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College buys building for offices, athletics

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College recently bought a building that will become the face of the college because of its proximity to Collins Hill Road and Ga. Highway 316.

The college purchased 5 acres of land and a 75,000-square-foot building for $3.8 million, said Jennifer Stephens, the college's spokeswoman. The college plans to remodel the building, and the retrofit should be done by the fall of 2007, she said.

The building formerly housed Plumbing Distributors Inc., which has relocated, Stephens said. The college will use the building for office space and recreational and athletic facilities, such as a basketball court and exercise equipment.

Gordon Harrison, the college's vice president for advancement, said the space will be essential to the college for the next couple of years.

"It all worked out and came together just like it's supposed to," Harrison said.

Harrison, who is also the president of the GGC Foundation, said the building is in excellent condition. It includes 60 offices and a large warehouse space. College officials have already met with architects, who will remodel the building to include faculty office space, recreational and athletic facilities and perhaps a food service operation.

GGC Foundation Chairman Glenn S. White and Foundation real estate committee chairman Wayne Mason in August had talked to the owners of PDI about buying the building, Harrison said.