Phase Two of construction begins on new UWG campus
by Celia Shortt
Phase II of construction for the new University of West Georgia campus near downtown Newnan has begun, as crews removed the asphalt from the front parking lot on Jackson Street.
Carrollton-based UWG’s new Newnan satellite campus will be at the site of the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street. Its creation is a project among the city of Newnan, Coweta County, and the board that remains from the former Newnan Hospital.
“The parking lots were milled as part of the Phase II contract, which includes site work – parking lot, sidewalks, landscaping, signage, etc.,” said Cleatus Phillips, city manager for Newnan. “The building renovation, which is the Phase I contract, is still on track for substantial completion on Nov. 5.”
The overall schedule for the second phase is still being finalized, but Phillips said he will have details soon.
At the July 25 Newnan Rotary Club meeting held at Newnan Country Club, UWG Newnan Director Cathy Wright announced another element of the fundraising campaign for the campus.
According to UWG officials, the fundraising efforts are focused in three main areas – student scholarships, facility enhancements, and funding for faculty positions. The facility enhancements include building out the “science laboratories, classroom equipment, and technology, furniture for common spaces and study rooms, and security and access systems.”
The new element unveiled by Wright relates to legacy walkways. Donors can purchase a personalized paver for $1,000, which will be installed in the walkway in the Jackson Street Courtyard and the Carmichael Street entrance. All proceeds will benefit the UWG Newnan Building Fund.
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.
The UWG’s Center for Business and Economic Research reported that this hospital redevelopment 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.
Plans are to finish the facility in time for classes to start there in January 2015. The UWG Newnan center will relocate from its current home in Shenandoah Industrial Park.