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Campus Groundbreakings: Wine, convocations and learning gardens

California university building a wine center while Texas A&M works on its Learning Gardens
University Business, September 2016
  • Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University
  • Convocation Center at the University of North Georgia
  • The Gardens at Texas A&M University

Wine Spectator Learning Center

Sonoma State University (Calif.)

The $9.2 million Wine Spectator Learning Center will be a 14,500-square-foot centerpiece of Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, the only school in the U.S. that offers a wine industry MBA.

The new facility will feature three state-of-the-art classrooms, a student commons with areas for collaboration and student-run businesses, multimedia venues for production and broadcast of public seminars, and a cafe.

There will also be an industry center with space for professional and academic faculty. The center, designed by TLCD Architecture (Santa Rosa) and constructed by BNBT Builders (San Francisco), is scheduled for completion by summer 2017.

Convocation Center

University of North Georgia

In addition to hosting commencement and more than 500 campus events and athletic activities annually, the new 3,600-seat, 103,000-square-foot convocation center will have classrooms and house support services for students active in the campus’ Georgia Army National Guard detachment.

The $32.8 million facility, which replaces the outdated Memorial Hall as the primary event center, will also contain faculty offices and other multiuse spaces.

The project team includes Lord Aeck & Sargent (Atlanta), design professional; Juneau Construction (Atlanta), construction manager; and Jones Lang LaSalle (Atlanta), project manager. Project completion is anticipated in 2018.

The Gardens

Texas A&M University

The $12 million, seven-acre Leach Teaching Gardens is the first of three planning phases for The Gardens, a 40-acre outdoor classroom and greenway on the Texas A&M’s west campus in College Station.

The first phase includes a pavilion and several themed gardens, with an amphitheater, learning center, children’s garden, rose garden and great lawn to follow.

Phase I is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Main program design is by Rhotenberry Wellen Architects (Midland), with support from White Oak Studio (Houston), landscape architect, and Quad-Tex (Bryan), construction contractor.

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