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.

SEP2015: KENDEDA ANNOUNCES $30 MILLION GRANT

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.

Aug2016: SKANSKA USA NAMED AS BUILDER

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.

AUG2017: 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.

NOV2017: BuILDING NAME ANNOUNceD

With construction documents almost ready, Georgia Tech, Kendeda and the design partners get together to celebrate by throwing wildflower seeds at a “launch” — rather than digging with shovels at a “groundbreaking.” They also make the building’s name official: The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.

Kendeda Building, launch, seed
construction, Dennis Taylor & Co., site development,

FEB2018: Construction BEGINS

The construction fence and signs, as well as erosion control barriers, are installed. Dennis Taylor & Co. begins the removal and recycling of onsite materials, and then begins site preparation.

MAY2018: THE BUILDING Begins TO RISE

Skanska and subcontractors install structure and decking, which is mainly wood but also includes steel.

JUL2018: ROOFING & HVAC INSTALLATION Begins

Roofing work will take a couple of months. But the building’s complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning system won’t be fully installed until the end of the year.

AUG2018: MasONRY Work begins

Installation of the facade of the building is expected to take two months.

DEC2018: BUILDING STRUCTURE COMPLETE

Steel stair sets and exterior framing are last to go in. Works begins on gypsum sheathing, sheet metal and radiant flooring.

JAN2019: SWITCH TO PERMANENT POWER

Installation begins on skylights and solar canopy to be installed. Cistern waterproofed & cured. Interior framing begins.  Basement finishing begins. Mechanical and elevator equipment to be connected.

FEB2019: DRY IN

Radiant flooring and most HVAC equipment connected and powered up. Composting toilet bins installed in basement. Interior framing, roofing, curtain wall (including windows) and sheet metal work on roof completed. First blower door test takes place. Outside, excavation for gravel-infiltration beds and pipe systems.

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MAR2019: DATA CLOSETS

Sensitive equipment must be installed by Georgia Tech, and contractor must ensure that it’s in a secure, dust-free location. Complete insulation, interior drywall, exterior masonry, metal cladding; battery storage racks; and piping on roof. Start collecting water in cistern. Start up radiant pumping, chiller and air-handling unit. Rough-in fire sprinklers.

APR2019: Indoor air quality test

Interiors must be dust free. Install photovoltaic panels and other solar equipment, exterior shutters, automated window shades, doors,  elevators, toilet compartments, visual display surfaces, and laboratory cabinets. Tile, painting and finish carpentry underway. Fixtures and other electrical equipment set and  connected. Initial setup of integrated automation system and metering. Outside, install irrigation, sidewalks and hardscaping.

MAY2019: Substantial completion

Install interior windows,  electrical gear and fixtures, residential appliances, projection screens and carpet. Connect PV panels. Complete  plumbing, electrical, low-voltage, hardscape, landscape and planting. Final inspections.

JUN2019: PUNCH LIsT

Fine-tuning of mechanical and other equipment begins. Begin 30-day potable water test for Georgia Environmental Protection Agency.

JUL2019: MOve IN

Furniture and equipment move into building.

AUG2019: FIRST TENANTS

Target month for move-in of Global Change Program, building director and other occupants.

SEP2019-DEC2019: Soft opening

In addition to being partially occupied, the building will host events, both to showcase its innovative features and to test how it behaves as various activities take place inside. “Burn-in” period takes place , meaning that systems will be tinkered with to optimize performance and efficiency.

Jan2020: FULL OCCUPANCY

Georgia Tech students return for Spring 2020 classes, some of which will be offered in the Kendeda Building.

FEB2020: PERFORMANCE REVIEW STARTS

Target date to start the 12-month review period of building performance for Living Building Challenge certification.