Georgia State University’s Parker H. Petit Science Center has quickly become a landmark building in downtown Atlanta. The 10-story, 350,000 SF teaching and laboratory facility was designed by CUH2A, a division of HDR, and tvsdesign; and constructed by McCarthy Building Companies.
WorkingBuildings provided commissioning for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm, and security systems. With laboratories as our specialty, we also commissioned the ABSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories, and BSL-4 cabinet. As part of the laboratory scope of work, our team also commissioned the effluent decontamination system and provided 100% sampling of the laboratory controls.
With the assistance of WorkingBuildings’ laboratory commissioning team, GSU sought Select Agent registration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We provided all precertification testing for the laboratories and attended the site visit by CDC. The Science Center was subsequently approved for Select Agent registration.
The distinctive design of the glass building truly stands out amongst the other buildings in this urban area. The soaring entrance lobby provides a connection to an outdoor courtyard and the numerous local student venues.
The Science Center is designed to serve up to 6,000 students and faculty on an annual basis. Areas of discipline include biotechnology, neurosciences, physical therapy, and sports medicine. Future development is expected to further expand the “science zone” and establish Georgia State University as a premiere urban science campus.