MCG to break ground for new dental school building

The buildings are gone, but part of Gilbert Manor will live on in the new building for the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry.

“That’s my understanding, that some of those bricks and things that were in the old Gilbert Manor were actually ground up and are part of the surface now,” said Dean Connie L. Drisko.

That is only one of the environmentally friendly, conservation aspects of the building, which will begin construction ceremonially Wednesday with a groundbreaking. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. are scheduled to speak.

The building will be the first on campus to pursue certification as sustainable and environmentally friendly from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, Dr. Drisko said. That includes efficient cooling and heating and features such as lights that go off when a room empties and shades that come down when the sun hits windows.

“Our students have been very cognizant of asking us if we were going to be environmentally friendly, and we are,” Dr. Drisko said.

The school is looking at 22 to 24 months for construction and hopes to move in by spring 2012 at the latest, Dr. Drisko said.

IF YOU GO

What: Groundbreaking for the Medical College of Georgia’s new School of Dentistry building.

When: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The former Gilbert Manor housing authority site.

Getting there: Take 13th Street/R.A. Dent Boulevard past the intersection with Laney-Walker Boulevard. Turn right to Goss Lane and follow the signs. MCG public safety officers will be on Goss to direct visitors and assist with parking.

Special guests: Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver are scheduled to appear.

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