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. 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. This webpage provides guidance on how events can be part of The Kendeda Building’s success.

 

Table of Contents

 

I. Catering and Food

Below are policies applicable across all campus buildings, as well as guidelines and policies that are specific to The Kendeda Building:

For food set-up options, review the "Room Specifications" section below.

Kendeda Building Catering Guidelines and Policy
  • Food - 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. 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.
  • Energy - Caterers may not utilize an open flame for heat on the building premises (e.g. no sterno chaffing dishes onsite). Food should be heated using electric heating dishes and trays. The catering kitchen has a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and sink. There is no ice machine.
  • Waste Diversion - Caterers are expected to place recoverable materials (e.g., aluminum cans, mixed paper, rigid plastic bottles and containers, compostable service ware, and food scraps) in the appropriate resource recovery bin. All other items should be placed in the landfill bin. Below are additional details regarding waste diversion for The Kendeda Building: 
    • The Kendeda Building does not allow Styrofoam.
    • Use reusable dishware, cups, utensils, trays, platters, and other serving ware whenever possible.
    • Any compostable disposable packaging and serving ware (e.g., trays, plates, platters, utensils, and cups) must be BPI-Certified compostable.
    • Avoid single use plastics (e.g., bagged chips).
    • Select buffet or party platter options instead of box lunches.
    • Serve bite-sized foods that do not require utensils whenever possible.
Kendeda Building Non-Catered Events
  • Guest are expected to place recoverable materials (e.g., aluminum cans, mixed paper, rigid plastic bottles and containers, compostable service ware, and food scraps) in the appropriate resource recovery bin. All other items should be placed in the landfill bin. Below are additional details regarding waste diversion for The Kendeda Building: 
    • The Kendeda Building does not allow Styrofoam.
    • Use reusable dishware, cups, utensils, trays, platters, and other serving ware whenever possible.
    • Any compostable disposable packaging and serving ware (e.g., trays, plates, platters, utensils, and cups) must be BPI-Certified compostable.
    • Avoid single use plastics (e.g., bagged chips).
    • Use buffet or party platter options instead of plastic box lunches.
    • Serve pizza or bite-sized foods that do not require utensils whenever possible.
 

II. Promotional Materials, Decor, and Logistics

A main goal for events held in The Kendeda Building is to eliminate items sent to the landfill. 

Promotional Materials
  • Go paperless. Communicate electronically. If printing 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.
Decor
  • Decor should be reusable and non-perishable.
  • For flowers, choose options that are local, organic, or certified sustainably and/or ethically grown.
Logistics
  • 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.
 

III. Reservations

Please note that The Kendeda Building is primarily a classroom and class lab. Therefore, rooms cannot be booked past this semester. The Kendeda Building is not open on weekends. Weekend event requests must be submitted to Kamilah Roberts for review.

Building Calendar

Want to know if a room is available? Click here to see the building's calendar. 

Requesting Space

The front porch cannot be reserved. Space is generally available to all for small get-togethers. To use the front porch for an event, contact Kamilah Roberts (kamilah.roberts@sustain.gatech.edu).

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 allow for five business days for notification of whether your reservation has been approved.  

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 (kamilah.roberts@sustain.gatech.edu)​ to discuss space availability and fees.

 

IV. Room Specifications

Room Layout and Technology

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. 

​118 Seminar Room (click here for virtual tour)

  • Room dimension: 22' - 11 3/4" L x 17' - 5 1/4" D
  • Social Distance Capacity: 5 people. 
  • Normal Capacity: 16 people.
  • 9 moveable tables total: 60 inches wide x 24 inches deep x 29 inches tall
  • Bring your own device.
  • Flat screen monitor, teleconference, and webcam (users have to have their own web-conferencing bridge/system).
  • No computer, document camera, or microphones.
  • Food Set-Up: typically in the back of the the room (click here) or outside the entrance to the room (click here).

152 Auditorium (click here for virtual tour)

  • Room dimension: 71' - 3 5/8" L x 52' - 9 1/4" D
  • Social Distance Capacity: 76 people.
  • Normal Capacity: 176 people.
  • Bring your own device or use installed computer.
  • Installed computer, two projectors, two screens, document camera, speakers, and webcam (users have to have their own web-conferencing bridge/system).
  • Five audio channels:
    • One fixed microphone on lectern
    • A combination of four floating handheld microphones or lapel microphones. In other words, users can have two handheld and two lapel, or one handheld and three lapels. Regardless of combination, the limit is four channels.
    • Handheld and lapel microphones are located in the lectern's bottom drawer. Some lapel microphones are also in the charger located on the lectern. If microphones are missing or the battery is dead, contact A/V by clicking here, assistance available Monday - Friday from 7am to 8pm.
  • Food Set-Up: typically in the back of the the room (click here) or in the Atrium based on class schedule (click here).

210 Classroom (click here for virtual tour)

  • Room dimension: 51' - 9 1/4" L x 31' - 5 3/8" D
  • Social Distance Capacity: 28 people.
  • Normal Capacity: 64 people.
  • Bring your own device or use installed computer.
  • Two projectors, two screens, speakers, and webcam (users have to have their own web-conferencing bridge/system).
  • One podium microphone and one lapel microphone.
  • No document camera.​
  • Food Set-Up: typically in the back of the the room or in the hallway.

230 Classroom (click here for virtual tour)

  • Room dimension: 50' - 10 1/4" L x 31' - 5 3/8" D
  • Social Distance Capacity: 28 people.
  • Normal Capacity: 64 people.
  • Bring your own device or use installed computer.
  • Two projectors, two screens, speakers, and webcam (users have to have their own web-conferencing bridge/system).
  • One podium microphone and one lapel microphone.
  • No document camera.​
  • Food Set-Up: typically in the back of the the room or in the hallway.
Audio/Visual

If you want to show a presentation, bring your own laptop. Only the Auditorium and the two Classrooms have 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 document camera that can project a document. No other room has a document camera.

The following rooms have a web camera (users have to have their own web-conferencing bridge/system):

  • Seminar Room 118
  • Auditorium 152
  • Classroom 210
  • Classroom 230

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, click here, assistance available Monday - Friday from 7am to 8pm.

 

V. Holding a Class in the Building

Refer to this page for information on holding a class in The Kendeda Building.