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  • Exhibit A:
    An architect's rendering of the Coda exterior at night showing a bright, lively street and plaza with many pedestrians

    Coda: Nighttime

    Coda — a 750,000-square-foot mixed-use project — is located between Spring Street and West Peachtree Street in Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. The project will enhance Tech’s innovation ecosystem, which fosters collaboration among the Institute, startups, and industry. Georgia Tech will be the anchor tenant, occupying approximately half of the 620,000 square feet of office space. The project includes an 80,000-square-foot data center and incorporates the historic Crum & Forster Building owned by the Georgia Tech Foundation.

  • Exhibit A:
    An elevated image of Coda construction showing mostly dirt and equipment excavating the site

    Coda: Construction

    Coda broke ground in December 2016. Construction will be an enormous undertaking. About 60 Olympic-­size swimming pools full of dirt will need to be removed from the site — requiring more than 20,000 dump truck loads — and developers estimate it will be eight months before construction even moves above ground. Coda is scheduled for completion in 2019. Portman Holdings owns the facility.

  • Exhibit A:
    An architect's rendering of a large spiral staircase leading down to a landing with lounge furniture and people working and socializing

    Coda: Inside

    Coda will feature about 1,000 smart glass windows — able to adjust their tint intelligently to reduce glare. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows are expected to increase energy efficiency by about 25 percent while allowing for unobstructed views of Tech Square and Midtown. The design includes a “collaborative core” to foster innovation and creativity. Besides Georgia Tech, the property will house companies working on big data technologies and retailers occupying nearly 40,000 square feet of space.

Front Office

PowerPoint Comes into the Fold

Projected patterns cause special polymer film to bend along the direction of light, creating self-folding origami structures.

The Germ Stops Here

Researchers used a networked variation of game theory to study  individual behavior during a simulated influenza outbreak. Only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated.

The Dye Is Re-Cast

A material used for decades to color food items could potentially have a new use in sensors and other applications.

What’s Happening Inside Droplets

Georgia Tech researchers are studying how toroidal droplets – which initially take the shape of a donut – evolve into spherical droplets by collapsing into themselves or breaking up into smaller droplets.

Clean Bees

With the health of honeybee colonies wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways to pollinate plants, a new Georgia Tech study has looked at how the insects do their job and clean pollen from their bodies.

Braking Bad

Metals from brakes and other automotive systems are emitted into the air as fine particles, and that cloud of tiny metal particles could wreak havoc on respiratory health.

Virtually Hyper

A physicist and mathematician-artists create multi-colored virtual reality experience of hyperbolic geometry.

Chiroptical Adjustment

Researchers have demonstrated an optical metamaterial whose chiroptical properties in the nonlinear regime produce a significant spectral shift with milliwatt power levels.

Did Methane-Making Microbes Warm Early Earth?

Vast seas covered much of the early Earth, and scientists have long debated what kept those seas from freezing. A popular theory is that potent gases such as methane created a thicker greenhouse atmosphere than is required to keep water liquid today.

China’s Haze Tied to Climate Change

China’s severe winter air pollution may be worsened by changes in atmospheric circulation prompted by Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall — both caused by global climate change.


Cybersecurity researchers have developed a new form of ransomware that was able to take control of a simulated water treatment plant. The simulated attack was designed to highlight vulnerabilities in control systems used to operate industrial facilities.

Simpler Nanowires

A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructures.

Testing Boosts Gene Therapies

Using tiny snippets of DNA as “barcodes,” researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly screening nanoparticles for their ability to selectively deliver therapeutic genes to specific organs of the body.

Launch Pad

Since 1980, Tech’s startup incubator has helped companies generate $12 billion in revenue

New Power for Mass Spec

Researchers have harnessed triboelectric nanogenerator technology to dramatically boost the sensitivity of mass spectrometers.

Sounds Important

Lower pitches in voices or music in advertisements lead consumers to infer a larger product size, a new study has found.

A Swarm First: Dogfighting

In what may have been the first aerial encounter of its kind, researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Naval Postgraduate School pitted two swarms of autonomous aircraft against each other over a military test facility.

Mechanical Menagerie

Meet Alexis Noel, a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and an expert in cat tongues.

User Friendlier

A new interface for robots designed by Georgia Tech researchers is much simpler and more efficient than the traditional interface — the user simply points and clicks on an item.


John Toon

John Toon

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