Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of NGCSU Military Village
September 14, 2012
DAHLONEGA – North Georgia College & State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the newly renovated Gaillard Hall, celebrating the culmination of a series of construction projects across campus.
“Today, we celebrate the renovations of Gaillard Hall, the capstone to eight projects that have been completed in recent years through the hard work and cooperation of the teams of people gathered here,” said university President Bonita C. Jacobs. “These facilities have transformed our campus as a growing student population has driven the need for new facilities.”
Gaillard’s reopening also marks the completion of the university’s military village, encompassing three residence halls housing a total of 780 beds for cadets, arranged around a formation plaza overlooking the Gen. William J. “Lipp” Livsey Drill Field.
During the ceremony, Col. Tom Palmer, commandant of cadets and interim vice president for student affairs, shared his memories of living in Gaillard Hall as a cadet in the early 1970s. Palmer also explained that the new cadet housing makes North Georgia the only senior military college in the country to have all suite-style housing for its cadets.
Over the past four years, eight projects totaling more than $110 million have been completed:
· 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, with capacity to hold 1,000 cars, 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, named for North Georgia alumnus and former professor of military science Ben Purcell, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, dedicated in April 2012
· Gaillard Hall, a 166-bed, suite style residence hall for cadets, rededicated in September 2012 after a yearlong renovation project
During the ceremony, the four companies who were partners in all eight projects were recognized: Millard Choate of Choate Construction, construction manager; Joe Greco of architects Lord, Aeck and Sargent; Greg Blais of RISE, project developer; and David Shonk of Jones, Lang LaSalle, program manager.
Ambling University Development has endowed a scholarship and Lord, Aeck and Sargent and Choate Construction jointly have endowed a second scholarship, both announced at previous ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Other special guests at Thursday’s ceremony included Dr. Houston Davis, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University System of Georgia (USG), Regent Philip Wilheit of the USG Board of Regents, and members of various university boards. Numerous students, alumni, faculty and staff also attended the ceremony held in the Gaillard Hall lobby.
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