University of West Georgia Biology Building
The Biology Building at the University of West Georgia (UWG) was originally designed in 1970 and then constructed and occupied in 1972 by the departments of Chemistry and Biology. The Chemistry Department moved out of this building and now the Biology Department occupies the entire building. The existing 70,755 SF building is two stories tall with teaching and research laboratories, a greenhouse, faculty offices and support spaces, and classrooms. The project included renovation of the existing building, expansion of the existing building for 2,292 SF, and an addition of 14,755 SF for a total of 87,802 SF.
The objectives of the University and the Department of Biology for this project were fivefold – one: to modernize the laboratories, classrooms, and offices and improve the general quality of the interior spaces to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning to attract and retain highly qualified students and faculty; two: to provide a sustainable design including improving the energy use of the existing building, three: to the address the existing accessibility issues, four: to extend the usable life of the building for 40 to 50 more years; and five: to correct building operational deficiencies and upgrade life safety systems to modern codes.
The Biology Building has been transformed into a 21st century place of excellence in learning, teaching, and research, showcasing the best that UWG has to offer in the Biological Sciences and related disciplines.