The new 74,000-square-foot Student Academic Center would be situated on 1 acre and include general classrooms, science labs, an auditorium or lecture hall, faculty and staff offices, and general-use space.
College spokeswoman Dana Davis said Georgia Highlands last year got funding for the design of the new building, but the Board of Regents won't be asking the state for construction dollars in the next fiscal year.
"The current (academic building) is running at just about full capacity," Davis said. "Plus, it doesn’t have the chemistry labs required for certain programs like nursing.
"Those students must travel to other sites to take those courses, so chemistry labs are a critical need."
Construction of the building, which would take about 13 months, would cost no more than a preliminary estimate of $16,875,000, according to the RFQ, which solicits statements of qualifications from firms interested in providing professional services for commissioning of the project.
A newly-built, 55,000-square-foot Student Center opened in August 2012 at the Cartersville campus. The Rome-based college opened its Cartersville campus with a 100,000-square-foot academic building in 2005.
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