Although the original campus buildings clearly demonstrate the institutional architectural styles of the late 1950s into the 1970s, the newer buildings and campus renovations reflect the college’s awareness of its regional status. These attractive, complementary new facilities evoke coastal Georgia’s natural surroundings and its colonial and Spanish Mission past. Modern, well-equipped classrooms, gathering spaces, and student housing have been designed to meet distinctly modern requirements (from environmental sustainability, high-tech capability, and room for growth) with a historic southern coastal ambiance: white stucco walls, red clay tile roofs, earth-tones, and natural colors of metal and stained wood, surrounded by covered walkways, breezeways, and colorful, lushly landscaped grounds.
The Miriam and Hugh Nunnally Health and Science Building is the home for Nursing as well as the Radiologic Sciences program at the College. With approximately 45,000 square feet of instructional space, the $15.8 million project provides state-of-the-art laboratories, observation areas, patient exam areas, a 125-seat tiered classroom, and an AV control room. The patient simulator lab is a key feature, as well as the science education learning center lab. Other laboratories include fundamentals, health assessment, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and computer. The science education learning center lab is used by teacher education students, health sciences students, and current teachers seeking continuing education opportunities. During the summer, the learning center lab is available for science camps and other youth programs. The design of the building focuses specifically on optimizing the students' learning experiences. In addition to instructional space, the building offers seminar, small group, and quiet study rooms.
The Coffin Building had a comprehensive interior renovation during 2008 and 2009. This project resulted in improved classroom spaces, a new art and ceramics studio, and new locker room facilities to support athletic programs. The natatorium was removed and was replaced by a health and fitness and aerobics studio. A second story was constructed over the old Natatorium to provide needed classroom and faculty office space. The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation contributed $700,000 to the project to assist with the costs of adding the second story. This gift was the first significant contribution the Foundation has made to improve campus facilities.
The Student Activity Center, known simply as the SAC, is east of the Campus Center, with the tennis courts in between. The SAC houses the offices for varsity athletics, some of the student organizations, as well as the game room and arcade, the recreation center and the lounge reserved for military veterans taking classes on campus.
The Andrews Center houses a “one place” service area that includes space for the registrar, financial aid, technology services, the bursar’s office, and admission offices.
The Clara Wood Gould Memorial Library contains a large reading room, and book stack area, a computer laboratory, the Learning Center, staff offices, and periodicals area.
The Southeast Georgia Conference Center, with a 350-seat auditorium, provides space for large events, student gatherings, and programs.
The Hargett Administration Building contains the Offices of the President, Provost & Academic Vice President, Business Affairs Vice President, Academic Affairs, Business Services, Human Resources, Advancement, and Institutional Effectiveness. General interior renovations are being completed to create more efficient office space configuration, to add conference room space, and to provide art exhibit space in the lobby area.
The Plant Operations Building contains offices for plant maintenance personnel, central stores, and central receiving. It also houses other maintenance shops and has a motor vehicle storage area.
The Warehouse Building accommodates plant operations personnel, plant operations support space, surplus storage, and records retention. This facility has a flexible design that allows it to provide much-needed classroom swing space when other classrooms are under renovation.
The Mechanical Building houses central duplicating and provides office space for campus police. It also has space for heating and air conditioning systems that serve most campus buildings.
The Campus Center consists of a 50,000 square foot facility on the main campus to include dining and food service, bookstore/coffee shop, health center, entertainment venue, student gathering spaces, theater, and Student Affairs offices.
The Jones Building and Academic Commons-North and South Buildings renovation project enhanced classroom, science laboratory, and faculty office space.
Although a significant portion of the Jones Building interior was totally demolished and renovated, the lecture hall, 3 labs and 3 classrooms maintained their previous exterior walls and were renovated within. One new lab was created in the project. The net result of the renovation was a facility with 42 faculty offices, 2 reception areas, a touchdown area for 4, 7 research labs, 3 classrooms with 48 seats each, 4 labs (Field Biology, Physics, Biology and Zoology, with prep labs), a lecture hall, a break room, 2 conference rooms, and standard mechanical and circulation areas.
A total demolition of the inside on both floors of Academic Commons-North Building, resulted in essentially a new faculty office building with 37 offices, 2 reception areas, 2 conference rooms, a touchdown area for 5, a break room and a new TEAL Classroom to accommodate 48 students. A new IDF (intermediate distribution frame) room on the first floor and an MDF (main distribution frame) room on the second floor were created for the IT requirements of the facility. Although the project did not include roof repairs and replacement or any renovation of the exterior, all failed window glazing was replaced and new caulking/sealant was provided around all window framing, of both buildings, to ensure fully sealed building envelopes.
