Regents recommend $9.1 million in infrastructure, new building money for GGC

Yesterday, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents recommended the governor and the members of the Georgia General Assembly include $7.1 million for campus-wide infrastructure improvements on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College, as well as $2 million for the design of the new GGC Allied Health and Sciences Building in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriation. This is part of the Regents’ $2.1 billion budget and capital request to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for the budget year that begins in July of 2011.

Yesterday, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents recommended the governor and the members of the Georgia General Assembly include $7.1 million for campus-wide infrastructure improvements on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College, as well as $2 million for the design of the new GGC Allied Health and Sciences Building in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriation. This is part of the Regents’ $2.1 billion budget and capital request to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for the budget year that begins in July of 2011.

“This money is vital to the growth of Georgia Gwinnett College,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said following the Board’s vote.

Following the Board of Regents meeting, Stas Preczewski, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs said, “The Allied Health and Sciences building is imperative to the College’s continued growth, as it will house the College’s nursing program and other science programs including biology, radiology technology, chemistry and physics.” He noted that Georgia Gwinnett College expects to begin its BSN degree program in 2012. “As all are aware, Georgia currently is experiencing a nursing shortage that is expected to reach devastating proportions over the next decade, so it is essential that GGC start training nurses as soon as possible.”

The $7.1 million in infrastructure money will be used for necessary road, sewer and electrical improvements. The campus has grown considerably with new student housing, a new Library and Learning Center and a new Student Center opening this year. A Fitness Center and two other buildings, as well as a parking deck have been added to the College’s campus over the past five years. No new infrastructure improvements have been made since the prelude to GGC, the Georgia University Center, was built more than 20 years ago.

“We appreciate the Board’s support of GGC,” Dr. Kaufman continued. “Our campus is experiencing rapid growth and the facility needs are unprecedented. To our knowledge no Georgia college has ever experienced what amounts to a doubling in size every year. These students deserve excellent facilities for classrooms and laboratories.” GGC expects to have in excess of 5,500 students on campus this fall – up from the 3,200 who were on campus last fall. More than 400 students will be living on campus this year for the first time since the College opened its doors in 2006.

Earlier this summer, Georgia Gwinnett College opened its new Library and Learning Center and student housing, and the new student center will open within the next few weeks. Students are expected to move onto campus next week and classes start on August 23.

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