As colleges prepare for the new year, students will see nearly $40 million in improvements.

As colleges prepare for the new year, students will see nearly $40 million in improvements.

July 27: The Pavilion at Oak Hill is taking shape as the roof trusses were installed. Facebook
Aug. 5: And how it looked just a few days later.  Cevian Design Lab.
Image courtesy of Mark Cochran, Cevian Design Lab.
What to expect when it is completed. Courtesy of Mark Cochran, Cevian Design Lab, Rome.

 

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.

 

ABOVE: The construction site at Georgia Highlands College’s Cartersville campus (above) as seen via live webcam on Tuesday evening. BELOW: The artist’s rendition of the addition.

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.

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, helps lead the ground breaking ceremony in July for the…

 

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

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