College begins major expansion of Building C

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A construction crane will once again dominate the Georgia Gwinnett College campus as the institution begins a major expansion of Building C, one of its main academic buildings.

Building C will more than double in size with the addition of classrooms and offices that will enable GGC to serve its anticipated fall 2016 enrollment of about 13,000.

Group of 20 individuals, including the General, wearing hard hats and holding ceremonial shovels breaking ground.
On hand for a recent groundbreaking ceremony were (front row) GGC President Stas Preczewski, Ph.D.; General; Rep. Dewey McClain; GGC Associate Vice President of Facilities Frank Covington; Sen. Renee Unterman; University System of Georgia Vice Chancellor for Real Estate and Facilities Jim James; Rep. Tom Rice; Rep. Brooks Coleman; Georgia House of Representatives Chairman for Higher Education Carl Rogers, (back row) Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, Ed.D.; Rep. Tim Barr; Rep. Valerie Clark; Rep. David Clark; Sen. P.K. Martin; GGC Foundation Chairman Tommy Hughes; GGC Interim Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost Lois C. Richardson, Ph.D.; GGC Vice President of Business and Facilities/Chief Financial Officer Laura Maxwell; Rep. Tom Kirby; Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash and Sen. Curt Thompson.

The building was designed to be built in phases. The current building of about 52,300 sq. ft. was built in two phases and is two stories high. The three-story addition will add 54,300 sq. ft. It will include stairwells encased in glass windows, complementing other three-story glass features on other campus buildings facing its central lawn. The expansion will match the brick and metal style of the rest of the college’s structures.

rendering of expanded Building C
Drawing of expanded Building C

“This is an important project for Georgia Gwinnett because we again find our ability to serve students limited by the capacity of our facilities,” said GGC President Stas Preczewski. “The Building C expansion will allow us to accommodate our projected enrollment increase of more than 1,000 additional students. The members of the Gwinnett legislative delegation were instrumental in obtaining the funds for the construction of the addition. Without their perseverance, we would be a year behind schedule. We owe a debt of gratitude to them.”

The college will waste no time putting the building to use. Construction is scheduled to be completed next summer, in time for the start of fall semester in mid-August. GGC’s space utilization rate of 72 percent is the highest within the University System of Georgia and almost double the system average.

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