Marietta, GA


FDG provided complete architecture, engineering and program management services for Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marietta Campus Expansion, which involved the addition of four new buildings totaling some 100,000 SF: a 48,000 SF Academic Building, a 23,000 SF Administration Building, a 16,000 SF Student Services Building, and the 13,000 SF Economic/Workforce Development Center.  The need for the new facilities was driven by steadily increasing enrollment, partly resulting from Georgia’s initiative to elevate all former technical schools to colleges.  In keeping with this status, design of the new buildings needed to convey a more traditional collegiate presence.  This was accomplished through the use of architectural forms and materials reminiscent of traditional university settings.  To help maintain a human scale and improve the overall appearance of the campus, new buildings were clustered to create a common green space for social gatherings.  Parking was also located away from primary public view, with landscaped areas along the primary street front.  A new pedestrian bridge connects the new buildings to the existing campus.


Using an integrated fast-track design/build approach, the project was designed, constructed, and occupied within 16 months, allowing the College to move in earlier than expected.  Both the College and the State of Georgia enjoyed full involvement throughout the design and construction process, including disclosure of all subcontractor bids.  Using this methodology the project not only met schedule requirements, but $763,000 in cost savings were returned to the State.


The Southeast Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America awarded this project with First Place in 2007 in the category of Best Project in the Public Sector Building for a project over $15 million.