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UNG campus, parking renovations underway

2 science classrooms cost $1M

POSTED: January 9, 2014 11:07 p.m.

Renovations are well underway on the fitness and science buildings at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, and a parking deck that was under construction there has reopened.

Two classrooms in the science building are being remodeled into one laboratory for the biology and chemistry departments for a $1 million price tag, funded by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ budget for small capital projects.

The fitness center in the Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex, meanwhile, is getting bigger by 13 feet in length, which will allow the addition of classroom space and a front entrance and office area.

The renovation will include a reconfiguration providing four offices for physical education faculty along with a new human performance lab for the College of Education’s sport, exercise and recreation program.

General institution funds are going toward those changes at a total of $550,000.

Fitness equipment also will be added for $150,000, with half coming from general institution funds and half from student activity fees, according to Mac McConnell, senior vice president for business and finance.

“Our desires include new cardio equipment such as state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical machines, climbers and stationary bicycles,” said Ken Harrison, associate director of recreation and wellness.

“We also want to upgrade or replace some of our strength equipment with the goal of minimizing the number of pieces needed to meet user needs by installing multiuse, space-saving equipment.”

Repairs to the parking deck began in the fall, paid for by the contractor. It closed in August when some needed concrete repairs were identified during a routine inspection.

The deck reopened Monday, restoring 296 spaces for students.

Phase one of new parking on Landrum Education Drive is also complete, and phase two should begin in a few weeks. That work will add another 300 spaces.

More parking is also planned to come in time for fall classes, as the university works on a 200-plus-space lot along Campus Drive.

Parking improvements are funded by student parking fees.


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