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Regents panel OKs new construction at Athens health campus

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 8:30 AM
Last updated 7:56 PM
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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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americafirst 10/10/12 - 09:38 am
Can you see the future of our

Can you see the future of our medical shcoll here in Augusta? Ever wonder why Azziz insisted the new name of the consolidated school not have the word medcial in it? Is it because its future will not include a medical school? I can't imagine anything more foolish and wasteful but the BOR surprises me everyday.

grinder48 10/10/12 - 10:14 am
Move to Athens

More indication of Azziz' anti-Augusta plans ...

kiwiinamerica 10/10/12 - 11:29 am
Ummm....I thought you guys

Ummm....I thought you guys wanted it to be named the "University of Augusta"? I don't see the word "medical" in there, either. Keep yammering that the state medical school must be called the "University of Augusta" and they might just move it.

And...uh......the reason why the word "medical" was removed from the name of the newly merged school is because it is no longer exclusively a "medical" college. Duh!

twentieth century man
twentieth century man 10/10/12 - 11:15 am

It becomes more obvious all the time that the Board of Regents is actually taking money from Augusta. It is unfortunate that one of the purposes of the BRAC was not honored; that the Navy Supply School property was not converted to private property to increase the tax rolls, as opposed to remaining in the state public domain.

countyman 10/10/12 - 01:12 pm
Only $30 million in the city

Only $30 million in the city of Athens? Compared to the $112 million dental school(largest project in state history), $76 million Medical Commons, and $100 milllion Cancer Center...

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