The new dormitory space will be built on the west side of campus along Northside Drive between Eighth and Ninth streets in downtown Atlanta and will accommodate approximately 850 beds. (Rendering courtesy of Georgia Tech)
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents in mid-February approved Georgia Tech's proposal to construct a new, $117 million student residential facility on the Atlanta campus to accommodate first-year enrollment growth over the next decade and enable the university to undertake improvements to its existing housing inventory.
"This will be Tech's first new construction since 2005, when [the] 10th and Home [building] opened to accommodate our growing graduate and family student populations," explained Kasey Helton, Georgia Tech's associate vice president for Campus Services. "We are excited about being able to further accommodate our first-year students and paving the way for important improvements on our aging residential inventory, while maintaining affordability and offering a compelling and supportive [housing] experience."
The new dormitory space will be built on the west side of campus along Northside Drive between Eighth and Ninth streets in downtown Atlanta. The nearly 191,000-sq.-ft. residence hall will accommodate approximately 850 beds, which the university believes will aid in the housing of students who are moved due to renovations on some of Georgia Tech's existing residence halls. Resident support spaces will include collaborative learning spaces, community lounges and group kitchens.
"The expansion of residential facilities will help Georgia Tech make positive advances in increasing access, enhancing the quality of the co-curricular experience, and cultivating well-being — all earmarks of the [university's] strategic plan," explained Luoluo Hong, vice president of Student Engagement and Well-Being at the college, renowned as one of the top science and engineering schools in the United States.
Project Is One Part of Long-Term Campus Plan
The new residential facility supports the goals of Georgia Tech's emerging Comprehensive Campus Plan (CCP), which the university describes as "a living document that will inform how campus space can be utilized to support the growing and changing campus community for the next 10 years and beyond. Steeped in the Institute's strategic plan and commitment to people, research, and teaching, the CCP will demonstrate how Georgia Tech will lead and inspire by example in creating a roadmap for the sustainable development and management of the campus."
"The creation of the [CCP] will guide campus development and capital investments on and around the Atlanta campus for the future," explained Maria Cimilluca, vice president of Infrastructure and Sustainability at the university. "This is significant because it will also strengthen Georgia Tech as an anchor institution for the neighboring communities and Atlanta as a whole."
A start date for the new residential hall has not been announced by the university, but the building's completion is targeted for fall 2026.
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