Friday, September 8, 2017
David Dodson, 706-542-5323, email@example.com
Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia will celebrate the completion of Phase II of the Business Learning Community with a dedication of Amos, Benson, and Moore-Rooker halls on Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Business Learning Community courtyard.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the third and final phase of the Business Learning Community, located at the corner of Lumpkin and Baxter streets, will immediately follow the dedication.
Speakers at the dedication will include Gov. Nathan Deal; Tricia Chastain, executive vice chancellor of administration for the University System of Georgia; and UGA President Jere W. Morehead.
Phase II construction is the result of a public-private partnership that combined significant donor support and state funds totaling $63 million. In all, the three buildings of Phase II encompass 140,000 gross square feet with two large auditoriums, a capital markets lab, a music business lab, undergraduate commons, classrooms, team rooms, and faculty and staff offices.
At the center of Phase II is Amos Hall, named in honor of Daniel P. Amos of Columbus. On the east side facing Lumpkin Street stands Benson Hall, named for one of Athens' most community-minded families: patriarch W. Howard Benson, son H.E. "Ed" Benson and grandson Larry R. Benson. Moore-Rooker Hall, on the west side facing Hull Street, is named in honor of the family of Dudley L. Moore Jr. and the family of John W. Rooker, both of Atlanta.
Correll Hall, which comprised Phase I of the Business Learning Community, houses the Terry College's graduate programs. Opened in 2015, the 74,000-square-foot facility includes a business innovation lab, classrooms, project team rooms and a graduate commons. Funded entirely by private contributions, the $35 million facility is named in honor of Pete and Ada Lee Correll of Atlanta.