Jesse W. Mason Building

  • Opened: 1969
  • Renovated: 2013
  • Home of the School of Civil Engineering

The Jesse W. Mason Building was completed in 1969 and at the time was a state of the art 90,000 square foot, 5 story building that was designed to serve civil engineering students.  However in recent years the building has fallen into a state of ill repair as it has been worn down from decades of use and serving as the main building housing for the School of Civil Engineering. In 2013 the faculty, staff and students were able to return after a much needed $12.5 million dollar renovation which was spearheaded through philanthropists Howard Tellepsen (CE ‘66) and John Huff (CE’68) who raised $1 million for the project.

$8.5 million was state-funded and introduced an asbestos abatement, upgraded the fire safety systems including new sprinkler protection system, replaced and/or upgrade the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and plumbing systems, replaced interior lights and ceilings, a new floor finishes and wall paint, a replacement of the roof, new energy-efficient windows.

The other $4 million spent on this project was philanthropic donations and renovated lobby area with casual seating for 24 and a display wall to feature CEE events and activities, added a new student commons area with three individual rooms for small group meetings, a student work area,18 computer stations, and casual seating, new classrooms that have increased the seating capacity by 15%, accommodating much-needed large-class formats, new undergraduate teaching laboratories for Construction Materials and Geotechnical Engineering, new offices and research laboratories to accommodate recent and future growth in CEE faculty, staff, and graduate students, renovated Marvin Mitchell Chair’s Suite (CEE Main Office), renovated CEE Business and Student Services suites to consolidate and improve staff services,added a new 18-seat conference room with video-conferencing capability and new men’s and women’s restrooms. 


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Philanthropy and Honorary - The building was originally named after Jesse W. Mason for his dedication to the Institute, but it was recently renovated with $4.5 Million of private funding from alumni donors.

Jesse W. Mason

Jesse W. Mason served on Georgia Tech’s faculty from 1938-1972.  During that time he left a legacy on the Institute that goes far beyond the campus building which bears his name.  While at Tech, Mason served as Regents Professor in Chemical Engineering, Department Head of Chemical Engineering, and went on to become Dean of the College of Engineering.  Mason was also selected to spearhead a committee on creating an advanced plan for academics a Georgia Tech by then Institute President Blake Van Leer.