DPR was selected to build Phase I of the three-phase Business Learning Community at the University of Georgia. Located on the prominent corner of Lumpkin Street and Baxter Street in the heart of UGA’s campus, the first building, named Correll Hall, establishes this site as the new home for the Terry College Business Learning Community.
Correll Hall is a 75,000-sq.-ft. building that houses graduate programs, the Dean’s suite, state-of-the-art classrooms, administrative offices, and a 2-story study lounge. The upper floors house the Full-Time MBA Program offices and Career Management Center, the Dean’s and Associate Dean’s offices and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
In complement to the existing Georgian architecture, the Community showcases red brick, limestone trim, and slate roofs with an allusion of Greek revival design.
Coordination was key for the success of this project. One example was when the fourth floor of Correll Hall was being poured, DPR was simultaneously demolishing the Sigma Chi house located next door. This required extensive coordination efforts between the project team, the University and Athens-Clarke County. Additionally, DPR utilized social media to make sure students were aware of parking lot and road closures. Because of coordination efforts, DPR was able to complete the work without incident and 10 days faster than anticipated. Being able to shave 10 days off the road closure meant campus life was back to normal well before school started for the fall.
BIM was utilized throughout the duration of the project. In particular, extensive underground utility modeling was used to tie into the existing campus chiller loop system as well as overhead MEP coordination. DPR completed an extensive underground BIM coordination effort to work out as many conflicts as possible before breaking ground. Using information available and conducting “potholing” on Hull Street, DPR was able to create a 3D model of the utilities and proposed tie-ins. After construction started, the project team discovered several undocumented lines in the street which required changes in the field. Quick thinking and coordination with Athens-Clarke County led to great solutions in the field. The lines tapped into also serviced the Special Collections Library, where service could not be interrupted. All of the utilities were incorporated without any impact to the university.
This project is targeting LEED Silver certification and features an HVAC system with an energy recovery unit. Sustainable materials were used throughout the building in order to ensure a healthy and green environment for students, faculty, and staff.