces. There are machines set up on the sidewalks where drivers pay to park. If there are no spaces available on the street, then there is a parking lot where people pay to park a car. Or, there could be parking on the main campus, but this option requires a walk from the main campus to Technology Square.

References

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20070929135612/http://www.nique.net/issues/2000-06-16/news/2
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20070220162051/http://www.gatech.edu/technology-square/grand-opening.php
  3. http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/gvu/news/press-releases/1996/us-news.html
  4. http://www.gvu.gatech.edu/people/faculty/mynatt.html
  5. http://save771spring.blogspot.com/2008/05/where-to-begin.html
  6. http://buzzpedia.lcc.gatech.edu/wiki/index.php/Technology_Square_Groundbreaking_Remarks_(Source_Summary)

Source Summaries

Source Summary: Georgia tech Technology Square

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