Three area colleges have been busy over the summer on independent projects that together come close to $40 million in new investment. Berry College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Georgia Highlands College all have new buildings — and some retrofitting in one case — well under way. Below please find a text-and-work tour of what’s quickly rising in Mount Berry, Cartersville and Whitfield County.
OAK HILL AND BLACKSTONE HALL, BERRY COLLEGE
The top three images show you recent construction photos and a rendering of what to expect when the events pavilion is finished at Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum. What’s due:: A 5,760 square-foot pavilion with a full catering kitchen and space for up to 300 guests. Plus is designed to offer open-air or closed-space options. Says a Berry release: “Funding was provided by an anonymous $1 million gift.”
Berry also is finishing the new theatre at Blackstone Hall. A $6.7 million fund-raising campaign powered the project that includes 9,226 square feet. Audrey Morgan, an honorary alumna and member of the Board of Visitors, set the pace with a $1 million challenge gift two years ago and made an additional $1 million commitment. It features a new 250-seat auditorium with black box stage.
GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE, CARTERSVILLE CAMPUS
Construction is under way on GHC’s new academic building in Cartersville (watch the progress at http://bit.ly/2vnSHK3). GHC received $22.5 million in state funding to advance the project: $2.2 for design, $17.7 for construction and $2.6 for equipment. Included: A 52,000-square foot building featuring laboratories, classrooms, a lecture hall, study rooms and such — all geared toward STEAM-based degrees. It is the third building to rise on the Cartersville campus off Ga. 20 just before I-75.
GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Also under way is the Whitfield Murray Campus following groundbreaking in July. The campus will cost $18.7 million and will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students. It covers some 80,000 square feet and should be ready by late 2018 or early 2019. Expanded release