Georgia Institute of Technology Library Renewal
Award of Merit

Owner: Georgia Institute of Technology
Lead Design Firm: BNIM
Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie
Structural Engineer: Uzun + Case
Civil Engineer: Eberly & Associates
MEP Engineer: Newcomb & Boyd

The three-year renovation of the Georgia Tech Library Complex transformed a conventional library with repetitive levels of book shelve stacks into a research library that features open spaces. The two buildings in the complex were built more than 50 years ago. The as-built drawings were hand drawn and not true as-builts, which the team suspects were more likely the original plans. Actual slab thicknesses and elevations were discovered to vary significantly from the as-builts, affecting MEP systems and finishes. Following demolition—which included abatement of asbestos and lead paint materials—the team was able to laser scan each level and overlay the variances into the model to properly coordinate systems and finishes. The new design added curtain wall and open atrium spaces, which allowed more natural light into the previously solid brick building. The team also reestablished aspects of the original building design removed during previous renovation efforts, including cork flooring and wood veneers. The $26.3-million project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

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