Featured Area: Technology Square

Technology Square

A view of Technology Square

Technology Square, commonly called Tech Square, is a mixed-use district on the block of Fifth Street between theDowntown Connector and Spring Street in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Announced in 2000[1] and opened in 2003,[2] the district was built over previously vacant surface parking lots and has contributed to an ongoing revitalization of the Midtown neighborhood. 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.[3][4] It also contains restaurants, retail shops, condominiums, office buildings, and a hotel.

Georgia Tech facilities

It is home to the College of Management,[5][6] Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech,[7] (the official school bookstore), the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center,[8] 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.

Tech Square at night

On November 24, 2006 the College of Management dedicated the state of the art, 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) Ferris-Goldsmith Trading Floor. Scheduled to open early spring of 2007 the trading floor will include 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 will use the facility to research improved human performance in trading environments as well as the creation of new financial service models.[9] The trading floor will house 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, and the Georgia Electronics Design Center research group (GEDC) 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.

Commercial shops

Tech Square also contains several restaurants, including Moe's Southwest Grill, Tin Drum, Yogli Mogli, Ribs and Blues, Gyro King, Chuck's Famous, Barrel House, SubwayStarbucks, Ray's Pizza, and Waffle House as well as other non-food retail establishments, such as GameStop.[10][11]

Controversy

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.[12] The building was designed 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.[12] 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.[13] The Georgia Tech Foundation appealed this decision but lost. They instead purchased an adjoining property where a SunTrust Banksbranch was previously located. As of 2011, the Crum & Forster building remains standing but unused and its future is uncertain.[13]

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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