Regents OK renovation of former dental building at GRU

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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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countyman 03/13/13 - 12:51 am
Major Growth

Everyday we understand more clearly why so many people think Augusta is the next Raleigh.

Medical District = Boomtown

1. $112 million Dental school opened 2011
2. $76.5 million Medical Commons under construction
3. $5 million towards the existing Cancer Center
4. $1 million Laney Walker pedestrian park coming soon
5. $100 million Cancer Center/crosswalk over 15th coming soon (helping Augusta become home to the 2nd NCI Cancer Center in the state/Emory in Atlanta)
6. $50 million renovation of the old dental school coming soon
7. 25 acre commercial development coming soon

Augusta ranked 2nd in the nation for high tech job growth between 2005-2011, and doesn't seem to be slowing down. I very interested to see the final plans for the Riverfront Campus(GGHF site) downtown and the Summerville Campus.

countyman 03/13/13 - 01:59 am
The video(43-58 seconds) has

The video(43-58 seconds) has a great view showing a portion of the Medical District.

triscuit 03/13/13 - 10:14 am
lots of construction to be

lots of construction to be sure. How much of it is using LOCAL construction companies (not out of Atlanta)? Probably not much.

David Parker
David Parker 03/13/13 - 10:22 am
good question triscuit. The

good question triscuit. The greater good can be realized when the cancer center is up and curing people. I'll look the other way for just about anything if that is the result.

bdouglas 03/13/13 - 01:21 pm
I don't quite follow

I don't quite follow this:
"The regents also transferred ownership of the building to MCG Health Inc., which will lease it back to the university for $775,000 yearly."

So it was a state-owned building and they transferred it to a private company? To lease back to the state, essentially?

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