Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Safety Facility - Atlanta, GA
Recently, Pond was selected by Georgia Tech to help address growing student safety concerns with an exciting new project that will consolidate the hub of all campus security functions into a singular location. Since 1981, the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) has bases in five locations, and today, with a staff of over 80 sworn officers and over 120 total employees, the GTPD protects a growing campus community of over 33,000 students, faculty and staff.
The department now includes a Criminal Investigations Division, a K9 program, an Office of Emergency Preparedness, and other specialized units to protect the campus community. Additionally, the department monitors over 1,700 security cameras in its communications center, where dispatchers and student video technicians keep a careful eye on the campus.
Constructing a new 30,000 SF building will allow the GTPD to consolidate and create new technologically-advanced spaces and take advantage of modern-day workplace solutions to enhance their impact without significantly increasing their space footprint. The project will also be a new gateway to the campus northwest sector. This facility will replace obsolete police facilities, consolidate the units into one location, and modernize police functions.
The Pond architecture team worked hard to learn about the client’s critical points for this specific project. With this knowledge, we then assembled a team of local consultants who also actively work with Georgia Tech to present a strong team that effectively addressed the programming of the public safety component, sustainability, and community presence.
The complete team worked in unison to design options that elevated this facility to a “gateway building” on the campus, which will always be accessible to the student body and the greater community. Having a “safe place” prominently on the border of the campus will provide an unspoken deterrent to unwanted external influences, and provide students with a strong sense of security. The new complex will also provide Georgia Tech a venue to showcase their unwavering commitment to campus safety.
The building is in the beginning design phases, and the construction cost of this project is estimated to be near $10M.
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