2021 Offsite Tours

These tours are optional and require advance registration. You may select one when you register.

Emory University’s Health Sciences Research Building II (HSRB II)

Tuesday, September 28
4:45 - 8:00 p.m.

The hard hat tour of the Emory University Health Science Research Building II will show the new home for the Center for System Imaging (CSI) and select areas under construction. In the CSI area, the hot cells on level G2 will be complete. Emory’s School of Medicine, part of Woodruff Health Sciences Center, is one of the fastest-growing institutions relative to total National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for medical schools in the United States. The multidisciplinary building will offer 350,000 sf of dedicated research space for programs in biomedical engineering, imaging sciences, cardiovascular medicine, oncology, pediatric health, inflammation, emerging infections, and immunity and immunotherapeutics. Comprising six stories above ground and two levels below, the integrated structure will include collaboration spaces, an accelerator zone for start-up companies, a biorepository, and core facilities for flow cytometry, genomics, and advanced imaging. The sustainably designed facility will feature a photovoltaic array, automated building shading technologies, occupancy sensors, and a green roof plaza.


Participants will be provided personal protective equipment for the tour; shorts or open-toed shoes are not allowed for safety purposes.

The tour has the following learning objectives:

  1. Understand the project’s sustainability goals, priorities and embodied carbon goals;
  2. Learn about the different types of laboratories and the nature of multi-disciplinary research and collaboration;
  3. Understand the radiochemistry capabilities used by the Center for System Imaging; and
  4. Learn about the construction challenges and methods of risk mitigation.

Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and Krone Engineered Biosystems Building

Tuesday, September 28
4:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Participants will visit two adjacent buildings as part of this tour:

Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

The Georgia Institute of Technology is home to the region’s first fully certified Living Building: The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, which is a multi-disciplinary, non-departmental education building that includes teaching laboratories. Rather than having less impact than conventional buildings, the Kendeda Building proved over a 12-month performance period that it is regenerative. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants. For example, the building incorporates a substantial amount of salvaged materials, is designed to generate more onsite solar electricity each year than it consumes, has a rainwater-to-potable water treatment system, and treats human biowaste onsite without a connection to the sewer. These are just a few examples that makes the Kendeda Building a catalyst for change in the region and beyond.

Shan Arora, Kendeda Building director, will provide an immersive tour of the building. Rather than focusing on the technical pathways to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, he will discuss the ethos behind the goal. The “why” informs the “how;” it is this mindset-shift that serves as a model for how we can create multi-use infrastructure that moves us towards a regenerative future.

Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB)

Georgia Tech’s Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building provides over 200,000 square feet of flexible interdisciplinary laboratory space for researchers collaborating in the fields of chemical biology, cell therapies and systems biology. The project creates a unique environment that connects people from multiple disciplines and departments to focus on specific societal problems in a holistic manner. A principal goal of the design is to foster interaction between chemists, engineers, biologists and computational scientists from two separate colleges, the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences.

The building is developed with a highly used equipment corridor securely linking vertical circulation to every laboratory and support space, while allowing wide transparency into research labs. The vivarium is located in the building’s basement, allowing for more transparent and publicly accessible spaces to occupy the ground level. Core facility access and expansion are critical to the success of interdisciplinary bioengineering facilities and have been carefully accounted for. The basement incorporates a network of underground tunnels to enable future facility expansion.



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