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Driftmier Renovations

A multi-year, multi-phase makeover of Driftmier will completely transform the College’s instructional hub into a state-of-the-art learning facility.
Driftmier Renovations

The College of Engineering is working to enhance and modernize the 1960s-era classrooms, labs, and office in the Driftmier Engineering Center. This massive undertaking would not be possible without the support of our donors.

Phase one of these renovations was completed recently, and students are enjoying the new spaces. The project transformed 21,000 square feet of space into new state-of-the-art instructional labs and classrooms. New spaces designed for project-based learning and teamwork were also created.

“These new classrooms, laboratories, and other enhancements truly reflect the energy of our college and its students,” said Donald Leo, dean of the College of Engineering. “The project demonstrates UGA’s commitment to engineering education and serves as a dynamic launch pad for the future of our growing college.”

“These new classrooms, laboratories, and other enhancements truly reflect the energy of our college and its students.” -Dean Donald Leo

The $5.5 million project was funded by the university and the college with support from private donors and industry partners. The renovation includes a significant expansion of the college’s lab capabilities in support of its 8 undergraduate and 7 graduate degree programs. Three new modern classrooms with a total of 2,700 square feet and more than 100 seats were also created.

“On behalf of our students, I would like to thank everyone who has made these renovations possible,” said Emily Loncarich, a fourth-year student from Houston, Texas. “These improvements are only going to enhance current and future students’ experiences. These updated spaces will show prospective students that UGA Engineering has grown tremendously and is highly competitive with other programs.”

“These improvements are only going to enhance current and future students’ experiences.” Emily Loncarich, BSCE ‘21

In addition, the renovation allowed some reallocation of existing space to house a new Student Success Center and a Professional Development Center. The second round of renovations is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and will include new classrooms and instructional spaces, as well as modern auditorium classroom.

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