Regents panel OKs new construction at Athens health campus

ATHENS, Ga. -- A committee of the state Board of Regents approved University of Georgia plans for more than $50 million in construction projects, including a $12.8 million third renovation phase for the university’s new Health Sciences Campus.

Meeting in Athens Tuesday, the Regents’ real estate and facilities committee approved four projects with no discussion.

The proposals now go on to the full Board of Regents for approval in a meeting today.

The committee approved renovations for several buildings on the health sciences campus at a cost of nearly $13 million, bringing the total cost of converting the former U.S. Navy Supply Corps School into a UGA campus to more than $30 million.

The real estate committee also passed a $1.9 million project to convert a barracks building on the Navy School campus to a 200-bed residence hall and a $5 million conversion of UGA’s high-rise Oglethorpe House into a 494-bed residence hall.

UGA officials did not ask the Regents for additional money to fund the projects. The two residence hall projects will be paid for with UGA housing funds. UGA has already set aside money for the health sciences campus renovations.

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