About this Project

The Kendeda Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating on a landmark project.

We aim to create the most environmentally advanced education and research building on a college campus in the Southeast. And we’re leveraging our enterprise to guide others across the region toward more sustainable materials and processes.

In September 2015, Georgia Tech and Kendeda announced plans to design and construct the first building in Georgia certified under the Living Building Challenge — the world’s most rigorous green-building certification standard. Kendeda is funding the entire project with its largest single grant ever: $25 million for design and construction, and another $5 million for support activities. We expect to complete the building in 2019.

To do the work, Tech has assembled a highly qualified set of design and construction partners, many of whom already are experienced with the Living Building Challenge. Among them are the architectural team of Lord Aeck Sargent of Atlanta and The Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, and the construction manager, Skanska USA. Together with various subcontractors and leading-edge Georgia Tech researchers, team members already are collaborating on the building’s design.

Meanwhile, both Kendeda and Tech are committed to “leverage activities” that will popularize advanced green building in our region. We want to help property owners, architects, engineers and contractors, as they address environmental challenges facing the Southeast’s building sector.

This blog is one of those leverage activities. Over the coming months, we’ll chronicle the story of Georgia Tech’s Living Building from Kendeda’s point of view. The articles will take the form of breaking stories in the News category and an ongoing narrative in the Building Chronicle category. Along the way, we’ll offer up as much useful information as possible about our partners, other Living Building projects, and many of the advanced materials and techniques used or considered for this project.

The lead writer for the site is Ken Edelstein, a longtime Atlanta journalist who specializes in communicating about sustainable infrastructure. Other Kendeda team members will also contribute from time-to-time.

If you want to keep up with sustainable building, particularly in the southeastern United States, we hope you’ll become a regular visitor. Be sure to also check out ongoing coverage from Georgia Tech and Lord Aeck Sargent. And, if you’re on social media, you can keep up by following us on Twitter.