Paine College President Hosts Private Tour of the New HEAL Complex

Posted by lsuggs | 12/30/2012 18:28 PM

(Augusta, GA)— “This is an exciting time in the life of Paine College,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, President, during the recent invite only tour of the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex held December 27th.  “The HEAL Complex will serve our faculty, staff, students, and will be accessible to the community.”

Standing on the former site of the old Randall A. Carter Gymnasium, the private tour group, consisting largely of elected officials, mutually agreed that the new HEAL Complex was a remarkable improvement compared to the old Carter Gymnasium.  The architects from the Vista Design Group strategically preserved specific parts of the Carter Gymnasium that was constructed in 1952 and named for Bishop Randall A. Carter, a theologian of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a graduate of Paine College.   Out of the renovation of the Carter Gymnasium emerged the new spacious state-of-the-art facility that houses classrooms, laboratories, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, concessions, spacious locker rooms, and weight and training facilities.

“The new HEAL Complex will serve as a hub for academic collaboration, while addressing contemporary health and wellness issues in the CSRA, “ said Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who was appointed to lead the campaign to build the 43,000 sq. ft. complex.   

Athletic Director, Tim Duncan, beyond smiling, announced that the coaches and student athletes were excited about playing the first basketball game on the new court on January 5, 2013.  “The HEAL Complex is the new home for Paine Athletics,” said Duncan.  “For the first time in the history of Paine Athletics, we will be able to house all of our athletic-related services, coaches, trainers and staff under one roof.”

R.W. Allen LLC served as the Construction Manager for the massive renovation and construction project that has transformed the landscape and skyline along Druid Park Avenue which runs through the campus.  The completion of the new HEAL Complex is part of a 25-year Master Plan for improvements and additions to the College.  The Plan was initiated following the 2007 appointment of current President George Bradley.

The new HEAL Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events that were coordinated by a committee consisting of Paine College faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.  These events, commemorating the grand opening, will take place during the weekend of January 4-5, 2013.  They include:

Service of Consecration for the HEAL Complex
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
The Consecration is free and open to the public

HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Admission: $50 per person (Admission includes a complimentary ticket to the first game in the HEAL Complex the next day against Stillman College)
Attire: Semi-formal/Business Attire
Tickets are available for purchase for the HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour at www.paineathletics.com

HEAL Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM (preceding the first Basketball Game in the HEAL Complex)
Paine Lions vs. Stillman Tigers
Saturday, January 5, 2013 -- Tip-Off is at 1:00 PM

For more information on the HEAL Grand Opening events, please call (706) 945-1367, or healevents@paine.edu

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu.

 

 


Photo caption: Paine College's new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex, by Aero Photo.

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Paine College to Host New HEAL Complex Consecration and Opening Reception

Posted by lsuggs | 12/18/2012 12:22 PM

(Augusta, GA)—Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events starting January 4-5, 2013.  The festivities will commemorate the long awaited opening of the facility that will change the landscape and skyline of the campus. 

The Service of Consecration will take place Friday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Although the Service of Consecration is free and open to the public, a ticketed event will occur later during the evening at 7p.m. inside the new HEAL Complex.  For the first time, since the commencement of the construction in October 2011, the public will have an opportunity to tour and experience the new HEAL Complex during the Grand Opening Reception.  Admission for the reception is $50.00 per person.  The festivities will carry over to Saturday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by the first basketball game that will be played in the HEAL gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

“The new HEAL Complex is a world class facility that will be at the heart of campus life experience,” said Dr. Bradley.  “We wanted to commemorate the opening of this facility in a special way.  We are even more excited that the new HEAL Complex will open just in time to welcome the spring 2013 semester and new and returning students.”

"The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as a hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that are facing the community," said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.   “We are excited to share this edifice and its programming with the Richmond County Community.”

The new home for the Paine College Athletic Department, this contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Also accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College's intercollegiate competitions for the Lion’s volleyball, men and women’s basketball teams in the new 2,400 seat arena.

“The series of events that will commemorate the opening of the new HEAL Complex will be a fantastic opportunity for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Community to experience the state-of-the-art facility and will mark a momentous and historic occasion,” commented Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. “I would like to thank the HEAL Consecration Ceremony Committee, chaired by alumnus, Dr. Roscoe Williams, for their tireless work over the last six months to develop this historic Grand Opening of the HEAL Complex!   We are especially grateful to R.W. Allen LLC for sponsoring the Grand Opening Reception that will take place Friday evening.  RW Allen’s generous support helped to bring to life the vision of the committee.”

A recap of the HEAL Complex Grand Opening festivities:

Service of Consecration for the HEAL Complex
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
The Consecration is free and open to the public

HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Admission:  $50 per person (Admission includes a complimentary ticket to the first game in the HEAL Complex the next day against Stillman College)
Attire:  Semi-formal/Business Attire

HEAL Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM (preceding the first Basketball Game in the HEAL Complex)
Paine Lions vs. Stillman Tigers
Saturday, January 5, 2013 -- Tip-Off is at 1:00 PM
Tickets are available for purchase for the HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour at www.paineathletics.com

For more information, please call (706) 945-1367, or healevents@paine.edu

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: Front view of the The Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.

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Congressman John Barrow Tours New Paine College Facility

Posted by lsuggs | 12/11/2012 04:54 AM

(Augusta, Ga)—On December 10, 2012, Paine College President Dr. George C. Bradley welcomed Congressman John Barrow to tour the College’s new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Congressman Barrow is the first elected federal official to tour the new multi-million HEAL Complex that will open to the public in January 2013.

“The HEAL Complex is a great addition to the Paine College community and our entire region,” said Congressman Barrow.  “Paine College’s growth called for this new facility and I have no doubt it’ll be put to good use by the students. Folks in the area, as well, will benefit from this new facility, and I look forward to its opening in the New Year.”

This contemporary sprawling 43,000 sq. ft. structure will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Department and will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility.

“The HEAL Complex will offer opportunities for growth, increase retention rates, facilitate beneficial partnerships with the community, enhance the learning environment for our students,” stated Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley and Congressman Barrow also discussed the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy award of nearly $3 million made to the College that is designed to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Paine College faculty utilized the award to underwrite Project WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development).   Project WET-SEED has successfully created a pipeline focused on seamless access for middle school and high school students to move into STEM programs and careers through hands-on environmental science experiments.  The research component concentrates on bioremediation research needed by the DOE to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by nuclear weapons development.

For more information on Congressman John Barrow, please visit: http://barrow.house.gov

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley with Congressman, John Barrow, in front of the new Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.


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