$5.5 million project is first phase of Driftmier Engineering Center renovation

UGA’s College of Engineering marked the completion of the first phase of the major renovation of the Driftmier Engineering Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 13.

Completing in time for the fall semester, Leapley helped to transform this dated 1960s building into inspiring, state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. According to the Dean of the College of Engineering Don Leo, this construction has allowed for the program to increase from 450 students to 2,500, quadrupled lab instruction space, and created a student success center, and collaboration areas. These areas support the eight undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs at the College of Engineering.

Designed by Cooper Carry, current student Emily Loncariah said the space creates “collaborative environments with a sleek industrial look only fitting for an engineering building.”

Leapley will begin construction on the second phase of the construction in January 2020. This phase will include new classrooms and instructional spaces, including a modern auditorium.

“[The team] did excellent work on phase one and we are excited to have them on phase two as well,” said Leo.

For more information, check out the University of Georgia’s press release on the construction.

Congratulations to the entire team on exceeding expectations on the timing, budget, and quality goals for the project!