The public can get an early glimpse at the next big construction project at Georgia Health Sciences University during a ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday.
The ceremony for the J. Harold Harrison M.D. Education Commons building will be held at 10:30 a.m. at its future site next to the GHSU College of Dental Medicine.
The building will house classrooms for both dental students and those in the Medical College of Georgia. It will feature a 26,620-square-foot simulation laboratory that will allow students from different disciplines to train together. The $76.5 million, 172,000-square-foot building is part of the university’s strategy to increase its medical school class size from 230 to 300 by 2020 and its dental class from 63 to 100 by 2016. Classes in the new building are expected to begin in fall 2014.
The building was named for the late Dr. Harrison after he and his wife gave a $10 million gift to the university that also helped secure $5 million from Augusta-area donors and an $8 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, school officials said.