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$15 million Student Activities Center to be built at Gordon

The Gordon State College Foundation met Wednesday morning and voted to move forward with a public-private venture to build a $15 million Student Activities Center (SAC) on campus. The building will be approximately 53,000 square feet – nearly one acre under roof – and be located between the current intersection of Highlander Way and College Drive in front of the existing gymnasium, Memorial Hall. It will include a gymnasium for basketball with the old gym being used for practice. It will also house ‘hang’ space – an area for students to gather, a workout room, game room, food service component and other amenities. Students will be assessed an activities fee per semester to pay the debt service on the building. The Foundation will form a third LLC, issue bonds through the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority, build the SAC and lease it back to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. This is the same method through which the Foundation constructed two dorms on campus, Gordon Commons and Gordon Village. Mae Charles Barnes has been retained as bond counsel. BDR Partners is the project programmer. Piedmont Construction Group will handle the build out. Construction will begin in November with occupancy expected in early 2015. The Foundation also moved to complete the Gordon Military College Memorial which is a centerpiece to the entrance to the new facility. The cost of the memorial is estimated at $350,000 of which $175,000 has been raised through donations. The Foundation will underwrite completion funding but continue to seek donations. The plan was put in motion after multiple meetings with students and includes their input. ”This project will transform our campus,” GSC president Dr. Max Burns told the Foundation.

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