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Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core Renovation

The Academic Core Renovation project is a $14.96 million state-funded improvement project consisting of building renovations and enhancements to improve the academic and athletic experience at Clayton State University for students, faculty, and staff.

Project Timeline

PHASE I: Roof Replacement – COMPLETED

Construction cost total: $1,872,155.63

  • Replace original 45,162 sq. ft. roof for Magnolia Hall - Completed May 2018
  • Replace original 25,000 sq. ft. roof for Arts and Sciences Building - Completed February 2018
  • Replace original 43,268 sq. ft. roof for Athletics and Health Center - Completed May 2018

PHASE II: Building Renovations and Upgrades – UNDER CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION

Construction cost total: $6,900,000

Arts and Sciences

  • Theater upgrade.
  • Addition of student study and display.
  • Update dressing rooms.
  • Provide connectivity between support spaces.
  • Replace building elevator.

Lecture Hall

  • Create student gathering.
  • Improve classrooms efficiency.
  • Provide connectivity to adjacent building for student space.
  • Build new restrooms.
  • Upgrade IT/AV.
  • Upgrade lighting.
  • Upgrade HVAC equipment.

Magnolia Hall

  • Enclose Canopy for Student Collaboration and study space.

Library HVAC and Electrical Upgrade

  • Replace Control System with Direct Digital Controls.
  • Replace Powered Induction Units.
  • Electrical systems-Replace Transformer and Main Switchboard.

Athletics and Health Center Completed December 2018

  • Build two classrooms.
  • Locker rooms to accept relocated locker rooms.
  • Lobby area adjustment.
  • Electrical system upgrade for new layout.
  • Communication, security and fire alarm systems upgrade.
  • Install mechanical and electrical raceway for future Mini-Chiller Plant.

Roof Ladders Installation for James M. Baker University Center

  • Install access ladders for roof maintenance and safety.

PHASE III: Centralized Mini-Chiller Construction for West Side of Campus – DESIGN

  • Construct a Mini-chiller Plant at the South end of the Athletics Center.
  • Structure is sized to accommodate three chillers and associated pumps allowing the plant to increase its capacity in the future.
  • Provide underground chilled water piping loop to connect Harry S. Downs Center, Spivey Hall, Music Education and Student Activities Center with Mini-Central Plant.
  • Distribution piping is sized to accommodate service to a future Convocation Center or other building.
  • Conduits for the future data network loop are being placed along the chilled water line.

Project Team

General Contractor

  • Albion

Design Professional

  • Flynn Finderup Architects

Construction Administration & Commissioning

  • GSFIC team

CSU team

  • VP Business & Operations and Staff
  • Facilities Management
  • Arts & Sciences Department
  • Athletics Department
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • ITS


Clayton State News – 5.1.18 Clayton State Athletics Begins Major Renovation of The Loch; Expected to Continue Through October

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – 5.2.18 Governor signs new Georgia budget that finally fully funds schools

Clayton State News 5.3.18 Clayton State University awarded $5.3 million in state funding for Academic Core capital project

Clayton State News 8.21.18 Campus renovation project focuses on enhancing student learning