The Pearl of Innovation

Project: GE Advanced Technology and Learning Center

Location: Doha, Qatar
Client: Qatar Foundation

Prominently located within the Qatar Foundation's Qatar Science and Technology Park, the GE Advanced Technology and Learning Center's rounded glass atrium dramatically evokes the image of the historically significant pearl. The design concept grew from the idea that just as a grain of sand becomes a pearl, a single idea sparks innovation. The Qatar Science and Technology Park propels Qatar's emerging knowledge economy by creating a place for international companies and universities to collaborate to develop new technologies.

The GE Advanced Technology and Learning Center supports the technical training of GE aviation, energy, oil and gas, plastics, and healthcare customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Burns & McDonnell provided architectural and engineering design for this 144,000-square-foot, high-tech, interactive learning center, which recently received honorable mention in Metal Architecture's 2011 Design Awards. Features include a high bay for hands-on training with the world's highest-thrust jet engines, a 150-student lecture hall, training labs, conference rooms, private and open office space, a distance-learning lab for instant teleconferencing worldwide, a cafeteria, and 135-space parking garage.

GE held its first training session in this new, state-of-the-art facility in fall 2010, and the inauguration took place on April 19, 2011.

For more information, contact Mike Roark, 816-822-3190.

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