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134 Thayer Hall
223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-8505    
Fax: 404-880-6058

Email:  titleIIIprogram@cau.edu


The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Title III Program has been an integral component in the renovation and restoration of the campus physical plant over the past five (5) years. The Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Historical Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) programs have funded three major renovation projects:

These three initiatives have utilized more than $18 million dollars of Title III funds to modernize buildings to provide the utmost in technology, teaching innovation, and sustainability.  Through the Title III activity, “Sustaining a Conducive Academic Environment through Facilities Restoration” the University leadership has made substantial progress towards achieving this facet of the Master Plan.U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver.

Green Building Council
After the completion of Thayer Hall, the Facilities Restoration activity sought to complete the construction renovation of Clement Hall and begin Phase I renovations for Wright- Young Hall. The latter facility, Wright-Young Hall, built in 1965, currently houses the School of Business. Several factors combined to focus the 2009 – 2010 funding on completing the work in renovating Wright-Young Hall. It was determined during 2008 – 2009 that the facility should be upgraded to serve the needs of the University populations. Classroom space, laboratory configurations, and other space needed upgrading and re-configuring. Additionally, the infrastructure did not meet standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. CAU decided to completely renovate the interior of the building and upgrade it to provide the infrastructure necessary for a state of the art educational experience.

Renovation began during the 2008 – 2009 Title III Program year. Funding for this activity for 2009 – 2010 was approved to continue the renovation process to include:
  • development of final design documents
  • schematics
  • selection of program manager
  • the addition of elevators to the buildings.

Building                                Before                             After               
Thayer Hall                       2350 asf                     4698 asf (+100%)
120 seats                        163 seats (+36%)

Clement Hall                     5463 asf                      6344 asf (16%)
235 seats                        254 seats (+8%)          

Wright Hall                       5397 asf                      7381 asf (+37%)
126 seats                        304 seats (+141%) 
(asf = assignable square footage)

Clement and Wright-Young Halls are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. Positioning for this level of certification realizes the University’s pledge to maintain a sustainable campus. The buildings are energy efficient and provide for waste recycling.

Thayer Hall Collage          Interior of Thayer Hall    

Originally built as the dining hall, this facility was expanded in the 1970’s. The dining area, a large volume on the second floor, was converted into classroom space with lower ceilings. Although not historic, it has cultural value to the institution. Thayer Hall now houses the School of Social Work. The interior demolition afforded an opportunity to optimize the use of natural lighting. The consolidation reduced mechanical space and the overall space allocation increased an additional 40+ seats within the building.

  • School of Social Work
  • 20,000 Square Feet
  • Construction Cost $3.6M
  • Project Cost $5.2M
  • Start Date: March 2005
  • Completed Date: December 2006
  • Before: 2350 asf
  • After: 4698 asf (+100%) 120 seats 163 seats (+36%)
Clement Hall Collage          Interior of Clement Hall

This LEED Silver facility converted the attic space into usable space connecting it to the central plant, reducing the need for mechanical space, and increasing the seat count by approximately 20. 

  • School of Education
  • 24,309 Square Feet
  • Construction Cost $3.7M
  • Project Cost $5.6M
  • Start Date: August 2007
  • Completed Date: January 2009
  • Before: 5463 asf After: 6344 asf (16%) 235 seats 254 seats (+8%)
Wright Young Hall Collage      Interior of Wright-Young Hall

This facility targeted for LEED Gold status converted the attic space into usable space connecting it to the central plant, reducing the need for mechanical space, and increasing the seat count by approximately 150.

  • School of Business
  • 25,000 Square Feet
  • Construction Cost $3.9M
  • Project Cost $6M
  • Start Date: January 2009
  • Completed Date: January 2011
  • Before: 5397 asf
  • After: 7381 asf 126 seats 304 seats