Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Academic Building

Representative John Heard, University System of Georgia (USG) Regent Richard Tucker, USG Chief of Staff Robert Watts, Hector Morales of Silverman Construction and Phil Rutledge of Gay Construction joined Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman October 3 for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction on the college’s newest academic building. The 33,000 square-foot building, slated to be open in fall 2007, will house core academic programs necessary to serve the rapidly growing student population at the Lawrenceville site.

Lawrenceville, GA – Representative John Heard, University System of Georgia (USG) Regent Richard Tucker, USG Chief of Staff Robert Watts, Hector Morales of Silverman Construction and Phil Rutledge of Gay Construction joined Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman October 3 for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction on the college’s newest academic building. The 33,000 square-foot building, slated to be open in fall 2007, will house core academic programs necessary to serve the rapidly growing student population at the Lawrenceville site.

“We are thankful for the leadership and support of the Regents for the growing programs here in Gwinnett,” says Kaufman. “This new building is a first step toward meeting the needs of the community and realizing the vision of the Campus of Tomorrow. There will be many more groundbreaking ceremonies like this in the future as we build a library, parking decks, classroom buildings, wellness facilities and a bookstore just to name a few. In 30 years you won’t be able to recognize this same 170 acres of land as the vision of this four-year college in Gwinnett becomes a reality.”

New Academic Building Facts at a Glance:

Square footage:
33,000 square feet
Phase I of the project is a 24,000 square foot facility that was completed in January, and includes classrooms and faculty offices. This new building (or Phase II) will add 33,000 square feet and with both phases completed, the entire building will total 57,000 square feet.

Cost: $5 million

Facility details: Four seminar rooms, eight classrooms, two computer labs, faculty offices and a 300-seat auditorium. The high-technology 300-seat auditorium offers the college’s first naming opportunity and will be the largest classroom space on campus.

Academic Offerings: Core programs essential to meet the needs of the rapidly growing student population including biology, business, psychology and information technology.

Projected Enrollment: 10,000 students by the year 2010

Population Information: The population of Gwinnett County is projected to reach one million by 2020, coupled with a dramatic increase in the school-age population.

According to a 2003 study by Sasaki Associates for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Atlanta region - where GGC is located - will be the fastest-growing region in the state. The study states that this region will experience a population growth of 28% by the year 2020 with an additional 66,000 students, or 57% of the total projected enrollment growth for the state.

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