Four reasons to get excited about BLC Phase III

Matt Weeks | Sep. 05, 2018

An image of the BLC in construction

Construction of the third and final phase of the Business Learning Community will be completed next spring. From beginning to end, more than 2,000 days will have passed since the first shovel of dirt was turned to begin construction of Correll Hall in 2013.

 When the project is finished, its design will unify the Terry College of Business – UGA’s second-largest college – into one connected community for teaching and learning.

 Here are some of the highlights to get ready for when Phase III opens next year.

1. Classrooms, both big and small

Instructional space is the focus of the last two buildings in the Business Learning Community. They will house two 350-seat auditoriums and eight undergraduate classrooms (including a 50-seat “fast flex” room that can be adjusted to fit different class sizes and project needs), and two 12-seat seminar rooms. 

A rendering of a classroom in the BLC

2. A multifunctional behavioral lab

The building at the corner of Baxter and Hull streets will be named for donors Sanford and Barbara Orkin. Located on the building’s second floor will be a behavioral lab for instructional and research use. The lab will feature multiple computer terminals, six adjacent project team rooms, and eight interview rooms that will be used during sales competitions and by employers who are recruiting on campus. 

 

3. Share a Coke in the plaza

An inviting grass lawn between the Phase III buildings and bordered by Baxter Street will greet visitors to the Business Learning Community. Next to the entrance to Phase II’s Amos Hall, an outdoor fountain will be the centerpiece of the Coca-Cola Plaza. The fountain will be flanked by benches built into the granite fixture, making it a great spot to take a break between classes or retreat to with lunch from the Rothenberger Cafe. From the Coca-Cola Plaza, visitors entering the ground floor of Amos Hall will be able to view the college’s centennial timeline.

An illustration showing the completed construction after phase three

4. Room for everyone

Staff from a few remaining administrative offices will move into the Phase III buildings from Brooks Hall and the Bank of America Building downtown. Terry’s marketing and communications, information technology, and business offices and the Selig Center for Economic Growth will have offices in Phase III. All together, the $140 million Business Learning Community will comprise six buildings, five stories, and close to 300,000 gross square feet – enough space for all of Terry College’s 9,000 inhabitants, counting students, faculty and staff.

A dedication of Phase III is scheduled for fall 2019. Construction of the Business Learning Community was fully funded through a 50-50 split between the state of Georgia and private donors.


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