Ground broken on new complex

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Paine College broke ground Saturday on a multipurpose facility that will include a community center and laboratory space for biotechnological research.

Paine's 90,000-square-foot Health Education Activities Learning Complex, known as the HEAL Complex, will be at Mulherin Street and Druid Park Avenue, across from Carter Gym.

"It's indeed a historic event for the college," said Brandon Brown, the vice president for institutional advancement.

The facility, estimated to cost between $16 million and $20 million, will provide lab space and research opportunities for biotechnology, biomedicine and cardiovascular technology.

It will also allow Paine to strengthen its science department and develop programs in the health sciences such as environmental health, cardiovascular technology and health care informatics.

The complex will be more than an academic resource; it will also serve as an outreach and a resource for the community, Mr. Brown said.

The complex will focus on the community's health care needs, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, and work with residents to prevent these conditions, Mr. Brown said.

He likened it to the college's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, which is used by both Paine and the community.

The complex will feature a gymnasium and a swimming pool along with its extensive classroom and lab space. The gym won't be a replacement for Carter Gym, where Paine's basketball teams play.

"It's just going to be a jewel for the community," Mr. Brown said.

No timeline has been set for completion.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

OTHER SCHOOLS' GROWTH

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: New academic complex projected to be built at Wrightsboro Road campus in 2012.

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA: Groundbreaking for new School of Dentistry building on land formerly occupied by the Gilbert Manor housing complex is expected this summer.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/15/09 - 10:52 am
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Great...colleges in downtown

Great...colleges in downtown areas can rejuvenate a city like nothing else as they expand. There is no need to confine growth to a campus. It can be integrated into the community and change it for the better. Look at The College of Charleston as it grew for a bluepriint. Congrats to Paine.

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jack 02/15/09 - 04:58 pm
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Congrat toPaine, but where is

Congrat toPaine, but where is all that moncy coming from for ths private college? Ga State has done the same in Atlanta as I remember attending when it was one building in the middle of down town Atlanta.

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voiceofconcern 02/22/09 - 11:22 am
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But we need a new gym at

But we need a new gym at Paine. As an alumnist, i want to see games at a new gymnasium. Please replace The Carter Gym, Please? It is only about 100 years old. Very old. We need a new gym and now. MCG and Univeristy already have all those "heath-type" centers. We need a Gym. Hopefully, this new place will also be a place where the boys and girls teams can play their home games? Could someone address this issue? Perhaps a followup story from Mr. Gelpi???? He's definitely a superb education writer.

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sprintman 02/22/09 - 11:56 am
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The gym does need a

The gym does need a upgrading. But i guess paine is a true academic college and not a sports college like uga for example. Built spaces for academics first then sports last.

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sprintman 02/22/09 - 01:55 pm
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Im just glad to see all the

Im just glad to see all the growth in the city. That's happening in the inner core of Augusta. And not in West Augusta.

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sprintman 02/22/09 - 02:11 pm
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jack paine is a private

jack paine is a private college. So they get their money from wealthy or rich black people in the metro Augusta area. And alumni who live across the united states.

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