Georgia Technical Authority

CASE STUDY

Georgia Technical Authority

Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia Technical Authority
Atlanta, Georgia

Service-Lines: Furniture, Architectural Solutions, Flooring, Design, Audio-Visual

Products Used: Arcadia, Keilhauer, JSI, OFS, Steelcase, Stylex, Boss Design, Landscape Forms, Andreu World , OFS, Nevins, Tuohy, Buzzispace

The Georgia Cyber Center represents the single largest investment in a cybersecurity center by a state government to date. The 332,000 square foot center is made up of two buildings. 

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Project Scope

The team had to create a space that appealed to a number of different stakeholders including academics, government employees, law enforcement, U.S. Army members, and members of the private sector. In addition to having many different stakeholders, the spaces themselves were different. McWaters needed to focus on:

  • Conference rooms
  • Collaborative areas
  • Auditoriums
  • Labs
  • Private offices
  • Outdoor spaces
  • Break rooms
  • Social hub technology areas
  • Small and large gathering spaces
  • Classrooms
  • Benching workstations 

Collaboration

This project involved a number of different vendors, which meant that McWaters needed to engage, interact, and schedule meetings with other contractors. Everyone needed to work together in order to make sure all the products were integrated well and functioned properly. 

We wanted to create and maintain a cohesive, seamless experience throughout the entire space, which would not have been possible without the coordination between all different fields of expertise. 

 

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SOLUTION

Teamwork is second nature at McWaters, but it was even more important with this project since there were so many moving parts. The McWaters employees considered each individual's strengths and expertise before dividing up the tasks. Throughout the project, they worked together to help each other in order to make sure everything went smoothly.  

Using Furniture to Focus a Room

The team used different types of furniture to help define the use of each space. For example, in the spaces used for education, the team installed desk work surfaces, media booths, and conference tables to support activities like studying, meeting with small and large groups, and collaborating. They also ensured that technology was integrated into the lounge areas and that privacy screens were in place. 

CREDITS

Project Manager
Tasiana  Wells, JLL

Architectural and Design Partner
Aliye Hampshire + Emily Evans, BHDP

AV Contractor
Brian Holmes, Diversified

McWaters Team

  • Samantha Henning
  • Tanya Logan