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2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference Tours

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  • General Tours

    All About Atlanta
    Sunday, January 13
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    $40

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    All About Atlanta Tour

    The All About Atlanta tour begins on Atlanta’s longest and most famous street – Peachtree Street. Guests will see downtown’s soaring skyscrapers, midtown’s “Fabulous” Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art and where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. Next stop Buckhead – an area of exquisite homes often called the Beverly Hills of the South. Nestled in this exclusive area are the Governor’s Mansion, Atlanta History Center and the Swan House.

    On the way back to town, guests will see the shopping and entertainment district – Atlantic Station, the Georgia Tech campus and many Olympic venues. Guests will also see the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center. Guests will then enjoy a driving tour of Sweet Auburn Avenue, the first, and for a long time the most thriving black business district in the south and important landmark of the Civil Rights Movement. Guests will visit Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and his father were pastors.

    No tour in Atlanta would be complete without a look at the golden domed State Capitol Building. Guests will be both entertained and enlightened on this panoramic tour of Atlanta.


    College Football Hall of Fame
    Monday, January 14
    2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    $40

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    College Football
    Hall of Fame

    This is the perfect tour for college football fans! The College Football Hall of Fame features historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s activities and a theater featuring an originally produced ultra-high-definition film on the history and excitement of college football. As you enter the Quad, spend your first few minutes trying to find your alma mater or favorite college team’s football helmet on the famous Helmet Wall.

    The College Football Hall of Fame is designed to entertain and educate visitors, and serve as a venue to celebrate the traditions of college football. The Hall is located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports and entertainment district and right next door to the ASHRAE headquarters hotel. Your visit will be immersive, interactive, engaging and fun!


    Atlanta’s Heroes
    Tuesday, January 15
    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    $45

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    Atlanta's Heroes
    L to R: Martin Luther King, Jr. Center; Carter Presidential Center

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Jimmy Carter have something special in common – they have both been awarded The Nobel Peace Prize. They both also call Atlanta home. The tour of Atlanta’s Heroes begins on Sweet Auburn Avenue with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change. Guests will have a chance to explore Dr. King’s burial site, the Visitor Center and Ebenezer Baptist Chuck where Dr. King and his father were co-pastors. Interactive displays show how Dr. King inspired his followers and had great impact on the Civil Rights movement.

    Next, guests will enjoy a tour of the Carter Presidential Center. Tucked into a rolling hillside with a skyline view of Atlanta, the Carter Presidential Center is located close to downtown. The Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights. It wages peace by bringing warring parties to the negotiating table, monitoring elections, safeguarding human rights and building strong democracies through economic development. Guests will enjoy visiting the Carter Library and Museum with President Carter’s life and administration, and the office of the presidency itself are portrayed through films, videos and displays.


    Atlanta Movie Tour
    Tuesday, January 15
    2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    $75

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    Atlanta’s Swan House converted to President Snow’s mansion in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    With over 1,200 movies and television shows filmed here in Atlanta, this tour is packed with tons of locations, clips and behind the scenes tours. Whether you love The Walking Dead, Marvel, Ant  Man, Spider-Man, the Avengers, The Hunger Games, Fast and Furious, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries – this tour has something for everyone!

     

  • Technical Tours

    Omni Atlanta at CNN Center North Tower Central Plant Tour
    Sunday, January 13
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    $15

    The North Tower of the Omni Atlanta at CNN Center was built in 1994 and houses a large central plant. The tour will be led by the Omni’s Engineering Department and will include a tour of the central plant, mechanical room and a boiler room with three boiler pumps/VFDs and expansion tanks, two chillers with pumps/VFDs, and domestic pump rooms with controls.

    The North Tower of the Omni features more than 65,000 square feet of meeting space and several hundred guest rooms, along with a fitness center, pool and spa.


    Engineered Biosystems Building at Georgia Tech
    Monday, January 14
    2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    $25

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    The Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) on Georgia Tech’s campus is a biological research building to support growth in the areas of bio-science and biotechnology, and provides an interdisciplinary environment, with shared laboratory facilities for merging engineering and science disciplines. It achieved a green certification of LEED Platinum, and features many sustainable features as they pertain to building design, energy and emissions, material management, and water use. Additionally, this tour will highlight the Georgia Tech eco-commons, an innovative storm water management system.


    The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and the Living Building Challenge Tour at Georgia Tech
    Tuesday, January 15
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    $25

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    Once completed, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is expected to become the most environmentally advanced educational and research facility of its kind in the Southeast. It is anticipated that the project will achieve Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification in 2020. To be certified under the Living Building Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements – Petals – over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy and operations.

    The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

    The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.

    REQUIRED DRESS: Attendees must wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Safety attire (including vest, hardhat, eyewear, and gloves) will be provided and is required to be worn at all times while on site.

    AGE LIMITS: Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed from a parent/guardian. Waiver must be signed IN ADVANCE of tour if parent/guardian is not attending. Please contact meetings@ashrae.org if you are under 18 and wish to attend this tour.

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: This tour site contains narrow pathways and steep and/or rocky terrain and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. If you or someone in your group has limited mobility, please contact meetings@ashrae.org in advance (at least 48 hours prior to tour) to discuss arrangements.


    Georgia World Congress Center Central Plant Tour
    Tuesday, January 15
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    $15

    The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), the third-largest convention center in the United States, is the venue for the 2019 AHR Expo and ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Program and committee meetings. GWCC maintains 4 million square feet of building space and over 220 acres and hosts more than a million visitors each year. The technical tour will be led by the GWCC lead engineer and will give participants a quick look at GWCC’s newly renovated chiller/boiler plant.

    Participants should meet in front of the B Building entrance, outside of the Administrative Offices about 10 minutes before the tour begins.

  • Student Tour

    The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and the Living Building Challenge Tour at Georgia Tech
    Sunday, January 13
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. AND
    2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    $20

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    Once completed, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is expected to become the most environmentally advanced educational and research facility of its kind in the Southeast. It is anticipated that the project will achieve Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification in 2020. To be certified under the Living Building Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements – Petals – over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy and operations.

    The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

    The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.

    REQUIRED DRESS: Attendees must wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Safety attire (including vest, hardhat, eyewear, and gloves) will be provided and is required to be worn at all times while on site.

    AGE LIMITS: Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed from a parent/guardian. Waiver must be signed IN ADVANCE of tour if parent/guardian is not attending. Please contact meetings@ashrae.org if you are under 18 and wish to attend this tour.

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: This tour site contains narrow pathways and steep and/or rocky terrain and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. If you or someone in your group has limited mobility, please contact meetings@ashrae.org in advance (at least 48 hours prior to tour) to discuss arrangements.

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