Joyce and John A. Caddell were on hand recently to dedicate the state-of-the-art building construction facility on the Georgia Tech that bears the Caddell name.
“This facility has a long history,” GT President G.P. “Bud” Peterson told the crowd. “Thanks to the generosity of the Caddells, it’s going to have a wonderful future.” Steven P. French, dean and John Portman Chair in the College of Architecture, added, “Georgia Tech students are going to lead the way in the construction revolution that is reshaping the world we live in, and because of this gift, they now have the finest construction building on any campus.”
In 2012, the couple made a seven-figure commitment that made the renovation possible. The project started in August 2014, and the result is a facility that features adaptive reuse and cutting-edge building technologies. Reconfigurable classrooms, virtual modeling software, and interactive display technology will enable students to access and share information with colleagues across disciplines.
Caddell is the founder and chairman of Caddell Construction Co. , one of the largest contractors in the country that builds U.S. diplomatic facilities, federal courthouses, high-tech research and development centers, hospitals, airports, hotels, power plants, and manufacturing facilities, amount other projects.
He attributes his success to Georgia Tech, call it “the best thing I’ve ever done” – and even more so because, when he was still an undergraduate, he married Joyce. More than 60 years later, he considers that “the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I am proud that we were able to do this for Tech.”