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

Since its construction more than 43 years ago, the Jesse W. Mason Building has defined the CEE experience at Georgia Tech.

Mason is where many of us first learned to use a slide rule -- and a computer. It's where we got to know our fellow students and had our first after-class conversation with that professor who would later become our mentor.

The Mason Building Renovation Project is committed to preserving this legacy for current and future generations of Georgia Tech students. It is also committed to making structural and technological improvements to the building's interior - changes that will improve the educational experience of our students and spark new opportunities for faculty research and innovation.

We invite you to find out more now.

Making Mason a Modern Building

Nearly all of the $10.5 million in upgrades to the Mason Building will be on the inside of the structure, where worn-out systems, thread-bare furniture, and outdated educational technology have been a hindrance to our mission.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 $6.5 million; the remaining $4 million must be raised from a massive philanthropic outreach to alumni, friends, and corporate partners of CEE.

Improvements undertaken by the State and Institute ($6.5 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
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 will increase the seating capacity by 15%, accomodating 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.


rendering of the Mason Building Student Commons