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Driftmier Engineering Center Renovation

Driftmier Engineering Center Renovation

We are committed to a new generation of engineers.

The University of Georgia College of Engineering has launched a major revitalization of it primary instructional building, the Driftmier Engineering Center. The project is designed to enhance the student experience by providing more space for collaboration, more space for design work and more space for teamwork. 

The Driftmier Engineering Center opened in 1966 and is the first impression of UGA Engineering for students, parents, alumni and friends of the university. This project will ensure the building reflects the high quality of our educational programs.

Phase I Renovation

Completed in fall 2019, the first phase of the Driftmier Engineering Center renovation significantly expands and enhances the College of Engineering’s undergraduate instructional labs and adds two new state-of-the-art classrooms. The project includes 13,000 square feet of new instructional space with 385 seats. The majority of the new instructional space is assigned to new wet and dry labs in support of the mechanical, civil, electrical, computer systems, biological, and agricultural engineering programs. The renovation will also provides two new classrooms with a total of 1,800 square feet and 72 seats. 

The new facilities include:

  • Biological and Energy System Laboratory
  • Cell Culture Laboratory
  • Environmental Systems Laboratory
  • Materials Processing Laboratory
  • Systems Design Laboratory
  • Systems Simulation Laboratory
  • Thermal-Fluid Systems Laboratory
  • Undergraduate Discovery Laboratory

Phase II Renovation

Completed in fall 2020, the second phase of the Driftmier Engineering Center renovation provides students with state-of-the-art instructional spaces and collaborative areas. The project includes the 125-seat Georgia Power Auditorium, five new classrooms including the SteelFab Classroom and the Georgia-Pacific Classroom, "huddle rooms" for collaboration, and a commons area. 

Key Naming Opportunities


Connecting to our core values, we have naming opportunities relating to learning through classroom spaces, instructional labs, auditoriums, and meeting rooms. Additionally we have a naming opportunity for our Student Success Center which will connect engineering students to academic resources. 


Through our core value of discovery we have opportunities relating to experiential learning, our Engineering Education Institute and mixed use laboratories including maker-spaces and flex laboratories.


Our core value of innovation encompasses opportunities related to design and fabrication laboratories as well as a covered outdoor proving ground where students will be able to test their projects and experiments.

Connect with UGA Engineering

To learn more about the Driftmier Engineering Center renovation and ways you can support the project, please contact Jan Blaine, Senior Director of Development, at 706-542-2334 or