Academic & Student Success Renovation, Middle Georgia State University
Garbutt Construction Company is leading the renovation of Roberts Library and Dillard Hall, two vital facilities of Middle Georgia State’s Cochran campus. The overall intent of the project is to optimize the use of the space by organizing functions between and within the two facilities, uniting the two buildings according to like purposes. As part of the multi-building renovation, the mid-century modern library will be renovated into a 21st century learning commons. Roberts Library will undergo selective renovations and re-purposing on each of its three stories. The existing space of low ceilings, limited windows, and tired finishes will be transformed with reorganized collections, high tech study rooms, an open stairway, exposed ceilings, and a mix of lounge and collaboration spaces. The addition of a café, media labs, and a screening room on the main level will enhance the student experience to make this a destination space at the heart of campus. The ground level of Roberts Library will be fit-out for classrooms, computer labs, and offices for the School of Information Technology. Code compliance upgrades are anticipated to be a major component of the work scope for Roberts Hall, including an elevator for the building. Additional improvements throughout Roberts Library will include furniture, finishes, lighting, and all new restrooms. The renovation of Dillard Hall is focused primarily on the first floor of the original section of the 1958 building. This area is designated to be the new home for the expanding Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs.
David Sims, Assistant Vice President of Facilities at Middle Georgia State University
This multi-building renovation of Roberts Library and Dillard Hall presented many unique challenges, but Garbutt Construction was proactive in their role as construction manager and led the construction team to success.