Sleep and research: Turner completes $93m of contracts for University of Georgia

New residence sleeps 525 first-years, while the STEM Research Building went up over a car park (Courtesy of Turner Construction)
US contractor Turner Construction has completed a new research building and a residential hall named after pioneering African American students at the University of Georgia. The combined value of the contracts is $93.4m.

One was the $41.4m contract to build the 120,000-sq-ft Black-Diallo-Miller Residence Hall. It will house 525 first-year students in double rooms, which will be ready for the scholars in September. Rooms have large windows, built-in closets and shared lounge and study areas.

The hall is named after the first African American students to complete undergraduate degrees at the university: Harold A. Black, Mary Blackwell Diallo and Kerry Rushin Miller.

Also finished is a $52m second phase of the Interdisciplinary STEM Research Building. This three-story, 100,000-sq-ft facility is built on top of an existing 320-space car park.

The building is home to 27 principal investigators, with laboratory space for chemistry, biology, and engineering, plus research space and classrooms.

Kevin Jenkins, Turner Construction Company’s general manager, said: “We are happy to have delivered these two projects for the University of Georgia on schedule and budget.”

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