Lanier Technical College North Hall Campus – A Prototype for the Campuses of the Future
On Friday, October 19, 2018 Lanier Technical College administration and faculty, state leaders, and current and potential students celebrated the grand opening of the new North Hall campus in Gainesville, Georgia. The new campus’s first classes began in January.
North Hall campus is the first new campus in the history of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) since its formation in 2007. There are currently 22 colleges associated with TCSG. It is anticipated that this campus will be a “prototype for all other technical colleges in the State of Georgia,” stated Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville.
Governor Nathan Deal – for whom one of the buildings was named after – attended and stated, “Institutions like Lanier Technical College are an essential part of Georgia’s robust workforce and thriving business climate. With unparalleled resources for learning and mastering high-demand skills, this location is truly a 21st-century campus for a 21st-century workforce.”
“This (new) campus was built not only for the students of 2018, but for those who choose technical education in 2078,” said Dr. Ray Perren, president of Lanier Technical College. It is believed that in ten years, 50% of in-demand jobs in Georgia will required technical college degrees. And now, Lanier Technical College is ready to meet that challenge and welcome new student now and 50 years into the future.
The new, 335000-SF campus was built and designed to accommodate 5,000 students – doubling the student capacity at the College. The new campus incorporates six new, state-of-the-art buildings including the Governor Nathan Deal Economic Development Center, James A. Walters Allied Health Building, Chris Riley Instructional Center, Breeden-Giles Hall Administration Building, Kubota Manufacturing Applied Technology Center, and the 40,000-SF Wilbur and Dixie Ramsey Conference Center. Additionally, there are outdoor instructional areas including a commercial truck driving range and burn tower for fire science instruction.
Construction for the new facility began in September 2016 and was substantially completed in September 2018. A&C Development was contracted by New South Construction to provide construction services for sidewalks, irrigation, trees, sod and seeding, as well masonry, storm drainage, and other amenities for the 40-acre site. A&C is performing ongoing maintenance and change orders through 2019.
Be sure to check out our drone photography from the campus!