At a Glance

Winner of an AIA COTE Top Ten Award, the LEED Platinum Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the first certified Living Building in Georgia and the 28th in the world.

Project Description

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the result of a partnership between Georgia Tech and The Kendeda Fund to build the most environmentally advanced education and research building in the Southeast. Designed by Lord Aeck Sargent in collaboration with The Miller Hull Partnership, the 37,000 sq. ft. building includes classrooms, labs, support areas, offices, maker space, and student breakout spaces. The LEED Platinum, 2021 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award-winning Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design was the first certified Living Building in Georgia and the 28th in the world. The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most stringent sustainability standard for the built environment.

As a key member of the design team, and to support the project’s Water Petal and Net Positive Water goals, Biohabitats performed water balance modeling and developed and directed the strategy for water harvesting, sizing, and treatment and reuse approaches. Tactics included rainwater and greywater harvesting and reuse, composting toilets, and condensate and irrigation reuse. Greywater is treated through constructed wetlands and a recharge system. Condensate and rainwater reuse systems provide 100% of the water for green roof and site irrigation. Rainwater is harvested from the photovoltaic panels and filtered to meet potable needs. The Kendeda Building will have the first rainwater-to-potable water approved system in Georgia for a non-single family residence.

The building is aptly located within the Eco-Commons, an integrated, ecologically-based landscape and open space system designed to unify the campus, enhance sustainability, and enrich its living, working, and learning environment. The project supports ecological performance goals established in the Eco-Commons master plan related to carbon sequestration, stormwater retention, and the enhancement of biodiversity and tree growth.

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Physiographic Province



Upper Chattahoochee

Expertise Areas

Climate Change, Community, Conservation, Infrastructure, Urban Ecology, Water


Georgia Institute of Technology


Atlanta, Georgia, United States


2022 Architecture Award Winner, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2021 International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd
2021 Planet Positive Award, Top Winner for Education, Metropolis Magazine
2021 COTE Top Ten Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2021, Citation Award, AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Design Awards
2020 Best Green Project Award, ENR Southeast
2020 Cutting Edge Sustainability Award, Metro Chamber
2019 Development of Excellence Award, Atlanta Regional Commission

Project Team
  • Miller Hull Partnership
  • Lord Aeck Sargent