The Andalusia Interpretive Center wasn’t the only Georgia College construction project highlighted on Wednesday.
After inaugurating the center, university officials gathered again later today to celebrate the completion of the new Integrated Science Complex, a $ 22.1 million facility that will house biology and research laboratories. chemistry as well as faculty offices.
Windows are a major feature of the 43,000 square foot building located at the corner of West Montgomery and North Wilkinson streets. The resort was designed with the theme “science on display” in mind. Massive glass panes form an important part of the exterior, allowing the outside world to see inside. This is also the case inside. Anyone who passes by will be able to see science students and professors working on experiments.
In addition to showcasing science, the building also helps solve some space issues on campus, as several faculty and staff said on Wednesday that Herty Hall, which also houses science programs, was being pushed to its limits. .
“Our plan was for this facility to change the way we do science on this campus because our science programs have grown and thrived,” said Dr. Eric Tenbus, Dean of the GC College of Arts and Sciences. “Herty Hall has been buzzing for some time. Our faculty and students needed a science center where they could benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories and a state-of-the-art building where undergraduate research would be the focus. And There you go. What an incredible addition to our beautiful campus.
Now former GC chairman Dr Steve Dorman, whose last day was Thursday, has said he remembers one of his first duties at Milledgeville being the reopening of a renovated Herty Hall in 2012.
“When I went through this renovation, I was quickly impressed that everything was full,” said Dorman. “Even with the renovation, there were displays in the hallways and everything seemed full. I knew then that a new scientific complex would be needed in the future.
Among those excited about the new addition was Dr. Indiren Pillay, GC Chair in Biological and Environmental Sciences.
“We were in a beautiful building, but an overcrowded building where our faculty struggled to provide everything we needed,” Pillay said. “This building is designed with students in mind… Our students will have an incredible cutting edge experience in a 21st century institution.”
The design phase of the Integrated Science Complex (ISC) began in 2018 and the university inaugurated the project in February 2020. It is the first new university building to be constructed on the GC campus from the Arts and of Science in 1995. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed construction efforts on the ISC by a few months, but it was completed in time for students and staff to move in after the Christmas vacation in January.
“There were so many unknowns about what would happen and whether the construction industry would be able to keep moving forward,” said Mark Bowen, deputy director of GC facilities planning. “I think our team did a wonderful job in being able to provide us with this building under the difficult circumstances that we had. “
Cutting the ISC ribbon on Wednesday was one of Dr. Dorman’s last tasks on the GC campus, as Thursday was his last day as president. He gives way to former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who is the university’s 12th president. Before the end of the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, GC Provost, Dr Costas Spirou, had an announcement to make.
“Dr. Dorman, in recognition of your many contributions to the University and for your visionary leadership in the development of the Integrated Science Complex, Georgia College is pleased to name the atrium of the Steve M. Dorman Integrated Science Atrium building. Congratulations . “
The atrium is just inside the main entrance to the ISC, and on the second-floor balcony on Wednesday was a sign displaying the new name of the area.
Inside the ISC is also a time capsule, which is due to open in 25 years, on September 29, 2046. It is filled with GC T-shirts, biographies of current faculty members, articles research, from a letter from the current president of the student government. , newspaper clippings and, of course, masks to remember what the campus was going through when the complex was completed.
Outside the new building is a stone memorial, marking the property as the former home of the Slater family. Dorman described Alonzo Slater and Ida Walker Slater as leaders of the local black community at the turn of the 20th century. One of their descendants was present for Wednesday’s ceremony.
“We certainly wish to continue to honor their legacy,” said Dorman.