Barge Design Solutions Selected for Georgia Tech Eco-Commons Project

2 / November / 2018


Barge Design Solutions has been selected for the Georgia Tech Eco-Commons Living Building Sector project in Atlanta, Georgia by the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. Core team partners include Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and Biohabitats. Other team members include Long Engineering, Irrigation Consultant Services, and Newcomb + Boyd.

The Eco-Commons at Georgia Tech is a campus-wide open space concept first proposed in the 2004 Campus Master Plan. Institute planners want to merge the site’s ecological and cultural landscapes with an engaged campus community to create a unique performance landscape. The approach will provide a valuable ecological and educational environment on campus for students, faculty, and visitors. 

At approximately 6.5 acres, the planned Living Building Sector will be the largest-to-date built component of the Eco-Commons master plan. The project will be a permanent greenspace in the northern sector of campus that will provide integrated stormwater management, increased natural habitat, blackwater reclamation wetlands, outdoor recreation, and opportunities for research and education.

Barge Design Solutions is tasked with a creating an ecologically-based, performance landscape that defines Georgia Tech’s character as a sustainable, 21st century campus. The firm will provide survey, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and stormwater engineering services.

Sustainable design elements proposed include existing parking lots replaced with a living landscape that increases tree canopy coverage, utilizes rainwater for irrigation and non-potable water needs. Biodiversity is also a priority, while enhancing the pedestrian experience with universal access throughout the project.