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
Georgia Tech Renewal
Georgia Tech Existing
Georgia Tech Enrollment = 25,000 Students
14,000 Undergraduate, 11,000 Graduate
Georgia Tech Existing Program Area
Georgia Tech Renewal Program Area
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.
Martin Luther King JR. National Historic Site
Emory University Primary Physical Collection
Price Gilbert Second Floor Reading Room Rendering
Crosland Tower Grove Level Entrance Rendering
Price Gilbert Grove Level Entrance Rendering