Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a commitment for $30 million from The Kendeda Fund to build what is expected to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast – The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The investment represents The Kendeda Fund’s largest single grant and ranks among the largest capital gifts ever received by Georgia Tech.

The Kendeda Fund has committed to investing $25 million over the next several years to privately fund 100 percent of the design and construction cost of the project as well as an additional $5 million to support programming activities. The Kendeda Fund and Georgia Tech intend for the project to become the first Living Building ChallengeTM 3.1 certified facility of its size and function in the Southeast.

The Living Building Challenge aligns with Georgia Tech’s longstanding vision for the campus and provides a unique opportunity to physically demonstrate how Georgia Tech practices thoughtful stewardship of all of its resources and how its innovative thinking can transform future generations.


Project Vitals

Name: The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Donor: The Kendeda Fund

Gift Amount: $25 million privately funds 100 percent of the design and construction costs; $5 million to support programming activities

Anticipated Certification: Living Building Challenge 3.1

Location: Northwest corner of Ferst Drive and State Street on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus


  • Substantial completion spring 2019
  • Occupation summer 2019
  • Certification 2020

Project Partners:

  • Architects: Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Builder: Skanska USA
  • Contributing teams: Andropogon, PAE, Newcomb & Boyd, Biohabitats, Long Engineering, Uzun & Case

Building size: 43,500 square feet of programmable space of which 35,000 square feet is enclosed space and 8,500 square feet is outdoor learning space

Cost per square foot: Approximately $414 per square foot based on interior and exterior programmable space

Intended use of the building: Education, research, and outreach opportunities; building will feature two 75-person classrooms, two 24-person class labs, makerspace, 170-person auditorium, rooftop apiary and pollinator garden, and office space for co-located programs

Anticipated energy use intensity (EUI): 34, which is 66 percent more efficient than your average building of the same size and occupancy

Solar Array: 935 solar panels to be installed in the fall 2018

Cistern Capacity: 45,000-gallon cistern in the basement of the building