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Case Study : Higher Education : Georgia College

Georgia College, Wellness & Recreation Center

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Situation

With enrollment on the rise and competition for students fierce, Georgia College intended to build a state-of-the-art Wellness and Recreation Center to keep their growing reputation moving forward. Featuring a gym, multi-purpose court, natatorium (with competition pool), climbing wall, student health and counseling centers, primary care clinic and more, the Wellness and Recreation Center had a total budget of $28.2 million.

As they started to plan out this project, however, it became clear that many elements of the Program would have to be scrapped to stay on budget. 

BDR Solution

First. BDR conducted a site assessment to make sure program the scope and budget were maximized. We discovered the planned location required the expensive removal of a transformer as well as reducing their ability for future expansion.

Second. BDR studied the cost, schedule and overall benefit of several project ideas, and then presented each to the Board to prioritize based on desired program vision and goals.

Third. Once prioritized, BDR established a review process with the construction manager, civil engineer and architect. This ‘teamed process’ found a way to to relocate the site and roadway to keep the transformer where it was, and elevated the presence of the Wellness and Recreation Center to maximize views and recognition from the highway.

Fourth. Ongoing project evaluations and value engineering reduced risk, increased savings, and actually added scope to the original plan. 

“Partnering with BDR, it just made sense! From a senior leadership perspective, I found BDR’s business approach a welcomed solution to higher education. They provided an extraordinary balance of managing the project & strategic communication to the leadership team.”

- Paul Jones, Ph.D.
Interim President
Darton State College

Results

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Relocating the Wellness and Recreation Center saved $250,000 while setting the stage for future expansion. BDR’s aggressive procurement strategy yielded over $1 million in savings. Most importantly, the Wellness and Rec Center opened on time and won numerous awards including the Build Georgia Award – AGC 2012, NIRSA 2013 Outstanding Sports Facility Award, the Athletic Business 2013 Facility of Merit, and the Recreational Management 2013 Innovative Architecture & Design Award. 

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