Georgia Tech College of Architecture Library

Designed by famed architect P.M. Heffernan and originally built in 1952, Georgia Tech’s Architecture Library was once a magnificent, modernist Bauhaus-inspired structure. By the 1980s, Georgia Tech built a new facility and library to accommodate the growing Architecture program, and the original library devolved into a disorienting maze of spaces for research and storage.

Leapley revitalized the space to make it efficient and usable for a new generation of students. Leapley renovated the space to restore it to its original design intent and create an open reading room, four private offices, a multi-purpose classroom for 60 students, four open workstations and informal meeting space. In addition to the open reading room, the scope included four private offices, a multipurpose classroom for 60 students, open workstations, and informal meeting space.

Project Details:


Atlanta, GA


5,900 SF


Georgia Institute of Technology

Design Team:

Lord Aeck Sargent


Atlanta Urban Design Commission – Award of Excellence

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation – Excellence in Rehabilitation

International Interior Design Assoc. (IIDA) – Georgia- Award of Merit, Historic Preservation, 2014



Alan discovered his passion for construction as a student at Auburn University – through civil engineering coursework and field experience with the cooperative education program. In the 17 years that followed, he managed many healthcare construction projects for a national general contractor before joining Leapley Construction in 2011 to manage operations of the growing business. Alan is a hands-on leader, a focused and decisive builder, and an advocate for sustainability. Since 2012, he has served on the board of directors for the Lifecycle Building Center to promote the reuse of construction materials and reduce construction waste in landfills. Under his leadership, Leapley safely delivers award-winning projects on-time and within budget in three focused commercial interior markets.


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Recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, an Outstanding Woman in Construction by Construction Business Owner Magazine and one of Atlanta’s “Top 500” leaders by Atlanta Magazine, Meredith Leapley leads with integrity and compassion. Raised in Maryland, Meredith moved to Atlanta in 1999 and founded Leapley Construction to prioritize people throughout construction. Since then, through her involvement with CREW Atlanta, WBENC, CoreNet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, GSU WomenLead, Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Crafting Futures Together, she has maintained that focus and nurtured the business to deliver meaningful impacts to the community while earning annual revenues in excess of $120 Million.