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Nursing and Allied Health building on track for fall 2010 opening

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, built in 1938, which contains some 13,000 square feet. Plans call for Smith to undergo some interior renovation and house the early childhood education and parts of the community education program. The Piedmont Group of Macon was 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 and fall 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 stands at $1.3 million, said 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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