Georgia Military College on Tuesday celebrated an addition to its campus in Martinez - a science and technology building.
Officials from Georgia Military College held a dedication ceremony at their Martinez campus for a new science and technology building. Participating in the event were: Ron Foster, builder (from left); Fred Bracewell, building owner; state Rep. Ben Harbin; Peter J. Boylan, president of the college; Bruce Wright, director at GMC Augusta Campus; and Justin Hunsucker, interim president of the student government association at GMC.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"We're happy to have this building going up," said Bruce Wright, the director of the Augusta campus at 115 Davis Road.
The construction project will be the first new construction for the Martinez campus since its inception six years ago, he said. The facility is located at a building that once housed the former Brightmore Day Hospital.
On Tuesday, more than 30 guests, including students, faculty and dignitaries, at-tended a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility, which will be a 10,000-square-foot building and cost $1.6 million. The building will house biology, chemistry and computer labs and office space for six instructors. Construction is expected to be finished between January and March.
Wright said the addition is greatly needed to accommodate the school's 1,056 student-population, which, he said, steadily continues to increase.
Justin Hunsucker, 27, of Evans, the interim president for the student government association, said he believes the development is a "visible sign of tremendous growth."
Peter J. Boylan, a retired major general and GMC's president, had similar sentiments.
"This building will allow us to grow, and we will be able to continue to provide an outstanding education," he said. "We're excited."
Alumnus and state Rep. Ben Harbin said he believes that once the building is erected, others will know about GMC's prestige.
"For a school that has a great past, it obviously has a great future," he said, adding that he's proud to see the school he graduated from make good strides. "It's a great school, and everybody is going to know that."
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