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Campus Planning + Renovation + Construction—The Next Generation

As institutions work more diligently to conserve environmental and fiscal resources, among the most often overlooked resources are a campus’ historic and aging “legacy” buildings. In the face of rising enrollment and decreased public funding, the creative re-use of existing facilities has become and will continue to be increasingly critical to institutional success. Since 2006, South Georgia College has undertaken three separate renovation projects totaling more than 35,000 square feet in construction at a cost of only $3.75M to Georgia taxpayers. Using these three distinct projects as case studies, this presentation will examine adaptive re-use strategies for breathing new life into aging buildings. Topics will include:available funding sources and financing opportunities, maximizing construction cost value and project delivery methods, understanding State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)and Board of Regents guidelines, and strategies for meeting the contemporary needs of a campus while preserving its architectural heritage.

1. Attendees will have a better understanding of how to identify adaptive re-use opportunities on their campuses.
2. Attendees will learn how to navigate the approval process for renovating historic structures.
3. Attendees will have a better understanding of how to maximize value of available construction dollars to upgrade and improve existing facilities to meet changing campus needs and extend the life of their buildings.
4. Attendees will have a better understanding of design strategies for renovating aging and historic structures in order to meet contemporary campus goals. 

Dr. Virginia Carson, South Georgia State College; Michael Miller, The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; Gita Hendessi, Hendessi & Associates; Jackson Kane, Lord Aeck Sargent Architects; Nancy Juneau, Juneau Construction