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Technology Square (Atlanta)

A view of Technology Square

Technology Square, commonly called Tech Square, is a multi-block neighborhood located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Tech Square is bounded by 8th Street on the north, 3rd Street on the south, West Peachtree Street to the east, and Williams Street to the west. Tech Square includes several academic buildings affiliated with Georgia Tech and provides access to the campus via the Fifth Street Pedestrian Plaza Bridge, reconstructed in 2007.[1][2] It also contains restaurants, retail shops, condominiums, office buildings, and a hotel.

History

Tech Square at night

Announced in 2000[3] and opened in 2003,[4] the district designed by tvsdesign [5] was built over previously vacant surface parking lots and has contributed to an ongoing revitalization of the Midtown neighborhood. In October 2013, Georgia Tech and local businesses celebrated Tech Square's 10th anniversary.[6]

In 2007, the Georgia Tech Foundation purchased the Crum & Forster Building, located in Tech Square, and sought permits to demolish the building as part of a plan to expand Technology Square.[7] The building was designed in the 1920s by the architectural firm of Ivey and Crook, whose founders Ernest Ivey and Lewis Crook helped establish the Architecture program at Georgia Tech in 1908.[7] Preservationists fought the demolition and in August 2009, the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Shirley Franklin granted the building protective status as a historic landmark.[8] The Georgia Tech Foundation appealed this decision. It instead purchased an adjoining property where a SunTrust Banks branch was previously located. In September 2013, the Georgia Tech Foundation demolished two-thirds of the Crum & Forster Building, leaving only part of its facade, to clear space for the CODA Building.[9]

Further expansion occurred in 2008, when Georgia Tech acquired the historic Academy of Medicine, and in 2016 when Tech bought the Atlanta Biltmore.[10][11]

Georgia Tech facilities

It is home to the Scheller College of Business,[12][13] Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech,[14] (the official school bookstore), the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center,[15] as well as offices for a number of faculty and graduate students.

The north side of the 5th Street Bridge, connecting the rest of Georgia Tech's campus to the Square.

On November 24, 2006, the Scheller College of Business dedicated the state of the art, 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) Ferris-Goldsmith Trading Floor. The trading floor opened in 2007 and includes fifty-four dual-display computers as well as electronic stock information on the walls, training all levels of management students to use financial analysis and electronic trading tools. Management faculty use the facility to research improved human performance in trading environments as well as the creation of new financial service models.[16] The trading floor houses Tech's new Quantitative and Computational Finance program.

Research laboratories

The GVU Center, the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), VentureLab, Flashpoint, and the Georgia Electronics Design Center research group (GEDC), as well as the DiMoS lab (conducts research in the areas of parallel and distributed algorithms for Geographic Information System (GIS), and distributed and mobile computing) are all housed around Tech Square. The buildings in Technology Square also host a variety of small businesses as well as business ventures spawned by Georgia Tech research.

Companies at Technology Square with Innovation Centers include, Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, UPS, AT&T Mobility, Boeing, NCR, Panasonic, Georgia Power, Siemens, The Home Depot, Emerson Climate Technologies, Anthem Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, Worldpay Inc., UCB, and KeySight Technologies.

Commercial shops

Tech Square also contains several restaurants, including Moe's Southwest Grill, Tin Drum, Jamba Juice, Gyro Brothers, Chuck's Famous, Subway, Starbucks, Ray's Pizza, Waffle House, and a "Canteen" where several small take-away servers share a seating area. Within Tech Square are also found non-food retail establishments, such as T-Mobile.[17][18]

CODA mixed-use development

CODA, a 770,000 square feet (72,000 m2) mixed-use development, was completed in May 2019.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ Aitken, Jim; Clements, Mike; Schmitz, Tim (Winter 2008). "Fifth Street Pedestrian Plaza Bridge" (PDF). ASPIRE. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 16, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Stephenson, James (January 19, 2007). "Renovated Fifth Street Bridge opens". The Technique. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Hinkel, Jennifer (June 16, 2000). "Clough holds press conference to reveal master plan details". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "Technology Square Grand Opening". Archived from the original on February 20, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  5. ^ "Georgia Institute of Technology - Technology Square". DPR Construction. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Sekar, Anu (October 4, 2013). "Tech Square celebrates 10th anniversary". The Technique. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Auchmutey, Jim (July 10, 2008). "Feud at Georgia Tech over landmark building". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  8. ^ Kaplan, TJ (February 25, 2011). "Fate of Crum & Forster to be determined". The Technique. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Wheatley, Thomas (September 3, 2013). "The historic Crum & Forster building's rear portion is gone". Creative Loafing. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Atlanta Medical Heritage Transfers Ownership of Academy of Medicine". Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. July 28, 2008. Archived from the original on June 16, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Georgia Tech Acquires Historic Biltmore". www.news.gatech.edu. June 13, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Subramanian, Arjun (June 13, 2003). "Management prepares for Tech Square move". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
  13. ^ "Georgia Tech Map: College of Management and Barnes & Noble Bookstore". Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  14. ^ "Barnes and Noble @ Georgia Tech". Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  15. ^ "Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center". Archived from the original on March 8, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  16. ^ "College's New High-tech Trading Floor to Prepare Students for Financial Careers". Georgia Tech College of Management. Archived from the original on March 22, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  17. ^ "Georgia Tech Press Release of Technology Square Retail Partners" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. June 24, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  18. ^ "Georgia Tech Hotel Listing of Tech Square Shops" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  19. ^ [www.news.gatech.edu]

External links

Technology Square Corporate Innovation, sourced by Georgia Tech