Living Building Timeline

As with any construction project, these dates are tentative and subject to change. This a snapshot that we’ll update as we move through the project.


The Kendeda Fund announces its largest single philanthropic investment ever. The $30 million grant will pay for a new Georgia Tech building that will seek certification under the Living Building Challenge. It’s the first project in Georgia to seek certification via the world’s toughest green-building standard.

MAR2016: Georgia Tech selects design team

After an “Ideas Competition” between three teams, Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership are chosen as architects for the Living Building. LAS, a local firm, will lead the design team. Seattle’s Miller Hull is well-known for its work on the Bullitt Center, LBC’s largest building to date.


Tech chooses Skanska USA to manage construction. Among the building giant’s strengths: “their extensive experience in successfully delivering projects according to the stringent building requirements of the Living Building Challenge 3.0.”

Sept2016: Schematic design begins

The two design firms begin work on architectural drawings. But the architects won’t be working in isolation: The Living Building process encourages early engagement with engineers, landscape architects and the builder, as well as Georgia Tech and Kendeda.

JAN2017: design Development BEGINS

At this point, engineers and architects review specific options for systems and materials to be incorporated in the design — a heavily analytical process in a building committed to net zero energy, net zero water and no toxic materials.

Jun2017: Construction documents Preparation

Based on design, performance and price, the team locks in systems and materials. The documentation must describe these systems and materials in detail for the builder.


Construction is projected finally to start on the site at Ferst and State streets, on the north side of Georgia Tech’s main campus. This will include a substantial amount of grading and site preparation, which must meet strict Living Building standards

Dec2018: Construction is completed

Skanska turns over the keys to the new building.

Jan2019: Move Into New Digs

Georgia Tech programs move into the completed building. Because of many of its systems are likely to be innovative, testing and tweaking is likely to continue for months.

Mar2020: Target date for LBC certification

The Living Building Challenge requires a full-year of performance data based on full occupancy before a building can be certified.