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Paine College's HEAL complex set for grand opening Friday

Facility focuses on educational, athletic events

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 8:54 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 12:16 AM
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Paine College will host a series of events this weekend to commemorate the grand opening of the long awaited Health Education Activities Learning Complex.

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Aerial shot of Paine College's new Health Education Activities Learning Complex
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Set to open Friday after one year of construction, the $8.6 million project will house a basketball court, locker rooms, a weight room, classrooms, a laboratory and a 2,100 seat arena among other amenities.

“The athletic department will be a major component in the building, but we really see wellness as a major point in involving people in the complex,” said Brandon Brown, Paine’s vice president of institutional advancement.

Brown said the 43,000 square foot facility will host various athletic events but also be an instrument for educating the community about healthy lifestyles and wellness.

The complex is built on the same site as the Randall A. Carter Gymnasium, which was constructed in 1952 and named for Bishop Randall A. Carter, a theologian of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Paine graduate.

Architects from Vista Design Group preserved aspects of the old gym for historical value but made great improvements for the new complex, according to a news release.

The weekend of events will begin Friday morning with a consecration service at the campus chapel and continue that evening with a tour of the facility.

Officials will host a ribbon cutting Saturday morning before the first basketball game to be played that afternoon in the complex between the Paine Lions and the Stillman Tigers.

“This is an exciting time in the life of Paine College,” President George Bradley said in a statement. “The HEAL Complex will serve our faculty, staff, students, and will be accessible to the community.”



• Service of consecration, 11 a.m., Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, free and open to the public

• Grand opening reception and tour, sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC; 7 p.m.; $50 admission includes a ticket to Saturday’s basketball games against Stillman College, the first in the HEAL Complex; semi-formal/business attire required; tickets may be purchased at the door or at


• Ribbon-cutting ceremony, 11:30 a.m.

• Paine vs. Stillman basketball game (women’s team tips off at 1 p.m.; men start at 3 p.m.)

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Riverman1 01/02/13 - 09:45 am
Paine is a Great Private College

What's missing from the article is the extensive county funding for this private college's facility. How in the world did that happen?

soapy_725 01/02/13 - 09:58 am
And don't forget to mention the continued

"blackmail" of the Methodist Church for more funds. Massive construction with no money. Must be great to be non profit. HUD would never allow an individual to do same. It is what it is?

Some minds we can waste, others we cannot.

countyman 01/02/13 - 02:17 pm
The same way the city

The same way the city demolished Gilbert Manor to make room for the $112 milllion dental school & $76 million medical commons.

The city realizes the success Paine College is important to the future of Augusta similar to GHSU.

Anybody living in Richmond County will be able to use the new facility.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/02/13 - 03:26 pm

Am I correct or not in thinking that a sizable chunk of SPLOST money went into this building, owned by a private school associated with a religious denomination; a school with thousands of alumni earning tens of millions of dollars each year?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/02/13 - 03:30 pm

Yeah, countyman, the public can also use Lambeth Chapel and the Paine College library, but taxpayers did not pay for those. It is wrong to take taxpayers' money by force and give it to private organizations, including religious-affiliated colleges.

catawba7 01/02/13 - 05:47 pm
2 Year Health Courses...PLEASE!

Paine College, it is time for you to add some 2 year health degrees to your program. You are so near the VA, MCG (?) University and Trinity Hospitals. Augusta Tech is so far from the downtown area and adding a program (2) yr in health sciences would be great for the community on this side of Augusta...think of the revenue. Your school would be a great draw for inner city youth, I'm counting on YOU! A lot of us don't want to attend the newly merged ASU and MCG, to BIG!

I would LOVE to see Paine expand beyond the few 4 year degrees currently offered

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