New student housing comes to GGC

Earth was moved and ground was broken today on Phase I of Georgia Gwinnett College’s first student housing project that will boast 1,029 beds. These modern dorms, scheduled to open next fall, will include five residence halls. Eventually, the campus will house some 2,500 students.

Earth was moved and ground was broken today on Phase I of Georgia Gwinnett College’s first student housing project that will boast 1,029 beds. These modern dorms, scheduled to open next fall, will include five residence halls. Eventually, the campus will house some 2,500 students.

“Georgia Gwinnett has become the area’s own stimulus package,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said today following the ceremony. “Between these dorms, the new Library and Learning Center and the Student Center we will break ground on next week, we certainly are doing our part to keep the economy going.”

The Georgia Board of Regents approved the ground lease and rental agreement last year, and bulldozers actually arrived on campus earlier this year to begin construction on the $60 million building.

“The housing development is part of a public/private venture in partnership with Place Properties. Financing the dorms will be provided in conjunction with the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, however it ultimately will be paid for through lease fees from students,” GGC Vice President of Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp said. “Once these housing units are rented, we will begin Phase II, which will include a parking deck for the on-campus inhabitants.”

Each residence hall apartment will house anywhere from 4-12 students and will include a kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and living areas. Resident directors and advisors will live in designated quarters throughout the residential areas and each building will feature a seminar room where students can hold activities – fully integrating residence live into academic life.

“The resident housing is a critical piece in our retention, progression and graduation goals,” Dr. Stas Preczewski, vice president of academic and student affairs said. “It is important that our students are educated here, make friends here and get to experience the total college way of life. We believe that these residence halls we’ve designed will contribute to what our students are looking for in the 21st Century college living.”

Listen to the speeches online.

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