AMERICUS (April 9, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is pleased to announce a groundbreaking set for Monday, April 16.  

GSW to host April 16 groundbreaking
Notable guests to attend ceremony for Phase II of $15 million health complex

AMERICUS (April 9, 2012)—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is pleased to announce a groundbreaking set for Monday, April 16. Scheduled for 3:30 p.m., the ceremony will officially begin the second phase of GSW’s highly anticipated Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex.

Open to the public, the groundbreaking is being held in conjunction with the April 17-18 meeting for the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents meeting at GSW and the April 16 board meeting for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will speak during the program, and former President Jimmy Carter will be on hand, as well. Others in attendance will include USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Chair of the USG Board of Regents Ben Tarbutton III, Sen. Georgia Hooks (D-Americus), and Rep. Mike Cheokas (R-Americus).

Last year, with help from Hooks and Cheokas, the state approved funding to begin the project. At roughly 35,000 square feet, the new building will be home to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, the psychology and sociology department, and additional lab space for the sciences. It is set to be finished in December 2012.

In all, this two-phase project costs an estimated $15 million and is located adjacent to GSW’s Education Center and the Wheatley Administration Building. Phase one is the construction of a 46,000 square foot, state-of-the-art classroom and clinical space for the School of Nursing. It is scheduled for completion this summer

2WR, Inc. Architecture is responsible for the design, and Allstate Construction out of Tallahassee is the contractor. Allstate President Bill Weldon is a native of Plains and a graduate of Georgia Southwestern.

For additional information, contact Stephen Snyder at (229) 931-2037 or email stephen.snyder@gsw.edu.

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