Prestigious local politicians and leaders at Georgia Gwinnett College gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the C building expansion. Phase 3, also called C3, is a $14 million project that will raise student capacity to 13,000 students in time for Fall 2016.
The C3 groundbreaking portion of GGC10 day was organized by Merri Brantley, Director of External Affairs at GGC.
“Our legislative delegation is superb and without them we would not have that building going up,” said Brantley.
GGC President Stanley “Stas” Preczewski gave a speech listing all of the people responsible for the success and implementation of the new building and overall growth. He also commented on the speed at which he expects the building to be complete.
“I have a steak dinner bet going as to whether or not the building will be completed by Aug. 1, 2016,” said Preczewski, to which Frank Covington, Associate Vice President of Facilities replied from the crowd, “Yes sir, we do!”
Preczewski does not believe that construction will be entirely completed by the August deadline but Covington remains confident that the building will be completed on time.
Judy Jordan Johnson, Mayor of Lawrenceville, was one of the local leaders chosen for the ceremonial group pictures. Mayor Johnson has been named in prior events as an honorary Grizzly due to her unwavering support for the college.
“I think it’s remarkable that Georgia Gwinnett College has grown to the expanse that they have, that they have to have another building which just gives more opportunity for the students in this community to come to a higher institution,” said Johnson. “I would say that GGC is growing a little bit faster than we anticipated but we’re glad for it and we’re happy to support them in any way that we can.”
Georgia state Senator Renee Unterman, District 45, has been involved in various aspects of GGC’s creation from the time that the college was first contemplated.
“It’s been like a legacy for all of us,” said Senator Unterman, who was on the Gwinnett County Commissioner when the board purchased the property and remarked that she continued to support the efforts toward creating and maintaining GGC while serving the state.
“It’s just fascinating for me to be a native of Gwinnett County and to come back 10 years later when it was pine trees before and just see the vitality and how wonderful the campus is,” Unterman continued. “It’s just really inspiring and really one of the highlights of my career.”
Gwinnett County’s Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Charlotte Nash, was also on hand to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony and was scheduled to speak later in the night at the Founder’s Dinner.
“We’re all so proud of [GGC],” said Nash, who further commented on her amazement at the projected 13,000 students for the upcoming year and how quickly GGC has needed new building to accommodate growing enrollment.
By Laura Walsh