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Georgia Tech - Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower Library Renewal

The Price Gilbert - Crosland Tower Renewal project aimed to execute a vision by the Georgia Institute of Technology for a Research Library of the Twenty First Century.  This adaptive reuse project involved the rethinking of what the program of a library is in an ever changing climate of resource interfacing and the use of physical space.  

The past iterations of the Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower facilities were incredible structural assets with separate functional identities and aesthetics.  Positioned as a southern entry point into the Georgia Tech campus, the connected buildings serve as a primary gateway to the physical campus and its research assets.  Price Gilbert was a Mid-Century Modern crystalline gem that had degraded over time while Crosland Tower served as a utilitarian opaque stacks building in support of its counterpart.  

Through a collaborative effort by BNIM and Praxis 3, the library renewal design leveraged these existing assets through varying extents of transformation.  In the case of Price Gilbert, its renovation acted to preserve and elevate its original historic condition.  Crosland Tower had a more dramatic transformation as its physical archive was relocated off site, and the building turned into spaces for academic gathering.  This shift in they physical housing of books was completed in response to the significant shift away from physical medial to the use of digital media by students and faculty at Georgia Tech.  Physical materials and archives are still easily accessible, but materials must first be selected for use and then are transported for pick up by the borrower several days after selection.  

The additional floor space created by the move of the physical stacks allowed for the strategic removal of floors in Crosland Tower to generate expansive volumes of diverse program spaces complimenting the volumes of Price Gilbert included in its original design.  Floor to floor heights in Crosland Tower are low and without additional volume and light, the building spaces were oppressive to its occupants.

These diverse volumes and the addition of daylighting served to support the projects’ focus on AIA COTE’s measure nine, Long Life/Loose Fit.  The schematic design of the program in relation to the building was highly flexible to support the longevity of the facilities beyond this point in time renewal process.  Ove time, the Georgia Tech Librarians will be able to continually shift and adapt their surroundings to support the changing climate of resource interfacing. 

Along with program accommodation, the renewal process involved a complete building systems overhaul centrally focused on energy and water efficiency.  While the occupancy of these facilities have doubled, the resources utilized have dramatically decreased to a fraction of the prerenewal usage rates.

Evolution of the Library and Accessing its Collection

2005 Library Visitors


2005 Print Book Checkouts


2015 Library Visitors


2015 Print Book Checkouts


2015 Online Col. Titles


Visitors up 50% over the last 10 years
Print Checkouts down 75% over the last 10 years

Existing Seats/Student Full-Time Equivalent

Johns Hopkins




Georgia Tech Renewal


Georgia Tech Existing


Virginia Tech


Georgia Tech Enrollment = 25,000 Students
14,000 Undergraduate, 11,000 Graduate

Georgia Tech Existing Program Area

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- 1%

Georgia Tech Renewal Program Area 

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- 2%




Food Service

Student Learning



Based on net square footage not including service 
Primary location of collection relocated to Emory U.

Book to People Space

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Low ceilings and stacks move for high volumes and people


Crosland Reading Rm

Congestion to Connection

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North approach transforms to transparent campus gateway


Grove Exterior Entrance

Physical to Digital

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Physical archive transitions to interactive digital interface

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Digital Interactive Store

Inward to Outward

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Solid brick facade removed for new entry and site connection

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Crosland Tower Entrance

Asset Renewal

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Library renewed to respect original design and new vision


Price Gilbert Reading Rm

Long Life by Loose Fit

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New design provides flexible spaces that will meet the needs of the present and future


Thesis Defense Room

Renewal Campus Connection

Existing Building Access Points

After Renewal Access Points

Three Building, One Integrated Interior Campus

Central Campus Gateway

After Renewal Pedestrian Paths

Existing Pedestrian Paths

Primary Exterior Building Demolition

Aerial displays Southeast portion of GT Campus
Clough Commons highlighted but not part of scope

Renewal Campus Connection

Tech Green Quad.
0.06 M

Downtown Atlanta
1.00 M

Martin Luther King JR. National Historic Site
2.50 M

Emory University Primary Physical Collection
4.35 M

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Building Performance Analysis

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Existing Occupants - 1250 Occupants

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Existing Water Annual Usage - 1,031,000 gallons/year

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Existing Energy - 121,000 kbtu/sf/year

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Renewal Occupants - 2360 Occupants

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Renewal Water Annual Usage - 97,000 gallons/year

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Renewal Energy - 42,700 kbtu/sf/year

Completed Exterior Photography

Completed Price Gilbert Interior Photography

Completed Crosland Tower Interior Photography

Design Process Images

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Price Gilbert Fourth Floor Reading Room Rendering

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Price Gilbert Second Floor Reading Room Rendering

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Crosland Tower Grove Level Entrance Rendering

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Price Gilbert Grove Level Entrance Rendering

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Front Entry Rendering.jpg
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Digital Access Density Vectors

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Digital Access Proximity Contours

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Digital Mapping to Guardrail Panels Throughout Crosland Tower


Atlanta, Georgia


Higher Education, Professional

Project Size


BNIM Architects | Kansas City, Missouri


Georgia Institute of Technology


Phase 1 Completed, 2019

Phase 2 Completed, 2020

230,000 SF

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