Thursday, November 27, 2014

Regents select Smith GroupJJR for GRU master plan

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The University System of Georgia Board of Regents today selected Smith GroupJJR to begin work on campus master plan for Georgia Regents University and Health System. Planning will commence in December and take approximately 10 to 12 months to complete.

“We’re excited to partner with Smith GroupJJR as we work to create a road map that will guide campus planning now and into the future,” said Phil Howard, Vice President of Facilities Services for the university and health system. “This will be a crucial tool in ensuring that short- and long-term projects are working in conjunction with our university’s strategic plan and our vision for the future.”

The plan will include an assessment of 6.5 million square feet and 670 acres of existing facilities and infrastructure, as well as the creation of a campus historic preservation plan.

“The master planning process will involve matching university and health system future needs against all potential site opportunities, including various downtown districts,” Howard said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the city and the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project regarding future opportunities to operate efficiently and create synergies between academic programs, student services, and our community.”

The current university and health system infrastructure supports over 20,000 students, faculty, and staff. Nearly 16,000 inpatients and 357,000 outpatients were treated at a health system facility in Fiscal Year 2012.

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