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Headquarters Move

Moving headquarters and staff will be of interest to many people. This page will be updated regularly as the details of the ASHRAE headquarters move become available. 

UPDATED September 26, 2018

Headquarters Move

Moving headquarters and staff will be of interest to many people.  This page will be updated regularly as more details of the ASHRAE headquarters move become available.


Why is ASHRAE headquarters moving?

At the 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Houston, 2017-18 President Bjarne Olesen announced that ASHRAE was in the process of selling its headquarters building and will move to another location in Atlanta, GA.

ASHRAE is a business and from time to time businesses have to address office space issues. ASHRAE is addressing this issue because Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), one of the largest healthcare providers for children in the country, is building a state-of-the-art medical campus that will surround the current ASHRAE headquarters building.  In fact, the ASHRAE facility will become part of that campus upon the culmination of the real estate purchase process.  CHOA construction of the entire campus is expected to be complete in 2026, with a total investment of up to $1.2 billion.  When completed, the CHOA North Druid Hills Campus will serve children and teenagers arriving from all 50 states, as well as internationally.

Because it is an integral part of the North Druid Hills Campus master plan, CHOA proposed to purchase ASHRAE’s headquarters with an agreement to allow ASHRAE staff to stay in our current building through October 2020.  ASHRAE’s Board of Directors took into consideration the logistical challenges for ASHRAE staff and visiting members if we were to continue to occupy the present building with major construction occurring “on all sides” of the building through 2026.  Finally, ASHRAE leadership negotiated the October 2020 date for vacating the present building so that there will be time to secure a new headquarters building – via purchase and renovation, lease or new construction – with the goal of exceeding the sustainability standards incorporated into our present facility.  


Renderings from CHOA

Site plans and further information are available on CHOA’s website.


FAQs

Where will headquarters be located?  A Headquarters Ad Hoc Committee is working with a local real estate broker to determine the best location for the new headquarters in the metro Atlanta area.  Similar to buying a home, there are a number of items to be concerned about in the process, including employee transit to and from work, access to the airport for volunteers and staff, access to public transportation, high technology area, close proximity to hotels and restaurants, and low impact on existing employee travel time are all being considered.  Programmatic needs are also being considered including the meeting and training space to benefit staff, visiting members, our local chapters and possibly additional space to support existing program expansion and new programs, which ASHRAE leadership may deem beneficial to add in the future.  Paramount in the Ad Hoc Committee’s efforts to identify a new site are ease of access and convenience, including nearby amenities for ASHRAE members, visitors and staff.

Who will design and build or renovate the new headquarters facility? It is yet to be determined what the new headquarters will look like and who will design and construct it.  The entire process will be handled with due diligence and transparency.  The Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing options including leasing, renovating, and building a new facility.  Once a building or site is identified, we will have more details available describing the design and construction of what we anticipate will be a technologically state-of-the-art and welcoming facility which will serve ASHRAE members well into the twenty-first century, equip it to accomplish even more in its program areas, and further elevate ASHRAE’s visibility in the industry.  The design should enhance ASHRAE’s ability to provide – for its membership and for the profession as a whole – technical resources, professional development, conferences, professional communities and ongoing research.

Will the new headquarters be a high-performance building showcase? Like our current facility, the new headquarters will comply with ASHRAE standards and include the latest and greatest that the industry has to offer.  We will ensure that the construction and design utilize sustainable materials and the end result is an energy efficient building that can be an example for our industry.  Leadership is seeking a new facility which could become a showcase for the latest HVAC&R equipment and technology, providing a destination venue for industry visitors to experience state-of-the-art technology installed and “in action” in a built environment.  Our goal is that the new facility will incorporate high-quality, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable HVAC&R equipment which reflects an understanding of the high-performance building movement, and which achieves a superior efficiency while providing a healthy and comfortable environment.  Ideally, the new building will represent the sustainability values which ASHRAE has long held, and will have a zero carbon footprint.

Will my dues be used to build the new headquarters?Member dues will not be used to fund the new ASHRAE headquarters.  We will reach out to our members and corporate partners with information about ASHRAE’s new headquarters building in the near future.  At that time, there will be an opportunity to contribute to the fundraising effort that will support the state-of-the-art design and construction of ASHRAE’s headquarters building.  There will be no obligation on the part of our members to support this effort, though we hope that our members will be inspired to do so once we share the plans.  ASHRAE will particularly seek to consult with and obtain the economic and in-kind assistance of not only our current corporate partners, but also new corporate partners who will be attracted to the new headquarters building because of its state-of-the-art technology and the possibility that corporate partners may be able to showcase their own most advanced technologies in the new facility.  There would, of course, be no endorsement – outright or implied – of any products used or showcased in the new building.



Members of the Building Ad Hoc Committee include:

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Ginger Scoggins, Chair
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Donald Brandt
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Darryl Boyce
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Michael Cooper
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Kent Peterson
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Blake Ellis

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