College Breaks Ground on New Residence Halls

College staff, students and dignitaries take a ceremonial shovel of dirt at the May 4 groundbreaking event. The Crow’s Nest

By The Crow’s Nest Staff

While you were prepping for finals week all-nighters, the College of Coastal Georgia was celebrating its next big construction project. On Monday, May 4, the College of Coastal Georgia hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall. An audience of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to watch the ceremonial first shovel and hear remarks from various dignitaries including CCGA president Dr. Gregory Aloia, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Georgia’s District 1 U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R), Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey (D) and student body president Robert Marcus Mydell.

  Student government president Robert Marcus Mydell shares remarks as the groundbreaking of Mariner Village on May 4.   The Crow’s Nest

Student government president Robert Marcus Mydell shares remarks as the groundbreaking of Mariner Village on May 4. The Crow’s Nest

The new hall, which is scheduled to open for fall of 2016, will be located on the corner of Fourth Street and Mariners Way near the Alumni Gate entrance. The 200-plus bed facility will be positioned on the south side of Lakeside Village and has been designated at Mariner Village. The construction project will be one of the first active projects in a mega-deal that the University System of Georgia recently sealed with Corvias Campus Living.

The public-private partnership (P3) between the USG and Corvias is a progressive agreement that will help the USG offer affordable campus housing options for students and reduce USG student-housing debt by nearly $300 million. In total, the agreement will develop 3,683 new beds and manage 6,195 existing beds of on-campus housing for nine institutions with the University System for the next 65 years. Construction on the new CCGA facility will begin this summer.

For updates and continuing coverage, pick up the summer issue of The Crow’s Nest which hits newsstands on Monday, June 8.