Office of Real Estate Development

Technology Square

Opened in 2003, the 1.4 million SF Georgia Tech-sponsored innovation district encompasses education, research, hospitality, office and retail and serves as a new urban 'main street' for the campus and the Midtown Atlanta community.  Revitalizing 8 blocks of an area of deteriorated & abandoned buildings and lots, the $380 million project is recognized nationally as a standard of urban development.

A magnet for tech startups and university spinoffs, the area has attracted industry innovation centers from AT&T Mobility, Panasonic Automotive, Southern Company, Delta Airlines, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola Enterprises, NCR and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas.

Tech Square continues to grow. Coda is Georgia Techs next step forward in the development of the neighborhood. The signature mixed-use office, computing center and retail complex is programmed around high performance computing modeling, simulation and a sustainable innovation ecosystem that integrates the existing assets of Technology Square with new opportunities in interdisciplinary research, commercialization and sustainability.

Georgia Tech (GT) is the project sponsor and anchor tenant and is partnering with Portman Holdings (Atlanta, GA) and Next Tier HD (New York, NY) who will design, construct, finance, own, operate and lease the project to GT and commercial companies. The 21-story, $355 million project comprises 755,000 SF of space, including 605,000 office, 93,000 data center, 46,000 retail and 600 underground parking spaces. GT is leasing about half the space in the building.

Along with the new NCR world headquarters development and Tech Square Labs, Technology Square will soon total 3 million square feet of space and $1 billion invested.

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Delta Touches Down in Tech Square with $5 Million Investment GT Takes Next Step Forward With HPC
NCR Moving HQ to Technology Square Southern Co. to put innovation center in Tech Square
Home Depot Opens Technology Center in Tech Square Coworking and Incubator Center Launches in Tech Square
AT&T Foundry Innovation Center Locates in Tech Square Technology Square Recognized with Deal of Decade Award

Quick Facts

Total developed area:
Project cost:

Grand opening:
5th Street Bridge:
1.4 million SF on 8 city blocks
Structured parking for 3,000 cars
$380 million
New park-like, vehicular and pedestrian 5th Street bridge
New streetscape and roadways
Sep 2001
Oct 2003


120,000 SF of retail/restaurant space, including the Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech campus bookstore

Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business
189,000 SF of classrooms, offices, and learning resource space, including Executive Education and Interdisciplinary Centers

13-story, 488,000 SF office building featuring Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center, dedicated to incubating high-tech business start-ups
Technology Square Research Building
208,000 SF Georgia Tech building dedicated to becoming one of the world's premier centers for research, design and commercialization of broadband communications technology
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
234,000 SF, 252-room, including an Executive Conference Center with 21,000 square feet of meeting space.
Global Learning Center
113,000 SF, an advanced-wired conference center with tiered-meeting rooms, classrooms, computer labs and distance learning facilities available to the public


High Performance Computing (FUTURE)
750,000 SF, Portman Holding's is developing this center for modeling and simulation housing Georgia Tech's state of the art research computing and private companies desiring research and commercial interaction with Tech. Delivery Q4 2018.


NCR Headquarters
500,000 SF, The headquarters development brings new office, labs, and amenity space to Midtown's core. Its unique design includes transparent glass, offering street-level views into the NCR corporate office and showcasing the company's cutting edge design and innovation. Delivery Q1 2018.


5th Street Bridge and Park
New $10 million pedestrian and vehicular bridge connecting Tech Square to the Georgia Tech campus over the I-75/85 Connector.


TechSquare Labs
25,000 SF, TechSquare Labs is an incubator, seed fund and coworking and corporate innovation space, founded by Dr. Paul Judge and Allen Nance, two technology entrepreneurs with a track record of building, advising, and investing in successful technology companies.


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The concept of Technology Square originated with the 1996 Olympic Games. For over fifty years, the I-75/85 interstate roadway separated Georgia Tech from Midtown, both physically and mentally.  This separation contributed to a steady decay of the Fifth Street area, creating problems for the community and the Institute. "During the Olympics, we had to use the Fifth Street entrance to get to campus," says Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough. "Not long before, we had enunciated a vision for our future: to create the technological university of the 21st century." At the time, the decaying neighborhood argued against such vaunting ambition.

Based on several expansion needs at Georgia Tech, there was an opportunity to reconnect the university with the local community and aid in the city's revitalization efforts in Midtown. Funded by the university's foundation and private partners, Technology Square encompasses education, research, hospitality, office, retail and residential forming a complex that is far more than the sum of its parts. The university created an urban mixed-use development that serves as a new "main street" for students as well as for nearby residents and commercial development.

