College breaks ground on addition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College is more than doubling the size of an academic building in anticipation of having an incoming freshman class of 3,000.

The 33,000-square-foot addition to the C Building will cost just under $5 million and enlarge the building to 57,000 square feet, said Jennifer Stephens, the college's spokeswoman. The construction extends the building to the north.

The addition will add eight classrooms, two computer labs, four seminar rooms and an auditorium that seats 300, Stephens said.

Eddie Beauchamp, the vice president of business and finance, said the building should be completed in time for fall classes next year.

"We expect to be in the building by the first week in August," Beauchamp said. "Classes start in mid-August."

The college also plans to extend the building to the south, but the size of that project has not been determined, Beauchamp said. Depending on the funding approved by the Board of Regents, the extension to the south could be "a big project or an even bigger project," he said.

Once funding is approved, the college would like to design a three-story addition that would sit on a hill, Beauchamp said.

The college also plans to break ground in December on at least one parking deck, Beauchamp said. Officials will decide after studying the master plan whether it would be better to have one or two parking decks, he said.

The college is also waiting to hear if the General Assembly will approve plans for a $28.3 million library, which will be 125,000 square feet, Beauchamp said. That decision should be made in the spring.