With a $35 million building in the works, the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia will have a new home in 2022: The Cottrell Center for Business, Technology and Innovation.
UNG announced the 91,000-square-foot facility and a $10 million gift from Mike and Lynn Cottrell, whose family business makes automobile haulers, on Thursday, June 6. The new facility will be on UNG’s Dahlonega campus just off of Chestatee Street on the main campus.
"The Cottrells have made the two largest contributions in UNG’s 145-year history, and, in doing so, they have provided transformational support for our students and graduates to be regionally and globally competitive business leaders,” said UNG President Bonita Jacobs in an announcement from UNG.
There are several uses planned for the new space:
Computer forensic lab
Computer science and information systems hardware and networking labs
Data visualization, analytics, and logistics/supply chain lab
Digital marketing command center and social listening lab
Professional sales and marketing research lab
Entrepreneurship and innovation lab
Multipurpose room that can seat 240 for seminars, 540 theater-style or 304 for banquets
The facility is also expected to include “multi-use computer labs, tiered classroom space, flexible classrooms and computer labs, a student success center, team meeting and study areas, and faculty and staff offices,” according to the announcement.
"Currently, business courses and faculty are spread across multiple buildings, which diminishes the synergy that results from being in a common space," said Mary Gowan, dean of the business college. "This facility will create a technology-rich learning environment to ensure our students are well equipped for modern high-demand workforce opportunities, thus ensuring we are competitive with leading business and technology schools."
The Cottrells have now donated more than $20 million to UNG. Another $2.3 million state funds was allocated for the project and more state funding for construction will be sought in the future, according to UNG.
A bid has gone out from the state for an architect to design the project.