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College of Health Sciences celebrates new home

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October 13, 2009

The College of Health Sciences Building now houses specialty labs, classrooms and faculty offices for nursing, music therapy and kinesiology students.

Students enter the recently renovated building through the beautiful facade of the main entrance.

“The outside facade is very much historically accurate, and that is important to the goals of our campus,” said Sandra Gangstead, Dean of the College of Health Sciences.

To preserve the historic integrity of the 73-year-old building the windows received special treatment.

“The original windows were transported offsite for refurbishment and brought back and reinstalled,” said Mark Bowen, Georgia College Project Manager.

The $8.7 million renovation completed in the spring unites the health sciences programs.

Widened corridors and updated classrooms better meet the needs of the health sciences programs and their students.

Construction workers removed the first-floor pool and excavated the space creating a second floor.

Double doors open into a nursing lab complete with a nurses’ station and 30 hospital beds. Music therapy offices and classrooms have replaced outdated locker rooms.

Wide corridors have replaced the former second floor maze. And the third floor’s former gymnasium has been incorporated into the current design. The original hardwood flooring has been repaired and maintained to provide a welcome contrast to the carpeted first two floors.

Faculty offices on the third floor provide students easy access to professors and room for the programs to expand. Additional administrative and faculty offices are located in sister building Parks Memorial Hall, also newly renovated.

Beveled glass on faculty doors and transoms at the top of doors keep the feel of the original history in Parks Memorial Hall. Originally the infirmary of the college, the building now offers health sciences spaces.

“We wanted to be sensitive to the importance of these facilities to our university,” said Gangstead. “We also wanted to be sensitive to the importance of the professions.”

For more information, please contact College of Health Sciences at (478) 445-4092.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.