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

Timeline:

  • Substantial completion mid 2019
  • Full occupation (classes begin) January 2020
  • Certification 2021 (or after at least 12 months of consecutive performance after full occupation)

Project Partners:

  • Architects: Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Builder: Skanska USA
  • Contributing teams: Andropogon (landscape), PAE (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering), Newcomb & Boyd (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), Biohabitats (greywater systems), Long Engineering (civil engineering), Uzun & Case (structural engineering)

Building Size: Approximately 47,000 square feet of programmable space of which nearly 37,000 square feet is enclosed and conditioned space. Public outdoor learning space includes the outdoor porch area (2,618 square feet) and an accessible roof deck (1,000 square feet). The roof garden (4,347 square feet), while not open to the public, will contain the honeybee apiary, pollinator garden, and blueberry orchard. The remaining space (1,905 square feet) is for loading and bike storage.

Cost per Square Foot: Approximately $397 per square foot based on total programmed space. Cost of conditioned space is expected to be $503 per square feet. 

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

Projected Energy Use Intensity (EUI): 34, which is 66 percent more efficient than your average building of the same size and occupancy. The photovoltaic array is designed to generate 40 EUI which will offset the building’s 34 EUI. By producing more energy than the building consumes, the systems generate a net-positive energy facility.

Solar Array: 913 solar panels to be installed in the fall 2018 are expected to generate 328 kw

Cistern Capacity: 50,000-gallon cistern in the basement of the building