Balfour Beatty Starts Work on New Discovery Center at Georgia
Balfour Beatty celebrated the start of construction on the Junior Achievement of Georgia’s new JA Colonial Group Discovery Center at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Atlantic campus in Savannah in Georgia. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 19, 2021, for the new facility that will serve 15,000 middle school students annually and drive economic growth and development to GSU’s campus in the coastal region of the state. The occasion celebrated the partnership between JA of Georgia, GSU, the Colonial Group and Balfour Beatty to retrofit the existing GSU Student Recreation Center into a space that will provide students with continued exposure to JA’s innovative financial literacy programs for youth. As lead sponsor of the new facility, Colonial Group will fund USD 2 million for the renovation and launch of the Discovery Center, which is a part of the facility’s USD 3.8 million capital campaign.
Balfour Beatty is serving as general contractor for the project, which will transform of GSU’s existing 25,000-square-foot building into a Discovery Center resembling Savannah’s Forsyth Park, and will feature 18 replicated storefronts surrounding a makeshift green space. As longtime community partners of JA of Georgia, the JA Colonial Group Discovery Center is the second renovation project for Balfour Beatty who recently completed the delivery of the newly remodeled Discovery Center in Atlanta. It is also the latest contract award for the company’s Savannah operations.
The JA Colonial Group Discovery Center will provide space for JA of Georgia’s BizTown and Finance Park programs that will teach Chatham, Effingham, Bulloch, Bryan and Liberty county students real world experience in running a business, balancing a budget and applying for a loan. The new facility will also give GSU students abundant opportunities to work, volunteer and/or mentor middle school students who will be visiting the Armstrong campus.
As Engineering News Record’s No 1 Education Contractor in the Southeast for 2020, Balfour Beatty will leverage its extensive expertise in constructing a broad range of education projects including K-12, higher education, new construction, renovation and additions in growing communities. Team members will also utilize the latest technologies and lean construction methods to safely deliver the new Discovery Center.
Construction on the JA Colonial Group Discovery Center is set to start in early Summer 2021 and is slated for completion in early 2022.