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Savannah Tech's Expansion an Opportunity for Local Businesses

By Emily Mathis
SBJ Staff Report

JULY 5, 2010 - Savannah Tech’s new three-story expansion on the north side of the campus, facing White Bluff Road, is progressing in the summer heat to meet the expected completion deadline of Dec.31, in time for January 2011 classes.

The project was originally slated for completion by January 2010.

The Savannah Technical College Foundation raised a portion of the funds for the project through various fundraising events, and philanthropy.

According to Gail Eubank, the new center will house health labs, new programs and the Student Enrichment Center. “With that building, we will open Sports Fitness Technology and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy,” programs, she explained.

Atlanta-based contractor RJ Griffin & Company snagged the bid for general contractor of the building, but a number of local Savannah businesses are being used as subcontractors and will find a profitable opportunity in the finished trade work needed on the building.

According to John Shea, the site’s superintendent for R.J. Griffin, Boykin Erecters from Jesup, a steel fabrication and industrial warehouse construction company, has been chosen and is currently doing the “red steel” work. And, other local businesses for “most of the finish trade, which will be needed later, will be local.”

The college’s current Student Enrichment Center is located in the Academic Commons Building, Room 228.

At the Foundation’s “Annual Tribute to Community Stars and Opportunity Gala,” this year, they raised more than $230,000 for the Savannah Technical College Foundation to fund projects such as the new center and scholarships.

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