A new school year brings about several changes around campus.
Construction of an approximately 15,800-square-foot addition to Baldwin Hall along with renovations to the north end of the first floor wing was completed this summer to provide state-of-the-art TEAL, or technology-enabled active learning classrooms; offices; and improved accessibility for faculty, staff and students within the School of Public and International Affairs and other departments using the facility on North Campus.
Center for Molecular Medicine
The Center for Molecular Medicine, a 43,000-square-foot addition to the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, provides laboratories for up to 10 new research groups in addition to new faculty offices and collaboration space. The dedication ceremony for the new facility is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 20.
Clark Howell Hall
Clark Howell Hall has undergone a complete interior renovation to provide improved life safety, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; improved accessibility; and updated finishes for its users. An open house is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Disability Resource Center will be located in Building Services Annex through Sept. 25. University Testing Services will be located on the second floor of Building 2130 (print building by Performing Arts Center parking deck) through Sept. 18. The Career Center is back in Clark Howell Hall as of Aug. 14.
Russell Hall, originally constructed in 1967, is undergoing a complete renovation of its 213,000 square feet to provide affordable, quality residential housing for students on West Campus. The project will increase room space and flexibility through the removal of built-in furnishings and provide students with individualized in-room temperature controls and movable furniture. The facility is scheduled to reopen for the start of classes in August 2018. University Housing has moved to Brumby Hall, Creswell Hall and the Family Housing Office and plans to move back into Russell Hall in July 2018.
Business Learning Community
The second and largest phase of the Terry College’s Business Learning Community, located at the corner of Lumpkin and Baxter streets, is now open.
Phase II construction is the result of a public-private partnership totaling $63 million. In all, the three buildings of Phase II encompass 140,000 square feet with two large auditoriums, a capital markets lab, a music business lab, undergraduate commons and cafe, classrooms, team rooms, and faculty and staff offices.
The names of the three buildings are Benson Hall, on the business school’s east side facing Lumpkin Street; Moore-Rooker Hall, on the business school’s west side facing Hull Street; and Amos Hall, which will be the BLC’s hub when all three phases of construction are complete.
Faculty and staff from all seven of the college’s academic departments, as well as other Terry College program staff, moved into Phase II this summer.
Phase III construction will comprise the final two buildings of the Business Learning Community, totaling 72,100 square feet. Scheduled to open in 2019, Phase III will include about 10 additional classrooms, conference rooms and offices.
A combined dedication of Phase II and groundbreaking for Phase III is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 15.
The second phase of interior improvements to Stegeman Coliseum wraps up this fall with new seating, specialty lighting, new graphics, multiple video boards mounted throughout the coliseum and a multi-faced center-hung scoreboard.
Construction is underway for improvements to the west end of Sanford Stadium. The project includes a new home team locker room, a 500-seat recruitment lounge, new concession and restroom facilities, a new videoboard, a new plaza connecting west end stands to Gillis Bridge on Sanford Drive with ticket gate access directly from the bridge and other improvements. Construction will continue through fall 2018. Though the Tate Center surface parking lot will be closed for most of this time, the parking deck will remain open.
The Department of Recreational Sports continues its Ramsey Renewal renovation with cosmetic changes to the Spectator Lobby of the Ramsey Student Center. This space now features updated flooring and paint. The third floor hallway above the Spectator Lobby has also been refreshed with new flooring. Previous phases of Ramsey Renewal have included a new main lobby, cosmetic changes to paint and flooring in much of the main floor, a new Functional Training Room, refinished and repainted gym floors, new departmental offices and other improvements.
Recreational Sports and Dining Services are in the process of transitioning from current biometric hand readers to iris recognition technology for entrance into dining halls and the Ramsey Student Center. For more information, visit dining.uga.edu/iriscamerasystem.
Three new Jittery Joe’s locations will be on campus during the fall 2017 semester. Customers may currently visit the science library store, which opened this summer. Additional stores will soon open at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and Baldwin Hall. These locations are in addition to the original store in the Miller Learning Center, which remains open.
Au Bon Pain will open in Amos Hall in the Business Learning Community. Au Bon Pain, owned and operated by UGA Dining Services, offers a selection of specialty soups, sandwiches and bakery items. For more information, visit aubonpain.com.
UGA Dining Services refreshed its grab-and-go menu this past summer to increase the selection of fresh, convenient food options on campus. The grab-and-go entrees will be made on-campus daily and can be found in any UGA campus eatery and may be purchased with Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, or any major form of payment.
A new c-store concept offering expanded grab-and-go items, snacks and bottled beverages will open in the former Tate Cafe location in the Tate Student Center. The new location, called the Market at Tate, will open in fall 2017. Barberitos and Bulldog Burgers will remain and continue to operate within the Market at Tate. Starting in fall, Bulldog Burgers will switch to a local, 100 percent grass-fed ground beef that is produced at UGA and offered at a reduced price from the previous year. Dawg Snacks and the Red Clay Cafe location in the Tate Student Center are closed.