September 7, 2011
South Georgia College Brings New Life to On-Campus Dining
South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. recently opened the doors to a newly renovated, 300-seat dining facility. Originally purposed as a dining hall, the 1927 building has undergone a number of renovations throughout its 84 year history, most recently providing classroom space. The new facility encompasses over 15,000 sq. ft., 10,260 sq. ft. of which is new construction and designed to harmoniously blend with the existing building’s façade and features all the modernity that today’s students desire while maintaining its historic significance on campus.
“As you look around you will notice the residence halls, recreation center and dining hall are all located in one central area,” said Dr. Virginia Carson, South Georgia College President. “Students may now eat, sleep and play in the same sector of campus.”
Situated in the historic heart of campus, the new dining hall will provide a gathering space for students in between the college’s academic buildings and housing facilities, many of which were also developed by the current project team. In addition to traditional cafeteria-style dining, the facility will feature multiple food concepts including a pizza bar and grill area, a coffee and quick-service counter with extended hours, convenience and collegiate apparel store, offices for food service personnel, and an executive dining area which can be utilized for private functions.
Completed in only 9 months, the $5.3 million project was paid for with tax exempt bonds. RISE served as developer of the project, marking its third phase of partnership with the College.