Construction of the archway at the Brenau Downtown Center will wrap up this week or early next week, according to Brenau University officials.
Nick Dentamaro, Brenau University’s multimedia editor, said the steel frame and studs are in place and awaiting the fiberglass to surround the arch at the facility off Jesse Jewell Parkway.
“A sign will be up next week,” Dentamaro said, noting it will have the college’s name on it in some fashion.
The Brenau official added the overall construction timeline on the former Georgia Mountains Center is on schedule.
“They put in the (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) and sprinkler system,” Dentamaro said. “It is looking like (classrooms) now.”
The former arena is being converted into a two-level space to house Brenau’s expanded graduate degree programs in physical therapy and other health sciences.
“It will be classrooms with technology and a full-on learning facility,” Dentamaro said.
The first class of a new doctoral physical therapy program is expected to start in the first floor of the newly renovated building in January 2014.
Brenau’s expansion is projected to add about 500 to 700 graduate-level students to the city in the next 10 to 12 years.
The project is estimated to cost about $6.5 million, officials have said.
The second floor “will be undeveloped and ready for our next expansion in health sciences,” university President Ed Schrader has said.