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NGSCU: Partnership Results in $110 Million Campus Transformation

November 12, 2012

North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU) recently completed a four-year, $110 million campus transformation culminating with the renovation of Gaillard Hall, a 166-bed historic cadet residence hall. In addition to Gaillard, other projects completed include the addition of 1,214 student beds, a 1,080-space parking deck, a new multi-use building that houses the university bookstore, retail and health center as well as a 1,000-seat dining hall.

“This $110 million partnership has been truly transformational for our university and secures its future for generations to come.”

Located in Dahlonega, Ga., NGCSU is the state’s second oldest university and is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. Funding for the $110 million capital improvement initiative was provided through privately financed tax-exempt municipal bonds. RISE was selected as developer for the project in February 2009 through a nationally competitive process.

Over the past four years, a total of eight projects have been completed, including:
  • North Georgia Suites, a 600-bed, suite-style residence hall, opened in August 2010
  • Patriot Hall, a 352-bed, suite-style residence hall for cadets, opened in August 2010
  • Walker Drive parking deck, a six-level structure with 1,080 parking spaces, opened in August 2010
  • Chestatee Building, which houses the University bookstore, Starbucks, admission offices, and Student Health Services, opened in August 2011
  • Dining Hall, with capacity to seat 1,000 patrons and special event space for 250, opened in August 2011
  • Liberty Hall, a 262-bed, suite-style residence hall for cadets, opened in December 2011
  • Col. Ben Purcell Formation Plaza, dedicated in April 2012
  • Gaillard Hall, a 166-bed, suite style residence hall for cadets, rededicated in September 2012 after a yearlong renovation projectJeff Davis, associate vice president for facilities and director of auxiliary services, said these new facilities make a remarkable impression on students and faculty. “We made a significant effort to make each new building sensational. These structures are beautiful, comfortable and thoroughly functional. Each does its own part to ease and enhance the student experience.”RISE’s partnership with NGCSU dates back to 2001 with the successful construction and completion of Owen Hall, a 314-bed residence hall located just east of the new military housing community.