Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building

  • Ground Broken Date: April 1st 2004
  • Date Building Named: October 26 2006
  • It is named after Christopher W Klaus for his multi-million dollar donation
  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Over 50 percent of the six-acre site is preserved as green space

Located near the center of Georgia Tech’s campus, the Klaus Advanced Computing Building rests on six acres of land. The building itself occupies less than fifty percent of the site leaving the remaining amount of land for green space. Walkways surround Klaus allow for easy access to the College of Computing Building and the Engineering Quadrangle. The Klaus Building houses more than 70 laboratories with several classrooms, lecture halls, and offices in between. The second and third floors contain study lounges, faculty offices, research labs, various administrative offices, and one gathering area. Also housed in the Klaus Building are areas dedicated to divisions such as the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), Algorithms and Randomness Center and ThinkTank (ARC ThinkTank) the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS), and the Georgia Tech Institute for Data and High Performance Computing (GTIDH).

"The binary skywalk is located on the third-floor, and connects the Klaus Building to the rest of the Information Technology Complex which includes the College of Computing, the Microelectronics Research Center, and the Van Leer Building." In an aerial picture, the Klaus Building serves as a buffer between the Georgia Tech baseball field, track field, and the rest of the academic buildings on the Georgia Tech campus.

This 414,000 square-foot facility began with a formal groundbreaking ceremony on April 1, 2004. During the groundbreaking ceremony, President G. Wayne Clough voiced his excitement about the construction of this advanced facility commenting, “Here in academia, computers have become the test tubes of the 21st century.” The Klaus building was created to further the advancement of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science disciplines. Formal dedication of the Klaus building took place on Thursday, October 26, 2006, with six men, among them Christopher Klaus and President G. Wayne Clough, cutting a binary code banner in front of the building's main entrance. The binary code on the banner reflected that of the recurring binary code theme depicted throughout the Klaus Building.

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Philanthropy - In 1999 Christopher Klaus, at the age of 26, donated $15,000,000 in what was the fifth-largest contribution by an individual in Georgia Tech's history, towards the creation of a new computing building. He wanted to inspire students to give back, as well as accelerate future technology innovation, making a positive, direct impact to our digital lifestyle and the global online community.

Christopher W. Klaus

Christopher W. Klaus attended Georgia Tech in 1994, just one year prior to the Internet's public opening for personal and commercial use. In an attempt to predict the need for Internet security, Klaus created a company named Internet Security Systems (ISS); his company went public in 1998 and was acquired by IBM in 2006 for over one billion dollars. Klaus later founded the company Kaneva, Inc., a company Klaus directed to excel in the area of three-dimensional gaming.