March 4, 2019
Cooper Robertson has been selected to develop the next phase of a master plan for Georgia State University (GSU). The work will help reshape and enhance the main downtown Atlanta campus, as well as five satellite campuses throughout the state. This is part of a medium- and long-term strategic plan underway at the public university that anticipates expanding to 60,000 students within the next decade.
Key elements of Cooper Robertson’s work include planning for more students living on campus in Atlanta as well as creating a unified identity for the entire GSU system, which has grown over the past several decades to include facilities across Georgia in Newton, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Clarkston, and Decatur.
“This new planning effort aims to make Georgia State University into a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts,” said John Kirk, AIA, partner at Cooper Robertson. “Our challenge and goal for the master plan update is to create connective tissues that better tie the central GSU location to its surroundings, addressing the push-pull relationships inherent in any urban institution, as we work to weave the main campus and the university’s formerly disparate parts into a more cohesive and legible fabric.”
The GSU master plan update report and its specific recommendations is anticipated to be released later this spring.
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