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