When the Planning and Design Commission at Georgia Tech sought a new vision for Glenn and Towers residence halls, they looked to VMDO to provide the design leadership needed to meet the challenge. VMDO re-imagined how the two residence halls could create a living-learning environment befitting the needs of Georgia Tech’s students while making a positive contribution to the campus precinct.
A new addition connects existing Glenn Hall with Towers Hall and provides light-filled, flexible living-learning areas including exercise, meeting, classroom, study, and lobby spaces. Siting strategies support campus connectivity while allowing Glenn & Towers to maintain a consolidated collegiate edge that includes a flexible quad, integrated commons spaces, and expressive localized stormwater gardens and green space.
Meanwhile, new M/E/P/FP systems and restrooms update the residence halls themselves. New finishes in the existing lounges, kitchens, and residential units re-fresh the living and shared spaces of the buildings. Exterior envelope updates include masonry restoration, new slate roofs, and new windows. New dormers add seven new student residence rooms in each building.
The renovations have achieved LEED Gold certification, reducing energy consumption by 18% and water use by over 48% compared to baseline performance.