DOE Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz hosted at Tech Square’s Centergy One

CentergyDOE Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz hosted at Tech Square’s Centergy One

Question: When is an office building lobby not a just a lobby?

Answer: When it is designed and used to build community.

In keeping with TUFF’s focus to support the development of higher education facilities that combine campus, commerce and community, Centergy One was used to create an interactive space to host U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dr. Ernest Moni during his visit to Atlanta.  On May 24th U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz delivered the key note address at Georgia Institute of Technology for the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.

TUFF was honored when the Southern Company proposed Centergy One as one of the venues where Secretary Moniz would be hosted. It seemed appropriate that Centergy One was chosen since in 2014, the building was recognized by the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) for reaching a milestone achievement in sustainability. The University Financing Foundation is an owner of space in Centergy One and leases that space to Georgia Tech.

The Southern Company had included a unique display of poster sized banners and magnetic gear in the Centergy One lobby. Electric vehicles (Mercedes, BMW, Tesla & Volt) and charging stations were placed in the courtyard.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has been a long-time supporter of the Southern Company’s Energy Innovation Center.

“Southern Company’s decades-long partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy has produced cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping electricity generation in America. The company is finding real energy solutions in coordination with like-minded leaders in R&D – from Georgia Tech and other leading universities to established corporations and fast-growing startups.” – Energy Innovation Center Vice President Michael E. Britt

During his time in Atlanta Secretary Moniz spent time touring the Energy Innovation Center, as well as, the Carbon Neural Energy Solutions Laboratory which is located on the Georgia Tech campus.

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