GGC readies to break ground on student housing

Shovels are sharpened and ready to start digging as Georgia Gwinnett College begins work on the first phase of the planned 2,500-bed student housing. The college sold $102 million in bonds last week so that the state-of-the-art dormitories could be built. Bulldozers arrived on campus today. Phase I, which will boast 1029 beds is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

Shovels are sharpened and ready to start digging as Georgia Gwinnett College begins work on the first phase of the planned 2,500-bed student housing. The college sold $102 million in bonds last week so that the state-of-the-art dormitories could be built. Bulldozers arrived on campus today. Phase I, which will boast 1029 beds is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

The student housing will feature furnished apartment-like futuristic “pods” and accommodate 4-12 students in each area. All pods will have multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and common living space. Eddie Beauchamp, VP for Business and Finance at GGC stated, “We conducted market studies in cooperation with a private design firm to determine the most appropriate living space for the student of today. These pods will feature flexibility and comfort for our students.”

“Giving our students access to affordable, on-campus housing is vital to the continued growth of Georgia Gwinnett College,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said as the papers were being signed. “Our students deserve it. We also are pleased to be able to begin this major construction project to assist the economy of Gwinnett County.”

Students will rent their space in the roomy apartments for about $650 a month – which will include utilities – and Phase II of the housing will begin construction as soon as Phase I is sold out. Phase II also will include parking decks with about 2,500 spaces and could open as early as 2011.

The student housing project is a public/private venture with GGC’s Foundation putting up the initial investment. The Foundation will be reimbursed through the rental agreements with students.

“We so appreciate the involvement and support of the GGC Foundation in initiating student housing, Gordon Harrison, president of the GGC Foundation said. “Board of Trustee members Glenn White, Wayne Shackelford, Bartow Morgan, Wayne Mason, Tommy Hughes and others provided keen expertise in guiding us through the bond sales and the design/layout of the facilities. Our first venture into student housing could not have been accomplished without the Foundation.”

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