Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will host a dedication ceremony and open house for its new building, located at 285 South Jackson Street, on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.
Several of the college’s programs and services, including administrative offices, the Owens Library, the Circle Gallery and the bachelor of landscape architecture program, relocated to the Jackson Street Building in early August. The mid-century, sustainably rehabilitated facility was formerly occupied by the school of art and is located adjacent to UGA’s North Parking Deck.
During the ceremony, UGA President Michael F. Adams, College of Environment and Design Dean Dan Nadenicek and Sydney Thompson, a fifth-year B.L.A. student, will discuss what the rehabilitated building means for the university and the college. A ribbon cutting at the main entrance and a brief reception will follow.
An open house will be held for the remainder of the day until 6 p.m. Alumni, the university community and the general public may view the exhibit The Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper in the Circle Gallery. In addition, student work and storyboard posters relating to the history of the college on campus will be on display throughout the building. A college informational fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the critique space of the new location in which participants can learn about the college’s academic programs, study abroad opportunities and student organizations.
The college worked with the UGA Office of Sustainability on the building’s sustainable rehabilitations, which included the installation of solar panels on its roof. The panels were purchased through MAGE SOLAR USA, a Dublin-based complete system provider and producer of U.S.-assembled and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-compliant solar photovoltaic-modules. It is estimated that the panels of the UGA Solar Demonstration Project will provide almost 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, which is approximately enough energy to power 90 fluorescent T8 lights for 10 hours a day or 189 laptops for eight hours a day for an entire year.
The building, including the Circle Gallery, is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Visitor parking is available in the North Parking Deck. For more information, see http://www.ced.uga.edu/.
The College of Environment and Design is home to one of the oldest and largest schools of landscape architecture in the U.S. and offers degrees in landscape architecture, historic preservation and environmental planning and design, as well as a certificate in environmental ethics.