Cooper Carry Continues to Expand Footprint of the Science + Technology Specialty Practice Group

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Group Adds Georgia Tech Research Facility to Growing Portfolio

Georgia Institute of Technology Engineered BioSystems Building, courtesy of Cooper Carry in association with Lake Flato.

Cooper Carry, the internationally recognized design firm, continues to grow its Science + Technology practice, delivering facilities that promote discovery and enhance the connection between scientists, technology partners, entrepreneurs, business leaders and collaborators. The group has completed a total of 28 projects and has six under construction, totaling more than two million square feet. In addition to these projects, the group has recently coordinated with the architects from the firm’s Corporate specialty practice group on several projects for corporate R&D clients throughout the Southeast.

“As technology continues to advance, so do the innovative designs our Science and Technology team creates,” says Mark Jensen, principal of Cooper Carry’s Science + Technology specialty practice group. “The state-of-the-art facilities we design are flexible, inspiring and adaptable, and will fuel the kind of research that will encourage the pursuit of new ideas in the business and science arenas.”

Recently, the group was selected by the Georgia Institute of Technology as architect of record for the 218,000-square-foot Engineered BioSystems Building (EBB). The $86 million project, located on the university’s campus in Atlanta, will bring the science and engineering colleges together for collaborative bio-engineering research. Lake Flato is the design architect for the project and McCarthy Building Group is the general contractor. Completion is slated for 2014.

The Engineered BioSystems Building is the first phase of a four-phase expansion for Georgia Tech’s bioscience research department. The building advances Georgia Tech’s commitment to sustainability through the implementation of several eco-friendly design features, and was designed to meet LEED Gold standards.

Additionally, the Global Center for Medical Innovation opened in Atlanta April 2012. Cooper Carry led the design for the 12,000-square-foot facility, which was the Southeast’s first comprehensive medical device innovation center. The building houses design, material and mechanical engineering resources, along with rapid and functional prototyping equipment capable of producing medical devices for development, pre-clinical testing and clinical studies.

In Athens, a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical education facility, designed by Cooper Carry for the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus, opened last year. The facility serves as a learning enivornment that simulates the real world of team-based patient care with student/act patient interactions. It promotes small group learning and diagnostic reasoning.

By merging expertise with the Corporate specialty practice group, the Science + Technology specialty practice group is able to make economic impacts and generate job growth for various industries across the state and country. Currently, the pair is designing the Georgia Bioscience Training Center, which was initiated by the Georgia Quick Start program. The building will be used as a training facility for Baxter, a global healthcare company, which announced last April that it would build a $1 billion manufacturing facility in Covington, Ga. Once the facility is fully operational, it will create more than 1,500 jobs.

ABOUT COOPER CARRY - Cooper Carry provides architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, and environmental graphic design services. Founded in 1960, the firm specializes in the design of corporate, education, government, hospitality, mixed-use, office, residential, retail, science + technology, and transit projects. The firm has designed projects in 45 states and globally in the Caribbean, Middle East, and Central America. Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered on the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, the firm promotes the philosophy of “connective architecture”. Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. Listening to the client and gaining a deep understanding of the market and site prior to commencing design, Cooper Carry balances passionate creativity with client service. They expand vision and add value to every project and its community. For more information visit

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