Georgia Tech - Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower Renewal

The Price Gilbert - Crosland Tower Renewal project aims to execute a vision by the Georgia Institute of Technology for a Research Library of the Twenty First Century.  This adaptive reuse project involves 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 current facilities are incredible assets with separate functional identities and aesthetics.  Positioned as a southern entry point into Georgia Tech, the connected buildings serve as a primary gateway to the physical campus and its research assets.  Price Gilbert is a Mid-Century Modern crystalline gem while Crosland Tower serves as a utilitarian stacks building in support of its counterpart.  

Through a collaborative effort by BNIM, Praxis 3, and multidisciplinary consultants, the Renewal design is poised to leverage these existing structures through varying extents of transformation.  In the case of Price Gilbert new renovation will act to preserve and elevation historic condition.  Crosland Tower will have a more dramatic transformation as its physical archive will be relocated off site, and the building will become a place for assembly.  Strategic expansive volumes will create diverse program spaces that complement the volumes already existing within Price Gilbert. 

These diverse volumes and the addition of daylighting serve 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 is highly flexible to support the longevity of the facilities beyond this renewal process.  The Georgia Tech Librarians will be able to continually shift and adapt their surroundings to support the changing climate of interfacing resources.

Along with program accommodation, the renewal process will involve a complete building systems overhaul centrally focused on energy and water efficiency.  While the occupancy of these facilities will double, the energy consumption will more than half.

Westside Neighborhood Housing Unit Trend

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




- 1%

Georgia Tech Renewal Program Area 

- 2%




Food Service

Student Learning



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

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 

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Existing Energy - 121,000 Btu

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Renewal Occupants - 2360 Occupants

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Renewal Water Annual Usage - 97,000 Gallons

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Existing Energy - 42,700 Btu


Crosland Tower Volume Rendering

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Price Gilbert Fourth Floor Reading Room Rendering

Price Gilbert Second Floor Reading Room Rendering

Crosland Tower Grove Level Entrance Rendering

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Price Gilbert Grove Level Entrance Rendering


Price Gilbert Elevation Perspective Rendering

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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


BNIM Architects | Kansas City, Missouri


Georgia Institute of Technology


Phase 1 Constructed, 2019

Phase 2 Under-Construction

Project Size

230,000 SF