University of North Georgia (UNG), STEM Building Pre-Program and Conceptual Design
Creating a vision.
The University of North Georgia (UNG) is planning for a new STEM building to provide state-of-the-art chemistry and physics labs, classrooms, and faculty offices, as well as an Innovation Center to connect and collaborate with regional industry partners. It will house a new engineering program and be a draw and retention tool. The building will connect with the existing Health and Natural Sciences building across a major street with an enclosed pedestrian bridge- for safety and 24/7 access. It will be designed and constructed in two phases.
The planning and programming phase created a vision and roadmap for the project implementation. To confirm the project was feasible, the program and concept design was vetted and a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost estimate was developed. Stakeholder interviews and workshops were conducted to understand the current and future teaching and facilities needs. Planning deliverables also included a program spreadsheet by space and size, room data sheets, blocking and stacking floor plan diagrams, and multiple renderings. UNG is using the programming and visioning materials to obtain funding for the design, construction, and furniture/ equipment for the project.