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Progress continues on Allied Health and Science Building

An artist’s rendering shows what the Allied Health and Science Building at Georgia Gwinnett College will look like once completed in August 2014.

An artist’s rendering shows what the Allied Health and Science Building at Georgia Gwinnett College will look like once completed in August 2014.

LAWRENCEVILLE — An artist rendering of the Allied Health and Science Building shows a group of people walking, cycling and conversing near the modern, three-story building.

Blue skies, green grass and the silhouettes of prospective college students and professors are shown in the illustration.

According to Eddie Beauchamp, vice president of facilities and operations and Georgia Gwinnett College, it won’t be long before that artist’s illustration is a real scene at the institution.

While it’s currently under construction, Beauchamp said it’s “actually ahead of schedule despite all the rain.”

He said the frame structure is 95-percent complete, and “we’re still on schedule to have it completed by August of next year.”

The building’s opening will coincide with the start of the college’s nursing program.

“When Georgia Gwinnett was established, the college made a commitment to the Gwinnett community to provide a baccalaureate degree in nursing, as well as other allied health programs, and to serve the growing health care needs of Gwinnett, as well as the state,” said Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “This building makes these proposed programs possible.”

GGC recently hired Sharon Grason as its director of nursing. She is working to develop the proposed program, which will be based in the new building when it opens for the 2014 fall semester.

GGC broke ground on the $30 million Allied Health and Science Building in March with about 250 attending the ceremony.

The three-story, 91,000-square-foot structure will provide a large variety of facilities for the college, including three physics laboratories, six biology laboratories, seven chemistry laboratories, four anatomy and physiology laboratories, and one lab each for psychology, exercise science, IT systems and digital media. The proposed nursing and other allied health programs will be supported by a state-of-the-art simulation learning center with a central control room equipped with wireless technology for managing patient bed simulations. It also will contain a 14-bed patient care/clinical practice laboratory.

In addition, the building will contain three classrooms, eight student study/commons areas, 36 faculty offices and two dean office suites for school-level administrative staffs and support services.

The structure will feature similar architecture as other campus buildings facing the central lawn, including an exterior of brick and metal and a three-story atrium and glass curtain wall.

“While this building is key to the growth of two of GGC’s schools, it is important to remember that it will serve the entire student body,” said Stas Preczewski, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “Many of our students will take courses that will be provided within its walls for years to come.”