UWG project to proceed with building demolition

by Celia Shortt


Eric Johnson, program manager for the UWG Campus project, discusses the renovations that will be done to the old hospital. 

The new University of West Georgia Newnan Center project is progressing, and demolition of a building at the site of the old Newnan Hospital will begin within a week.

“It’s a great partnership between the city of Newnan, University of West Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents,” said Program Manager Eric L. Johnson of Comprehensive Program Services. “The partnership is working very well, and all the components are working well together. The project is still on schedule — on schedule and on budget. Classes will be held here in January 2015.”

The portion of the hospital campus facilities being demolished is a rear part of the old hospital, including the old emergency room area. Plans for the new facility include a courtyard, a glass wall, and a walkway tying the historic part of the old hospital to the new part of the campus.

This project at the site of the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street will move and expand the current Newnan campus, which is currently housed at the Shenandoah Industrial Park. It will increase instructional space from 15,000 square feet to 51,000 square feet in the first phase of construction. The second phase will bring the total instructional space to 87,000 square feet. In addition to the expansion, the selection of course offerings will also expand.

“The next step is engaging the community, capital funding, and also engaging students,” said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.

A broad fundraising campaign will begin in the first quarter of the new year, according to Newnan City Councilman Bob Coggin, who also serves as chair of the Funding Committee.

The campaign will focus on people who have had a close relationship with the old hospital. Its purpose is in making the campus more beautiful and will allow people to dedicate classrooms and other areas of the campus. For more information, contact Coggin at rwc@numail.org.

The UWG’s Center for Business and Economic Research reported that this project will bring $21 million to Newnan during the constructional phase and create 176 jobs, and is expected to generate between $1.4 million and $3.4 million annually in the community.

On Jan. 8, 2013, the Georgia Board of Regents approved purchasing the old hospital property, and the Newnan City Council approved contracts to move the project forward on Jan. 22. Under the project, the Newnan Hospital Board will donate all the land and give about $4.2 million toward the project. Coweta County will give slightly more than $500,000 over a 10-year period. Once the project is completed, the Board of Regents will buy the complex for $5 million.

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