Designing the campus of the future

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Planning is underway to develop the Comprehensive Campus Plan (CCP) – a living document that will outline how campus space can be used to support the growing and changing campus community over the next 10 years and beyond.

The last update of the Institute’s campus master plan was finalized in 2004. The plan refined earlier guidelines in accordance with changing circumstances and worked to define and focus on three specific areas: accessibility, durability and capacity.

Planning is underway to develop the Comprehensive Campus Plan (CCP) – a living document that will outline how campus space can be used to support the growing and changing campus community over the next 10 years and beyond. When completed, the plan will define a vision and strategy for the best use of the Institute’s lands, both inside and outside the current main campus.

“Creating the comprehensive campus plan will guide campus development and capital investments on and around the Atlanta campus for the future,” said Maria Cimilluca, vice president for infrastructure and sustainability. “It’s important because it will also strengthen Georgia Tech as an anchor institution for neighboring communities and Atlanta as a whole.”

Grounded in the Institute’s strategic plan and its commitment to people, research, and teaching, the CCP will demonstrate how Georgia Tech will lead and inspire by example in creating a roadmap for development and sustainable management of the campus and surrounding communities.

The key strategic principles of the PCC include:

  • Student experience first: Improve the urban ecological landscape to create optimal places for students to thrive.
  • Access and circulation: Support universal access and promote physical and environmental well-being through intentional design for active modes of transportation.
  • Community: Improve the human condition and cultivate a safe, healthy and equitable urban fabric through the development of dynamic community partnerships.
  • Connectivity: Champion an adaptive infrastructure that actively supports innovative ways and places of learning.
  • Transformative Campus: Foster resilience and radiate influence through sustainability strategies that respond to emerging and evolving campus needs.

The project team is led by members of Infrastructure and Sustainability’s planning, design and construction team. The CCP will be developed in collaboration with individuals from the Georgia Tech campus and the Atlanta community. Until January 2023, the team will work on developing plan concepts by:

  • Community animation (internal and external).
  • Forecast of campus needs based on 10-year scenarios.
  • Development of the vision of the plan.
  • Creation of an interactive decision support tool based on the GIS.

Starting next week, members of the campus community are invited to learn more about the development of PCC, including how they can contribute and stay involved in this transformative project.

The first in-person open house will be Tuesday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tech Walkway. In addition, a virtual option will also be offered on Thursday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom https://gatech.zoom.us/j/95369936919.

In the meantime, the campus community is invited to participate in an online visualization exercise to help inform classroom planning. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback on https://padlet.com/sdowling22/43ejj7c8s1q746z9. You can use the password “yellow vests” to access the forum.

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