Georgia Tech Old Civil Engineering Building


Client: Georgia Institute of Technology

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Built in 2009


  • Landscape architecture services for renovating the surroundings of a campus building
  • From conceptual design to construction documents and administration


TSW’s landscape architecture studio provided their services to Georgia Tech for the renovation of the Old Civil Engineering Building. The building is located in the historic portion of the campus and the scope of services for the project included several phases such as inventory and analysis, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration.

The firm’s approach for the project was heavily focused on integrating ecologically-based landscape and open spaces to reduce stormwater and providing a design that enhances and unifies not only the site but also ties it to the entire campus. One of the key features of the design was the incorporation of a cistern to capture stormwater runoff to be used for irrigation. This not only helped to reduce the environmental impact of the project but also helped to conserve water resources.

The building’s renovation and site work earned LEED Gold certification, which is a testament to the sustainable design practices that were incorporated into the project. The final product, as part of the construction document phase, included plans for hardscape, planting, irrigation, site furnishing, electrical, and detailed site grading. This ensured that all aspects of the project were carefully planned and executed to create a cohesive and functional design.

Overall, TSW’s approach for the Old Civil Engineering Building renovation project was to create a design that not only improves the site but also enhances the overall aesthetic and functionality of the campus. The incorporation of ecologically-based design elements such as the cistern for stormwater management and the use of sustainable design practices helped to achieve this goal and also earned the project LEED Gold certification. The final product was a well-planned and executed design that not only improves the site but also enhances the overall aesthetic and functionality of the campus.