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Help us celebrate the Mason Renovation Project on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Welcome back to the newly renovated Jesse W. Mason Building -- the heart of CEE. We hope you will join us on Saturday Nov. 2 for our official opening celebration. There will be tours and special displays that celebrate the building's 44-year history, including the the $12.5 million renovation that was just completed.

And you'll still have time for another Georgia Tech treat: the annual Homecoming Game.

If you haven't already done so, we invite you to visit the Mason Building, which has been buzzing with activity since the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. Check out the new digital display, and find yourself in our "CEE World" mosaic. Or check out the new glass-paneled conference rooms, where students can consult on group projects.

We hope you'll also remember the Mason Building Renovation Project which is still seeking the support of alumni and friends for this ambitious project. 

What's new in the Mason Building?

Nearly all of the $12.5 million in upgrades to the Mason Building are on the inside of the structure, where worn-out systems, thread-bare furniture, and outdated educational technology had been a hindrance to our mission. The core of the building - concrete and steel - has predictably withstood the test of time.

Phase I of the project began in the spring of 2012, with asbestos abatement. We emptied the classrooms and moved the 230 Mason Building faculty, staff, and students to other areas across campus.

The spring is also when we kicked off a campaign to pay for these much-needed upgrades. Together with the State of Georgia, the Institute committed to raising $8.5 million; the remaining $4 million will be raised from a massive philanthropic outreach to alumni, friends, and corporate partners of CEE.

Improvements undertaken by the state and Institute ($8.5 million):
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Upgrade the fire safety systems including new sprinkler protection system
  • Replace and/or upgrade the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and plumbing systems
  • Replace interior lights and ceilings
  • New floor finishes and wall paint
  • Replacement of the roof
  • New energy-efficient window
Improvements to be underwritten by private philanthropic efforts ($4 million):
  • Renovated lobby area with casual seating for 24 and a display wall to feature CEE events and activities
  • New student commons area with three individual rooms for small group meetings, a student work area,18 computer stations, and casual seating
  • New classrooms that have increased the seating capacity by 15%, accommodating much-needed large-class formats
  • New undergraduate teaching laboratories for Construction Materials and Geotechnical Engineering
  • New offices and research laboratories to accommodate recent and future growth in CEE faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • Renovated Marvin Mitchell Chair’s Suite (CEE Main Office)
  • Renovated CEE Business and Student Services suites to consolidate and improve staff services
  • New 18-seat conference room with video-conferencing capability
  • New men’s and women’s restrooms

One of the overarching principles guiding the Mason Building Renovation Project is our commitment to employing energy-efficient, sustainable building practices, and maintenance programs.  See what we're doing to make the Mason Building a little greener this time around.