EGSC breaks ground on JAM Expansion Project

by | August 28, 2018 5:01 pm

Last Updated: August 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm

   On August 16 at 11 a.m., East Georgia State College (EGSC) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jean A. Morgan Student Activities Center Expansion Project.

   “This campus is your campus, and it is always a great day when we can all come together as a community,” said Dr. Bob Boehmer, EGSC President, in his opening speech. “Today is just one day short of one year following the day when we all stood together to celebrate the expansion of our Academic Building. The Spring before that, we gathered in the lobby of Bobcat Villas to celebrate the opening of our newest residence hall. Today, our East Georgia State College family gathers once again to celebrate three more important leaps forward: the expansion of our JAM Center, the generous gift to our Foundation by the Gambrell family of 138 acres of land, and the 30th anniversary of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center.”

   The invocation was given by Rev. Bennie Brinson, Emeritus Vice President of Student Services. The Pledge of Allegiance was given by EGSC student Teiana Green, an active member of the National Guard.

   In attendance were Senators Jack Hill and Jesse Stone, Representative Butch Parrish, University System of Georgia Chancellor Dr. Steve Wrigley, former EGSC Presidents Dr. Willie Gunn and Dr. Foster Watkins, GYSTC Chair Tanya Blalock, Regent Allen Gudenrath, and representatives of the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, Board of Education, and the Swainsboro City Council.

   The expansion project will add approximately 15,000 square feet to the existing facility and will provide much-needed student activity space, including a large multi-purpose room, digital gaming, larger game room, offices and a meeting room for the Student Government Association, Student Publication offices, and Student Life administrative space. The stated cost limitation for construction is $3.8 million.
    The existing portion of the JAM Center will be vacated by Student Activities and repurposed for a larger College Bookstore, as well as open computing space and student group study nodes. The construction is expected to begin in October of this year and be completed in Fall of 2019. Cogdell-Mendrala Architects, Savannah, is the architect of record for the project.

   “This building was named in honor of Jean Anderson Morgan, a long-time benefactor of the college. Jean now lives in Tennessee, and she would be…

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