GGC raises a new icon to the skies

Even as Gwinnett County’s two historical water towers are being dismantled along I-85, today an important new symbol inched slowly skyward on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College. Four 15-foot-diameter double-helix “Gs” in the College’s signature green and grey were hoisted on top of the college’s signature administrative building.

Even as Gwinnett County’s two historical water towers are being dismantled along I-85, today an important new symbol inched slowly skyward on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College. Four 15-foot-diameter double-helix “Gs” in the College’s signature green and grey were hoisted on top of the college’s signature administrative building.

GGC, the county’s only four-year institution of higher learning, boasts the state’s most modern college campus, and each “G” will grace a side of the square cube atop the College’s round building, originally designed by Atlanta’s well-known architect John Portman. The “Gs” will sit more than 100 feet in the air and be visible for miles.

“Georgia Gwinnett College is an exceptional symbol of vitality and growth, and most assuredly critical to the economic future of the county,” Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman said today as he watched the massive crane raise the letters to the top of what currently is known as Building B. “These ‘Gs’ will become an icon for the region – letting all know that Gwinnett County stands for education and growth, the arts and economic accomplishment,” Kaufman continued.

Kaufman noted, “Gwinnett reflects the American ideal, and as a college, we want to portray that symbolic image to businesses, industries and populations which are looking to locate here. Our existence in this area is good for our citizens, for commerce and the economy.”

The aluminum letters, whose construction and installation costs were funded by the GGC Foundation, will be visible from Georgia Highway 316 and surrounding neighborhoods. They will be emblematic of the College, similar to the famous arches at the University of Georgia and Tech Tower at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Meet me under the ‘Gs,’” soon will become a popular moniker used by students and faculty.

More than 5,300 students currently attend Georgia Gwinnett College which expanded its campus this fall with a new Library and Learning Center, student housing and a student center. The College projects doubling its present enrollment to about 11,000 two years from now, making it one of the top ten largest colleges in Georgia.

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