GSU Parker H. Petit Science Center
Research Laboratory — Atlanta, GA

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. 


  • CUH2A, Inc.


  • Atkins
  • Inglett & Stubbs LLC
  • Mann Mechanical

A lot of companies promise you the moon when they are trying to get your job...all I can say is the moon is shining bright over our new Science Center... McCarthy has delivered!

Robin Morris, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Regents
Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University

Awards and Recognition

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2012 Excellence in Construction

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ABC of Georgia

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2011 Build Georgia Award

1st Place
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AGC of Georgia

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2010 Best of Higher Education

Research Building
Parker H. Petit Science Center
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