EGC to get on campus housing
by Emanuel County Live | November 30, 2009 12:00 am
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, in a special called meeting, members of the East Georgia College Foundation approved the transfer of ten acres of property adjacent to the north campus to East Georgia College for the construction of on campus housing. The historic vote was unanimous and paves the way for the construction of a 200-bed housing facility. The land is adjacent to the current college campus and is located on the north side of the college’s property. The historic vote was unanimous and paves the way for the construction of a 200-bed housing facility.
With financing available through the Georgia Higher Education Financing Authority, the plan is to begin construction in mid-2010. The two bedroom apartment style residences will be available for student occupancy in the fall of 2011.
Earlier this year, with funding provided by the college’s Foundation, the firm of Anderson Strickler, Washington D.C., was contracted to do a housing needs assessment for East Georgia College. The survey revealed the college could support 192 beds immediately.
“We are very excited about housing on our campus and the impact it will have both on the college and economically on our community,” stated Dr. John Black, president of East Georgia College.“Adding student housing to the dynamics will serve not only to put us on the list of college possibilities for students from all over Georgia, it will enhance the college experience for the current student on campus.”
2009 has been a banner year for the college with the addition of housing and intercollegiate athletics. This winning combination will have a positive impact not only on the college but on the entire service area.
Coordination of the construction project will be handled by East Georgia College staff and the University System of Georgia’s facilities office. Hal Gibson Companies, with offices in West Point, Ga. and Pooler, Ga. will be the Program Manager for the project. The architectural design contract was awarded to Palmer Architects from Statesboro, GA. Managing the construction will be Fortune-Johnson, a firm based in Norcross, GA. Local subcontractors will be utilized whenever possible on the project. Information on the procedure for local participation will be published when it is available.