Technology Square is an eight-building complex that occupies five entire city blocks. It has spurred a thriving high-tech corridor, a place where people can be connected and inspired as they embrace today's unique challenges and opportunities.  The broad sidewalks are animated with retail, cafes, an ice cream parlor, shops, hotel, and a bookstore all fed by new on-street parking. The new Fifth Street Bridge, tripled in width with lawn and tree-lined shoulders, is a gathering place for students and residents and the essential link between Georgia Tech and Midtown.  MARTA rail stations, located at North Avenue and Tenth Streets, are connected to Tech Square by the new trolley provided by Georgia Tech. Existing infrastructure and road systems were improved.  Streetscape improvements such as wide sidewalks and bike racks along Fifth Street encourage use of walking and biking, in lieu of dependence on the automobile.

Susan Mendheim, President and CEO of the influential Midtown Alliance, says it is a courageous project. "The fact that one of the most respected academic institutions in the country built a campus in a severely depressed area made an incredibly strong statement about the viability of that part of town. It took a lot of courage to develop in an area that wasn't very promising."

"Georgia Tech has set a standard for urban design using ground-floor retail to complement the educational mission," says Shannon Powell, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Atlanta's Midtown Alliance. "Tech has shown what a major institution can do to make a real contribution to an urban community."

The multi-building Technology Square is home to the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, the Global Learning Center, the Economic Development Institute (EDI), the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, the Georgia Tech VentureLab, the Georgia Electronic Design Center, a Barnes & Noble bookstore and the Georgia Tech Foundation, among other entities.

The combination of Technology Square, Midtown and the larger Georgia Tech campus is a deliberate gathering of elements to create one of the nation's premier high-tech business neighborhoods. It enhances the quality of community life and promotes a model of smart urban growth.  This nexus of so many resources, brought together within a broader vision for a live, work, learn and play community, has not only changed the face of Midtown. It is also unique in the nation, and it embodies Georgia Tech's vision as the leading technological university of the 21st century.  ?Return to top of page?



2010 Deal of the Decade
Atlanta Business Chronicle

2003 Best in Atlanta Real Estate:
Deal of the Year
2004 Most Outstanding Development

2004 ULI Atlanta Development of the Year
2004 ULI Award for Excellence (The Americas)      

2003  Golden Shoe for Pedestrian
Friendly Development

2003 Development of Excellence

2003 Award of Merit




  5th Street NW and Spring Street NW
  Atlanta, GA  30308

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Development Team

Georgia Tech Centergy
Jones Lang LaSalle
Two Securities Center
3500 Piedmont Road, NE, Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

2700 Promenade Two
1230 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Walter P. Moore & Associates
Colony Square, Suite 1600
1201 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30361

Newcomb & Boyd
303 Peachtree Center Avenue, Suite 525
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Hardin Construction Company
1380 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327

Holder Construction Company
3333 Riverwood Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Gateway Development
75 5th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Kim King Associates
75 5th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

The University Financing Foundation
75 5th Street, NW Suite 1050
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
One Piedmont Center, 3565 Piedmont Road, Suite 303
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Stanley D. Lindsay & Associates
2300 Windy Ridge Parkway, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Newcomb & Boyd
303 Peachtree Center Avenue, Suite 525
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Hardin Construction Company
1380 West Paces Ferry Road
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  • Resourceful use of land by forming an alliance with the Midtown neighborhood and reclaiming a deteriorating area adjacent to campus
  • Utilization of the stability and vitality of Georgia Tech to revitalize an entire urban neighborhood
  • Preserving and enhancing of our environmental resources by achieving Silver LEED Certification for its Scheller College of Business (13th building in the USA at the time of certification)
  • Creating a highly innovative development team combining the resources of Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, as well as private developers, to create intricate finance and development techniques tailored to each component of the project
  • Initiating new successful business and research centers while supporting an emerging residential community of young professionals
  • Innovative design and planning features include the creation of highly visible signature glass "lanterns" reoccurring on the facades and providing institutional "identity" as well as serving as an icon to traffic on Interstate 75/85
  • Filling a special societal and market need by adding over one million square feet of new space to the university while bridging the often controversial gap between town and gown
  • Establishing a "critical mass" of retail and commercial "main street" to be shared by Georgia Tech and the Midtown community

Significant Events Relating to Project:

  • Investment of $380 million in a formerly blighted area.
  • Expansion of Fifth Street Bridge connecting the Georgia Institute of Technology to Midtown (after 50 years of separation).
  • Full lease-up and occupancy of both projects.
  • Full compliance with Blueprint Midtown standards creates a pedestrian friendly "place" that is a connecting point for private industry, government and academia.  ?Return to top of page?


Wikipedia article

Retail tenants

Flicks on Fifth outdoor movie series

Area amenities

Extensive history and information

Remarks on ground breaking

Remarks on Grand Opening

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Contact Information

Development and General Information

Tony Zivalich
Executive Director, Real Estate Development
Phone 404-385-2962

  Leasing Retail Storefront at Tech Square

Kira Freeman
Retail Manager


  Leasing Incubator Space at Tech Square

Johanna Kaiser
Manager, Property and Facility Services