East Georgia State College (EGSC) broke ground Wednesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. for its second student housing complex on the Swainsboro campus and its first construction project under a new Public-Private Partnership (P-3) initiative with Corvias Campus Living.
Special guests for the ceremonial groundbreaking included Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Senator Jack Hill, Representative Butch Parrish, Senator Jesse Stone, Swainsboro’s Mayor Charles Schwabe, and Jimmy Scott of Corvias Campus Living. Along with EGSC’s President Bob Boehmer and Residence Hall Association President Maurice Brantley, the group was joined for the occasion by a large audience of students, faculty, staff, business leaders, and community members.
The new 212-bed residence hall is slated to open fall semester 2016. Similar in design, the new student housing facility will be built adjacent to Bobcat Villas, EGSC’s 200-bed residence hall. Students will experience a seamless transition with the College retaining day-to-day operation and management of the residence hall.
“Quality, safe, affordable housing for students is our priority,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We expect our initiative will generate innovation, operating efficiencies and best practices in student housing to improve the quality of the on-campus housing experience for our students.”
“Corvias will help us build an even stronger living and learning community, and we believe that their passion for what they do means that we can focus on what we do best - educating Georgia’s next generation of leaders,” said EGSC President Bob Boehmer.
The Board of Regents selected Corvias as a campus-housing partner for the initial phase of the University System’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative for on-campus student housing. The initiative’s purpose is to help maintain the affordability of housing for students and improve the fiscal health of the University System by providing financial tools and resources while reducing student-housing debt by nearly $300 million.
“Though we broke ground on a new building today, the benefits of our partnership will extend for generations of students to come. The University System of Georgia and East Georgia State College are taking a fresh approach to its student housing that includes short term solutions, like this new residence hall, but also investing in the long-term prosperity of its assets through a partnership model that ensures no facility falls into disrepair. We’re extremely excited to begin this program in earnest today,” said Jimmy Scott, portfolio director for Corvias.
After a competitive bid process began in April 2014, the University System selected Corvias Campus Living for a $517 million agreement to 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. The new beds are scheduled to be ready for students in fall 2016.
“We are always looking at ways to keep costs down and still provide a quality education and student services,” said Huckaby. “The Public-Private Partnership initiative will help keep the cost of student housing provided by our colleges and universities low and affordable.”
The participating campuses are: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Armstrong State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Columbus State University, Dalton State College, East Georgia State College, Georgia Regents University, Georgia State University and the University of North Georgia.