New $35M business school planned at University of North Georgia

Since the January 2013 consolidation forming the University of North Georgia, the Mike Cottrell College of Business has experienced a 42 percent student growth on the UNG-Dahlonega Campus.
By David Allison – Editor, Atlanta Business Chronicle
May 23, 2019, 4:02pm EDT Updated May 30, 2019, 10:16am EDT
Update: The Board of Regents on May 29 posted an RFP to hire an architect for this project with an estimated fee of $1.7 million. Learn more here. The University of North Georgiasaid June 6 it has received a second $10 million gift from Mike Cottrell and $2.3 million in state funds for the new building.
The University System of Georgia plans a new $35 million building for the University of North Georgia’s Mike Cottrell College of Business in Dahlonega.
Construction on the new 91,000-square-foot building is expected to begin in fall 2020 with completion expected in fall 2022. The number of floors are still being designed, UNG spokesperson Sylvia Carson told Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Total enrollment within the college of business is approximately 4,600, and UNG has nearly 20,000 students in total. Mary A. Gowanwas named dean of the college of business in February.
“Since the January 2013 consolidation forming the University of North Georgia (UNG), the Mike Cottrell College of Business (MCCB) has experienced a 42.2% student growth on the UNG-Dahlonega Campus,” says a May 14 request for qualifications and request for proposals issued by the state of Georgia. “During the same period, changes in programs and delivery methods, increased use of technology and innovation, and expanded business community engagement have rendered the generic instructional areas in the Newton Oakes Center obsolete for a significant number of MCCB courses and programs. Additionally faculty and staff on the Dahlonega campus are currently housed in three buildings across campus due to additions to keep up with the student growth. This project will remedy both the need for upgraded instructional space and allow for the consolidation of all faculty and staff for the College into one facility.”
The state is now seeking to hire a contractor to provide project management services for the new building’s construction.
“A new College of Business facility on the Dahlonega campus will provide the specialized spaces needed to increase the rigor and relevance of business programs and support new academic offerings with learning environments not currently available on any UNG campuses,” the RFQ notes.
The new facility will provide a cybersecurity range; a computer forensic lab; multidisciplinary CSIS hardware and networking labs; a data visualization lab; an analytics and logistics/supply chain lab; a digital marketing command center and social listening lab; professional sales and marketing research lab; and an entrepreneurship and innovation lab. Learn more about the project here.

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