Building Design & Landscaping Projects

Porous Pavers

In several areas on campus, Georgia College has installed porous pavers. Porous pavers can be manufactured from various materials and in a variety of designs. However, they are generally found in a grid system providing grass reinforcement, ground stabilization, and gravel retention. Benefits of porous pavers include reduction of soil compaction, maintenance of permeability, and improved water infiltration. The top two pictures to the right represent porous pavers that were installed in front of the MSU along Clarke Street.

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Porous Pavers Located in Front of the MSU

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Porous Pavers Installed on Campus

Tree Planting

 The maintenance of our canopy is important to Georgia College, both to improve our environmental footprint and to ensure the aesthetic appeal of the campus. Now that Georgia College has achieved Tree Campus USA status, tree planting has taken on greater importance in the long term planning of the campus grounds.

The Grounds Department regularly holds tree plantings, especially in the weeks leading up to Earth Week. Any interested group or individual on campus is welcome to reach out (rexford.seay@gcsu.edu) to schedule their participation.

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Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is the practice of reducing or eliminating the need for supplemental irrigation water in landscaping and gardening. The Georgia College Grounds Department works hard to provide a beautiful campus that also conserves resources, especially water. The pictures to the right represent adagio and muhly grasses which were planted.

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LEED Silver Building Design

In June of 2012, the US Green Building Council awarded the LEED Silver for New Construction to the Georgia College Wellness & Recreation Center. This LEED rating reflects 55 documented and approved points. Construction of this building began in August of 2010 and the ribbon cutting was held on October 14, 2011. LEED features incorporated into the design include water and energy conservation measures, such as the use of rainwater for irrigation and windows for natural lighting.

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LEED Silver Building Design

Ennis Hall was the second Georgia College building to achieve a LEED certification with 49 points awarded. Ennis Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and underwent a strategic green renovation. The restoration project reused nearly 100 percent of the structure. Energy conservation measures, such as LED lighting and motion sensors, were installed.

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West Campus Climbing Wall

The GC Climbing Wall is conveniently located inside the Wellness and Recreation Center at West Campus. Students and faculty of all skill levels can practice climbing, learn new techniques, and host friendly competitions.

The Student Sustainability Fee funded the addition of climbing holds and crash pads made with recycled and eco-friendly materials. The new climbing holds are green colored, forming their own “green” climbing route. This initiative promotes campus sustainability and encourages students to make eco-friendly lifestyle choices.

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