Gleeds to project manage expansion of Augusta University, Georgia

UK consultant Gleeds has been appointed project manager for a $65m college of science and mathematics building at Augusta University in the US state of Georgia.

The team will be acting on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, with whom it has previously worked on a number of successful projects.

Chris Soffe

The college, which is presently located at Augusta’s Summerville Campus, will relocate to a 150,000 sq ft building on the Health Sciences Campus. There the four storey development will house teaching laboratories, faculty offices and classrooms, as well as individual and group study areas.

Facilities contained within the first three floors will be used by all departments, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Meanwhile, the top floor will be dedicated to a 23,000 sq ft "research shell space", which is meant for undergraduate research.

Included in the scope of works is a campus infrastructure component that comprises the expansion of the South Energy Plant, including a chiller, an additional cell for the existing cooling tower and the installation of a supplementary electrical service.

Chris Soffe (pictured), Gleeds Americas’ chief executive, said: "Gleeds has a long-standing relationship with Augusta University so we are delighted to be working with it again on this landmark scheme.

"The facility will provide much-needed room to allow academic learning to be twinned with mutually supportive research programmes. It will also serve to create space to accommodate the growth of three further colleges on the Summerville site."

Gleeds first worked with Augusta University in 2003 and has gone on to be part of projects such as its Cancer Research Centre, College of Dental Medicine and the J Harold Harrison Medical Education Commons and Gross Anatomy Lab, among others.

Work on the college of science and mathematics is expected to begin in summer 2018.

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