Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

  • Opened: August 2011
  • In August 2012, the building, staged as a building within Googleplex, is a major piece of the set of the movie The Internship.
  • Green roof garden with 89% water reuse
  • 347 roof-top thermal solar panels

The G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (Clough Commons) is an academic building on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The five-story, 220,000 sq ft (20,000 m2) building houses classrooms, science laboratories, academic services, commons areas, and is managed by and connected to the Georgia Tech Library. The building serves as an interdisciplinary facility to encourage collaboration and technology enhanced teaching and learning. The Clough Commons, which was built with LEED certification in mind, contains various sustainability features and a roof garden, demonstrating Georgia Tech's commitment to sustainable design. 

The idea for the building stemmed from the presidency of President Emeritus G. Wayne Clough, and Clough Commons cost $85 million. It opened in the fall of 2011, and was in the planning for more than 10 years. It was developed in response to the growth of Georgia Tech's student body. Fundraising for the new facility was nearly complete when the request to name it after then-Institute President G. Wayne Clough was made in June 2008. Plans for a new facility began during the early years of Clough's tenure as president. Over the next decade of his presidency, it became Georgia Tech's highest capital priority due to rapid student body growth. The naming of the Clough Commons was an effort by Campaign Georgia Tech, the Institute's fundraising arm, to honor Clough's commitment to undergraduate education and to ensure future students know and appreciate the Clough legacy. The Clough Commons is financed through a combination of private and public funding. The State of Georgia provided $60 million in state funding. As part of the private funding component, an anonymous donor matched dollar-for-dollar all gifts and commitments for the Clough Commons up to a maximum of $8.75 million.

In August 2012, the building, staged as a building within Googleplex, is a major piece of the set of the movie The Internship.

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Honorary - The state of the art facility was named after G. Wayne Clough for his dedication to the student body at Georgia Tech and his innovative idea for the building

G. Wayne Clough

Gerald Wayne Clough (born September 24, 1941) is President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and was the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, a position he held from July 2008 to 2015. A graduate of Georgia Tech in civil engineering, he was the first alumnus to serve as President of the Institute. Clough was president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 2008, when he oversaw dramatic changes in the Institute, including $1 billion in new construction, increased retention and graduation rates, a higher nationwide ranking and a much larger student body.