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New GC nursing building will open next fall

Preliminary design work has begun on the Gordon College Nursing and Allied Health Building which is slated to open in fall 2010. The three-story, 54,000 square-foot structure, will be built where Watson Hall once stood ‘“ on the west side of campus near Spencer Street. It will allow the nursing and allied health program to move from Smith Hall, which was built in 1938 and contains approximately 13,000 square feet. Plans call for Smith to eventually undergo some interior renovation and house the Early Childhood Education program and portions of the Community Education program. The Piedmont Group of Macon has been selected as the construction management firm, Larry Pope of SP Design in Macon is the project manager and the architectural firm is Collins Cooper Carusi of Atlanta. ’Their task is to work together and with our nursing department to come up with a building that meets our educational and esthetic needs as well as falling within the $11 million budget we have for construction,’ said Jerry Turner, Gordon’s vice president of finance and administration. Equipping the building falls under a separate budget which now stands at $1.3 million, according to Turner. That amount could change depending on any budgetary cuts made by the Georgia General Assembly. ’We probably won’t know the final figure for equipment until June,’ Turner said. The construction and design group is expected to present a preliminary design in about two months.

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