Armstrong Earns 2013 Innovation Award

(Nov. 21, 2013) – Armstrong Atlantic State University's Learning Commons and Data Center renovation recently won a 2013 Innovation Award from the University System of Georgia. The award, which is presented annually to outstanding University System of Georgia institutions, recognizes Armstrong's excellence in the Design category.

The Learning Commons opened on May 20 as an extension of Armstrong Atlantic State University's Lane Library. The 13,000-square-foot building provides students with flexible learning spaces designed for both group and individual study. The environment encourages collaborative learning and provides access to state-of-the-art technology for access to and creation of digital materials.

Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, P.C. served as the lead architecture firm for the renovation project. The construction manager was Garbutt/Christman, LLC.

The building housing the Learning Commons was originally constructed on the main quadrangle at Armstrong in 1965 as the Campus Student Center. The building was expanded in the 1980s with the addition of a bookstore and was renovated again in the 1990s to house the university's Information Technology Services division.

In October, Armstrong's Learning Commons earned LEED Gold certification, recognizing the university's commitment to sustainable design and green building principles. Sustainable design components at the Learning Commons include energy-efficient mechanical systems, solar photovoltaic panels, a green roof garden and sustainable building materials.