Jesse W. Mason Building
Truly the heartbeat of our School. Originally constructed in 1969, the Jesse W. Mason Building underwent a major renovation and reopened in fall 2013. This facility houses CEEatGT main office, administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, and instructional and research labs. The complex consists of a five-story building with an appended two-story, high-bay out building. Improvements to the Mason Building in the recent renovation include:
- A new student commons offering 18 plug-and-play computer workstations, a lounge area, and three glass-paneled group project rooms, which are accessed via an online reservation and student ID swipe system.
- Improved 30- to 70-seat classrooms that offer an average of 15 percent more workspace than prior classrooms.
- A complete refresh of instructional equipment and audio/visual classroom systems.
- Additional teaching laboratories for geotechnical engineering and construction materials.
- New faculty and graduate student offices to accommodate ongoing growth and encourage trans-disciplinary collaborations.
- Relocation of CEE Student Services and Business Office suites, moving them closer to the student lounge.
- An additional conference room with video-conferencing and presentation equipment.
- Building re-wiring to enable the most efficient wireless connectivity of any building on the Georgia Tech campus.
- A lobby display wall featuring digital screens that deliver CEE news and social media in real-time, a touch screen digital directory, exhibit panels, and a “question of the week” student interaction board.
The renovated Mason Building also illustrates the School’s commitment to sustainability. The updates incorporate recycled materials, and the redesign took special care to preserve the structural floor, roof decking, and exterior walls. Other sustainability measures include:
- More than 350 low emissivity double-pane windows.
- A reflective, white rubber membrane roof that absorbs less heat and reduces cooling costs.
- Motion-detecting lavatory faucets, powered by batteries that recharge by harnessing energy from water flow. These can last for up to 40 years.
- Modern and efficient air handling units that use variable air volume systems.
- A new refrigeration unit in the physical plant that eliminates chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions.
- Additional recycling and storage bins to improve material recycling and reuse.
- New water fountain equipment with bottle refill spouts and a digital counter that records the number of disposable bottles saved from landfills.
- An outdoor air delivery system that utilizes new flow-measuring stations and CO2 monitoring.
- Low-emitting building materials, including low volatile organic compound (low-VOC) adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings.
- Modernized exhausts in custodial rooms, entry walk-off mats, and minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) filters at air handling units, each of which reduce indoor chemical and pollutant sources.
The building is named for a former dean of the Institute's College of Engineering, Jesse Mason, who served in the position during the early 1950s. Mason’s commitment to fostering academic excellence reached beyond the practice of teaching, and his tenure was crowned by the initial completion of this home for our School.
O. Lamar Allen Sustainable Education Building (SEB)
SEB is a 30,000 square foot facility intended to serve as a "living laboratory" for the education, research, and application of sustainable technologies. It contains a multimedia theater, research labs, computer centers and faculty offices for the School. The building was constructed in 1998 using the most up-to-date sustainable materials available in Georgia. Sustainability principles were implemented at every stage of the building process, adhering to the same ideas taught inside Tech classrooms. The $4 million facility was constructed as the result of generous donations from about 40 businesses and individuals. The building's namesake recognized the importance of educating future engineers to better understand the relationship between economic development, technology, and the environment. Mr. Allen's vision to create a building where environmentally-conscious design comes together with manufacturing and sustainable technologies was a tremendous gift to Georgia Tech and has helped the Institute provide global leadership in sustainable education initiatives.
Daniel Environmental Engineering Laboratory (DEEL)
The Daniel Lab is an excellent wet-lab facility in a three-story building with approximately 14,500 square feet of usable floor space. The laboratory houses a broad range of analytical equipment and technology to support education and research in the environmental engineering program. Originally constructed in 1942, Daniel Lab housed Georgia Tech's chemistry program until 1972, when it was reassigned to what was known at the time as the Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Program. The facility was completely renovated in 1995 with grants to the environmental engineering program from the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance as well as funding from the Georgia Board of Regents.
Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building (ES&T)
This facility is the largest academic building at Georgia Tech, with 287,000 square feet. Named for its principal donor, the Ford Motor Company, the building was dedicated in 2002 and is one of four buildings that comprise the Institute's interdisciplinary Life Sciences and Technology Complex. This impressive complex provides environmental engineering students and faculty with the opportunity to work alongside their peers in related disciplines from across the Institute. In addition to classrooms and research facilities for our program, Ford ES&T includes faculty and facilities for Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. The $58 million building was constructed through a combination of funding, with $38 million coming from the state of Georgia, $15 million from private donors, and $5 million from the Georgia Research Alliance.
Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory
The Structures Lab supports experimental research, testing, and evaluation capabilities in a state-of-the-art 18,000 square foot facility that includes:
- A 174-foot long strong floor, with widths ranging between 41 feet and 53.5 feet, for a total testing area of more than 8,000 square feet. The floor has anchor points on a 4-foot grid throughout the entire testing floor, with a service load capacity of 200 kips each. The anchors consist of a set of four large Dywidag inserts that allow post-tensioning of reaction frames to the floor.
- The facility also includes an L-shaped reaction wall, with anchor points on a 4-foot grid and a capacity ranging up to 300 kips at a height of 32 feet. The main wall is 53.5 feet long and 34 feet high. The adjoining wall height varies from 34 feet to 24 feet and is 55 feet long. Each wall is 2 feet thick, with 12-foot buttresses 12 feet on center. The wall system is designed to carry about 30,000 kip-ft of overturning moment in each principal direction, allowing for bi-directional testing of full-scale, three-story, two-bay specimens.
- A high pressure, high capacity MTS hydraulic system is distributed throughout the testing bay with modular ports to facilitate quick and flexible testing setup. The main hydraulic pump is a 150 gpm unit with a planned upgrade to 300 gpm. Several smaller pumps, ranging from 21 to 55 gpm capacity also are available for stand-alone testing.
- Two 30-ton bridge cranes service the main testing bay, which has a total clear height of 38 feet.
- Modern structural testing equipment includes several digitally controlled servo-hydraulic rams with up to 30-inch stroke and 328 kip capacity. Four OPTIM data acquisition systems for laboratory and field use are available with capacities up to several hundred channels and for a large variety of sensor inputs. Testing machines include a Riehle 400 kips screw-type universal testing machine with an opening 15 feet high and 4 feet wide; a state-of-the-art MTS 810 system with a capacity of 55 kips, hydraulic grips, and environmental testing chamber; and a SATEC 800 kips compression machine.
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