Academic Commons-South Building renovations in 2015 entailed 12,796 square feet of existing academic space. The area renovated on the first floor included 7 classrooms, a language lab, and 9 faculty offices. The project has improved the teaching and learning environment by installing modern HVAC equipment, enlarging and adding classroom spaces, improving the poor acoustics in the facility, enhancing accessibility, and addressing critical academic space needs. Faculty offices were converted into small classrooms for upper division courses while existing classrooms were reconfigured to optimize space utilization.
The Correll Center for Teacher Education and Learning is a 30,000-square-foot center built in 2012 to accommodate projected enrollment growth. The Center includes 5 Classrooms with 48 seats each, a Math and a Language Arts Classroom with 45 seats in each, a Science Education Classroom with 32 seats, a multi-use Classroom with 120 seats that has the flexibility to be used alternatively as 2 - 60 seat Classrooms or as an open space with tables and chairs removed/stored for a special event. In addition, the facility includes 5 Seminar Rooms, 2 Conference Rooms, a Resource Room, a Group Study Room, 17 Faculty Offices, 3 Reception Areas, a Break Room, circulation areas that accommodate studying and lounging and mechanical spaces.
The facility was envisioned as the “bridge” entrance onto the campus and a change order to the project provided the new Founders Gate as the main entrance to the College in Brunswick. The building houses the Education and Teacher Preparation program, the Office of Service- Learning, the Writing Center, the Academic Tutoring and Instruction Center (ATTIC), TRiO Student Support Services Program, and a Learning Center.
A new student housing facility – Lakeside Village – was built in July 2011 that now provides 350 beds for students – Phase 1 of on-campus housing. The facility includes 142 units in the two-single-bedroom semi-suite layout, 156 units in the four-single-bedroom suite layout, and 52 units in the two-single-bedroom suite layout. It also created pedestrian circulation and open green spaces that connect the existing academic core to on-campus housing. The “pedestrian mall” concept is supported by the Campus Master Plan and satisfies the dining facility requirement with the Student Campus Center.
In 2012, to assist with the increase in student enrollment, the College purchased a former hotel and converted it into off-campus housing – Coastal Place Apartments. The facility offers a living experience as off-campus residential apartments for approximately 132 students. Located only a 10-minute drive from the main campus, Coastal Place Apartments is the housing option for non-freshmen students, offering kitchenettes and full living and dining room areas.
In summer 2013, the College retained the team of Anderson Strickler, LLC (ASL) and Oracle Real Estate Group (OREG) to conduct a student housing market study to assess the viability of student housing on Coastal Georgia's campus in Brunswick as part of a pilot program of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents. The market study and demographic analysis concurred in an estimate of more than 200 beds of demand, warranting the continuation of planning for housing on campus.
Based on the findings from the study, the College was included in a Public-Private Partnerships (P3) initiative with several other USG institutions that involved signing a long-term lease agreement with Corvias Construction to develop, maintain, and operate student housing on multiple campuses across the state over the next 65 years. The College was one of seven campuses that received student housing in phase one of this public-private-partnership. This initiative allowed the debt of existing housing, Lakeside Village for the College, to be removed from the financials of the College. Additionally, it provided a financial structure to allow for the construction of Mariner Village, a 216- bed housing facilities which opened fall 2016 with 100% occupancy.
In anticipation that campus residential housing is "full" for fall 2017, the College converted Coastal Place Apartments from two-bedroom suites to three-bedroom suites.
CAMDEN CENTER (Off-Campus Instructional Site)
The Camden Center at the Lakes, located in Kingsland, Georgia, provided the College with an additional 101,793 square feet of instructional and support space when it opened in its new location in 2004; it was previously housed in a completely self-contained wing of the former Kingsland Elementary School.
On the first floor, the Camden Center offers a 250-seat auditorium which is used for orientations, cultural events, various student events as well as community events. An administrative office is open to serve students from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and on Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This office provides registration support and admission support to students and the community as well as to the faculty who work at the Center. Chemistry and biology laboratories are located on-site so that specific courses – Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biology, Microbiology, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Introduction to Chemistry and Principles of Chemistry – are generally offered during the academic year. A full-time Laboratory Coordinator is assigned to the Center to support these course offerings.
On the second floor of the Center is the Library/Learning Resources Center. This facility is open for student use when classes are in session from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday. Computers and printers for student use are in this area. Tutoring assistance is also provided to students free of charge. The hours and disciplines of the tutors are posted. A copier is available for student use for a small fee per page. Books, research materials, magazines, and journals are available on-site and interlibrary loan services are also provided. The Library/Learning Resources Center is staffed with a full-time librarian and a full-time library assistant.
In fall 2011, the Dockside Deli opened at the Center, providing sandwiches, salads, soups and assorted snacks and beverages to students Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Assortments of vending machines are located in the building for snacks and beverages as well.
The facilities on the Brunswick campus and Camden Center are supported and maintained by the College Facilities and Technology Services departments and have been upgraded or renovated to meet the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.