South Georgia College Celebrates Topping Out on Dining Hall

March 29, 2011

On March 29th, South Georgia College and RISE celebrated the topping out of their dining hall renovation project on the college’s campus in Douglas, GA. In partnership with contractor Juneau Construction Company (JCC), the project team celebrated this notable project milestone by extending its sincere thanks to all field-level workers for their tireless efforts in the renovation of this historic structure.

In attendance were South Georgia College President Dr. Virginia Carson and Vice President Wanda Lloyd, as well as other representatives from the college and community, members of the RISE and JCC teams, architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS), and many of the project’s subcontractors and vendors. Dr. Carson, RISE Project Manager Thompson Gooding and JCC Project Superintendent Jeff Ellis each thanked all of the subcontractors and their workers for their efforts on this project.

“Through your efforts, you are investing in the future of education in Georgia and I want to thank you for what you are doing for the students at South Georgia College.”
Dr. Virginia Carson – President, South Georgia College

Everyone in attendance braved overcast weather and the threat of rain to enjoy a fried chicken lunch as well as commemorative t-shirts and a raffle for numerous prizes donated by AUDG, JCC, Boruff Electric, Pace Drywall, and Direct South. In keeping with RISE & Juneau’s commitment to engage and support the communities in which we live and work, a significant amount of leftover food from the event was donated to local charities.

Originally constructed in 1927 as a dining hall, the building has undergone a number of renovations and was most recently used as a classroom building. The goal of this project was to restore the original use and historic character of the building, while simultaneously doubling the building footprint and creating a dining facility capable of serving the campus’ needs as it grows over the coming decades.

Upon completion, the new facility will encompass over 15,000 square feet, and have the capacity to seat 300 students at a time. A creative design approach has provided the facility with the capability to be reconfigured in the future to seat up to 600 students without the need for any additional construction. 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 RISE, JCC, and LAS.

In addition to traditional cafeteria-style dining, the facility will offer feature server areas such as a pizza bar and grill area, separate coffee and quick-service counter with extended hours, convenience and collegiate apparel store, offices for food service personnel, and a small dining area which can be closed off for private functions.

The project is slated for completion in July of this year, but is already ahead of schedule and well under budget.