Administrators at the Macon Campus of Middle Georgia State University (MGA) recognized an increasing need for on-campus housing since it opened as a small commuter college in 1968. MGA acquired a private apartment complex adjacent to campus in 2010, but it couldn’t meet the demand, often leaving nearly 100 students on a waitlist every year. HPM was engaged as program managers to oversee and manage the planning and construction of Lakeview Pointe, a 73,480 square-foot residence hall that roughly doubled the number of students who can live on campus when it was completed in 2020.
The new residence hall has a traditional design that will serve freshmen and sophomores at the university. Each unit will have two bedrooms with a shared bath, along with eight single-occupancy units for resident assistants. In addition, Lakeview Pointe will include lounge areas and multi-purpose rooms for social and educational programming for students. The Macon Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is a few hundred yards away, with the dining hall in the Student Life Center just over the Macon Campus Lake bridge.
Overcoming Delays Despite a Pandemic
The Lakeview Pointe project was briefly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and weather delays, but the contractor was able to overcome the delays and finish the project on time. Maintaining the Substantial Completion date was challenging due to COVID-19; however, the contractor was able to get subcontractors to mobilize multiple crews after demobilizing from the project for three weeks. HPM maintained and updated the overall project budget, which included both owner and construction costs.
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