GSU Parker H. Petit Science Center
This 10-story, 350,000-square-foot science and research teaching laboratory tower was designed to hold up to 6,000 students and faculty and is intended to bring research, educational and economic opportunities to Atlanta. The new science center provides science teaching and research labs for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The center is also home to Georgia State’s research and education programs in biology, chemistry, nursing, nutrition, physical and respiratory therapies, as well as the Neuroscience Institute and the Institute of Public Health.
Features inside the building include state-of-the-art dry and wet laboratories, BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs, and a BSL-4 suite. Constructing a state-of-the-art laboratory facility in the heart of downtown Atlanta presented an array of challenges, including navigation of road and pedestrian traffic, construction material deliveries, and maintaining a safe and secure site. The team addressed these challenges with gate access supervision, security grade perimeter fencing, 24/7 security personnel and use of a live web-cam surveillance company.