Podcast Ep. 3 - Kendeda building | foresight.skanska.com

A building that gives more than it takes: the Kendeda Building

This is Shaping Sustainable Places, a new Skanska podcast. We’re here to recognize, encourage and inspire stakeholders in the industry and beyond to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon built environment. In each episode, we’ll be speaking with industry and civic leaders, policymakers and other champions of change to explore innovative solutions to real challenges.


The Kendeda Building is the most environmentally advanced educational and research facility in the US Southeast. It boasts an innovative sustainable design and was also the first building in Georgia, and 28th in the world, to earn the Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. It is net positive both in energy and water consumption, and its construction phase achieved a zero carbon footprint. It was designed and built to be a healthy, inclusive and attractive workspace for the faculty and students.


This episode features Shan Arora, Director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology and Jimmy Mitchell, Senior Director Business Development at Skanska.


Our guests discuss how the Kendeda Building was developed to meet one of the world’s most ambitious building performance standards — the Living Building Challenge.


  • Shan offers insights into the operations of a sustainable building and the impact it has on students and staff on campus.
  • Jimmy gives listeners an introduction to the Living Building Challenge and how the Kendeda Building not only met but exceeded those standards.
  • Students share their experience of the building.


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Today's guests:


Shan Arora, Director - The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology




  1. Jimmy Mitchell, Senior Director Business Development at Skanska



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