Georgia Tech operates The Kendeda Building in accordance with the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most rigorous sustainable design and performance standard for buildings. To meet LBC requirements, The Kendeda Building abides by sustainable operating procedures. For example, The Kendeda Building must produce more onsite renewable electricity than it uses, as well as collect, treat, and reuse more water than it needs. These webpage provides guidance on how events can be part of The Kendeda Building’s success.
- All events in The Kendeda Building must follow Georgia Tech’s general catering and alcohol policies:
- Catering events under $400: Any licensed caterer may be used (subject to Building Manager approval). America To Go https://www.americatogo.com is also available as a resource.
- Catering events over $400:
- In rare cases, neither the primary nor secondary catering services, nor any Technology Square restaurants can meet the needs of an event. If so, submit this Provider Exception Request at least three weeks before your event.
- Alcohol: http://www.policylibrary.gatech.edu/campus-alcohol-policy.
- To the greatest extent possible, food served in The Kendeda Building should follow Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus established by the Menus of Change Initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Highlights include:
- Plant proteins such as nuts and legumes as the primary protein source.
- Animal-based ingredients in a reduced role, with a special emphasis on decreased purchasing of red meat.
- Plant based oils.
- Whole, minimally processed foods.
- Organic, seasonal, and/or locally produced (grown within 500 miles of campus) foods.
- In accordance with LBC requirements, caterers may not utilize an open flame for heat (e.g. no sterno chaffing dishes).
- So that the building’s electricity consumption can be managed and tracked for LBC certification, caterers must coordinate with The Kendeda Building Program Support Coordinator (Kamilah Roberts, email@example.com) if electricity will be used to heat food onsite.
- Caterers must coordinate with The Kendeda Building Program Support Coordinator for use of refrigerator in the building’s catering space.
Dishware and Utensils
- The Kendeda Building does not allow Styrofoam.
- Use reusable dishware, cups, utensils, trays, platters, and other serving ware whenever possible.
- Any disposable packaging and serving ware (e.g., trays, plates, platters, utensils, and cups) must be BPI-Certified compostable products.
- Do not use single use plastics.
- Select buffet or party platter options instead of box lunches.
- Serve bite-sized foods that do not require utensils whenever possible.
- Go paperless. Send event communications (e.g., invitations and reminders) via electronic means (e.g., email, social media, and websites). Email agendas and presentations beforehand rather than printing.
- If printing handouts is required, use recycled-content paper, one-inch margins, and print double-sided. Instruct guests on how and where to recycle or compost materials.
- Plan for reuse. Create timeless banners, signs, and other displays. Laminate and omit information that changes frequently, such as the date.
- Minimize giveaways or provide environmentally friendly ones. This could include carbon offsets for travel, materials made with recycled content, or reusable bags, mugs, or bottles. See the Office of Campus Sustainability’s Sustainable Giveaway Guide for ideas.
- Décor should be reusable and non-perishable.
- For flowers, choose options that are local, organic, or certified sustainably and/or ethically grown.
- Announce sustainable event features to attendees during the event. Include an explanation of what materials can and should be recycled or composted.
- Notify guests, via electronic communications, of public transportation options, walking routes, and bike rack locations before the event. Encourage low-carbon footprint methods of transportation by offering incentives or prizes to those who take public transportation, carpool, or walk.
- Opt out of nametags or collect and reuse plastic nametags.
For those internal to Georgia Tech (students, staff, faculty), "request classroom space" using the Georgia Tech Events Management System (EMS) at http://www.space.gatech.edu/gt-events. Please note, the building must adhere to energy and water usage requirements. Therefore, all requests via EMS must be approved. Please allow for five business days for processing.
For groups not internal to Georgia Tech, please note that the building is primarily a classroom. We will consider external requests for reservations on a case-by-case basis. Contact Kamilah Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss space availability and fees.
The default layout for all rooms is classroom layout. Alternative room layouts have to be approved by Kamilah Roberts or Shan Arora. While tables and chairs are moveable within each room, the person reserving a room is responsible for any change in layout and then ensuring that the room is returned to classroom layout.
If you want to show a presentation, bring your own laptop. Only the Auditorium has a built-in computer, accessible if you have a Georgia Tech profile. All other rooms are "bring your own device." You can connect to the room projector wirelessly or via an HDMI connection (note that the Makerspace / Design Studio does not have wireless connection). If your computer does not have an HDMI port, please bring an HDMI adapter. Also, bring your own presentation clicker / advancer / laser pointer.
The Auditorium has a 5-channel audio system. One microphone attached to the podium and four handheld or lapel microphones. Each of the two classrooms have a 2-channel audio system. One microphone attached to the podium and one lapel microphone. All other rooms do not have audio systems.
If you have issues with the building's A/V system, please call the A/V Services Team at 404-894-4669. Assistance is available Monday - Friday from 7am to 8pm.