Regents OK renovation of former dental building at GRU

ATLANTA — The Board of Regents gave the green light Tuesday to a $50 million renovation of the former dental building at Georgia Regents University.


The 200,000-square-foot building will get updates to plumbing, heating and electrical systems as well as the installation of a sprinkler system. The rooms will also get touched up for their new occupants, the Digestive Health Center and other clinics on the first floor and offices on the two upper floors.

The exterior will get new entrances, sidewalks, ramps, stairs and landscaping.

The regents also transferred ownership of the building to MCG Health Inc., which will lease it back to the university for $775,000 yearly.

Also Tuesday, the overall plan for the University of Georgia’s health campus won formal approval, even though most of it is already accomplished.

The campus will eventually house 160 medical students and about 1,000 public-health students plus more than 250 faculty and staff.

Also during the regent’s monthly meeting, the board voted to name a residence hall in the East Campus Village for the late Gov. George Busbee.

“It’s very fitting that we do this,” said Regent Larry Walker, who served with Busbee in the General Assembly. “He did a lot for education in Georgia.”

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