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To use design to help our clients succeed.

We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

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We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

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60+ Years of Design + Innovation

360 Degrees of Learning
at Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology
Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Building

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“The laboratories are built on an open concept to encourage interaction between investigators and their research groups. This has worked out extremely well.”

Larry McIntire, PhD
Chair, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech

The design supports the Georgia Institute of Technology’s drive to be a global leader in biomedical engineering.

HOK designed three of the four buildings that make up Georgia Tech’s Life Sciences and Technology Complex, which has become a national model for combining engineering and the sciences.

The U.A. Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Building provides essential research and instructional facilities focused on advancing biomedical engineering for the College of Engineering. The building includes state-of-the-art lab, classroom and office space.

HOK’s design creates easily expandable, adaptable and versatile labs. Flexible modules use a “kit of parts” that researchers can quickly convert for wet or dry research. To encourage creativity, classrooms have 360 degrees of writable wall space.

The high-performance glazing system and efficient HVAC system, including a separate air handling system in the office wing, helped save first costs and operating costs.

The building accommodates a new program of biomedical engineering, including specific spaces that support an active, problem-based learning (PBL) approach. A suite of five PBL rooms has white-board walls reaching from the floor to the ceiling. A design studio on the lower level supports engineering students who are learning to draw and prototype a design.


90,000 sq. ft. / 8,400 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Lab Design
Lab Planning
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning


American Concrete Institute Georgia – Award of Excellence, Hardscapes Category

American Concrete Institute Georgia – First Place Award, Low-Rise Buildings Category