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February 18, 2021

Excellence in Construction Awards: Juneau brought 1967-built UGA dormitory into the 21st century

Renovating a high-rise dormitory built in the 1960s was the challenge Atlanta-based Juneau Construction Co. took on at the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

Built in 1967, 10-story Russell Hall, located at 515 Baxter St., is the university’s main residence hall for first-year students, who are required to live on campus.

Its renovation required rehabilitating and reconfiguring spaces to enhance student life and academic learning. Students told architects they wanted collaborative gathering areas and group study spaces, more privacy in the bathrooms, a place to get grab-and-go food or snacks, and moveable furniture, Juneau Construction said its project narrative for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia Inc.’s Excellence in Construction Awards. The general contractor also needed to replace the outdated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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